Skip to content

Empowered Choices


Pathfinder International


The ongoing conflict in northeastern Nigeria caused by the Boko Haram insurgency has led to one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises, resulting in mass displacement, disruption of basic services, and increased protection risks. The Empowered Choices project reaches 10–19-year-old internally displaced persons (IDPs) in one of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria’s IDP settlements. Empowered Choices seeks to improve adolescent health and well-being and advance gender equality by giving adolescent girls the skills to make healthy transitions to adulthood.

Project Activities

  • Undertook a peer mentorship program where peer educators increased knowledge about SRHR, thereby improving the health and well-being of adolescents.
  • Hosted skills-acquisition sessions to enhance the economic empowerment of adolescents
  • Engaged community gatekeepers and caregivers to address norms and attitudes that propagated gender inequities.
  • Worked with households and communities to address barriers that prevented adolescents from accessing SRHR services and exercising their rights.
  • Set up protection mechanisms and safe spaces for adolescents.
  • Improved capacity of facility-based providers to offer adolescent-friendly services at select health facilities.
  • Facilitated the referral of adolescents to health facilities for care.
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Scaling Up: Giving Adolescents More Power Through Skill Development and Peer Mentorship

“…I was thinking that when I finish school, I will find a job and become what I want to become”,…

Read The Story
Featured Stories & Perspectives

Empowered Choices

At an Internally Displaced Persons Settlement in Northern Nigeria, these Adolescents Plan for Bright Futures The ongoing conflict in northeastern…

Read The Story

Featured Publication Resources

The Latest

Empowering Girls and Young Women: The Key to Achieving an AIDS-free Generation

This article first appeared in the MediaplanetUSA Living With HIV and AIDS campaign, which was published in USA Today and online on…

Read More

Clear Climate-health Connection Impacting Conditions for Women and Girls

This article first appeared in the Mediaplanet Global Resilience campaign, which was published in The New Scientist. The climate crisis is threatening…

Read More

South-South Learning is Key to Localization of Global Health

As we strengthen our locally led approaches to country programs and operations in every country where Pathfinder works, we must…

Read More
Our Project Team

Amina Aminu Dorayi

Senior Country Director

Featured Projects

Youth Champions for Climate Resilience in West Africa (YCC)

The Youth Champions for Climate Resilience in West Africa (YCC) project is funded by Fondation CHANEL and implemented by Pathfinder…

FC2 Education and Promotion Project, Africa

The FC2 Education and Promotion Project, Africa is funded by the Female Health Company and implemented by Pathfinder International. Now…

Preventing Child Marriage in Cabo Delgado

Preventing Child Marriage in Cabo Delgado improves the lives and livelihoods of adolescent girls and young women by  reducing child,…

Hands Off II

Hands Off II seeks to reduce all forms of violence against sex workers and violations of their human rights in…

Shaping Adolescent Girls’ and Young Women’s Lives through Improved Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes

The project, which takes place in 12 districts across three provinces—Maputo City, Cabo Delgado, and Maputo provinces—reaches adolescent girls and…

USAID Efficiencies for Clinical HIV Outcomes (ECHO)

In Mozambique, Pathfinder supports the Government of Mozambique to achieve HIV and AIDS epidemic control and establish a sustainable government-led…

Women-Led Climate Resilience (WLCR)

In Egypt, Pathfinder is working together with its partners to establish greener health clinics and communities The Women-Led Climate Resilience…

Strengthening Health Systems to Increase Access to Post-Pregnancy Family Planning (Qadam-Ba-Qadam)

This project seeks to ensure provincial health departments in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Balochistan offer quality postpartum and postabortion…

Promoting Results and Outcomes through Policy and Economic Levers (PROPEL) Adapt

By working with partners to strengthen policy, advocacy, financing, and governance, PROPEL Adapt aims to build the resilience of health…

Building Healthy Families

The Building Healthy Families (BHF), funded by the US Agency for International Development, seeks to improve health outcomes in Pakistan…

Droit en Santé Sexuel et Reproductive – Ado & Jeunes

Nearly 30% of women in the DRC have experienced sexual violence. We are working to change that. Pathfinder joins local partners…

USAID Kulawa

Health Services Delivery Activity in Niger USAID Kuwala improves health, family planning, and nutrition outcomes in Niger’s Maradi, Zinder, and…

All Projects