Adolescent Girls Program
Preventing Childhood Marriage
WJI’s Adolescent Girls Program works to prevent early and forced marriage through the implementation of community-based interventions and protection mechanisms. The program improves girls’ knowledge of their rights; transforms local norms and attitudes that condone child marriage; and ensures parents and community leaders take action to delay early marriage.
Developing Our Future Leaders
Through a six-month Girls Empowerment, Rights, and Leadership course, WJI teaches girls the skills to assert their rights, delay marriage, and achieve their personal goals. Through workshops with parents on delaying marriage and improving gender equality, WJI works to ensure girls have the support they need in their homes. To ensure a wider and more sustainable impact, WJI works with leaders to develop community action plans to prevent and respond to child marriage.
Since 2016, 1,043 girls have participated in the Girls Empowerment, Rights, and Leadership Course.
Since 2016, 1,791 parents and community leaders have gained skills to prevent child marriage.
After participating in WJI’s program, girls are more likely to plan to get married after the age of 21.
Clara Michelle Yos,
Adolescent Girls Program Participant
Adolescent Girls Program Facilitator
14 years old, Adolescent Girls Program Participant
WJI Programs Director
December 21st, 2021
December 27th, 2020
March 3rd, 2021