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.
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:
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.