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Rise Up

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Since 2009, PHI's Rise Up has built a powerful network of over 600 leaders who have successfully advocated for 120 new and improved laws and policies, impacting the lives of 135 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the U.S.

95% of Rise Up Leaders say that after completing Rise Up's training they undertook new advocacy efforts

98% of Leaders say Rise Up taught them to be more effective advocates & strengthened their commitment to advocacy

90% of Rise up Leaders feel the training they received helped their organization increase its capacity for advocacy

PHI’s Rise Up is building a global movement of visionary social entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing gender equity. With a network that includes leadership programming in Nigeria, Mexico, India, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, the United States and other countries, Rise up invests in women and girl leaders and strengthens their organizations—helping to lead change in local communities and advance national-level impact through improved laws, programs, and funding for women and girls. Rise Up provides the training, funding, and resources leaders needed to achieve large scale change.

Since 2009, Rise Up’s powerful network of over 600 leaders have successfully advocated for 120 new and improved laws and policies impacting the lives of 135 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the U.S.

“I work in a community where the average age of marriage for girls is fourteen.

My mission is to create as many female leaders as I can by channeling opportunities and resources to rural girls and women. I am raising an army of girls and women equipped with knowledge, resources, and power who are ready to transform their lives and become social change agents.

Rise Up helped me to grow my work by training me in advocacy and leadership, connecting me with like-minded people, providing a seed grant for my work, and Rise Up has stayed by my side all along the way.”

- Tawina Jane Kopa-Kamanga, Malawi, Rise Up Leader since 2011

In 2020, an external evaluation by the Institute of International Education assessed Rise Up’s impacts over the program’s first ten years. Their findings include:

  • 94% of Rise Up Leaders report gaining knowledge in girls’ empowerment, advocacy, and leadership
  • 90% feel the training they received helped their organization increase its capacity for advocacy
  • 98% say Rise Up taught them to be more effective advocates and strengthened their commitment to advocacy
  • 95% developed new advocacy efforts; 66% advocated to change a policy, increase a budget, or pass a new law—and of these, 73% achieved new and improved legislation

See the full evaluation.

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