Girls in India have a lot to say. At EMpower, we’re listening.
On April 20-22, EMpower hosted the first ever Girl Advisory Council in Delhi! This council, formed by 16 adolescent girls who have been part of EMpower-supported programs run by our grantee partners, will inform and consult on EMpower’s work in India in order to best meet the needs of adolescent girls.
The Council meeting was a highly participative workshop where the girl leaders provided inputs for EMpower’s India Strategy. They brainstormed on the barriers that girls in their community face in accessing programs and proposed ideas to address these barriers. After collating their ideas, EMpower put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to current grantee partners, in order to put the girls’ expertise into action. This RFP will enable our grantees to look at obstacles faced by girls, create a proposal in partnership with girls and to test creative solutions suggested by the Girls Advisory Council. In addition, through implementing girls’ suggestions within their organizations, our grantees will be able to provide us with key insights about the feasibility and impact of the ideas suggested by girls.
The review process is happening now! Up to four awards will be made for INR 3,00,000 to INR 5,00,000 for the most innovative and feasible ideas to implement September, 2018 - February, 2019. The results from these awards will feed into our next Girls Advisory Council convening in April 2019, where the Girls will be instrumental in helping us craft our India Strategy for 2019-2022.
The 12 key themes that the girl leaders identified are:
In addition to these broad themes, the girl leaders identified key outcomes and specific methods that organizations can use to implement the girls’ suggestions.
We look forward to the innovative ideas that our grantee partners, in conjunction with the girl experts, come up with to make these themes a reality!
The Girls’ Advisory Council pushes forward EMpower’s commitment to empowering girls to be the leaders and experts in changing their lives, communities and beyond.View All News
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