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I raise up my voice – not so I can shout, but so that those without a
voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.
– Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Fund

Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai founded Malala Fund to champion every girls’ right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Malala Fund is creating a more equal world where all girls go to school by investing in local education activists, advocating to hold leaders accountable, and amplifying girls’ voices.


Know Your IX

Know Your IX recognizes the inequity of gender violence and advocates for, and empowers students to pursue their civil right to education free from violence and harassment. Know Your IX is a survivor and youth-led project of Advocates for Youth that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. Know Your IX draws upon the civil rights law Title IX as an alternative to the criminal legal system — one that is more just and responsive to the educational, emotional, financial, and stigmatic harms of violence. 

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Girl Up

Girl Up is a movement to advance girls’ skills, rights and opportunities to be leaders. Girl Up’s leadership development programs have impacted 85,500 girls through 4500 clubs in nearly 125 countries and all 50 US States, inspiring a generation of girls to be force for change for gender equality and social change.


Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. focuses on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and evidence-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls Inc. inspires all girls to become strong, smart, and bold, through direct service and advocacy.

The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative


The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is focusing policy advocacy efforts on marginalized and excluded groups, reduction of school-related gender-based violence, improved learning outcomes for girls, and an increased number of girls accessing post primary opportunities.

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She's the First

She’s the First fights for a world where every girl chooses her own future. They team up with local organizations to make sure girls are educated, respected, and heard. She’s the First is a community of advocates and change makers; ambitious students and dedicated teachers; inspiring artists and seasoned policymakers; resilient mothers and feminist fathers; community organizers and business leaders – fighting gender inequality through education. 

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Girl Rising

Girl Rising uses the power of storytelling to change the way the world values girls and their education. A team of former journalists set out to answer the question: How do you end global poverty? The powerful truth they uncovered was that educating girls is the single best way to achieve that goal. Yet, millions of girls are missing from classrooms, facing barriers that boys don't: early marriage, sex trafficking, domestic slavery and gender-based violence. Through mass media campaigns and community-led partnerships, Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire girls to create a different future and bring people together in a shared mission to create transformational change in the way girls are valued. 

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Global Girls' Bill of Rights

The Global Girls’ Bill of Rights is a declaration of the rights all girls are entitled to, written by girls, for girls. It was created for the 2019 International Day of the Girl and was presented to the United Nations. In total, the Girls' Bill of Rights reached over 150 million people around the world.


Together for Girls

Together for Girls uses data and partnerships to raise awareness, promote evidence-based solutions, and galvanize multisectoral action to end violence against children, with a focus on preventing sexual violence against girls.  In 2016, TfG launched the Every Hour Matters campaign to address the critical timeline for post-rape care. The EHM Youth Engagement Toolkit was created by youth, for youth. It guides trained young professionals in hosting educational workshops on post-rape care. The toolkit also fosters dialogue around gender dynamics, power structures, and stigma surrounding sexual violence. These tools can be adapted for countries and regions around the world.


Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait is the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies and protracted crises. ECW was established during the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 by international humanitarian and development aid actors, along with public and private donors, to help reposition education as a priority on the humanitarian agenda, usher in a more collaborative approach among actors on the ground and foster additional funding to ensure that every crisis-affected child and young person is in school and learning.

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Plan International

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International has a bold new ambition to work with 100 million girls to transform their lives. Girls Get Equal is their global campaign demanding power, freedom and representation for girls and young women. The Activist Hub has inspiration, resources, and tools for campaigners. Share Your Power allows you to stand in solidarity with girls across the globe in the pursuit of gender equality.

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Equal Rights Advocate’s Initiative to End Sexual Violence in Education

End Sexual Violence in Education (ESVE) helps students find support and seek justice when sexual assault or harassment threatens to disrupt their education. As part of this initiative, ERA launched the nation’s first network of pro bono attorneys dedicated to helping college student survivors. ERA trains and supports these volunteer lawyers, known as ENOUGH Advocates, to help student survivors learn their legal rights, figure out their school’s complaint and investigation policies, and weigh their options in the wake of sexual assault or harassment. A comprehensive guide, the Student Survivor Toolkit, created by ERA to assist and support survivors with the Title IX filing process is available on the website.

