Measuring the Effects of Comprehensive Sexuality Education: GPI’s Experience

Efforts to capture data and lessons learned from our program are complicated by the fact that conducting this kind of evaluation is difficult, and the girls are influenced by a variety of stakeholders, including their parents, peers, communities, and the mass media.

Regardless of Election Outcome, Girls Are the Future in Nigeria

As Nigeria gets ready for a momentous election, media and political campaigns have failed to capture the reality of many women and girls.

UN Panel Offers Stepping Stones Toward Ending Child Marriage

On September 5, the UN General Assembly hosted its first-ever panel discussion focused on ending child, early, and forced marriage.

Setting the Foundation for Healthy and Empowered Girls in Nigeria

  • November 20, 2013

Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) in Nigeria fills the gaps left by standard school curricula by giving girls vital information about their bodies, their rights, and their responsibilities. These lessons help empower girls to take control of their reproductive and sexual lives and realize their full potential as individuals.

Partner: Girls’ Power Initiative

  • November 14, 2013

Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) began in 1993 as a life skills education course for 16 girls, including the daughters of founders Grace Osakue and Bene Madunagu. Twenty years later, GPI is now active in four Nigerian states, reaches approximately 20,000 girls between the ages of 10 and 18, and is now an international model for…

On International Day of the Girl, Hear Girls’ Call to Action

“Some day, they will say this was the moment when the world woke up to my potential…this is the moment when being a girl became my strength, my sanctuary, not my pain.” These are the words of the Girl Declaration, a powerful statement written by adolescent girls who are living in poverty around the…

Bene Madunagu, a Women's Health Hero

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…

Taking Steps of Courage: Teaching Adolescents about Sexuality and Gender in Nigeria and Cameroun

  • August 27, 2000

This report describes gender-sensitive approaches to sexuality education and provides program examples based on the work of IWHC's partners in Nigeria and Cameroon.