The Girls' Empowerment Program

The Girls' Empowerment Program was established in March 2015 to identify young females in Armenia's orphanages who are at high risk for gender-based violence, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, unemployment, prostitution, and human trafficking. Through a rigorous virtual curriculum, the Program strives to improve the girls' social, health, and economic resources so that they can stay in school longer, avoid early marriage, delay sexual activity, and prevent unintended pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. The long-term goal of the Program is to empower a generation of young Armenian women to be leaders in their lives, schools, and communities. The Program is managed by SOAR-Boston and SOAR-Berlin in cooperation with Mer Hooys and SOS Children's Villages (Idjevan and Kotayk).