U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls

In March 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry launched the first-ever U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, which brings together four U.S. government agencies to tackle barriers that keep adolescent girls from achieving their full potential. As part of the strategy, each agency— the State Department, USAID, the Peace Corps, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation—has its own implementation plan.

Adolescent girls face a unique set of challenges. Safety, health, and access to education are far from guaranteed for this age group in certain parts of the world. But in almost every country, girls experiences stereotypes and bias at home, in their communities, or in the classroom.

By bringing together the expertise and strength of these four agencies, the U.S. government hopes to empower girls to get the education and training they need to succeed. With the help of civil society organizations, the private sector, and governments around the world, the action driven by this strategy will prepare the next generation of women to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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U.S. Department of State