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New fund will empower girls and young women to lead change

New fund will empower girls and young women to lead change

To mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, we are very proud to announce a new programme jointly funded with the #iwill Fund which will empower young women and girls to use their voices for positive change – just as their predecessors did 100 years ago.

EmpowHER will be delivered by UK Youth, in partnership with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust. It will help young women and girls lead change in their communities, increase their self-esteem and build wellbeing by providing inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities.

“Social action provides a double benefit to society with those taking part gaining vital life skills while giving back and creating change within their local community,” said Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012. “We are delighted to mark the centenary of female suffrage in the UK by funding EmpowHER and inspiring young women and girls to make change in some of the country’s most deprived and disadvantaged areas.”

Body image, social media, lack of positive roles models, reinforced gender biases and poor mental health were reported as the biggest barriers to building self-esteem for young women and girls in our network. EmpowHER will support young women and girls to overcome these barriers by unlocking new opportunities, providing aspirational and relatable role models, and offering crucial support systems.

Patrick Shaw-Brown, Director of National Programmes at UK Youth

EmpowHER will address the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK and support them to have a voice, be heard and give back to their local communities.

UK Youth will deliver face-to-face activity sessions with young women and girls through their network of youth organisations. The sessions will focus on themes of individuals’ rights, empowerment and resilience, as well as activities exploring inspirational women in history.  

The young women and girls will then be supported to give back to their community through inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities, provided by the British Red Cross.

Patrick Shaw-Brown, Director of National Programmes at UK Youth, said: “Many young women and girls are passionate about giving back to their local community but need support to access inclusive and relevant opportunities. Projects that encourage community integration, tackle loneliness and isolation and campaign for change seem to really resonate with them. That’s why we’re excited to work with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust to offer inspiring and inclusive opportunities for all young women and girls, learn what empowers them to lead change and share our insight with the rest of the sector.”  

Over two years, EmpowHER will support almost 1,500 young women and girls in the UK Youth network.

Further information:

To visit UK Youth's website click here

To visit British Red Cross's website click here.

To visit Young Women's Trust's website click here.