Girls' Education & 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 an estimated 130 million adolescent girls are out of school worldwide. Ensuring that girls become educated is a multifaceted undertaking, requiring community, school, and parental engagement and empowering 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 GEE Lab focuses on how to keep girls in school, arm them with the knowledge and resources they need, engage boys and men as partners in girls’ empowerment, and encourage leadership among girls.

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Strong Girls Make Strong Women Handbook

Girls Club Handbook

WomenStrong International has seen the power of groups and the importance of life skills education in empowering girls and young women to thrive socially, physically, and financially. Strong Girls Make Strong Women: A Practical Handbook to Creating and Leading a Girls’ Club was developed in partnership with WomenStrong founding members in Ghana, Kenya, India, and Haiti, based on their experiences running Girls’ Clubs for over 10,000 girls and boys. Our Handbook incorporates best practices promoted by renowned youth development and life skills education specialists worldwide. Download our Strong Girls Make Strong Women Handbook here, and learn more about the difference it can make in your community.

Field Resources for Girls' Education & Empowerment

  • Gender Toolbox Brief: Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene [pdf]

    There are strong linkages between gender equality and access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). When gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment are taken into consideration in policies and programmes, women will have more time to earn an income, girls are more likely to attend school, and family health and hygiene improves. Access to clean WASH is crucial for poverty reduction and for achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls. This guide gives a brief overview on why and how to consider gender equality in WASH policies, strategies and programmes. A gender equality approach to WASH is key to ensuring that all women and men throughout their life cycle, benefit from, and are empowered by improved water and sanitation services, and hygiene practices.

    Source: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

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  • Fundamentals of Gender Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation [pptx]

    This document offers user-friendly guidance on how programs can comprehensively and explicitly integrate gender in their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems.

    Source: Measure Evaluation

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  • C-Change Compendium of Gender Scales for monitoring and evaluating gender-related programs [pdf]

    This tool from C-Change, under USAID provides an an online compendium of gender scales that could be easily accessed by program implementers and researchers who may be interested in using gender scales to assess gender-related attitudes and beliefs and to evaluate health interventions that incorporate gender approaches.

    Source: C-Change

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