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Let Girls Lead

Let Girls Lead is building a global movement of Champions who empower girls to attend school, stay healthy, escape poverty, and overcome violence. Let Girls Lead invests in girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, storytelling, economic empowerment, and strategic partnerships. Since 2009, Let Girls Lead's proven model has contributed to improved health, education, livelihoods, and rights for more than 3 million girls through the passage of national laws, implementation of programs, and distribution of funds to ensure access to quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. Let Girls Lead's sister initiative, Champions for Change, leverages this proven model to save the lives of women, newborns, and children by empowering leaders and organizations to advocate for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in Nigeria.

Program Director(s)

Denise Raquel Dunning

Program Site

Let Girls Lead


2016 Commission on the Status of Women Delegation

To bring a Let Girls Lead delegation of three girls and young women to New York to participate in 2016 Commission on the Status of Women. 

Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Guatemala and Honduras

Let Girls Lead (LGL) will invest in local leaders and organizations working to address the cultural and social factors that contribute to adolescent girls' high rates of gender-based violence which lead to early pregnancy, school dropout, maternal mortality, and pervasive poverty in Guatemala and Honduras.  LGL will provide technical assistance, monitoring, and grantmaking support to the three organizations.

AGALI Core Operating Support

This grant provides core operating support for the Adolescent Girl’s Advocacy and Leadership Initiative.

Girls Voices Initiative

The Girls’ Voices Initiative amplifies the voices and power of girls to influence the post-2015 development agenda, engaging 135 girl leaders in strategic advocacy with key national decision makers to support the Girl Declaration. Through  advocacy, high-level convenings and strategic communications campaigns led by girl leaders and supported by Let Girls Lead and UNICEF, the initiative will ensure that girls’ priorities and potential influence the agenda in Guatemala, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda and at global and regional levels.

Let Girls Lead 2015-2016

Let Girls Lead will expand its work to improve girls’ lives and livelihoods in Malawi, Ethiopia, Liberia, Uganda, Honduras, and Guatemala.  Through intensive leadership development, grant-making, technical assistance, network support, and institutional strengthening, the LGL approach invests in local leadership to scale up promising grassroots initiatives that have the potential to achieve national-level impact.

Let Girls Lead Organizational Effectiveness

The objectives of this Organizational Effectiveness grant are to solidify and strengthen Let Girls Lead's organizational and programmatic infrastructure in support of sustained impact and growth – in terms of geography, program delivery/diversity, staff, and revenue streams.

Let Girls Lead Young Leader Delegation

Contribution to support the Let Girls Lead Young Leader Delegation at the 2015 UN General Assembly.

Let Girls Lead: Empowering Girls in Guatemala and Honduras

 1. Invest in the vision and strengthen the capacity of 18 Let Girls Lead (LGL) Fellows in Honduras through advocacy capacity building, leadership development, and organizational strengthening. LGL Fellows will increase girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education, information, and services and develop innovative strategies to address the critical SRH challenges experienced by marginalized adolescent girls;

2. Provide seed grants and technical assistance to fund and lay the foundation for LGL Fellows’ innovative strategies to improve girls’ SRH and rights in Honduras; and

3. Strengthen momentum to end child marriage and early unions in Guatemala by supporting country-based advocacy for the “Iniciativa de la Niña,” including through grants, technical assistance and alumni convenings.

Nollywood Champions Initiative

Champions for Change will improve Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) outcomes in Nigeria by providing participating Nollywood Champions with the advocacy skills and support needed to build a national movement to ensure the sexual and reproductive health of youth.

United Nations General Assembly

Let Girls Lead will organize a delegation of girl leaders at the United Nations General Assembly 2015 to share their stories and messages on a global stage. LGL will host girls from Guatemala, Malawi, and Uganda.

WHPA Health Improvement Card

Let Girls Lead will create a youth-friendly WHPA (World Health Professions Alliance) Health Improvement Card.  Using youth-friendly language, visuals, and layout, the card will provide organizations working with young people an important tool to engage and educate youth globally to ask questions and make meaningful and healthy choices.

Youth Advocacy Initiative in Kenya

Let Girls Lead will launch the Youth Advocacy Initiative (YAI) in Kenya.  The goal of YAI is to improve young people’s health and welfare in Kenya by empowering visionary Kenyan civil society advocates and strong local organization by combating the impacts of non-communicable diseases.

Youth Champions Initiative Phase II: Ethiopia 2015 Youth Leadership Bootcamp & Seed Funding

LGL will organize and conduct a Young Champions Initiative Bootcamp--Ethiopia to further develop a cohort of young Ethiopian leaders advancing innovative strategies to improve youth access to quality family planning, comprehensive sexuality education, and abortion services. PHI will strengthen the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) capacity of seven visionary young people previously selected by the Packard Foundation, and support them as they launch innovative initiatives designed to increase access to quality SRH services and information.

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Preventing Violence Across The Globe With Policy Change

Working with local girl- and youth-rights advocates, Rise Up has influenced 124 laws and policies—including raising the age of marriage and increasing access to eduation and rights for girls—impacting more than 115 million individuals in Africa, South Asia, Latin America and the United States. 

PHI's Let Girls Lead has championed the passage of the national Children’s Law in Liberia, supported the ratification of a national treatment protocol for sexual violence survivors in Guatemala, and created a national advocacy network that helped to pass legislation outlawing child marriage in Malawi and Guatemala.

Protecting the Rights of Girls and Youth

Photo credit: Let Girls LeadPHI’s Let Girls Lead provides technical assistance and training in policy advocacy, as well as seed funding, to African and Latin American champions for girls’ rights and health.

Let Girls Lead alumni have  become  powerful policy advocates and contributed to important victories, including passage of the national Children’s Law in Liberia, ratification of a national treatment protocol for sexual violence survivors in Guatemala and creation of a national advocacy network to eliminate child marriage in Malawi and Guatemala. It’s estimated that the work of Let Girls Lead has touched 7 million girls around the globe.