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Winrock International

Legacy Project

USAID Girls Leadership and Empowerment Through Education (USAID GLEE)

Adolescent girls in Mali confront a host of barriers to educational access. Although enrollment rates have risen over the last 20 to 30 years, a gender gap persists nationally; girls are enrolled at a much lower rate than boys. But there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between adolescents’ health and their educational attainment. When they receive quality education, women are empowered to make better decisions about their health and that of their families. In turn, improved health, especially in regards to childbearing, improves access to education for women and girls. Building upon other programs, this project supports and leverages efforts by the Government of Mali and civil society to increase educational opportunities for adolescent girls by decreasing barriers to their quality education, improving their safety in school and their communities, and increasing their knowledge and adoption of positive health behaviors.

Funder: USAID

Project Timeline: April 11, 2018 - April 10, 2023

Country: Mali

Program Areas: Human Rights, Education and Empowerment , Education and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

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Project Approach

Families and peers become girls’ education advocates

Schools, health centers, and communities build an enabling environment for girls

Ministries of Education and Health implement
girl-friendly policies and plans

Girls are empowered to achieve greater educational attainment