The University of Ibadan has been in the forefront of gender research and advocacy in Nigerian and African Universities since the establishment of the Women’s Research and Documentation Centre (WORDOC) in 1986. In September 2006, the Association of African Universities (AAU) chose the University of Ibadan as the trialling centre for its training modules on Gender Mainstreaming Project in African Higher Education. In January and March 2007, the University through WORDOC, held two down streaming workshops for the university community and surrounding tertiary institutions. As a result of the success of these programmes, the University management sought to sustain the programme by establishing the Gender Mainstreaming Office (GMO) in the University.
Gender Mainstreaming Office (GMO) is a unit under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor University of Ibadan. The unit promotes a gender-sensitive institutional culture to widen the scope of gender mainstreaming in Nigeria. The office known then as Gender Mainstreaming Programme (GMP) was initially funded by the John D and Katherine T MacArthur Foundation between 2007 and 2011 when it conducted extensive research on the gender situation in the University, reviewed policies and regulations and the curricula for their gender sensitivity. Further, research was carried out on sexual harassment and analysed data on access, facilities, security and the environment. All these provided input into the series of consensus building workshops for the University’s Gender Policy and Sexual Harassment Policy. Peer education and gender sensitisation workshops were held regularly, and the University’s community radio and national media have supported the initiative.
This gender mainstreaming initiative of the University of Ibadan derives from the focus on gender equality and equity which are strongly embedded within the framework of fundamental human rights and gender justice. Gender equality is also goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals and it is sanctioned in the Constitution of Nigeria (1999) which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of gender.
Activities of the Gender Mainstreaming Office
1. Sensitization Workshops on Gender and Sexual Harassment policies of the University
2. Mentoring, Counselling and Advocacy
3. Investigation of gender and sexual harassment issues
4. Consultancies (Gender Mainstreaming for organizations and institutions)
5. Monitoring and Evaluation
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN GENDER POLICY STATEMENT
The University of Ibadan is committed to the attainment of gender equality in society. To this end, the University shall stimulate and nurture a gender friendly space to ensure the integrity and dignity of staff, students, service providers and other members of the university community.
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY STATEMENT
The University shall cultivate and maintain a working and learning environment that reflects respect for the dignity of all members of its community, thereby stimulating and supporting an environment free of sexual harassment. The University considers any act of sexual harassment as gross violation of the fundamental human rights of the victim and academic freedom in the case of students.
GENDER POLICY (GP)
Gender equity is increasingly prioritized as an indicator of development and global acceptance in networks of higher education. The quality and effectiveness of an institution is, in part, judged by its gender sensitivity at global level. U I’s Gender Policy provides an institutional framework for all programmes and projects so that all stakeholders in the community can benefit from the initiative. It provides the bench- mark by which the laws governing the institution, relations between members of the university community, its activities in research, teaching, resource mobilization, welfare services and community involvement will be evaluated.
The Gender Policy shall apply to, all staff of the University, all students of the University, all contractors of and service providers, all visitors to the University and other groups of persons in the University, including but not limited to children, wards, and other dependants of staff.
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University of Ibadan, Ibadan
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