Rise Up

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Rise Up activates women & girls to transform their lives, families & communities for a more just & equitable world through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership & building movements. Since 2009, over 800 leaders have successfully advocated for 185 new & improved laws & policies impacting 160 million people around the globe.

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  • 800+ Leaders in Rise Up's global network
  • 185 laws & policies passed or improved by Rise Up Leaders
  • 160M people impacted by these new and improved policies


Active Projects

Gender Equity Initiative

Rise Up is building a global movement of visionary social entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing gender equity. Rise Up invests in women and girl leaders in Nigeria, Mexico, India, South Africa, Kenya, Brazil, and the US to strengthen their organizations, lead change in their 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.

Youth Champions Initiative

Rise Up’s Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) invests in powerful young leaders ages 18-29 who are leading the sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice movement in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the United States. Our externally validated model enables young leaders to create large-scale change through leadership development, technology, innovation, and advocacy.

Let Girls Lead

Let Girls Lead is building a global movement of Champions who empower girls to attend school, stay healthy, escape poverty, and overcome violence, impacting the livelihoods of more than 40 million girls across the globe, through the passage and implementation of laws, policies and programs that guarantee girls’ rights. Rise Up’s award-winning Girl-Centered Guide to Advocacy curriculum engages girls and their allies in strategic advocacy and enables our partners to build a better life for girls everywhere. We also developed a Girls’ Voices Curriculum in partnership with Girl Up, for adolescent girls to make changes in their own communities.

Completed Projects

Collective Impact Partnership

The Collective Impact Partnership (CIP) leverages the powerful work of Rise Up, How Women Lead, the Public Health Institute, Global Fund for Women, and World Pulse to increase the economic power of women and girls in India. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CIP’s innovative approach builds women leaders’ advocacy, individual leadership, and digital capacities to advance economic empowerment and justice for women and girls in Maharashtra, India.

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