Girls Power Initiative
Twenty percent of adolescent girls in Nigeria begin having sex before age 15 compared with 7% of their male counterparts. Due to this disparity, girls and very young women are at increased risk of exposure to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Girls Power Initiative (GPI) equips girls between the ages of 10 and 18 with information about their human rights and comprehensive sexual health education while enabling them to develop concrete skills in self-awareness, communication, negotiation, and leadership.
EMpower’s fourth grant provides general operating support to GPI’s organizational goals for 2013 and 2014 including building staff capacity, continuing existing programming, and exploring the possibility of reaching even harder-to-reach populations.