Dear colleagues and friends,
For over thirty years, the mission of TIAW is to advance economic empowerment for women. By ‘economic empowerment’, we mean that a woman is able to succeed and advance economically as well as freely make her own economic decisions. However, women don’t start out in life as women, nor are they empowered in any way in many countries whether by cultural or political constraints.
"It all begins with a girl."
According to AGALI (Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative), which has brought together over 100 leaders and organizations working to transform the lives of adolescent girls in Africa and Latin America, there are six critical factors that contribute to adolescent girls’ economic empowerment*:
- Financial capital (e.g., cash, savings, access to credit, and other financial assets)
- Human capital (e.g., education, health, self-esteem, and communication skills)
- Social capital (e.g., social networks, friends, mentors, and supportive family members)
- Physical capital (e.g., ID card, household goods, land, housing, and transport)
- Social norms (e.g., early marriage, childbearing, influence of age, gender, and ethnicity)
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