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About Us

Greater Women Initiative for Health and Rights (GWIHR) is a Sex worker-led organization with resolved to intervene for the Rights and Health needs of sex workers. She started as an association of friends on the 22nd of November 2014 and metamorphosed into an organization in May 2015.

GWIHR  is registered with the Federal Republic of Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission with Registration Number CAC/IT/NO 90552
GWIHR accept as true that health care services, human rights and education should be assured for everyone irrespective of one’s choice of job, gender, sexual orientation or identity.

We are committed to gender equality; we value multiplicity and participation, especially of sex workers living with HIV/AIDS in our supremacy as well as programs; and we accept as true in the strength of mind of volunteerism to be innermost to achieve our directive and advance our foundation and to strengthen the voice of sex workers.

Greater Women Initiative for Health and Rights (GWIHR) is a youth-led organization operating at the sub-national level, dedicated to gender equality, health equity, human rights protection, and the empowerment of diverse adolescents and young people (AYPs) in the Southern region of Nigeria. This includes adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), and sexual minorities such as male, female, and LBTQ sex workers, including those who use and inject drugs. GWIHR is registered under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act 2020 as a Non-Profit Organization, with Incorporation Number CAC/IT/NO 90552 in 2016, though it began as an informal group of young friends in 2014.

Founded to amplify the voices of diverse adolescents and young people, GWIHR promotes their access to comprehensive healthcare services, human rights protection, access to justice and advocates for economic and bodily autonomy. In addition, the organization fosters their inclusive and equal participation in decision-making spaces. The organization acknowledges the societal prejudices faced by AYPs due to age, lifestyle, job choice, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

To achieve this, GWIHR focuses on building the capacity of diverse AYPs for meaningful community empowerment, encouraging their participation in decision-making processes, preventing gender-based violence, stigma, and discrimination, and reducing their vulnerability to and spread of HIV and other infectious public health diseases. Since its formation, GWIHR has expanded its reach, power, and influence across Rivers, Abia, and Akwa-Ibom States in Nigeria. Also, GWIHR has been able to gain global recognition as the organization represents young sex workers globally in the Global HIV Prevention Advisory Group hosted by Global Black Gay Men Connect (GBGMC) and Advocacy for HIV Prevention Coalition (AVAC)
GWIHR's Belief
We accept as true that health care services, human rights and education should be assured for everyone irrespective of one’s choice of job, gender, sexual orientation or identity.

OUR MISSION

To uphold the voice of AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ) in promoting and advocating for their rights, access to justice, quality and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services (SRH), and further create an enabling environment that allows sex workers to live up to their prospects.

OUR VISION

We envision a society where diverse AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ) live dignified and healthy life.

OUR GOAL

To reduce mortality among AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ) as a result of sexual and reproductive health-related infections, gender-based violence, and poverty.

OBJECTIVES

Promote the quality of lives of AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ):
  • Advocacy for reform of unfavorable social norms and polices that hinders AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ) access to human right protections and legal representations.
  • Promote the availability, accessibility and affordability of stigma-free comprehensive SRHR services for AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ) and shift narratives by raising community awareness and encouraging the development of progressive and inclusive SRHR laws, policies, and practices to guide SRHR service provision for diverse AYPs.
  • Building technical and institutional capacity of GWIHR towards achieving a sustainable community intervention.
  • Strengthening partnership and collaboration through critical engagement with relevant stakeholders and Government.
  • Promoting the quality of lives of AGYW and other diversities of sex workers (male, female and LBTQ) through participatory programming, using human right-based approach.
OUR TARGET POPULATION are

AGYW and other Diversities of Sex Workers (Male, Female and LBTQ)