Our partners are strengthening sexuality education programs, challenging harmful gender norms, fighting child marriage, and empowering young people to advocate for their health and rights.
In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.
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.
The rural community of Kabula in Northern Nigeria is a matrilineal society. But even with a woman in charge, traditional gender norms are entrenched.
Can Sexuality Education Advance Gender Equality
and Strengthen Education Overall?
Learning from Nigeria’s Family Life and HIV Education Program
The imperative to prepare the largest generation of young people in history for adulthood has driven a search for fresh approaches to educating adolescents about their bodies and sexuality. Recently, there have been calls among health experts and educators for a comprehensive, integrated approach to sexuality education that addresses not only health issues such as…
Girls and boys in Nigeria are benefitting from a national program to provide education about sexual health, relationships, and gender in secondary schools.
Youth advocate Manre Chirtau is optimistic about the future for women and girls in Nigeria: "There are a lot more girls taking on a feminist identity now."
There is "girl power" at the UN this week. While the halls of power are still filled with older men, young women are making their mark here, and beyond.
As Nigeria gets ready for a momentous election, media and political campaigns have failed to capture the reality of many women and girls.
At the International Women's Health Coalition’s 30th Anniversary, CNN's Erin Burnett moderated a discussion on progress for women and girls in Africa and Asia with Fadekemi Akinfaderin (Education as a Vaccine, Nigeria), Sheena Hadi (Aahung, Pakistan) and Yvette Kathurima (FEMNET, Kenya).
To mark the 30th anniversary of the International Women’s Health Coalition earlier this month, IWHC hosted a panel discussion with three young women activists to assess the progress we’ve made and address the challenges that lie ahead for women’s rights.