By UN Women*
In Malawi, where half of girls are married before age 18, UN Women played a key role in lobbying for a new law that raises the legal age to wed, while raising awareness and working with traditional leaders to annul marriages.
One Win Leads to Another: Empowering young women and girls through sport in Brazil
“One Win Leads to Another” is a joint programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to empower young women and girls through sport in Brazil.
As part of the Olympic legacy, UN Women builds the leadership skills of adolescent girls through quality sport programmes, improving their ability to influence decisions that impact their lives at all levels.
The project creates safe spaces for girls to break social barriers and equips them with basic economic skills, increased knowledge of their bodies and the confidence to access services in the event of violence.
Changing the game for girls in South Africa
Grassroot Soccer, a grantee of the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, uses the power of football to educate, inspire and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS and to prevent violence against women and girls.
In 2009, it developed the innovative “SKILLZ Street” programme to specifically focus on young girls and address the unique needs of adolescent girls, who are at a higher risk than their male peers.
Through 2014 and 2015, almost 3,000 adolescent girls aged 10-14 years graduated from the SKILLZ Street programme in South Africa. The organization plans to reach an additional 5,600 adolescent girls by the end of 2016. Read more»