Girl Empower

  • P Project/Program

I Inactive

Key Information

The Girl Empower program was implemented by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in 56 communities in Nimba County, Liberia from February to November 2016. 772 girls aged 13-14 years old participated in a mentorship program during which groups of 6 to 20 girls met on a weekly basis. Young female mentors from the community facilitated these weekly sessions and guided the girl participants through a 32-week life skills curriculum. The Girl Empower program aimed to equip adolescent girls with the skills and experiences necessary to make healthy, strategic life choices and to stay safe from sexual violence. It also tested the additional impact of a conditional cash transfer paid to families, based on a girl’s attendance at mentorship sessions.


Sub-Saharan Africa


Government Affiliation



2016 - 2016

Ministry Affiliation



COVID-19 Response


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education

Cross-cutting areas

  • Empowerment
  • Mentorship
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Sexual harassment & coercion
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls in school


13 - 14

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Fathers
  • Mothers

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Peer mentors

Reducing economic barriers

  • Conditional cash transfers (including non-cash goods) to individuals/households

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased school completion (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Improved understanding of sexual harassment, coercion, and consent
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage