UI Gender Policy
THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN GENDER POLICY
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.
To be a world-class university where gender equity is institutionalised, and students and staff integrate gender friendly perspectives into personal and professional dealings in achieving the aims and goals of the University.
- To expand the frontiers of knowledge by cultivating a gender sensitive space for learning and research;
- To contribute to the transformation of society by actively promoting and advocating gender equity;
- To produce graduates equipped with attitudes and skills to facilitate gender balanced perspective for global development;
- To be a socially engaged institution with high profile impact on gender issues.
THE SCOPE OF THE POLICY
The Gender Policy shall apply to:
All academic and non-academic staff of the University
All contractors of and service providers to the University
All visitors to the University
Other groups of persons in the University, including but not limited to children, wards, and other dependants of staff
Teaching - the curricula and facilities
Learning - the curricula and environment
Research – incorporating gender perspectives in research and innovations
Service- Gender sensitivity in community, national and international service/outreach
OBJECTIVES OF GENDER POLICY
The Institutional Gender objectives of the University of Ibadan are to:
- Ensure that the dignity and integrity of both women and men are equally respected and valued;
- Work in decisive and creative ways to guarantee that women and men have the same rights and the same opportunities to advance and develop;
- Ensure that gender equity is integrated into institutional strategic planning, and that policy development, operational practices and procedures are all informed by equity of opportunity;
- Optimally serve the interests of both sexes in studies, research, training and development activities;
- Ensure a governance, administrative, teaching and research culture that is gender sensitive in all aspects of the university’s operations, including admissions, employment and service delivery;
- Ensure gender equity in representation on staff and student decision making bodies;
- Ensure that all staff and students are fully aware of, and accept their responsibilities to perform their roles in a way that genuinely promotes equality of opportunity;
- Reflect gender sensitivity in the use of language in the University;
- Address any perceived barriers to providing and promoting inclusive practices for all staff and students and target areas to eliminate inequalities;
- Ensure that the University environment is gender friendly and supportive of women and men and their specific needs and roles;
- Monitor by a range of methods, the effectiveness of the actions taken to promote equality of opportunity;
- Ensure that any breaches of the policy are reported and dealt with in an appropriate way;
- To ensure a gender-friendly University environment that is respectful of the academic freedom and human rights of each sex;
- Provide physical facilities, personnel and financial resources to support the implementation of the UIGP.
FUNCTIONS OF THE GENDER MAINSTREAMING OFFICE
- Liaising with external bodies
- Training of peer- educators
- Monitoring and evaluation of GP & SH.
- Investigation of SH reports.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF STAFF AND STUDENTS
Members of staff and students who observe and identify areas and practices in the university environment that do not promote gender equity or conform to gender friendly dispositions, should draw same to the attention of the Gender Mainstreaming Office (GMO)
It shall be the responsibility of the Provost, Deans, Directors and Heads of Departments/Units to ensure compliance with Gender Policy by persons and officers under their colleges, faculties, institutes, directorates, centres and departments.
BREACH OF THE POLICY
Members of staff who wilfully, deliberately, or with intention contravene the rules in this policy will be subject to appropriate sanction.
Students are given information and advice in the Student Information Handbook about University rules and their responsibilities to others. Any student who contravenes this policy, through inappropriate behaviour or other intentional acts, will be subject to the appropriate student disciplinary processes of the University, up to and including expulsion.
Any other person who has a responsibility for ensuring compliance with the policy, and contravenes any of the rules will be subjected to appropriate action by the relevant authority
- Complaints related to threats to or disregard of the observance of the University Gender Policy can be made formally or informally to the GMO or to the Head of any unit, department, faculty, college, institute and centre of the University
- It shall be the responsibility of the GMO or other administering or enforcing unit, department, faculty, college, institute and centre of the University to receive complaints related to threats to or disregard to the observance of the University Gender Policy.
- The reporting units or points shall not preclude the functions or exercise of statutory powers by relevant departments and authorities recognised under the Nigerian law.
- All complaints received by any unit, department, faculty, college, institute and centre of the University shall be forwarded to the GMO for investigation and appropriate action.
This policy shall be subject to periodic review to conform to the University Vision, Mission and objectives as appropriate.
Gender Mainstreaming Office (GMO)
Students Affairs Building
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]