Sisterhood. Leadership. Economic Independence.

Preparing Women for Economic Independence 

Women’s Education Project (WEP) partners with girl-focused NGOs in India to providing our I Am a Leader Academy for young, underprivileged women to become economically independent leaders.

WEP Academies are lively, safe places where within a spirited community of peers, young women expand their understanding of the world, develop and express their own opinions, find their voice, discover career and entrepreneurial ambitions and ignite their inner spark.

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The Problem

WEP is a vital next step for young underprivileged women to circumvent deep rooted social pressures and become economically independent leaders.

Without WEP, they are at risk of:

India has one of the highest prevalence of child marriage in the world. 7% of girls are married before 15, and 27% before the age of 18.

Source: UNICEF, 2017

27% of the trafficked individuals in India are children for either the sex trade or child labor. 61% are girls. In Andhra Pradesh, where WEP works, 11,625 of the almost 20,000 missing children were girls.

Source: The Times of India, Cry, UNICEF

30% to 50% of women in India have reported experiencing some kind of violence in their homes.

Source: ICRW report. 

50% of women in India between the age of 15 and 49 are anemic.


73% of women work within their homes or at daily wage, sometimes unsafe, irregular employment.

Of the 73% of women who work within their homes or at daily wage work, most do not have a voice and therefore, do not participate in their homes or communities.

If the 73% of women who remain isolated and voiceless in India were to become economically independent leaders (confident, skilled and financially literate) they would:

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Be leaders and role models in their families and communities.

Break the cycle of poverty in their families.

Raise the World GDP by 26%.

Her contributions are significant. Her needs are urgent. The world can’t wait.

Our Vision

In a world of accelerating change, we see women, proud and informed, making important and responsible decisions about their lives, families and communities. We see women, vibrant and determined, choosing careers for which they are confident and well prepared. We see women, courageous and enterprising, preparing the way for others to follow.

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To assist women of limited means liberate their inner spark: to become confident, educated, self-reliant, and responsible citizens, pursuing professional or entrepreneurial paths of their choosing.

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It is WEP’s keystone belief that the decisions an educated woman makes as a self-reliant, informed, responsible citizen, effect lasting social change in her own life, her family, and society.

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We value courage, freedom, equality, and, above all, the indomitable eloquence of the human spirit.

Our Work

Women’s Education Project provides girl-focused NGOs the I Am a Leader Academy for young underprivileged women to become economically independent leaders.

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Your support helps a young woman attend a WEP I Am a Leader Academy, embarking on adventures to explore her career interests, realize her inner courage and ultimately become an economically independent leader.