GPI seeks to empower girls, especially those between the ages of 10-18
years and to promote their sexual and reproductive health and rights,
through educational programmes, counseling, referral services and social
GPI won a 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions.
To build a strong and empowered feminist institution with critical consciousness and capacity for analysis of social and gender prejudices, committed to managing and educating girls into healthy self-reliant, productive and confident women for the achievement of positive changes and transformation of patriarchal values in Nigeria.
A team working with passion and commitment, upholding feminist ideology with integrity and responsiveness while providing equal opportunities for all.
- Provide comprehensive sexuality education from a feminist and gender equality perspective to girls between the ages of 10 and 18 through center-based and outreach activities in four states of Nigeria.
- Offer counseling services on all issues affecting the girl-child in particular, and women in general. They provide the required privacy and confidentiality for girls to share their problems with non-judgmental counselors.
- The Gender Development Institute (GDI) is one of the tools created by GPI to increase public awareness and promote gender equality discussions among several sectors of stakeholders including NGO functionaries, technocrats, teachers, government functionaries, media practitioners, private sector and politicians, both female and male. Our experiences with girls have demonstrated the importance of community awareness in supporting girls to practice what they learn in GPI towards the positive expression of safe and pleasurable sexuality.
- GPI works with the State AIDS Control Agencies in Cross River and Edo States to ensure that state action plans and programs are sensitive to gender equality and adolescent sexuality. GPI/Calabar provided guidance on messages and programs targeting and benefitting young people and strengthening the State Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (SFLHE) implementation in the state.
- Approximately 20,000 young women between the ages of 10 and 18 reached annually (est. 150,000 since 1994) directly and indirectly with information about their rights, their bodies, their responsibilities and life management skills.
- Over 260 school teachers and 29 others trained in four states as master trainers on how to implement the national HIV/AIDS and sexuality education curriculum.
- Over 300,000 young in-school boys and girls receive information on HIV prevention and SRRH, annually (est. 900,000 since 2002).
- Over 400,000 people reached by GPI's TV show on SRRH, annually (est. 800,000 since 2008)
To learn more about GPI:
- Visit their website
- "Like" GPI on Facebook
- Click here to view a report from USAID highlighting GPI as an innovative program that employs a gender approach to improve the effectiveness of prevention, treatment, care andsupport services for HIV/AIDS- a USAID best practice.
- Bene Madunagu, the Coordinator of GPI's Calabar Centre, has strongly advocated that the National Assembly enact a law to prevent violence against women. Read the November 11, 2009 news piece on it at All Africa.