UI 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.


Policy Vision

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.


Policy Mission

  1. To expand the frontiers of knowledge by cultivating a gender sensitive space for learning and research;
  2. To contribute to the transformation of society by actively promoting and advocating gender equity;
  3. To produce graduates equipped with attitudes and skills to facilitate gender balanced perspective for global development;
  4. To be a socially engaged institution with high profile impact on gender issues.



The Gender Policy shall apply to:

Description: *      All academic and non-academic staff of the University

Description: *      All Students

Description: *      All contractors of and service providers to the University

Description: *      All visitors to the University

Description: *      Other groups of persons in the University, including but not limited to children, wards, and other dependants of staff

Policy Issues

Description: *      Teaching - the curricula and facilities

Description: *      Learning - the curricula and environment

Description: *      Research – incorporating gender  perspectives in research and innovations

Description: *      Service- Gender sensitivity in community, national and international service/outreach



The Institutional Gender objectives of the University of Ibadan are to:

  1. Ensure that the dignity and integrity of both women and men are equally respected and valued;
  2. Work in  decisive and creative ways to guarantee that women and men have the same rights and the same opportunities to advance and develop;
  3. 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;
  4. Optimally serve the interests of both sexes in studies,  research, training and development activities;
  5. 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;
  6. Ensure gender  equity in  representation on  staff and student  decision making bodies;
  7. 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;
  8. Reflect  gender sensitivity in the use of language in the University;
  9. Address any perceived barriers to providing and promoting inclusive practices for all staff and students and target areas to eliminate inequalities;
  10. Ensure that the University environment is gender friendly and supportive of women and men and their specific needs and roles;
  11. Monitor by a range of methods, the effectiveness of the actions taken to promote equality of opportunity;
  12. Ensure that any breaches of the policy are reported and dealt with in an appropriate way;
  13. To ensure a gender-friendly University environment that is respectful of the   academic freedom and human rights of each sex;
  14. Provide physical facilities, personnel and financial resources to support the implementation of the UIGP.




  1. Research
  2. Consultancy
  3. Advocacy
  4. Mentoring
  5. Liaising with external bodies
  6. Training of peer- educators
  7. Monitoring and evaluation of GP & SH.
  8. Investigation of SH reports.



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.




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



  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.


Contact Address

Gender Mainstreaming Office (GMO)

Students Affairs Building

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Website: www.ui.edu.ng/content/gender-mainstreaming-office

E-mail: [email protected]

Vision and Mission

University Vision and Mission on Sexual Harassment 
The Gender Mainstreaming Office has a goal to prepare a gender policy for the University of Ibadan. 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
The policy will address issues related to teaching, learning, research, and service

Gender Policy

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. