This project will send 100 young vulnerable women in India to Women's Education Project's Leadership Academy and embark on a 12-month adventurous path to discover their inner leader and life-changing careers.
Young women's participation in formal sector employment in India has decreased to 23.3% (one of the lowest rates in South Asia). Social pressures and responsibilities, access, availability and awareness, force young women to marry early and remain financially dependent and immobile - forever unable to understand their abilities and opportunities.
48% of young women in India - ages 15 - 18, drop out of school before 10th grade. 73% enter unpaid or low wage, informal, often unsafe, employment. 27% marry as children and have early pregnancies. The young women attending Women's Education Project's 12-month curriculum, discover their confidence, interests, inner leadership, life's opportunities and fulfilling formal-sector careers.
WEP's Leadership Academy graduates become economically independent - 64% entering employment of their own choosing. They marry later and have fewer children. Having broken from poverty's cycle, they provide leadership in their careers, homes and communities, and make a lasting impact on future generations.