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The aim of this briefing sheet is to give an overview of the main themes that arose from a networking session in May 2016 facilitated by Partnership for Young London that looked at the emerging themes in work with girls and young women across London and how this knowledge can inform policy and practice in this field.

There were representatives from 16 different agencies/organisations present on the day including speakers from, Girlguiding, Aspire Creativity, Caxton Youth Organisation and Partnership for Young London. Details of reports cited in this briefing paper can be found in the reference section.

The overarching aim of work with girls and young women is to empower them to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives where they are afforded opportunities to reach their full potential. Kabeer (1999) argues that to empower girls and young women the following criteria, which are indivisible, must be met.Girls and young women must have:

  • Ownership of resources
  • The power to participate in decision making processes that allow for self-agency
  • Well-being/Achievement