Empowered Choices

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 Date: 2021 - 2022
Funder: Pathfinder International
Country: Nigeria

What We Do

  • Undertake a peer mentorship program where peer educators increase knowledge about SRHR, thereby improving the health and well-being of adolescents.
  • Host skills-acquisition sessions to enhance the economic empowerment of adolescents.
  • Engage community gatekeepers and caregivers to address norms and attitudes that propagate gender inequities.
  • Work with households and communities to address barriers that prevent adolescents from accessing SRHR services and exercising their rights.
  • Set up protection mechanisms and safe spaces for adolescents.
  • Improve capacity of facility-based providers to offer adolescent-friendly services at select health facilities.
  • Facilitate the referral of adolescents to health facilities for care.


The Empowered Choices Project

Strengthening Skills and Agency Among Internally Displaced Adolescents in Abuja, Nigeria Pathfinder International, in partnership with the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency...

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Empowered Choices

At an internally displaced persons settlement in northern Nigeria, these adolescents plan for bright...

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Project Staff Members

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi

Country Director

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi is a physician and public health professional with 17 years’ extensive experience in designing and managing health system and sustainable development programs aimed at...

Ogochukwu Kehinde

Technical Advisor – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Ogochukwu Kehinde is an international development professional with over 10 years of experience in design and management of project monitoring and evaluation systems. Joining Pathfinder in 2015, she...

Bayo Ewuola

Media and Communication Officer

Bayo Ewuola is a communication professional with proven experience in developing and overseeing the implementation of strategic communication plans for organizations to achieve continued success....

Dr. Sakina Amin Bello

Senior Program Advisor

Dr. Sakina Amin Bello is a public health practitioner with over 12 years experience in developmental interventions across health financing; maternal, neonatal and child health/sexual and reproductive...

Kosisochukwu Izundu

Program Officer, Reproductive Health and Family Planning

Kosisochukwu Izundu (Kosi) is a development professional with over seven years of experience in adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health programming and research. Kosi has led various...

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