For over thirty years, the mission
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*:
capital (e.g., cash, savings, access to credit, and other financial
capital (e.g., education, health, self-esteem, and communication skills)
capital (e.g., social networks, friends, mentors, and supportive family
capital (e.g., ID card, household goods, land, housing, and transport)
early marriage, childbearing, influence of age, gender, and ethnicity)
political and legal rights, market structure, and the education system
TIAW’s Daughters Program focuses on
the promotion of economic empowerment for girls aged 14-24. Our initial work is around financial literacy
education. We are looking for partners
to add employment training and life skills training.
simply is not enough work being done to maximize the effect the empowering
girls can have on our world, there are many organizations lending extraordinary
effort. A personal favorite of mine is
work I have followed for many years. I
urge you to watch the video Nike has created. It will revolutionize your thinking about the
power of a girl.
us why we cannot wait to help our girls
GIRLS ARE AGENTS OF CHANGE
They play a crucial role in solving the most persistent
development problems facing the world today. By investing in their economic
potential through education and by delaying child marriage and teen pregnancy,
issues such as HIV and AIDS can be resolved and the cycle of poverty can be
broken. To learn how a girl's success is the world's success, watch the girl
effect films above.
PEOPLE ASSUME GIRLS ARE BEING REACHED
They're not. The reality is that children's programmes focus on
0-5 year-olds, youth programmes tend to focus on males and older groups, and
women's programmes don't typically capture adolescent girls. Programmes that do
reach girls rarely address the ones most at risk. To break the cycle of
intergenerational poverty, programmes must be designed for, and measure the
impact on, girls.
THE COST OF EXCLUDING GIRLS IS HIGH
In India, adolescent pregnancy results in nearly $10billion in
lost potential income. In Uganda, 85 per cent of girls leave school early,
resulting in $10billion in lost potential earnings. By delaying child marriage
and early birth for one million girls, Bangladesh could potentially add
$69billion to the national income over these girls' lifetimes.
permission of the Nike Foundation, TIAW is in the process of posting several of
their excellent resources on www.tiaw.org
meantime, I urge you to take a look at their excellent research directly:
The girl effect fact sheet
7 things you need to know about girls
Why investing in girls is important
must all engage to support the economic empowerment of the girl in our
communities around the world. Start by
joining our Daughters Committee! Just email email@example.com and find out how join.
the kind of change that lasts forever.
Lisa Kaiser Hickey