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To mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, our EmpowHER programme, jointly funded with the #iwill Fund aims to develop and skill up young women and girls to use their voices for positive change – just as their predecessors did 100 years ago.

The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport each invested £25 million seed funding to create the #iwill Fund to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities.​

We’re excited to work with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust to offer inspiring and inclusive opportunities for all young women and girls, learn what empowers them to lead change and share our insight with the rest of the sector

Patrick Shaw-Brown, Director of National Programmes at UK Youth

£2.4 million

Project spend

3.5 years

Project duration

EmpowHER is delivered by UK Youth, in partnership with the British Red Cross and Young Women’s Trust. The programme helps young women and girls lead change in their communities, increase their self-esteem and build wellbeing by providing inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities.

UK Youth will deliver face-to-face activity sessions with young women and girls through their network of youth organisations. The sessions will focus on themes of individuals’ rights, empowerment and resilience, as well as activities exploring inspirational women in history. The young women and girls will then be supported to give back to their community through inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities, provided by the British Red Cross.

EmpowHER will address the worryingly low levels of wellbeing amongst young women and girls in the UK and support them to have a voice, be heard and give back to their local communities. Over three and a half years, the programme will support almost 2,500 young women and girls in the UK Youth network.

Click the button below to view some of the success stories from the programme's first cohort.

Further Information

More information on UK Youth website here

Young Women's Trust website here

British Red Cross website here