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The Milaan Foundation

The Milaan Foundation is a social impact organization, which envisions an inclusive and equal world, where every girl has the knowledge, skills, and social environment to pursue her dreams and explore her full potential. By 2030, Milaan will empower 10 million girls across India and build a movement of Girl Leaders with a thriving ecosystem of change-makers and networks.


Because I am a Girl

Because I am a Girl is an initiative of Plan International Canada working to advance girls’ rights by helping them unleash their inherent power and potential. Plan International is standing with girls and young women by providing a platform, opportunities and support for them to become leaders to advocate for change in their lives, in their community, or around the world. Girls are at the forefront of movements to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and ban child marriage. Campaigns also continue in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and UK.


Girl Effect

Girl Effect builds youth brands, mobile platforms, and apps to empower girls to change their lives. Creative experts in media, mobile, brand, and international development work where girls are marginalized and vulnerable. Serving millions of girls in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, Girl Effect uses technology to reach girls at scale so every girl can choose to be in control of her body, her health, her learning, and livelihood.


60 Million Girls

60 Million Girls is a Montreal-based public foundation dedicated to girls’ education in developing countries. To achieve the goal of gender equality in educational opportunities, 60 Million Girls partners with Canadian charities that have a proven and sustainable track record. Healthy, safe, empowered girls transform families, communities and countries.

Equality League

Equality League advances gender equality in sport by changing discriminatory policies and practices that obstruct access, equality, and safety for women and girls. EQL seeks power, protection, and (equal) pay and prize money for athletes in America and around the world. The Athlete Advocacy Training trains a global network of athlete advocates on athletes’ rights, storytelling, campaigns, and coalition building.

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Girlhood Studies

Girlhood Studies is an interdisciplinary journal published in association with the International Girls Studies Association, devoted to the study of girlhood: with, for, and about girls. Girlhood Studies solicits manuscripts from a variety of disciplines.


Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sports

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport is an interdisciplinary research center leading a global effort to accelerate change for girls and women in sport and physical activity and their families and communities.  The Tucker Center is devoted to sponsoring, promoting, and disseminating scholarly activity on how sport impacts the lives of girls and women.


Girls Globe

Girls’ Globe is the digital media & learning platform for changemakers worldwide. The Girls’ Globe Community provides stories, opinions, news and research on the most pressing issues of our time. Members are activists, advocates, experts, and organizations that work with gender equality, human rights and social justice around the world.


Girls Above Society

Girls Above Society provides personal development, social and cyber education curriculums for all elementary and middle school girls and empowers girls to lead with confidence and transform negativity into self-worth within a peer-to-peer safe space and starting the conversations about the pressures girls face. Girls Above Society gives girls the tools to create a unique voice, and the mindset that ideas can turn into possibilities, empowering girls to be brave, confident, and cyber-smart.


Stop Sexual Assault in Schools

Stop Sexual Assault in Schools, a national nonprofit, educates students, families, and schools about the right to an equal education free from sexual harassment. Its extensive one-stop website includes innovative free resources, videos, action plans, get help information, a library of curated research, and more.  SSAIS perspectives are featured in over 200 media reports. SSAIS also responds to inquiries from families facing sexual harassment/assault in their schools, advocates for legislative change, conducts research, and offers internships.


Alliance for Girls

Alliance for Girls mobilizes girls’ champions to address barriers facing girls, create conditions for their success, and advance systemic change to achieve equity. Acting as a central hub of information for girls’ services in the San Francisco Bay area, Alliance for Girls facilitates collaboration and coordination among member organizations, provides access to data on key issues affecting the lives of girls and young women, and advocates for greater legislative support and funding.



SASH Club, an innovative project of Stop Sexual Assault in Schools nonprofit, provides free downloadable resources empowering youth to end sexual harassment and assault in their schools, communities, and personal lives. Inclusive and welcoming, SASH Clubs bring together peers to educate themselves and others about sexual harassment and assault, support survivors, and promote change.



