GPI is a feminist, youth development organisation formed in 1993 by Bene Madunagu and Grace Osakue to intervene in the socialisation of girls for the realisation of a future where women are visible and valued actors in Nigerian society.
GPI commenced activities in July 1994 in Cross River and Edo States, expanded to Akwa Ibom and Delta States in 2002 and is in the process of opening a centre in the Federal Capital Abuja.
GPI’s focus is to assist young girls live healthy lives and achieve their full potentials, towards an empowered womanhood. It also includes assisting young girls to overcome the risk of early sexual activities, gender discrimination, Human Rights and contemporary social practices, adolescent/unintended pregnancies, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS, unsafe abortion, all forms of sexual abuse and harassment as well as other forms of violence against girls and women and exploitation.
The VISION is to be a leading sustainable feminist institution with critical consciousness and capacity for analyses on social and gender prejudices, committed to empowering girls into healthy, self reliant and productive women for the achievement of positive changes and transformation of patriarchal values in Nigeria. The MISSION is to empower adolescent girls with accurate information on their Sexuality, Human Rights, Life Management and Leadership Skills from a gender perspective for social action while its VALUE is a team working with passion and commitment, upholding feminist ideology with integrity and responsiveness while promoting equal opportunities for all.
The GPI programme strategies and activities are directed at the 4 spheres of stages of influence on girls namely; INDIVIDUAL LEVEL (empowering the girls as social change agents through increasing their self-esteem, knowledge, skills and self efficiency), SOCIAL NETWORK LEVEL (at the level of their parents, other family members and peers to strengthen positive relationships among girls and immediate social relations to provide the necessary support for their actions), COMMUNITY LEVEL (aimed at creating new and broader enabling environment and opportunities for girls’ action in challenging patriarchal values and discriminatory practices and beliefs that put girls at risk and to create awareness about the dynamism of culture to facilitate positive social changes towards gender justice) and INSTITUTIONAL LEVEL (focusing on social changes through activities and advocacy for policy changes that impact systematic practices and norms that affect girls and their communities). GPI has been in the vanguard of improved status and living standard and quality of life of young females and women generally and through its efforts had drawn and changed attitude towards the plight of women and girls generally.