Girls' Empowerment

“[BRAC’s programs] are shaped by giving voice to young people’s concerns and aspirations — and then giving them the means to shape their own futures.”

-Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC Founder and Chair Emeritus-

BRAC believes that adolescent girls are one of the most powerful agents for change in the world. Research shows that empowered, resilient girls are better equipped to avoid child marriage, delay teenage pregnancy, and build healthy futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. BRAC’s programs provide girls with the tools to break the cycle of poverty and unlock their potential through economic empowerment, social empowerment, and education.

Our Approach

Safe Spaces


BRAC’s local girls clubs provide safe spaces for girls age 13 to 21 to sing, dance, play games, and socialize with their friends within a safe distance of their homes and away from the pressures of family life. Some girls are trained as peer mentors who lead training for the other girls in life skills, health and nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, financial literacy, and livelihood skills.

Life Skills


Girls in BRAC’s programs gain confidence in themselves and learn crucial life skills from peer mentors, including training in women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health, early marriage and prenancy, gender-based violence, sexual harassment, and more, helping them prepare them for lives as strong, resilient, and adaptable adults.

Economic Empowerment


BRAC’s believes that social empowerment goes hand in hand with economic empowerment. Girls receive demand-driven training in livelihoods such as hair braiding, baking, and agriculture; financial and business education, including budget management; and microloans to start their own businesses. BRAC’s experience lending to adolescent girls has proven girls to be credit-worthy, as 70 percent of girls in the program took loans ranging from $7 to $440 with a 98 percent recovery rate.

Program Highlights

Labor Market Assessment: Liberia

Labor Market Assessment: Liberia

Adolescent girls and young women face disproportionate barriers to formal employment in West Africa. A new report offers insight into those challenges and provides actionable recommendations for employers and job seekers. Read the report.
Job Market Analysis: Sierra Leone

Job Market Analysis: Sierra Leone

Finding opportunities for formal employment is a challenge for adolescent girls and young women in West Africa. A new report delivers insights into those issues and actionable recommendations for employers and job seekers. Read the report.
Books Inspired by Real Stories from Girls in West Africa

Books Inspired by Real Stories from Girls in West Africa

BRAC aims to equip adolescent girls with the tools they need to thrive, and life skills are a vital part of that tool box. BRAC published a set of books inspired by real stories from girls in West Africa. The books navigate sensitive issues that many of the girls we serve experience, including forced marriage, early pregnancy, and domestic violence. Hear from the West African authors who brought these girls’ stories to life.
Women's Empowerment in Action

Women's Empowerment in Action

A randomized control trial of the Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program in Uganda found that girls in villages with ELA clubs were almost 50% more likely to engage in income-generating activities and were significantly more likely to delay marriage and pregnancy. Explore the research.

Our Impact

Noeline’s Journey

Worldwide, adolescent girls are one of the most vulnerable populations. Uganda has an especially high teenage pregnancy rate and few employment opportunities for young people who can’t afford to finish school. Learn how BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents program has created new opportunities for Noeline.