Questions & Answers

Why Adolescent Girls?

Simply stated, we invest our time and resources in adolescent girls because they hold the key to a better and healthier world. Globally, girls face greater social and economic obstacles than their male counterparts. Because adolescence is the period when girls cultivate habits and make the decisions that shape the kind of women they become, it is crucial that adolescent girls have access to mentors and learning opportunities that will promote their positive development. When girls are empowered and thriving, their families and communities also thrive. A higher level of investment in the girl child is necessary to ensure the achievement of the Global Goals.

Investing in girls is smart economics

  • When women complete a primary education, maternal deaths are reduced by two-thirds, which saves 98,000 lives.
  • When women complete a secondary education, child deaths are halved, saving three million lives.
  • Girls who complete primary and secondary education are likely to earn income, have less unwanted pregnancies and disrupt the cycle of poverty.
  • When you invest in a girl, you invest in a community.
  • If young Nigerian women were employed at the same rates as young men, the country would add US $13.9 billion to its annual GDP.
  • Reducing the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation results in faster economic growth.

Why Nigeria and Kenya?

While SEGEI seeks to empower girls and women in the global community, our projects are based primarily in Nigeria and Kenya, with community collaborations in the United States.


  • Half the world’s adolescents live in seven countries; Nigeria is one of them. Others include: India, China, Indonesia, the United States, Pakistan, and Brazil.
  • Nearly half of women (47%) and one quarter of men are illiterate in Nigeria.
  • Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy with a population of 170 million and counting. Though Nigeria has 2% of the world’s population, it bears 10% of the maternal mortality burden.
  • Ten million children are out of school in Nigeria. This is the highest number in the world.
  • Only 23% of girls are enrolled in secondary school in Nigeria.
  • One in four girls, versus one in ten boys, experience sexual violence in Nigeria.
  • As of 2012, only about 22% of adolescent girls in Nigeria have a comprehensive knowledge about HIV.


  • Most of Kenya’s socio-cultural norms are based on patriarchy; hence, boys’ education is given priority over the girls when families are faced with financial constraints.
  • Female Genital Mutilation is still rampantly practiced even though it’s illegal.
  • There is a high rate of girls dropping out of school due to pregnancies and cases of early marriages.
  • Poverty prevents girls from attaining education.
  • Of the 1097 survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, 40% were cases of child sexual abuse.
  • Statistics show that incest accounts for 74.9% of girls who get sexually abused.


How can I support SEGEI?

You can support our work in a number of ways.

To donate to our scholarship fund for girls’ education, click here.
For other ways to support, including being a mentor or donating books and money for school supplies, click here.

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