We believe that when we work together to get every girl to the place she wants to be, we create a better world for us all.
The barriers girls face to get in and stay in the classroom are steep: poverty, racism, gender-based violence, and the COVID-pandemic are leaving millions of girls out of school and preventing them from reaching their full potential.
When girls get the opportunities they deserve, amazing things start to happen; poverty goes down, economies grow, families get stronger, and babies are born healthier. And the world, by all accounts, gets better.
The Girls Opportunity Alliance aims to support grassroots organizations and leaders in the United States and around the world that help to reduce the barriers that girls face. These organizations are often under-resourced and under-funded, limiting their capacity and reach. Here are three ways we work to support their efforts:
Inspiring, empowering, and connecting grassroots leaders through the Girls Opportunity Alliance Network
We want to ensure that leaders of grassroots organizations are supported with the tools and resources to enhance and scale their work. We created an online network to connect these leaders to one another so they can share best practices, resources, encouragement, and ideas. Today, our Network has grown to more than 4,000 leaders from more than 50 countries.
Driving specific commitments through the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund
These leaders need more than visibility and connections to one another—they need financial support. To close this gap, the Girls Opportunity Alliance Fund directly supports grassroots organizations working on a range of girls’ empowerment issues—from funding STEM classes for girls with disabilities, providing scholarships and mentorship opportunities, addressing learning loss from COVID-19, and more. To-date, our Fund has supported 76 projects in 26 countries reaching more than 20,000 girls—and counting.
Inspiring and challenging young people around the world to join us
We want young people in the United States and around the world to learn about this issue and get involved. Since our program launched, we’ve seen students take action in inspiring ways, from starting girls’ education clubs at school to hosting fundraisers to support organizations in the Girls Opportunity Alliance Network. We will continue to offer resources to help young people turn their passion about this issue into action.
Working together, we can increase support for community-based organizations that are making a difference, spark a vibrant global discussion on adolescent girls and the barriers they face, and provide opportunities for global citizens to take action.