Who We Are
Bridging the gender equality gap since 2012
We provide medically accurate and evidence-based comprehensive health and sexuality education to advance gender equality by fostering empowered, healthy, and informed decision making in adolescent girls and young women.
A country’s economic standing is directly correlated with the health and education of its girls.
“We exist for the 2 out of 3 girls worldwide who have no idea what is happening to them when they start menstruation. For the 66% of young people around the world cannot demonstrate accurate knowledge of HIV prevention and transmission. For the estimated 20,000 women who are killed every year, for the countless others who do not feel safe walking the streets at night, for no other reason than being female.”
Pavita Singh - GHE Executive Director
Who Is GHE?
Girls Health Ed is a nonprofit organization founded, operated, and led by women of color whose mission is to advance gender equality by fostering empowered, healthy, and informed decision making in adolescent girls and young women through comprehensive health and sexuality education.
Where Are We?
We serve adolescent girls and young women, ages 8+, from underserved communities in the United States and internationally. We currently operate in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; and New Orleans, LA and in Kenya (Nairobi, Nyamira, and Kogelo). We’ve also hosted pilot programs in Hyderabad, India and Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh.
These locations were chosen due to the high rates of such conditions as HIV/AIDS and other STIs, early and unwanted pregnancy, gender-based violence, and obesity. We conduct our programs in locations where we see a demand, where we receive requests, and where we have a strong network of Teaching Fellows, partners, and volunteers.
How We Started and How It’s Going
“Feminism is not feminism unless it’s intersectional. Socio-economic status, race, religion, geography, sexuality, and other factors underlie whether or not someone can have the equal opportunity. No one is free unless everyone is free. If one person is vulnerable, everyone is vulnerable. When we founded Girls Health Ed, the founding board and I started with low-income Black and Latinx adolescents first. We know that interventions work best when we start with those who are traditionally last.”
Sarah Hillware – GHE Founder and Board Chair
Your Support Is Powerful!
Join our efforts to improve the lives of girls and young women through comprehensive health and sexuality education. Thanks to your continued support, we can expand our reach and help even more girls and young women change their lives.
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