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Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR

by GIRLS' POWER INITIATIVE (GPI)
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR
Improving Adolescent Girls Access to SRHR

Girls' Power Initiative (GPI) Calabar Centre during her safe space weekly trainings for adolescent girls took it upon her self to strengthen the modalities used in delivering lessons to girls aged 10 to 18 years.

the well structured curiculum used in delivering lessons to girls to help them overcome challenges of growing up, get acurate information from a gender perspective on their sexual reproductive health and rights. Some topics taken include:

  • Right and responsibilities of a child
  • Vision and goal setting
  • Career Choice
  • Leadership Roles
  • Violence Against girls and women(VAGW)
  • Communication Skills
  • Self Estem
  • Body Image
  • Negotiation and Refusal Skills
  • STIs/HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer and Self Examination
  • The Male and Female Reproductive System
  • Creative thinking
  • Networking Skills
  • Legal Instrument protecting the rights of girls and women
  • Feminism
  • Feelings
  • Harmful and contemporary social practices
  • Friendship and love etc.

The facilitators also are concious of giving age appropriate information to the set of girls they are dealing with.

Currently, we have over 250 adolescent girls who attend this lessons on weekly basis and are so enthusiatic about the program.

Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) Calabar centre beneficiaries joined Amnesty International organization working in Cross River State to celebrate Human Rights Day (December 10). The state Coordinator of Amnesty International Mr. Gabriel, shared with the girls some points about their rights as human beings. He pointed out that, every woman/girl is entitled to all the fundamental rights as listed in UN documents, so therefore every girl should be bold enough to speak out when the need arises. At the end, girls showed solidarity to support the victims of human right violation by Signing the petition to stop HR violations across the Nigeria and the world at large.


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GPI girls joined the global community to celebrate the international day of the girl child together with other partners: AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Cuso International, After School Career for Centre Development, UNFPA among others with the theme: ‘’Creating safe spaces for young girls (keep the promise to the girls”. The day was awakened with a keynote address on ‘’Creating Safe Spaces for young girls’’ by Mirabelle Morah, a young girl, an advocate for girl child education. In line with addressing young people’s numerous issues, other presentations were focused on ‘’Menstrual Hygiene and Management’’ and the need for more adolescent sexual and health friendly centres to be created in calabar. High point of the event was presentation of prizes to winners of essay competition. The GPI drama troupe highlighted the social challenges young people face followed by a passionate appeal and call to action to the government representatives who were present on the need to create safe spaces for young people and making the schools environment safe for girls.


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GPI In a Rural Area
GPI In a Rural Area

2018 GPI graduating girls took SRHR information and services to a rural community. The exercise was a two-day community intervention in Ekong Anaku community in Akampka Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria.

The aims were to:

  • To pass on information on issues of sexual and reproductive health rights, gender and sexuality in rural communities
  • To assist girls, build practical skills on community intervention/social action
  • To help girls to put into practice the information/skills learned from the programme

Ekong Anaku is a community settlement of about 3,795 people, whose pre-dominate occupation is farming and trading. Reproductive health Issues identified were: teenage pregnancy, early marriage, teenage cohabitation, wife battery, Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) and Violence against girls and women. Girls held sessions with community members and engaged them in a participatory discussion were more in-depth issues were discussed. At the end information on the effects of the issues highlighted above were highlighted as well as their long term health implications on the girls and women in particular.

The second day featured medical check-up and services (drugs administration) to children, adolescent, young women, women and men. The event was a success as it helped build linkage to the health post in the community through provision of some basic drugs and health care commidoties, enhancing the populace confidence in accessing orthodox health care being that the event was held in the only health post in the community. It made health service accessible at zero cost to community members; It aided community members to know their health statues; Minimum package of health intervention was achieved as the outreach took care of behavioural (information sharing), Biomedical (the rapid test) and structural (meetings with community leaders towards promoting/strengthening healthy living) especially for the most vulnerable groups – girls and women.

The regular weekly lessons at GPI safe space with centre girls continues to be an exciting experience in the lives of the young adolescent girls and women who had gone through the programme. From the leadership roles they take up in their various groups chairing and rapporteuring at meetings, sharing personal experiences, the life changing lessons on sexual reproductive health and rights, leadership and Sexuality Education and other life management skills has a lasting impact on the lives of many and the training is awesome.

As part of evaluating the lessons, we had to speak with some of our Alumnae and girls currently in the programme to share their unforgettable experiences and lessons got from the regular safe space lessons and these are some of what they had to say:

Arit (Alumnae)

‘I miss the Sunday meetings because it has always been a great opportunity to learn and share my experiences with other girls and the impact of the GPI lesson has built my assertiveness which has paved way for my success in life today, and I have been able to attain higher institution irrespective of my background and also held leadership positions in my schools, church and currently serving as the GPI Alumnae coordinator in my state and as an advocate for change in my community..……all thanks to GPI and I will say keep the vision alive.

Edidiong (Alumnae)

“I will never forget the checking-in session because I learnt so much from other peoples’ experience sharing and the inputs made by my facilitators. GPI information has built my self-esteem and confidence and has made me stand up against patriarchal norms in my community and in my tertiary Institution. I bear my first name against lecturers wish and challenged the structure of my school union government which led to women given the opportunity to occupy sensitive positions.

Blessing (14years – currently in the program)

‘My mum never gave me information on menstruation but being a GPI girl has given me the opportunity to learn more about puberty and menstruation, I can now take care of myself during this period and educate others too’

Believe (17years -– currently in the program)

‘The lesson on ”Rape and mode of dressing” helped me and gave me the boldness to join a team of other young people to rescue a friend who was about to be raped by her boyfriend…..I want to say all thanks to GPI…and please do continue with the good work’.

 

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GIRLS' POWER INITIATIVE (GPI)

Location: Calabar, Cross River - Nigeria
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Project Leader:
Comfort Ikpeme
Calabar, CROSS RIVER Nigeria
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