IWHC partner Bene Madunagu, co-founder of Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) in Nigeria, is one of 20 outstanding individuals and organizations named as Our Bodies, Ourselves Women’s Health Heroes today.
GPI was founded in 1993 to provide 16 teenage girls with life skills not taught in standard school curriculums. Today, GPI reaches approximately 20,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 18 through programming that arms them with information about their rights, their bodies, their responsibilities and life management skills. GPI training helps young girls to take a stand against harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and child marriage, and to defend themselves against teachers who demand sex in return for good grades.
IWHC has supported GPI since 1994 and we’re constantly inspired by Bene’s wit and her strong belief in the power of girls. Big congratulations to Bene for getting some sweet recognition for her efforts!