The Girl Effect


AJWS recognizes the powerful potential of girls to effect social change in the developing world and is providing long-term support to grassroots organizations that focus on girls’ empowerment, providing girls with access to educational, health and economic resources.

AJWS joins the Girl Effect in its pursuit of the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate.

Through a partnership with the Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative (GGI), AJWS and other leading grantmaking organizations are empowering adolescent girls by supporting grassroots organizations in implementing programs, conducting advocacy, strengthening their organizational and programmatic capacities, and collaborating with other partners.

AJWS supports 10 organizations throughout Ethiopia, Kenya and India that are creating safe spaces for adolescent girls to grow and flourish, and become change-makers within their communities. AJWS has strengthened these groups’ programs on the ground and made their work more visible in national and international forums that promote the needs and priorities of girls.

Girls at the Center: Leaders in the Making

In April 2012, nearly 25 AJWS grantees gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to participate in a conference on gender equality, sustainable development and women's human rights organized by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). In partnership with the Nike Foundation's Grassroots Girls Initiative (GGI), AJWS enabled adolescent girls from Ethiopia and India to hone their leadership skills for human rights by attending the conference. And these girls made their voices heard among women's rights activists from nearly every country in the world. For once, girls were able to speak for themselves and help set the agenda for a just future.

Girl Effect Grantees

Preventing Gender Discrimination and Violence Against Muslim Adolescent Girls

Purpose: To increase girls' access to education and discourage the trafficking of girls by raising awareness among families, communities and among adolescent girls and women about their basic rights.

Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)
Adolescent Girls Community of Practice in Nairobi

Purpose: To build the advocacy capacity of adolescent girl-focused civil society organizations and facilitate a shared girl-focused advocacy agenda by leading a community of practice in Nairobi.

Education Center for Advancement of Women (ECAW)
Preventing Female Genital Mutilation and Promoting Women's Rights

Purpose: To promote women's rights, including girls' access to education, by supporting workshops, girls' clubs, advocacy against female genital mutilation, and community-conversation forums.

Heshima Kenya
Girls Empowerment Project

Purpose: To build the long-term self-sufficiency of unaccompanied refugee girls in Nairobi by providing case-management services, basic education, life-skills training, vocational training, financial literacy and income generation through a cooperative.

Mohammad Bazar Backward Class Development Society (MBBCDS)
Building Women's Leadership

Purpose: To promote Muslim women's leadership by conducting awareness trainings on the legal rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution, including freedom from domestic violence, the right to property and the right to education.

Training Grassroots Women

Purpose: To secure widow pensions and provide educational opportunities to adolescent girls and rebuild trust between different religious groups in the slums of Baroda by organizing the communities and providing them with training about gender justice, communalism, and environment and their rights.

Women's Empowerment

Purpose: To strengthen women and girls ability to resist sexual exploitation and sexual and gender-based violence by providing education, vocational training, counseling services and employment opportunities to marginalized Muslim adolescent girls and educating community members on sex trafficking, domestic violence and the health needs of adolescent girls.

Policy Papers

Empowering Girls to End ViolenceEmpowering Girls to End Violence Empowering Girls as Agents of ChangeEmpowering Girls as Agents of Change