From a good education and a safe place to live to quality healthcare and economic opportunity, women and girls must meet 6 Essential Needs to succeed. Our work, determined by local women and girls, provides resources to help meet these needs.

Economic Empowerment

Economic empowerment is one of the six essential needs for women to succeed. WomenStrong International’s economic empowerment programs address gender equality and economic development to end poverty and to ensure healthier, more fulfilled lives.

Field Resources for Economic Empowerment

  • Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty: A Cluster Quasi-Randomised Control Trial of Sanitary Pad and Puberty Education Provision in Uganda [pdf]

    Menstruation has emerged as a gender-specific barrier to school participation among adolescent girls in many parts of the world. In Uganda, an intervention was introduced across eight secondary schools to address this issue by providing adolescent girls with sanitary pads and puberty education. A quasi-randomized controlled trial was conducted to determine the effects of this intervention. As the article describes, the primary outcome was school attendance, while the secondary outcomes reflected psycho-social wellbeing.

    Source: Paul Montgomery, Julie Hennegan, Catherine Dolan, Maryalice Wu, Laurel Steinfield, Linda Scott

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  • Ensuring Adolescent Girls' Wellbeing: A Holistic Approach [pdf]

    The objective of this document is to consolidate information related to adolescent girls’ wellbeing and to illustrate entry points for holistic, multi-sectoral initiatives that can help girls achieve wellbeing. This resource is outcome-focused; multiple experts from the adolescent girl field identified their optimal outcomes as related to girls’ education, health, economic empowerment, hygiene, experience of gender-based violence, and experience in conflict, emergency, or humanitarian settings. We illustrate connections across sectors that make the case that the holistic needs of girls must be taken into consideration regardless of in which sector the program or policy originates.

    Source: Coalition for Adolescent Girls

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  • Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook [pdf]

    This curriculum helps facilitators plan and initiate a specific training to empower women micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and sales agents in the household energy sector. The 6 day focuses on leadership, business skills and ongoing training to support women for entrepreneurs.

    Source: Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves

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