Yvonne Peters Asamoning and Bosede Ogidan met in Dubai last March, during the Global Education and Skills Forum, where they discovered that they were working on similar projects to build girls’ self-esteem, support their health, and engage them in their learning. Yvonne, who is from Ghana, and Bosede, from Nigeria, realized that many of the challenges facing girls in their respective countries and communities were very similar, including poverty, low expectations, and a lack of education about women’s health, puberty, and menstruation. A new friendship was formed and a cross-border collaboration to expand their work was born.
Back in university, Yvonne, a Teach For Ghana alumna and the Girls’ Education Officer at Create Change, co-founded Sanatio (Latin for “healing”), an initiative to raise awareness of the sexual abuse of girls and support girls who, like her, were victims of abuse. Bosede, a second-year Teach For Nigeria Fellow, co-founded the Girl-child Initiative as part of the Child Support Initiative, which is led by another Teach For Nigeria Fellow, Dinyambe Twanoh Nyatua. When one of Dinyambe’s students came to class unaware that she was menstruating, he reached out to Bosede, who was inspired to start a program specifically for girls. After meeting in Dubai and learning about the similarities in the work they’re doing to support girls in their countries, Yvonne and Bosede decided to collaborate to learn from each other’s experiences and increase their organizations’ impact.