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Evidence and Results: Educating Vulnerable Girls to Become Empowered Women

Thu, March 9, 3:00 to 4:30pm, Sheraton Atlanta, Floor: 1, Capitol South (North Tower)

Session Submission Type: Group Panel

Description of Session

In this panel we provide a forum to discuss research evidence regarding school age gender (in)equity issues and potential best practices to reverse these trends. To date, the range of organizations that implement life skills education component in their programming for girls is indicative that a wider breadth of skills than those she learns in the classroom is important for her success, well-being, and empowerment. Yet where there is less consensus is in the identification of target skills, vehicles and approaches to implementation, and indicators and methods of assessment. . This panel will present evidence based learning on collaborative partnerships, collective impact, school and community based sustainability, and stakeholder engagement innovation.
Objectives of the panel : We will engage the girls’ education community in a collaborative exploration of these issues with the aim of developing a set of evidence-based guidelines and tools in girls’ programming for practitioners and key stakeholders in advance the multiple dimensions of girls’ education. Presenters will share findings on effectiveness of the impact of integrated workforce development and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) oward improving girls confidence, skills and workforce development. The moderator will facilitate a discussion on how these findings can be integrated into existing or designs for new programs. The audience and panel discussion will identify data gaps for programming and research and what the CIES community can do next to fill those gaps.

Theory of Change and Framework: All participating organizations support a similar theory of change and framework toward girl education and empowerment. Each organization bring unique approaches and attributes that can be leveraged through this evidence dissemination and discussion. Inputs include Stakeholder Engagement, Complimentary content to support academic curriculum, boy inclusion for creating allies, and safe spaces for meetings. Outcomes include Increased girl agency and voice, Increased ability for cortical thinking and problem solving, Finanical literacy, Increased knowledge of personal safety, rights and services available. With the Long term Impacts of Economic Independence, Healthier lives, and Control of Life Decisions.

Structure of the panel: This panel will consist of the Moderator acting as the stage setting agent for the follow on panelists. Each panelist will accentuate specific attributes, best practices and evidence of impact moving from inequity toward greater equity.

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