Girls' Education and Empowerment
Empowering girls with life skills, education, and sisterhood is vital for them to become thriving women. Every year a girl goes to school can increase her future income by 10 percent, according to UNICEF. Girls’ education is also associated with improved health outcomes, such as accessing pre- and postnatal care, and with increased levels of freedom and mobility. Yet even before the pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, an estimated 130 million adolescent girls worldwide were out of school. Ensuring that girls become educated is a multifaceted undertaking, requiring community, school, and parental engagement and the ability to empower girls with the knowledge they need to keep themselves healthy and safe.
Our Girls’ Education and Empowerment Lab area explores how best to empower girls to grow into strong women. Our partners focus on keeping girls in school, arming them with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need, engaging boys and men as partners in girls’ empowerment, training educators in gender-sensitive teaching, and encouraging leadership among girls and young women.
Girls’ Education and Empowerment Lab partners had the opportunity, pre-pandemic, to come together for an in-person retreat, where they shared their work, learned from each other, and forged a common learning agenda; since COVID-19 struck, although their convenings have only been virtual, pairs of partners have demonstrated their grit and resilience by jointly leading a successful webinar for their peers and co-creating learning products.