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…

Partner: Action Health Incorporated (AHI)

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in Lagos in 1989 and supported by IWHC since 1990, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents in Nigeria. Over the last 24 years, AHI has advanced efforts within private and public sector programs to include comprehensive, gender-sensitive, life skills and rights-based approaches to sexuality education and clinical services for young people.

During this period, AHI has developed model programs that have been adopted and expanded by government and other civil society organizations.

Partner: Education as a Vaccine (EVA)

  • November 12, 2013

Established in 2000, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) is working to improve the health and quality of life of adolescents and young people in Nigeria. EVA’s programming priorities are sexual and reproductive health, basic education and child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention education. IWHC supports EVA’s work to ensure that young people’s health needs, including sexual…

IWHC Awards First Joan B. Dunlop Award to Adenike Esiet of Nigeria

  • April 9, 2013

Nigerian activist and longtime IWHC partner Adenike Esiet is the recipient of the first-ever Joan B. Dunlop Award.

Early Marriage and the State of Adolescent Girls in Kano State, Nigeria (Part 2)

This post is part two of a two part series. Read the first post, with some stories about early marriage, here. Though marriage is different from one society to the next due to cultural, traditional, and religious differences, various international human rights documents reinforce the importance of a consistent standard of norms to be…

If Not Now, When? Advocates Call for Justice in Death of Grace Ushang

Earlier this month, our colleagues in Nigeria sent me a letter sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.   The letter was sent on behalf of the Gender Rights Initiative (a partnership comprised of our partners at GPI, AHIP, INCRESE and the Community Life Project) in observation of “the impunity with which…