The Women and Girls Initiative (WGI)
WGI is a global movement focusing
on gender equity and youth development
through education, and training, health programming, economic empowerment,
research and advocacy interventions.
The Women and Girls Initiative (WGI) is a global movement committed to social justice which aims to advance gender equity and the youth development agenda by targeting the most marginalized and disadvantaged girls and young women.
We serve those whose development and growth have been impacted by cycles of poverty, natural disaster and armed conflict through a holistic approach, offering educational, leadership development, health and economic self sufficiency opportunities.
What began as a pilot program in 2008 to support about 300 disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women in two different post-disasters and conflicts contexts (Rwanda, the 1994 genocide and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti), has now shifted to a longer-range vision aimed at strengthening the capacity of adolescents and girls and young women worldwide to later play an active role in contributing to the rebuilding of their country’s infrastructure.
Empowering adolescent girls to become future women ready to be effective leaders and social change advocates in their communities and industries, both in the Global North and Global South, by opening up paths for advancement regardless of the situation of one’s birth.