Girl Rising

Non profit organization

Girl Rising works with local partners by providing customized tools and curricula to build confidence and agency in girls and to change attitudes and social norms so that entire communities stand up for girls and against gender discrimination.

Our story-based tools and curricula engage, energize and motivate young people to see beyond their borders, value their education, understand their rights and believe in their capacity to change their lives, communities, and even the world.

Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Youth
Education, Youth, Human Rights
Guatemala (San Juan Sacatepéquez), Quetzaltenango (Quetzaltenango), Sololá (Sololá, Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Nahualá ), Totonicapán (Totonicapán), Jalapa (San Luis Jilotepeque)

Organizational contacts & locations

Christina Lowery
Executive Director
Nidhi Shukla
Head of Global Programs
María José Aldana
Guatemala Country Manager

Mission, vision & values


To use storytelling to transform the way the world values girls and their education.


To change the way the world values girls and to ensure girls everywhere can be full and equal participants in society.

We value access to education, collaboration, local ownership, and narrative justice.

Products, services, and programs


We offer curriculum guides, educational story books, films, radio booklets, and radio program audios.


We offer audio visual pedagogical resources to talk about gender issues and training workshops on the use of our curriculum along with other gender-related topics.


Our programs vary from 4 to 7 months of curricular activities with girls, boys and adolescents, through school-based and community-based partner organizations.

Organizational detail

Number of employees: 
Private donations, Corporate donations, Government funded, Sale of products and/or services, Fundraising
Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

We are focused on rigid gender norms that harm everyone, with a special focus on how girls and their education are valued. When researching one of the ways in which poverty can be eliminated, one of the responses was to invest in girls' education.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

We currently work in 6 countries, and over time we have worked with 120 partner organizations, reaching 10,000 educators and 200,000 adolescents.

In Guatemala, we have worked with 9 partner organizations in four years, which have implemented our programs through 300 educators/mentors, reaching approximately 3500 adolescents and their families through programs of 4 to 7 months, portfolios at home, radio show, print and online materials.

Additionally, we set up a network of organizations that work with girls and adolescents, today made up of 9 organizations.

Impact measuring

Our monitoring, evaluation and learning system includes pre and post tests, weekly or monthly reports depending on the case.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and / or structure, key offers, Location, Funding model, How you collaborate or work with others
Organizational adaptation details

Size, Location, How you collaborate or work with others

We have been growing, reaching different countries and working with different partner organizations to have a greater reach at the local level and understanding the needs / preferences of the partner organizations.

Key offerings

What programs we offer depend on the population and situations such as COVID; financing: depending on the country, territorial interest of donors, etc.

Short term objectives


Respect rhythms to grow based on the needs and preferences of partner organizations (and what the pandemic has changed, stopped or paused).


Maintain the quality and accessibility of our programs despite limitations due to COVID and pandemic's consequences.


Implement 2022 programming with adolescents through partner organizations' educators.

Long term objectives


Partner with more partner organizations to reach more adolescents with our programs and more educators/mentors, grow the network.


Strengthen materials and workshops based on learning from recent years.


Have an impact with children, adolescents and their families / communities, as well as in broader decision-making spaces.