There are 66 million adolescent females aged 13–19 in India. Their lives are characterized by limited education, lack of economic and social opportunities, early marriage and childbearing, and limited influence on decisions affecting their lives. Although programs in India have aimed to empower adolescent girls, they have largely focused on enhancing life skills and awareness. Programs to address women’s social and economic disadvantages have focused exclusively on adult women. To respond to the absence of programs devoted specifically to the social and economic empowerment of adolescent girls and young women, the Population Council partnered with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Gujarat, a leading nongovernmental organization that has been working with poor self-employed women for more than 30 years. Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood Brief No. 18 describes a joint intervention research project in Gujarat intended to build the livelihood skills and expand the agency of rural adolescent girls.
Kalyanwala, Shveta. 2007. "Influencing girls' lives: Acceptability and effectiveness of a livelihoods skill building intervention in Gujarat," Promoting Healthy, Safe, and Productive Transitions to Adulthood Brief no. 18. New York: Population Council.