SafeBAE is a survivor-founded, student-led national organization whose mission is to end sexual assault among middle and high school students. As the only national peer-to-peer organization of its kind, SafeBAE helps promote culture change by giving teens the tools to become activists and shift school culture through raising awareness about dating violence, sexual harassment and assault, affirmative consent, safe bystander intervention, survivor care, and their rights under Title IX.


Girl Security

Girl Security is preparing girls, women, and gender minorities for national security through equity-informed learning, transitional high school-to-college training, and relationship-based mentoring. By empowering girls to play a role in security, girls can fulfill their economic potential and forge an understanding of national security shaped by their lived experiences. Girl Security works across the United States to ensure girls have access to financially-supported, cutting-edge programming to prepare them for a future workforce shaped by security challenges. Through specialized programming, Girl Security equips participants with key concepts, frameworks, and insights to provide a strong foundational understanding of the national security field, while also empowering them to challenge the existing norms that have long-defined the national security field.


Girls Leadership

Girls Leadership teaches girls to exercise the power of their voice through programs grounded in social emotional learning. Centered on gender and racial equity, Girls Leadership provides programs for girls, workshops for families, and professional development training for teachers, guidance counselors, and non-profit staff.



ACESWorld works to accelerate learning, earning, and agency of adolescent girls and women and to end global poverty by removing barriers to health, education, and agency through programs, partnerships, and knowledge exchange to create a world of shared prosperity. ACESWorld envisions an end to all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code implements data-driven solutions to address the gender gap in tech in the US, Canada, the UK, and India. Over 8,500 programs offered by Girls Who Code range from Grade 3 to College and Career levels, with club programs for younger students, virtual summer programs for high school students, and support and internships for 18-25 year olds.

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Graduate Women International

Graduate Women International is a world-wide NGO of women graduates promoting life-long education and advocating for advancement of girls and women. GWI advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels, with the vision of 100% of girls and women in the world achieving education beyond primary school.


I Have The Right To

I Have The Right To is a national nonprofit founded out of the experience of high school sexual assault survivor Chessy Prout and is dedicated to raising awareness of high school sexual assault, consent education and supporting survivors. IHTRT provides free monthly online training for parents, educators, and coaches, and resources for survivors, parents, and the community.


The Maiden Factor

The Maiden Factor raises awareness of the 130 million girls worldwide who are currently not able to access an education by interacting with, fundraising for and supporting community programmes worldwide which enable girls into education and support them to remain there through their teenage years. Maiden sails around the world, landing in ports to promote education and STEM for girls in particular.


The Campaign for Female Education

The Campaign for Female Education catalyzes the power of the most vulnerable girls and young women to create the future they imagine: for themselves, their communities and for Africa. CAMFED has created a model that radically improves girls’ prospects of becoming independent, influential women with programs that tackle poverty and inequality by providing the financial and social support girls need to learn, thrive and lead.


The Mariposa DR Foundation

The Mariposa DR Foundation creates sustainable solutions to end generational poverty by educating girls to become empowered young women and inspiring the international community to join the global movement. The Mariposa Center is a model designed to demonstrate the value of investing in girls’ futures.


Girl Up Uganda Initiative

Girl Up Uganda Initiative works to build a vibrant movement of girls and young women through transformative leadership, sexual and reproductive health education, and skills development. Their strategy for gender equity includes supporting physical autonomy, providing programming that increases economic opportunity, improving school safety and advocating for girls’ rights.

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Take It Down

Take It Down is a free service provided by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children that can help you remove or stop the online sharing of nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit images or videos taken when you were under 18 years old, while remaining anonymous. Take It Down will work on public or unencrypted online platforms that have agreed to participate. If you were under age 18 when images or videos of you nude, partially nude, or in a sexually explicit situation were taken and you believe they have been or will be shared online, you can use this service. The image or video must be on your device.

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The Courage First Athlete Helpline

The Courage First Athlete Helpline is a helpline for athletes and communities involved in every type of sport. The initiative builds on the expertise of the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline and the commitment of the Foundation for Global Sports Development to empower athletes of all ages through fair play and safe participation in athletics. Courage First’s team of athlete-centered counselors offer confidential assistance through calls, text, and online chat.

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