Umang - Empowering Girls to Amplify their Aspirations

  • P Project/Program

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Key Information

ICRW’s approach to ending child marriage includes empowering girls themselves while also increasing their support network by working with parents, schools, communities, men and boys. In the face of complex social structures and gender norms, the program will attempt to work at multiple levels to remove the barriers that face girls on a daily basis. With the IKEA Foundation’s support, ICRW will set two project objectives in motion: reduce the prevalence of child marriage in some of the most resistant, high prevalence districts in Jharkhand and advocate for policy change in order to ensure efforts to reduce child marriage are supported and sustained from the government down to the community level. ICRW’s program will reach out to women and girls who are highly vulnerable and live in marginalized contexts. Our team will start there and expand our efforts based on the lessons learned and best practices for bringing down the rates of child marriage.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


Not applicable or unknown


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Ministry Affiliation



The Ikea Foundation

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Community sensitization
  • Early/child marriage
  • Other cultural practices
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

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

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Boys (both in school and out of school)
  • Community leaders
  • Fathers
  • Mothers
  • Other community members - female
  • Other community members - male
  • School administrators

Participants include

  • Orphans and vulnerable children

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies
  • Developing/promoting new laws/policies
  • Raising awareness about existing laws/policies

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

Not applicable or unknown

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Reduced child marriage