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Act With Her

Aiming to improve gender equality and empower adolescent girls ages 10-17, this 5-year project strives to increase girls’ capabilities across six domains of well-being and facilitate healthy transitions to adulthood, including through puberty and secondary school, and—if they so choose—through sexual debut, employment, marriage, and childbearing. It also engages boys, families, and communities to shift inequitable gender norms, and works to increase the accessibility and use of key health, education, and other systems by adolescents.

Project Date: 2017 - present
Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Country: Ethiopia
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What We Do

  • Work across multiple sectors and at individual, community, and systems levels to empower adolescent girls
  • Give girls the opportunity to gain the necessary individual and collective capabilities via curriculum-based groups facilitated by “near peer” mentors ages 18-24
  • Catalyze positive shifts in gender and social norms through gender-synchronized and transformative activities with boys, parents, and communities
  • Strengthen key systems and the quality of services to be equitable and adolescent-responsive—including within health, education, livelihoods, and child protection
  • Collaborate closely with key implementing partners CARE International and Save the Children
  • Contribute to global evidence generation and learning through evaluation by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded Gender & Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) research consortium

Project Staff Members

Tricia Petruney

Project Director, Act With Her

Tricia brings more than 13 years of experience in advancing global sexual and reproductive health and rights to...

Mengistu Asnake

Senior Country Director

Dr. Asnake is a public health specialist with more than 28 years of experience in reproductive health, primary health care, child survival, community health services, program management, training,...

Kidest Lulu

Deputy Country Director

Kidest is our deputy country director in Ethiopia and the technical director for our TRANSFORM...

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