Guidelines Deadlines

4 girls and women by girls and women (4GW) is calling for submissions in response to the question:

How might we promote HPV vaccinations for girls and HPV screening for women in Nigeria?

The problem​

Nearly 8,000 Nigerian women die from cervical cancer yearly. Persistent infection by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) is the cause of many cancers, including cervical cancers. Well-organized HPV vaccination and screening services can reduce cervical cancer incidence and mortality in Nigeria. However, in Nigeria, as in many African countries, there are no organized, widespread cervical cancer prevention programs. In fact, only 1 in 7 girls have been vaccinated and 1 in 10 women have screened for HPV. We can change this!

Our mission

We believe that girls and women can become empowered to end cervical cancer globally. We seek fresh and dynamic voices and experiences of mothers (including caregivers) and daughters to collaborate as a team to identify ways to promote HPV vaccination for girls and HPV screening for women. We believe you hold a mirror to our society and can challenge conventional expectations about ways to end cervical cancer.

Our Process

At 4GW, our process advances communities through 4 participatory approaches designed to spark a sense of agency in Nigerian girls and women, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting them to become problem-solvers in their community and the world:

The solution

We are calling all mothers (or caregivers such as aunties, sisters, etc.) and daughters to enter as a team, and submit their responses to the contest question:

How might we promote HPV vaccinations for girls and HPV screening for women in Nigeria?

The final deadline for submissions is March 5th2023.

Guideline for contributions

Eligibility: Anyone can submit ideas to the open call, but we are particularly interested in submissions from girls and young women (9-26 years old) and women aged 30-49 years old working as a team. Girls who are 9-13 years old must have parental permission to participate in the contest.

Format of your submission: There is no required structure for your submission, regardless of whether you choose a 500-word submission or a video/audio description. However, here are some questions that your submission could address:

What are messages, slogans, or ideas to promote HPV vaccination among girls/women and HPV testing among their mothers?

What are creative ways to reach girls and women in remote areas or who have limited internet access?

How can we engage girls and women to stop the spread of cervical cancer in Nigeria?

  • Submission using the online google form:
  • Links to images, audio files, and video files can be embedded as hyperlinks in the text
  • Download your offline submission form here:
  • Please send your filled submission form directly via WhatsApp to 09090496884
  • Images, audio files or video clips accompanying your text submissions can be forwarded as well
  • Download your offline submission form here:
  • Bring it to the NIMR office here: Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Clinical Science department, 6 Edmund Crescent Yaba, Lagos, and contact person: Dr. Agatha Wapmuk

Deadline: March 5, 2023

Judging and Notification: March 12, 2023

Designathon: March 31 – April 2, 2023

Steering Committee

Dr. Juliet Iwelunmor, Dr. Joseph Tucker, Dr. Oliver Ezechi, Dr. Titi Gbaja-biamila, Ms. Chisom Obiezu-umeh, Dr. Agatha Wapmuk, Dr. Ucheoma Nwaozuru, Ms. Ekene Kokelu, Dr. Ifeoma Obionu, Ms. Mengmeng Jia

Join The Movement

Enter The Open Call

Answer the question: How might we increase cervical cancer self-screening and HPV vaccination amongst girls and women in Nigeria?