Girl Up Initiative Uganda

Peer Educators and College Campus Ambassadors at a health service camp at Kyambogo University.

Girl Up Initiative Uganda

Girl Up Initiative Uganda (GUIU) was founded in 2012 by Monica Nyiraguhabwa, a young Ugandan woman who grew up in the urban slums of Kampala, and Kimberly Wolf, a young American woman passionate about girls’ rights and leadership. GUIU’s mission is to build a vibrant movement of girls and young women through transformative leadership, sexual and reproductive health education, and skills development.

Monica and Kimberly dreamed up the idea of Girl Up Initiative Uganda after visiting Monica’s community together and identifying the need to advance educational and economic opportunities for young women and adolescent girls in these slum areas. From its humble beginnings, Girl Up Initiative Uganda is now a thriving, respected, and growing organization for adolescent girls.

Transforming the lives of girls in Kampala

Girls and women in Uganda face many obstacles, including lack of educational opportunities, and high rates of child marriage, gender-based violence and teen pregnancy.

Through their comprehensive programs, GUIU offers trainings and mentorships to help girls gain confidence, as well as vocational and leadership skills. The team also delivers sex education and provides sexual and reproductive health services. In addition, GUIU’s critical work to engage boys and challenge harmful gender norms helps fight gender-based violence.

Photo: One of GUIU’s Adolescent Girls Program participants giving a speech at her school’s graduation ceremony. She spoke of the self-belief and personal empowerment gained over the year-long training program, and her ability to know and love her changing body and take ownership of her decisions. © GUIU

“I learned to understand my body from Girl Up, to believe in myself, and to communicate with people. I have learned to maintain eye contact and also avoid peer pressure. I also began to do things that I did not believe I could. At school, I have not only been helping girls who have challenges but also the boys who need help. I even teach boys how to make pads.”

– GUIU Adolescent Girls Program participant

Webinar recording with Executive Director and Co-Founder Monica Nyiraguhabwa:


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