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.
Since its founding, Education as a Vaccine (EVA), an IWHC partner based in Nigeria, has reached some 720,000 individuals through its youth-centered programs on sexual and reproductive health. IWHC recently sat down with Olabukunola Williams, EVA's new Executive Director, to discuss the organization's strategies for success.
IWHC recently launched a new research project to study the impacts of the Trump Administration's "Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance" policy in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Based on the early findings of this project, IWHC submitted comments to the US government and participated in a six-month review on Capitol Hill.
IWHC, together with Human Rights Watch and the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), hosted a webinar on the early impacts of the Global Gag Rule, which withholds US foreign aid from groups that provide abortion information, services or referrals. The webinar is based on findings presented at a Congressional briefing in October, six months after the Trump Administration rolled out the policy.
GIWYN is IWHC’s newest grantee partner in Nigeria, working to increase awareness and expand access to safe abortion across the country.
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."