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Girls' Impact Fund

Founded by the Women's Network

The Girls' Impact Fund

Save the Children believes in a world where every girl has the power to determine her own future.

Founded by our Women's Network, the Girls’ Impact Fund paves the way for a new approach to how we support girls, channelling specific funding and activities designed for, and with, girls.

The Girls’ Impact Fund will prioritise approaches that are led by girls, and which help them to become more empowered. We’ll listen to girls about their lived experiences and the challenges they face, and work with them to make sure their needs come first.

As part of the initiative, we’ll ensure resources are held by girls and local organisations – supporting our efforts towards a locally-led approach and more equitable partnerships. We’ll also use funding to make sure girls’ empowerment and gender equality are further embedded into our existing and new programmes, support advocacy led by girls to push for the change they want to see, and build the capacity and resource required to do this work.

Hadija smiles while looking away from the camera. Photo credit: Sasha Nicholl / Save the Children

Hadija,* advocate for girls' rights and leader at a Save the Children-supported club for girls in Tanzania. *name changed

Investing in girl leaders

As we look toward 2022 and beyond, the Girls’ Impact Fund will play a critical role in building and investing in girls’ leadership through girl-led networks. These networks support girls to advocate for their own rights and bring their lived experience to government and community decision-making, forming the beginning of the next generation of women leaders.

The world is waking up to the need to invest in local women’s organisations and to support girls’ participation in decision-making, but too few are providing funding to match their rhetoric. Girls’ networks are ready and waiting to commit their time, expertise, and energy to working towards gender equality, so we will help to provide much-needed seed-funding and technical support.

With the Girls’ Impact Fund, we can provide the investment that grassroots girl activists need to grow their organisations, support one another, and make their voices heard.


Maryam, Save the Children Girl Champion for Nigeria

Never be afraid to speak up for what you stand for. 

You are already a role model for a lot of girls because of your advocacy and I encourage you to do more. We want to see a world where the rights of girls are being protected and you are very important for that fight to be effective.” 

Maryam, Save the Children Girl Champion


Working hand in hand with Care and Plan International on a gender analysis across South Sudan, we’ll partner with two local women’s rights organisations to explore the impacts of ongoing inequalities on girls’ lives and opportunities. This evidence will inform a deeper understanding of the barriers that stand in the way of girls’ realising their rights to health, education and safety and identify practical, transformative solutions. 

Through the research we will collect data and stories from girls and their families and help build a valuable evidence-base for our work and that of our partners at the local and global levels.

We’ll share our findings from the analysis with a range of decision-makers, including education partners, other donors, the United Nations and South Sudanese Ministries. This will allow us, and key national and international powerholders, to accelerate progress for gender equality in South Sudan and beyond.


To donate to the Girls' Impact Fund, or for more details on the Girls' Impact Fund or Women's Network, please contact us below: