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.
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.
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.