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Women’s Education Project2018-11-18T07:30:02+00:00

Choosing Her Own Career.

Leading Her Own Life.

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.

Women’s Education Project (WEP) provides our Consortium of girl-focused NGOs in South Asia a program to prepare young, vulnerable south Asian women for formal sector employment.

WEP Centers 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 ambitions and ignite their inner spark.

Currently, more than 1200 women have graduated; over 800 have entered their first employment as pharmacists, lab technicians, therapists, teachers, corporate and legal assistants, and entrepreneurs.

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The Problem

38% of the world’s poor live in South Asia
51% (126 million) of them are girls and women

ALL ARE AT RISK OF:

South Asia has the highest prevalence of child marriage in the world. 1 in 2 girls in South Asia marry before the age of 18.

Percentages of young women that marry before age 18 by country:
Bangladesh 59% Nepal (37%) Afghanistan (35%) and India (27%)

Source: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/region/south-asia/

150,000 people in South Asia are trafficked each year. Most are women and children.

Source: http://www.iosrjournals.org/iosr-jhss/papers/Vol20-issue3/Version-6/A020360108.pdf

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

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4254892/

Only 23% of young vulnerable women in South Asia are employed in personally rewarding viable careers.

If these 126 million young women and girls worked in a formal sector career of their own choosing, they would:

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Be self-reliant and financially independent.

Break the cycle of poverty in their families.

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Contribute to their career fields.

Raise the World GDP by 26%.

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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Mission

To assist women of limited means liberate their inner spark: to become confident, educated, self-reliant, and responsible citizens and, for those pursuing a professional path, to develop fulfilling careers of their choosing.

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Values

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

Our Work

Women’s Education Project helps young women discover their leader within to pursue fulfilling careers and purposeful lives.

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Support Our Work

Your support helps a young woman attend a WEP Center, receive a college scholarship and embark on I Am a Leader adventures to explore her career interests, her inner courage and ultimately become a leader of her own career and life.

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