Kelly Hallman

Girls’ Empowerment

Kelly Hallman is a health policy researcher who focuses on girls’ empowerment, indigenous empowerment, violence prevention, HIV prevention, adolescent sexual health, and equity in access to opportunities and services.

For two decades, Kelly has conducted global research to improve girls’ lives. Her work has demonstrated that girls’ access to community resources shrinks at puberty—while that of boys expands—due to threats of sexual violence. But she always felt like she was missing something, some connection to her identity and community as a Native American woman.

Now, through IMAGEN – the Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network – she is bringing that expertise home to her own community. Kelly, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, is empowering adolescent Native American girls through Native-led adolescent girl programs that are intentionally designed to improve girls’ lives. Working with Native American leaders, Kelly is using her skills and knowledge to strengthen her community and support her people.

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The Indigenous Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment Network (IMAGEN) seeks to equip Native-serving organizations with tools to reach and empower adolescent Native American girls through programs that are intentionally designed for girls instead of merely for young people more broadly.

evaluating the girl empower project in nimba county, liberia

Council researchers are testing approaches to determine whether combining cash incentives with girl-centered programming can improve the lives of very young adolescent girls in rural Liberia.