Key Resources

Feminism TED Talk
TED, | Empowerment | Global

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's seminal TED Talk that makes the case for feminism.

Gender Equality
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, | Empowerment | Global

High quality resources for defining, measuring, implementing and advocating for gender equality.

Program targeting adolescent girls
Population Council, | Empowerment | Global

A toolkit for structuring and setting up a program designed to work with adolescent girls. It is specifically designed to ensure that programs or initiatives are designed with girls as the target audience.

Asset building toolkit
Population Council, | Empowerment | Global

A toolkit that focuses on building assets for girls, instead of focusing on preventing negative outcomes such as early pregnancy.

Girl Force skills, training, and education
International Labor Organization and UNICEF, | Empowerment | Global

A report on girls' engagement with work outside of the home.

Translating Competencies to Empowered Action
Brookings Institution, | Empowerment | Global

This paper presents a framework for girls’ life skills education that links life skills development to wider social change for marginalized girls. The paper offers guidance to program designers and implementers, policymakers, and other girls’ education actors delivering girls’ life skills education programming around the world.

Socio-Emotional Learning frameworks and tools
Harvard University, | Empowerment | Global

An invaluable resource for finding the most prominent and promising Socio-Emotional Learning frameworks and tools.

Teach For All, | Empowerment - Video | Global

This video features a session run at the 2019 global conference featuring Arman Rahmatullah, CEO of Teach For Afghanistan, and Sunita Waiba, Student Leader, on the subject of empowering girls through education.

Girl Effect, | Empowerment - Toolkit | Global

The Girl Consultation Toolkit includes a selection of tools to help hear from girls, understand their lives, uncover the issues and challenges they face and gather their opinions on how they want the world to change. This toolkit provides guidance to set up a workshop, run activities and analyze findings. It can be adapted as required to suit different requirements. Each of the tools outlined can be used either together or on their own.

Oxford Department of International Development, | Empowerment - Policy paper | Global

Drawing on the Young Lives study of childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India (United Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam, this brief explores different dimensions of rural girls’ growth, learning and development over childhood and adolescence. Social protection, investment in rural schools, support for water, sanitation and nutrition, and support to address rural girls’ heavy workloads and to delay marriage are priority interventions if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved and rural girls and young women are to fulfil their potential.

Overseas Development Institute, | Empowerment - Report | Global

A report on adolescents with disabilities, designed for governments with resources for how to take action.

 

World Bank, | Empowerment - Study | Africa

An evaluation of a girls' empowerment project in Uganda that effectively supported adolescent girls' empowerment four years post-intervention.

CAMFED, | Empowerment - Website | Africa

Information about CAMFED's highly regarded and impactful Learner Guides program.

NPR, | Empowerment - Article | Asia Pacific

A study on risk-taking in female-led and male-dominated cultures.

Down to Earth, | Empowerment - Article | Asia Pacific

Article about women's smartphone use in India.

GSMA, | Empowerment - Report | Global

Report about mobile phone use for women in low- and middle-income countries

Brookings Institution, | Empowerment - Report | Africa

Illuminating paper about interventions in Northern Nigeria that sought to reduce early marriage. The study found that interventions had some benefit, but that real change for the girls was only possible alongside poverty alleviation, counseling, and other measures that increase stability and security in the girls' lives. Skill-building alone will not work.

Sasakawa Peace Foundation, | Empowerment - Report | Asia Pacific

A commissioned report on how entrepreneurship can positively impact women's empowerment.

Rise Up and Let Girls Lead, | Empowerment - Toolkit | Global

An award-winning curriculum that supports girls and their allies in advocating for girls' empowerment. This Let Girls Lead workshop guide is based on experiential learning, connecting participants more deeply to one another and deepening their knowledge of new concepts presented during the workshop. It provides opportunities for participants to collaboratively incorporate new information in a safe setting where they can try out new skills and knowledge and integrate constructive feedback from peers and colleagues. Available in English and Spanish.

Population Council, | Empowerment - Toolkit | Global

A helpful toolkit for those seeking to build mentorship programs for girls.

Science, | Empowerment - Study | Asia Pacific

Abstract: "Exploiting a randomized natural experiment in India, this study shows that female leadership influences adolescent girls’ career aspirations and educational attainment. A 1993 law reserved leadership positions for women in randomly selected village councils. Authors found that, compared to villages that were never reserved, the gender gap in aspirations closed by 25% in parents and 32% in adolescents in villages assigned to a female leader for two election cycles. The gender gap in adolescent educational attainment is erased and girls spent less time on household chores. The study finds no evidence of changes in young women’s labor market opportunities, suggesting that the impact of women leaders primarily reflects a role model effect."

Innovations for Poverty Action, | Empowerment - Study | Africa

A study on the positive long-term effects on girls and women of providing secondary school scholarships.

Brookings Institution, | Empowerment - Policy paper | Asia Pacific

Anil Paudel, 2019 Echidna Global Scholar, discusses the importance of investing in a gender-transformative TVET education to help improve girls’ real-world employability.

United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, | Empowerment - Policy paper | Global

The review confirms the positive impacts of education on girls’ and women’s empowerment and livelihoods. The effects of education on women’s future livelihoods largely depend on the presence of economic opportunities and supportive social norms, which are themselves underpinned by education (notably secondary education) of boys as well as girls.

Girl Rising, | Empowerment - Website | Global

Requires registration. A link to sign up to use part of Girl Rising's girls' empowerment curriculum.

Teach For All, | Empowerment - Video | Asia Pacific

This clip features Sunita Waiba of Nepal speaking about her lived experiences with gender inequality in her community. Watch for a powerful example of student voice, leadership, and activism.

Teach For All, | Empowerment - Video | Middle East - North Africa

This clip features Arman Rahmatullah of Afghanistan providing an in-depth look into the challenges around teaching girls in his country. He provides a powerful and hopeful example of how Teach For Afghanistan has made traction despite the odds.

Key Resources

Feminism TED Talk
TED, | Empowerment | Global

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's seminal TED Talk that makes the case for feminism.

Gender Equality
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, | Empowerment | Global

High quality resources for defining, measuring, implementing and advocating for gender equality.

Program targeting adolescent girls
Population Council, | Empowerment | Global

A toolkit for structuring and setting up a program designed to work with adolescent girls. It is specifically designed to ensure that programs or initiatives are designed with girls as the target audience.

Asset building toolkit
Population Council, | Empowerment | Global

A toolkit that focuses on building assets for girls, instead of focusing on preventing negative outcomes such as early pregnancy.

Girl Force skills, training, and education
International Labor Organization and UNICEF, | Empowerment | Global

A report on girls' engagement with work outside of the home.

Translating Competencies to Empowered Action
Brookings Institution, | Empowerment | Global

This paper presents a framework for girls’ life skills education that links life skills development to wider social change for marginalized girls. The paper offers guidance to program designers and implementers, policymakers, and other girls’ education actors delivering girls’ life skills education programming around the world.

Socio-Emotional Learning frameworks and tools
Harvard University, | Empowerment | Global

An invaluable resource for finding the most prominent and promising Socio-Emotional Learning frameworks and tools.