Empowering Adolescent Girls (GFC)

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

Our four-year, $2 million initiative aims to strengthen grassroots organizations across Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua that meet the needs of adolescent girls and create opportunities for them to thrive. To promote gender equality and advance girls' rights and opportunities, our approach strengthens the local capacity of grassroots organizations to act as vehicles for social change, while simultaneously empowering girls as leaders and agents of their own destinies. After an extensive landscape analysis and mapping, as well as a rigorous vetting process, GFC is committed to supporting up to 20 grassroots organizations over four years. Our partners will carry out activities centered on advancing the rights and opportunities of girls within our four focus areas: education, youth empowerment, gender equity, and freedom from violence and exploitation. This initiative is grounded in our belief that effective and resilient grassroots organizations, linked with each other to foster shared learning and collective action, and informed by the experiences and voices of girls, are integral to drive transformative change in gender relations and to enhance the power of girls.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Latin America & Caribbean

Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


Not applicable or unknown


Asociación AMA; Asociación Generando; Coincidir; GOJoven Guatemala; Organización Sololateca por los Derechos de las Mujeres Jóvenes Indígenas; Women's Justice Initiative; Artemisa; GOJoven Honduras; Redes Juveniles de la MANORCHO; Un Mundo; Unidad de Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer y la Familia; Additional partners in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras will be announced in Spring 2019

Ministry Affiliation



UAE Aid; Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Other
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School-related gender-based violence


  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Gender equality
  • Mentorship
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power
  • Sexual and reproductive health (including puberty education)
  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) skills building

School-related gender-based violence

  • Violence prevention curriculum/activities for students


  • Pre-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy
  • Pre-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased re-enrolment in school among out-of-school children
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)
  • Reduced STI/HIV/AIDS