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).

Progress in the Face of Adversity: Activists Discuss Setbacks and Challenges for Women’s Rights

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.

Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau, Co-Founder of Education as a Vaccine

  • June 5, 2014

As the co-founder of Education as a Vaccine, a nonprofit organization based in Abuja, Nigeria, Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau is working to advance young Nigerians’ sexual health and rights through local, national, and international advocacy and peer-to-peer education campaigns.

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: International Centre for Reproductive Health and Sexual Rights (INCRESE)

  • November 14, 2013

Based in the city of Minna in central Nigeria, INCRESE advocates for the sexual health and rights of society’s most disenfranchised groups, including youth, sexual minorities, survivors of sexual violence, commercial sex workers, and widowed women living with HIV/AIDS. Through education programs in its outreach center and advocacy throughout the community, INCRESE is promoting an…

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…