The Integrated Project for Empowering Adolescent Girls

About the Program

The Integrated Project for Empowering Adolescent Girls is based in Aurangabad and Jalna Districts in the state of Maharashtra in India. The project is for married and unmarried adolescent girls and offers support and protection from the consequences of child, early, and forced marriage; pregnancy; and sexual and domestic violence. 

 

It does this by offering girls at risk of early marriage access to the life skills program that takes place over six months, which aims to boost confidence, increase agency, and educate the girls on their rights and health, including sexual and reproductive health.

In addition, the program includes participation in an Adolescent Girls Club and leadership training for older girls to take their knowledge back to their communities. The project also includes programming for young men in the community on masculinity and gender norms. 

 

The program was evaluated by the International Center for Research on Women, and in areas where the program was operating, there was an increase in the median age of marriage from 16 to 17 years, and the proportion of girls being married prior to turning 18 had reduced from 80.7% to 61.8%. 

The success of the program highlights three key features for similar programs:

  1. Adopt an integrated, holistic approach
  2. Record the adaptation process and successes to inform further evidence-based policy and program development
  3. Have a plan to scale up the program from its inception

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Program Overview

  • Organization: Institute of Health Management, Pachod
  • Strategy: Norms & Values
  • Intervention: Community mobilization programs to change attitudes, norms and behaviors with direct intervention at the community level
  • Ranking: This intervention is categorized as PRUDENT
  • Location: India
  • Age Group: All
  • Gender: Female

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