Since 1988, IWHC has partnered with grassroots groups across Nigeria to ensure that adolescent girls get the information, skills, and care they need to make a healthy transition to adulthood.

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.


Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in Nigeria, One Woman at a Time

GIWYN is IWHC’s newest grantee partner in Nigeria, working to increase awareness and expand access to safe abortion across the country.

The Pleasure Principle

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.

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.

Who Runs the World: Girls!

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

  • December 9, 2015

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…

Learning from Nigeria: Advancing Girls’ Rights in the Classroom

Girls and boys in Nigeria are benefitting from a national program to provide education about sexual health, relationships, and gender in secondary schools.

Changing Nigeria’s Narrative

  • June 25, 2015

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."

Girls Leading the Charge

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.

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.

Erin Burnett Speaks with Women’s Rights Activists from Africa and Asia

  • September 23, 2014

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).