Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN), formerly known as Generation Foundation is a non governmental and non profitable organization. The concept emerged in June 2005 out of the desire to protect women and youths in need.
Our work is based on the principle that every woman and youth has the right to the highest standard of living, safe reproductive choices, high quality health care, and an enabling environment that promotes their fundamental human, reproductive and sexual health rights. Ever since it was founded, it has been strengthening, educating and empowering women and youths. In 2014, GIWYN became an organisation in “Special Status” Category with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Our work is grounded in the realities of the grassroots women who lack economic, social and political power. Our work is also based on the principle that every woman has the right to the highest standard of life, safe reproductive right choices, high quality health care, and an enabling environment that promotes their reproductive and sexual health rights.
Through critical analysis and strategic meetings we have analyzed the National Health Insurance policy of Nigeria federation and found out that it discriminates against rural women and youths 19years and above and denies them of such collective facilities. Its strategic outcome is our pilot project called “Safe Health to Safe Youths Lives Initiative”, which has increased the capacity of our youth and women network to advocate for SRHR and awareness of members and policy makers of the importance of youth specific issues, we have currently produced the organization’s Newsletter called “Prove Your Strength” and have distributed it to about 200 people in our community including women and youths. We believe that achieving this goal requires transformative social change.
As a result GIWYN uses a programmatic approach with all her activities and actions; we connect members and allies, build knowledge, organize campaigns and share resources. GIWYN works to realize the full sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people in local communities, with a particular focus on the most marginalized grassroot women to contribute towards the realization of our overall goal of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for rural women and youths.
In order to achieve our goal, we promote the implementation of SRHR within the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Program of Action (PoA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In particular, we work with MDG 5b (Universal Access to Reproductive Health) and then strengthen it by linking it with the other MDG Such a programmatic structure allows GIWYN to be strategically focused and approach the overarching goal in a holistic manner.
We connect our rural women’s issues to the global world to find solutions and strengthen our network, We Participate in Women Global Network for Reproductive Rights ‘s call for action against poverty, early marriage and child bearing, HIV/Aids, abortion, and reproductive and social injustice. We have engaged on research work to find out that the unmet needs of women and youths are not questions of overpopulation but of social reforms and increasing social amenities. We went to the media in 2009 to sensitize the public and the government on these issues .We organized seminars to educate women and youths on the need for contraceptive use and safe abortion. We put up a memo towards this, holding our government accountable.
In 2011 Giwyn organized a conference to mark African Women’s Health .In the conference the women identified violence as one of their challenges: Such violence as sexual assault, human trafficking, Female genital mutilation, Early Marriage, Stigmatization and discrimination of young girls with unwanted pregnancy. These are linked with sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS. Testimony was given publicly by a woman living with HIV/AIDS. In 28th September 2011 we organized a round table conference to mark the Abortion Rights’ day.