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We strengthen grassroots programs and advance global policies that ensure adolescent girls get the information, services, skills, and support they need to protect their health and human rights. We believe that girls must be able to control their lives and bodies in order to live up to their full potential.


 

The Girl Declaration

As world leaders prepare to set the agenda for global development, we are bringing the voices of girls into the highest halls of power. Governments must prioritize the needs of girls if we hope to achieve lasting change.

Bringing together the thinking of 508 girls living in poverty across the globe with the expertise of more than 25 of the world's leading development organizations, the Girl Declaration is our tool to stop poverty before it starts.

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Partner Spotlight: Girls' Power Initiative

In Nigeria, adolescent girls are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV, unwanted pregnancies, and trafficking. Girls' Power Initiative is helping girls build their self-esteem by providing them with the strategies and life skills they need to negotiate their adolescent years in good health.

GPI girls are Nigeria's next generation of leaders, committed to promoting social justice and gender equality.

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Latest News

A Big Win for Girls Worldwide

The State Department's new strategy looks at the myriad needs girls have: from going to school, staying safe, developing life skills and self-esteem, and choosing if, when, and to whom they will marry.

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Can Sexuality Education Achieve Outcomes Beyond Improved Health? Evidence, Ideas, and a Research Role for NGOs‬

What more can comprehensive sexuality education accomplish beyond preventing pregnancy and STIs? Researcher Debbie Rogow explains.

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Who Runs the World: Girls!

The rural community of Kabula in Northern Nigeria is a matrilineal society. But even with a woman in charge, traditional gender norms are entrenched.

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IWHC Applauds New Global Strategy to Improve the Lives of Girls

Today the State Department released the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, the first of its kind to focus on girls worldwide and the myriad challenges they face.

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Our Top Wins in 2015

2015 was a momentous year for women—a year of impressive achievements but also extreme hardship. Here are our highlights for 2015.

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A Force for Change in Kenya

Meet Monica Oguttu, a strong advocate and leader who is making significant advances for girls' and women's health and rights in Kenya.

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Empowering Girls Is Key to Sustainable Development

A recent panel at the Wilson Center discussed how achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda rests largely upon how successful the world is in advancing the rights of adolescent girls.

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Learning from Nigeria: Advancing Girls’ Rights in the Classroom

Girls and boys in Nigeria are benefitting from a national program to provide education about sexual health, relationships, and gender in secondary schools.

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Brazil’s Future: Curumim’s Work to Educate and Empower Adolescents

Grupo Curumim is working with government health care workers and educators so they can provide young people with accurate, nonjudgmental, and honest information about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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A Real Victory for Women and Girls

After three years of intense debate and negotiations, governments agreed to a robust, 15-year agenda for global development that promises transformative change for women and girls all over the world.

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Obama’s Trip to Africa Marks a Turning Point for Adolescent Girls

President Obama's trip to Africa marked a turning point for his administration's work to improve the lives of adolescent girls.

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A Friendly, Feminist Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation

Measuring the impact of comprehensive sexuality education programs can be tricky. A recent meeting explored new and innovative ways.

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Girls Leading the Charge

There is "girl power" at the UN this week. While the halls of power are still filled with older men, young women are making their mark here, and beyond.

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At Last, Liz Can Exhale

A Nairobi court finally sentenced three men involved in a shocking rape case that had sparked international outrage.

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Regardless of Election Outcome, Girls Are the Future in Nigeria

As Nigeria gets ready for a momentous election, media and political campaigns have failed to capture the reality of many women and girls.

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Scaling Up the “Whole Girl” Approach to End Child Marriage

A panel of experts gathered at the UN Tuesday afternoon to discuss the most effective programs to end child marriage.

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Fulfilling the Promise to Let Girls Learn

The new Let Girls Learn initiative suggests the President and others are taking issues surrounding girls' education and empowerment seriously.

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Malawi Bans Child Marriage but the Work Is Just Beginning

While the law banning child marriage is a major milestone, ending the practice requires action on multiple levels.

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President Obama Puts Improving the Lives of Girls Worldwide on the Agenda

In his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, President Obama has prioritized adolescent girls in a way we haven't seen before.

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The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Reaching youth with sexual and reproductive health services is more than just handing out condoms.

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