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…

A Hero of HIV Speaks Out: "AIDS is Not in a Recession"

(The Mail & Guardian videos aren’t embeddable – so click on the pic above to watch the video on their site) Recently, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria convened a meeting at the Ford Foundation in New York to discuss how governments, funders, the UN  and civil society can…

Responding to the Economic Crisis: Why Investing in Women is a Smart Choice (Part 1)

from a speech given at the 20th World Population Day in Abuja, Nigeria. Part one of a three part series.  In 2008, it came to global attention that the world economy was experiencing recession.  Stock prices were dropping, major companies and government parastatals were crumbling, and bankruptcy became commonplace among corporations and individuals. In Nigeria,…

Nigerian Human Rights Activists Organize the First Annual International Day Against Homophobia

Previously, we blogged about the discrimination and persecution faced by the LGBTQQI* community in Nigeria. First, there was Nigeria’s Same Gender Marriage bill, proposing the criminalization of marriage between consenting adults of the same sex. And then  Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs declared that, as far as he’s concerned, the lack…

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