Advancing Gender Equality in India

  • P Project/Program

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) believes the root causes of early and child marriage can be most effectively addressed through a comprehensive “Four A’s” approach: Aspirations: Change cultural beliefs about gender roles and encourage women and girls to consider futures that previously seemed out of reach; Agency: Help girls and young women develop the ability to choose and to act independently so they can take action to advance their own goals; Availability: Increase the availability of institutions, policies and services that enhance the ability of girls and young women to pursue jobs and education and realize their sexual health and rights; Access: Ensure girls and young women can access resources and services and work to overcome resistance from their families and communities.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation



2014 -


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Ministry Affiliation



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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • School-related gender-based violence

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


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School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • N/A

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

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Program Approaches Back to Top

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power


  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)
  • Other activities to end child marriage (not captured above)

School-related gender-based violence

  • Anti-violence policies and codes of conduct

Women's empowerment programs

  • Advocacy/action
  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased years of schooling

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of HIV, puberty, and sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage
  • Reduced poverty/increase household well-being
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)