The International Girls Academy will empower our girls to understand that they don’t need a seat at the table, they can create their own.
Not girls and women. They’re the majority of the global population but have the least rights, and the reality is stark. There is no place in the world where girls and women experience total equity and equality. At age 6, girls in the U.S. don’t think they're as smart as boys. IGA is training girl leaders to advance gender equality all over the world.
The Power to create their own seat at the table!
No matter their background, girls have the power to transform themselves, their communities, and the world around them. IGA is a global movement of empowered young women leaders who defend gender equality. Through leadership development training, IGA gives girls the resources and platform to start a movement for social change wherever they are. For those who stand with us in this movement, there is no rest until we achieve equal rights for every girl. Girls are powerful. Girls have limitless potential. Girls can change the world. And yet in certain places around the world, girls continue to lack access to opportunities.
Equality is a Necessity, Not an Option.
Achieving global gender equality won’t be an easy task, but it’s worth it—because investing in a girl means investing in her family, her community, and our world.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Level UP for a Purpose
Let’s get ready for equality! 64 % of girls in the U.S. will quit sports by the age of 16-17. IGA is tackling gender inequality in sports to inspire and empower girls to break down gender barriers in sports in their own communities and around the world. Participation in sports builds leadership skills both on and off the field. Learn more about the gender inequities girls face in sports and how you can take action to level the playing field for girls everywhere.
Developing Leadership Skills
From youth sports teams and professional athletes, to the back-end business of sports, girls and women face discrimination, a lack of access and limited opportunities in sports. Gender inequities are everywhere—limited funding, little media coverage of female athletes and women’s sports, and the pervasive body shaming of female athletes, to name just a few.
Sports and team activities are a proven way to develop girls’ leadership skills and confidence. Until we level the playing field for girls in sports, we won’t fully realize gender equality.
What are the Facts:
Girls are less likely than boys to participate in sports. About 40% of teen girls in the US do not participate in sports, compared with 25% of boys (Women’s Sports Foundation).
By age 14, girls drop out of sports at twice the rate boys drop out of sports (Play Like a Girl).
Reflecting on their own careers, 61% of the women executives believe that their personal involvement in sport contributed positively to their career success and advancement (Ernst & Young, 2014).
Through IGA programming she’ll find her place in the world and make a real difference, whether she travels the globe or decides to participate in local activities with worldwide impact.
IGA activities help boost girls’ awareness of the world through cross-cultural learning opportunities—and help her better understand important global issues, giving her the power, inspiration, and resources to make the world a better place.
It’s been shown that when you educate a girl, you advance a nation. Yet, all over the world millions of girls lack the access and opportunity to go to school. When you set a girl up for success by providing the resources and tools she needs to succeed.
Why Aren’t Girls in School?
We have a serious problem. Worldwide, 131 million children are not in school—more than half are girls. In many countries, girls drop out before they reach the 6th grade.
School fees, the price of school supplies, mandatory uniforms, and long distances between home and school are just some of the many barriers that can prevent girls from reaching the classroom. Other systemic issues such as the lack of trained teachers, gender-based violence in schools, and cultural norms like child marriage and menstruation, are keeping girls from receiving a quality education. The benefits of girls’ education are far-reaching. For many girls, going to school can be more than just an opportunity to be educated – it can mean avoiding long work hours, delaying marriage and pregnancy, and staying healthy and safe. With an education, girls earn a higher income and can get jobs that otherwise would not be possible.
S.T.E.M. FOR SOCIAL GOOD
S.T.E.M. For Social Good
Girls and women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We’re bridging the gender gap in these fields by inspiring girl leaders to use STEM skills to create solutions to problems in their communities. That’s STEM for Social Good.
Because Girls Like S.T.E.M
Unfortunately, there are often significant barriers for girls who want to pursue S.T.E.M. careers or access S.T.E.M. education. The goal of S.T.E.M. for Social Good is to educate and inspire girls everywhere to use S.T.E.M. skills to promote gender equality and change the world.
We have resources, developed in partnership to help girls who are interested in science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics get started. The activities range in difficulty level making it a great resource for girls with varied experiences in S.T.E.M.
Our S.T.E.M. tours and S.T.E.M. camps help make science more accessible to girl leaders.
From worksheets to workshops to international STEAM camps for girls, we’re building up the next generation of S.T.E.M. leaders and problem-solvers, one solution at a time.