Girl Power!

The Girl Power programme, was an initiative of six Dutch organizations (Plan Netherlands, Women Win, Defense for Children, Child Helpline, Free Press Unlimited & ICDI).

Within Girl Power ICDI and its local partners were focused on the reduction of gender-based violence, the strengthening of child protection services, socio-economic empowerment and the access to quality education of girls and young women in Nicaragua, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia.

The Girl Power programme ran until 2016, by which time we jointly have made a significant positive impact on the lives of adolescent girls and young women.

Visit the country specific project pages to know more about Girl Power:

GPP Nicaragua, GPP Pakistan, GPP Sierra Leone



The Girl Power Alliance was formed by Plan Nederland, Defence for Children – ECPAT, Child Helpline International, International Child Development Initiatives, Free Press Unlimited and Women Win.


– Promote equal rights for girls and support their full participation in the political, social and economic development of their communities, in accordance with the UN convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
– Encourage the development of girls to their fullest potential and promote safe and productive transitions from birth to adulthood in order to achieve gender equality.
– Support existing girl/youth power and other ‘(local) agents of change’ that will jointly make the transition of girls to the social, economic and political sphere of life possible.


By the end of the programme more than 1 million adolescent girls have benefited from Girl Power. Independent evaluations have shown that the programme had positive impact on reducing violence against girls, such as child marriages.

Facts and figures


Plan Nederland, Defence for Children – ECPAT, Child Helpline International, Free Press Unlimited and Women Win


Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MFS Programme

Project Manager

Giulia Cortellesi