By Oscar Abello - Marketing and communications associate
Rehema Saidi, an ELA club mentor in Tanzania.
It's easy and exciting to say that social and economic empowerment should go hand-in-hand. But how does that end up changing lives for girls in countries like Tanzania? Here's a hint, as published recently in The Guardian:
"...self-reported condom usage rose 12.6 percentage points among those participants who are sexually active, and two years after they entered the programme, fertility rates were 28.6% lower compared to a control sample. Participants' reports of having sex unwillingly decreased by 83% from the baseline during a one-year period, which the report calls the clearest marker for the programme changing how empowered adolescent girls are in their relations with men."
That's the kind of impact BRAC's empowerment and livelihoods for adolescents (ELA) approach aims for -- real behavioral change that has an impact on future generations too. Everyone, from us at BRAC USA to BRAC's field staff to ELA club mentors to club members to future children of ELA club alumna, is grateful to count you as partners in making that happen.
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