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Act With Her

We take a panoramic approach to partnering with adolescent girls in laying the health, education, economic, and social foundations that they need to thrive during the transition to adulthood. This upstream approach provides girls with support during one of the most crucial life stages, reaching them before or during some of the most common disruptors of their future well-being (such as forced marriage, pregnancy, or school dropout). Although it’s a girl-centered program, we also directly include adolescent boys and connect with parents/caregivers and local communities, to ensure that adolescent girls have support now and in the future from their peers, partners, families, and influential allies. First launched in 2017 in Ethiopia, in 2021 the project expanded into Jordan.

Project Date: 2017 - present
Funder: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Elsa & Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation
Country: Ethiopia Jordan

What We Do

  • Work across multiple sectors and at individual, community, and systems levels to support adolescent girls
  • Deliver 6-10 months of weekly empowerment clubs that cover a wide range of topics including puberty and menstruation, health, nutrition, education, communication, safety, gender, and economic empowerment themes
  • Catalyze positive shifts in gender and social norms through gender-synchronized and transformative activities with boys, parents/caregivers, and communities
  • Strengthen key systems and the quality of services to be equitable and adolescent-responsive—including within health, education, livelihoods, and child protection
  • Co-implement with key partners (CARE in Ethiopia and The Institute for Family Health in Jordan)
  • Contribute to global evidence generation and learning through external evaluation in Ethiopia by the Gender & Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) research consortium, funded by the UK government

Related Resources

Fact Sheet – Act With Her in Ethiopia

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Fact Sheet – Act With Her in Jordan

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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,...

Wejdan Abu Lail

Technical & Program Manager, Act With Her

Dr. Abu Lail has a PhD in business administration and an additional background in nursing and education. She has over 25 years of experience in management, leadership, education, consultation, and...

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