This report is the result of a collaborative project undertaken by Prerana, a Delhi-based NGO, and the Population Council to implement a life-skills education program for unmarried adolescent girls in rural Uttar Pradesh and to evaluate its effectiveness. The intervention program aimed to empower unmarried adolescent girls aged 13–17 years and address their vulnerabilities by: building their agency, fostering egalitarian gender role attitudes, building awareness about sexual and reproductive health matters, developing vocational skills and future work aspirations, and influencing perceptions about marriage and the ability to negotiate marriage-related decisions (delaying marriage and first pregnancy).
Rajib Acharya, Shveta Kalyanwala, Shireen J. Jejeebhoy, and Vinita Nathani. 2009. "Broadening girls' horizons: Effects of life skills education programme in rural Uttar Pradesh." New Delhi: Population Council.