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The first-ever cohort of Collective Impact Partnership Fellows in Maharashtra, India. 


It's been an exciting summer at Rise Up. This month we launched new programming in India, awarded funding to our first cohort of Mexican Fellows, launched our new and improved website, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby in the Rise Up family!

And, of course, our work continues to take us around the globe to connect with and lift up more inspiring girl and women leaders.

Last week, Rise Up Executive Director Denise Dunning and CIP Program Manager Laila Mehta joined Global Fund for Women, How Women Lead, the Public Health Institute, and World Pulse in Maharashtra, India to kick off our exciting Collective Impact Partnership, with funding from the Gates Foundation.

The program launched with an intensive leadership training, gathering 22 amazing women to strengthen their advocacy skills, leadership, and digital capacities. In addition to the workshop sessions, the Fellows also met with leadership coaches that will work with them individually over the next 12 months, supporting them, and reinforcing their progress toward their expanded visions and advocacy goals.

We look forward to reporting on their progress, as well as their strategies for expanding economic opportunities among girls and women in India.

We are also delighted to announce that we have selected grantees for our new Cummins-powered initiative in Mexico! Read on below for more details about this exciting cohort of leaders and their inspiring projects.

As always, thank you for being part of the Rise Up community in supporting the advancement of girls and women worldwide!

Rise Up leaders and grantees during the Leadership Accelerator program in Mexico.  


In late March, Rise Up conducted a successful Leadership Accelerator program in Mexico through our partnership with Cummins Powers Women. Rise Up selected 18 social entrepreneurs, who learned to use advocacy and innovation to create large-scale social change. Rise Up leaders participated in hands-on learning sessions based on Rise Up's award-winning curriculum, and they shared expertise to develop their own strategies to ensure that more girls can finish school, more women have access to economic opportunities, and more communities can bring an end to gender-based violence.  

Following the Accelerator, participants were given the opportunity to propose projects and potentially receive funding from Rise Up. After a competitive proposal period and extended review process in collaboration with the Cummins team, we are excited to announce the selection of our grantees!

Rise Up will fund the following seven advocacy projects, which work to advance equity, social justice, and education for women and girls, with a focus on both community-level change and national-scale impact in Mexico.

Rise Up girl leader Alejandra Teleguario from Guatemala.


We are excited to announce that Rise Up girl leader Alejandra Teleguario from Guatemala was selected to participate in the Youth Leadership Camp ¡Youth Now! sponsored by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Lima, Peru. In August, Alejandra will have the opportunity to share her experiences, connect with other young people within human rights networks, and engage as a civil society leader at the Third Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Congratulations, Alejandra!



"Education enables girls to fulfill their potential to transform their lives, families, and communities. Educated girls have better employment opportunities, marry later, and go on to have fewer, healthier children."

Rise Up is thrilled to announce the launch of our new website! Explore our new site and find the latest news, resources, and opportunities from Rise Up. Visit and stay tuned for more exciting updates as we continue to expand our programs. 

At Rise Up, we see a future with girls and women thriving in a more just and equitable world. We believe in the power of girls and women to drive exponential change. If you agree, join our team! We are currently looking for a Development / Communications Associate, a Program Associate, and a Master Trainer with an Africa focus. 
Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families and communities through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Since 2009, Rise Up's powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, advocating for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. Rise Up is based at the Public Health Institute (PHI), a leader in global health and development for over 50 years.
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