In September, Girl Effect becomes an independent organisation, with Farah Ramzan Golant as new CEO.
As a result of relentless work by Girl Effect and 25 development partners, the Girl Declaration ensures girls feature prominently in the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s a landmark moment – the first time girls’ needs are explicitly and substantively included in the global development framework.
The first TEGA pilot runs in Kano, Northern Nigeria.
Alongside UNICEF – with the support of UK Prime Minister, David Cameron – Girl Effect host the first Girl Summit, aiming to end FGM and child marriage. As a result of the event, 19 countries commit to ending FGM and child marriage within a generation.
Girl Effect speaks with more than 500 adolescent girls living in poverty, to understand their hopes, fears, practical needs, and ideas for solutions to the challenges they face.
These insights inform the Girl Declaration – a concrete set of goals, targets and indicators created with over 25 development partners, with the ambition to inspire a deep girl-focus within development institutions.
Girl Effect unveils Yegna, Ethiopia’s first brand for teens. Initially a radio drama, Yegna – meaning ‘ours’ – follows five girls who face their own challenges but come together through a love of music to form a band.
Girl Effect launches Ni Nyampinga as a magazine and radio show. It starts with 7 girl journalists aged 15-24 reporting stories about local girls who break from restrictive norms. The name Ni Nyampinga is chosen by girls, and means ‘a girl who is beautiful inside and out and makes good decisions’.
Girl Hub is launched by the Nike Foundation and DFID. The partnership leads to the creation of the Girl Summit, to accelerate progress on issues affecting girls. It also launches the SPRING incubator, to support entrepreneurs developing products and services that improve girls lives.
Girl Effect starts to focus on the program models that have been most successful, and have the biggest potential to scale.
Girl Effect’s work challenges people to think differently about girls. From the launch of film The Clock is Ticking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, to collaborations with the Novo Foundation, the United Nations Foundation and many other partners.
Girl Effect is launched in 2004 by the Nike Foundation and its partners. Founded on a single premise: that the most effective way to break the cycle of global poverty is to improve the situation of adolescent girls.