The Girls LEAD Act is a bipartisan policy initiative that promotes girls’ leadership and participation in civic and political processes through U.S. Foreign assistance. It aims to improve the effectiveness of U.S.-led democracy and governance initiatives, as well as increase girls’ abilities to engage in decision-making processes affecting their lives and their communities, ultimately fostering new generations of empowered women leaders. The Girls LEAD Act also complements Congress’ recent efforts, such as the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 and the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2019, to combat the under-representation of women at all levels of public sector decision-making by specifically addressing the civic involvement and leadership of adolescent girls.

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