ENABLING GIRLS TO ADVANCE GENDER EQUALITY

RISE UP AWARDED $2.5 MILLION GRANT FROM THE GATES FOUNDATION, AND LAUNCHES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE WHITE HOUSE

Rise Up received $2.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create ENGAGE (Enabling Girls to Advance Gender Equality), an innovative approach to ending early marriage and enabling Malawian girls to finish school. We are honored that First Lady Michelle Obama selected ENGAGE to be part of the White House Let Girls Learn initiative.

LAUNCHING ENGAGE TO REACH GIRLS IN MALAWI

In rural regions of Malawi, child marriage rates average 44%, with girls being married off as early as age 10. ENGAGE’s goal is to reach girls in Southern Malawi using the following strategies:

  • Empower adolescent girls to raise their voices and increase their decision making agency to help end child marriage with the Girls’ Empowerment Network (GENET) of Malawi. These girl leaders will mobilize thousands of other girls to speak out for their rights and end child marriage;
  • Invest in visionary Malawian leaders, providing them with leadership development and funding to create innovative solutions that decrease the incidence of child marriage and increase girls’ access to education;
  • Build broader support for girls’ education and rights among men and boys, traditional and religious authorities, and government officials though an SMS and mass radio campaign led by Youth Tech Health; and
  • Independently evaluate the effectiveness of these diverse strategies to reduce child marriage and ensure that girls stay in school through an external evaluation led by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

RISE UP SELECTED BY WHITE HOUSE’S LET GIRLS LEARN INITIATIVE TO ADVANCE GIRLS’ EDUCATION

Rise Up was selected by First Lady Michelle Obama as a strategic partner in the White House Let Girls Learn initiative, marking the significance of ENGAGE and its ability to end child marriage and enable girls to finish school. Through this partnership, Rise Up joins the ranks of an esteemed group of organizations working together to educate girls around the world.