Putting the Girl Effect into action for adolescent girls in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda and beyond.

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What we do

Girl Hub's mission is to empower the 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty to reach their full potential. Girls are a proven force for change and are the catalyst to end global poverty. 

When you improve a girl’s life through education, health, safety and economic opportunity, these changes have a positive ripple effect on their families, communities and nations. Our work aims to shift the social norms that hold girls back, and drive better investments that directly benefit girls.

To achieve this, we focus on unlocking insights. Everything we do is built on what girls tell us they need and what they tell us will work for them.

Girl Hub is a strategic collaboration between the Department for International Development and the Nike Foundation, designed to bring together the expertise of both organisations to transform the lives of adolescent girls. 

We currently operate in RwandaNigeria and Ethiopia. We also support work for girls in other countries, such as Kenya and DRC, from our global team in London.

Our work is concentrated in four areas:

  1. ADVOCACY: Bringing girls’ voices to the forefront and involving them in the design and implementation of policies.
  2. BRAND AND COMMUNICATION: Developing social communications to inspire and engage girls, and shape how societies view and value them.
  3. PARTNERSHIPS AND POLICY: Informing and influencing decision makers to invest overseas aid and development budgets in effective policies and programmes that benefit girls.
  4. INSIGHTS & KNOWLEDGE: Creating robust data and evidence to track the impact of our work for girls.

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Girl Hub Rwanda

BY GIRLS, FOR GIRLS: GIRL HUB’S CO-DESIGNING PROCESS

When designing and developing products and solutions for girls, how do we ensure that girls can use these products and that they are relevant to girls’ needs? By employing a process of product and...
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Girl Hub Ethiopia

HOW ARE WE LEARNING ABOUT YEGNA?

“Whenever I listen to the Yegna girls and the different scenarios they get in, I think ‘what if it were my sister who was in this position?’” The best thing about working on the Yegna project is...
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Girl Hub Ethiopia

“WE NEED TO ADDRESS SEX WORKERS AS MOTHERS, AS WOMEN AND AS HUMAN BEINGS”

Helen* is one of around nine thousand girls and young women who make a living from sex work in Addis Ababa. It’s a dangerous business. Girls are often subjected to violence and the risk of serious...
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Girl Hub Nigeria

MALALA’S BIRTHDAY SPEECH IN NIGERIA

‘I see the Chibok Girls as my sisters’ Malala spent her birthday last year in New York, but she chose this ‘Malala Day’ to turn 17 on Nigerian soil. She wanted to celebrate the strength of children...
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Girl Hub Ethiopia

ETHIOPIA PROMISES TO ELIMINATE CHILD MARRIAGE & FGM BY 2025

“Our approach puts girls at the heart of our commitment, working closely with them, their families and communities, to end these practices for good and break the cycle of harmful traditional...
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Girl Hub Ethiopia

ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE IN ETHIOPIA

On July 22nd the UK government will host the first Girl Summit, alongside UNICEF. The focus of the event is on efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage...
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Girl Hub Rwanda

RWANDA’S GIRL RESEARCH UNIT GRADUATES

In our last post, we shared the great news about the graduation of Ni Nyampinga’s 30 Ambassadors. This week, we’re excited to celebrate the first graduation of Rwanda’s first Girl Research Unit.   On...
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Girl Hub Rwanda

NI NYAMPINGA GRADUATES 30 OF ITS AMBASSADORS

On May 29th, thirty Ni Nyampinga ambassadors graduated in a colorful event that took place at the Girl Hub Rwanda office. The ambassadors were selected two years ago to advocate for the magazine and...
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Girl Hub Rwanda

THE NI NYAMPINGA STORY

Two years since its launch as a magazine and weekly radio show by Rwandan girl journalists, there is a rich tale to tell about Ni Nyampinga, with some exciting early signs of impact. So we are proud...
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Girl Hub Nigeria

NIGERIA’S MOST POWERFUL WOMEN COMMIT TO INVESTING IN GIRLS AT THE WOMEN: INSPIRATION AND ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE

Girl Hub Nigeria recently had the pleasure of taking part in the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) symposium in Lagos, Nigeria. We were part of a panel discussing “Our Future: This is the...
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