“Championing a gender equal world”

Girls' Empowerment

There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world,  most of them living in the developing world. Each of these girls have immense potential to become change-makers in their nation. Yet many face daily obstacles that prevent them for reaching their full potential. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 49 million girls are out of primary and secondary school, with 31 million of them out of secondary education, undermining their rights and limiting their lifetime opportunities.

Girls' Empowerment

There are 600 million adolescent girls in the world,  most of them living in the developing world. Each of these girls have immense potential to become change-makers in their nation. Yet many face daily obstables that prevent them for reaching their full potential. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 49 million girls are out of primary and secondary school, with 31 million of them out of secondary education, undermining their rights and limiting their lifetime opportunities.

The Need

Research shows that early marriage and teenage pregnancy are significant factors limiting girl child’s potential. In sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent of girls marry before age 18, and African countries account for 15 of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage globally. Recognizing that shifting attitudes and behaviors is critical in promoting gender equality, we work at the individual, social and environmental level to increase knowledge around gender equality and drive sustainable change. Putting girls at the centre, our interventions help girls become educated, healthy, confident, problem solvers, who  are safer and economically empowered.

Current programming is focused on:

  • Equitable access to education via our scholarships.
  • STEM education promotion.
  • Grassroots collaboration on sexual & reproductive health.
  • Social, digital and financial inclusion.
  • Mentorship, internships and industry linkages.

The Need

Research shows that early marriage and teenage pregnancy are significant factors limiting girl child’s potential. In sub-Saharan Africa, 40 percent of girls marry before age 18, and African countries account for 15 of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage globally.Recognizing that shifting attitudes and behaviours is critical in promoting gender equality, we work at the individual, social and environmental level to increase knowledge around gender equality and drive sustainable change.Our programs equip girls with the information and support they need to make decisions about their own lives, and to act on them.  Putting girls at the centre, our interventions help girls become educated, healthy, confident, problem solvers, safer and economically empowered.

Current programming is focused on:

  • Equitable access to education via our scholarships.
  • STEM education promotion.
  • Grassroots collaboration on sexual & reproductive health.
  • Social, digital and financial inclusion.
  • Mentorship, internships and industry linkages.
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