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The Girl Effect
A movement created by the Nike Foundation with the NoVo Foundation and the UN Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls to leverage the potential of adolescent girls to end poverty.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Year founded: 2008

Email address:

The Girl Effect on:

Type of network resource:
  • Blog / News Organization
  • Internet Resource
  • Media Production
  • Grantmaking Institution

Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence
  • Civil Rights / Civil Liberties
  • Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Poverty / Hunger
  • International Development
  • Self-determination

Further classification:
  • Network / Collective
  • Umbrella Organization


The Girl Effect
When we include girls in education, health and economic investment we have a better chance of preventing issues such as child marriage, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty. But girls can't do it alone; they need the world to listen to them and invest in their potential.
What exactly is the girl effect?

The girl effect is a movement. It's about leveraging the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves, their families, their communities, their countries and the world. It's about making girls visible and changing their social and economic dynamics by providing them with specific, powerful and relevant resources.

Created by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls, the girl effect is fuelled by hundreds of thousands of girl champions who recognise the untapped potential of adolescent girls living in poverty.

How does the girl effect address poverty?

- In India, adolescent pregnancy results in nearly $10billion in lost potential income per year.
- In Uganda, 85 per cent of girls leave school early, resulting in $10billion in lost potential earnings.
- By delaying child marriage and early birth for one million girls in Bangladesh, the country could potentially add $69billion to the national income over these girls' lifetimes.

It's an investment we cannot afford to overlook.

Sounds great - what can I do?

Make the case for girls. We need more people to get the word out, and we need more advocates for change in government, business, healthcare, education and at grassroots level. This is where you come in.

On you'll find the information and tools you need to unleash the girl effect. You'll discover case studies that show the girl effect in action, plus toolkits, images, videos and insights documents to download and use in your own work. And this is just the start. 
Take our content. Use it. Share it. Join the movement. Change the world.

The girl effect launched in 2008 accompanied by a film that caught the imagination of people the world over.

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