Girls and Women’s Education

Advancing the lives of girls and women

Educating girls and women is the most effective way to improve the lives of families and bring economic development to poor communities worldwide. Yet girls and women face numerous barriers to accessing education and staying in school once enrolled. 

We work with local partners to design, manage, and evaluate community-based initiatives to advance the education of girls and women, both formal (in-school) and non-formal (alternative or out-of-school). 

Vulnerable girls need comprehensive wrap-around supports to succeed in school. We train teachers and school leaders in gender-sensitive education approaches and sexual abuse prevention to reduce gender-based violence (GBV) in school. We also develop early warning systems to identify girls at risk of dropping out and provide the assistance to retain them in school. Outside school, we provide positive parenting and economic strengthening programs to reduce poverty stressors that often force girls out of school. And we support the girls themselves with knowledge and life skills to navigate harmful gender norms and access services

Around the world, we also support women’s groups that build literacy and numeracy skills. By improving foundational learning and educational opportunities, we help women develop skills to make informed decisions for themselves and their families and influence community change. These programs relate to some of the most profound challenges of our time: population growth, HIV, peace and security, and the widening gap between the rich and poor.

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We understand that gender inequities are core drivers of heightened vulnerability for girls. Power imbalances and harmful gender norms increase the risk of HIV and GBV, while hindering education, health, livelihoods, aand decision-making in the home and community. Gender considerations are the center of most of our programming.

We integrate a gender perspective into every aspect of our social protection, health, and education projects and partnerships, with the aim of promoting gender equality for all ages. Many of our initiatives are designed and delivered  to empower girls and young women to access education, health, social supports, and employment. We also develop programs that promote protection for girls and systems that respond to abuse. Our teacher training programs and instructional materials development are designed to ensure equity, equality, and inclusion of all learners. 

Gender-Based Violence

We equip women and adolescent girls with social and protective assets and life skills to reduce their risk of GBV and empower them to navigate harmful gender norms and promote health-seeking behaviors. We provide community-based direct access to GBV prevention and response services, including medical, legal, and social. We engage caregivers with positive parenting training and work with men and boys as partners in violence prevention and social norms change. We train teachers and school systems in sexual abuse prevention and response, and support governments to develop robust post-abuse response systems through strengthened national case management and a stronger social welfare workforce. 

Women's Education

We build women’s agency through mothers’ associations, savings groups, and classes that increase women’s literacy and give mothers the tools and confidence to advocate for their children’s education. Mothers’ associations and savings groups enable women in even the most remote rural areas to fund projects that benefit their communities.

Youth Empowerment

When provided the right resources, skills, and environments, youth are empowered able to break the cycle of exclusion and disadvantage many of them face. As scores of countries confront a population “youth bulge,” our whole-child approach to youth programming has proven effective.

We apply a strengths- and rights-based approach to address the educational, health, economic, and psychosocial needs of youth. Programming responds to the multi-faceted challenges and barriers that impede healthy, safe, schooled, and stable futures. Learn more.



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