However, we soon realized that there were even bigger barriers that must be overcome to truly make an impact for the equality of girls and young women.
Extreme poverty in marginalized communities means that for most families, tuition for any education beyond primary school is unaffordable. Families often have to make tough choices about which of their children, if any, is given the opportunity to go to school.
This, combined with widespread gender inequality, means boys are more likely to be given the chance to attend school, while girls and young women are often expected to help with chores and care for their siblings rather than pursue education.
So in 2013, we developed a scholarship program for the brightest, most determined girls in need of support to access education.