Supporting Girls through COVID-19 and Beyond
Strategies for supporting the continued education, health, and safety of girls while schools are closed, and ensuring they return when schools reopen.
The stakes are high for girls who do not complete a comprehensive, quality education.
Girls remain at greater risk than boys of not attending or staying in school due to child marriage, unintended pregnancies (and policies that punish girls for pregnancy and sexual activity), and disproportionately bearing the burden of housework and care for family members.
Girls are also more likely to bear the lifelong consequences of not completing their education, including facing a greater risk of being in violent personal relationships, having more children than desired, experiencing increased child mortality and malnutrition, and facing reduced job prospects, and thus lower economic agency and ability to contribute.
Persistent Gender Bias
Schooling often doesn’t serve girls’ needs and rights, as many classrooms are still characterized by gender bias, lack of belief in girls’ ability in math and science, and traditional gender roles, which girls and boys observe through teacher attitudes, textbooks, widespread acceptance of gender-based violence, and lack of leadership opportunities for girls.
Learn More About Global Girls' Education Fellowship Projects
The first three Global Girls’ Education Fellowships have welcomed
over 300 leaders from across the network.
Motivated by their experiences in the classroom, dozens of alumni of Teach For All network partners are launching and leading initiatives focused on the education and empowerment of women and girls. Meet some of these inspiring innovators:
Girls’ Education & Women’s Leadership Stories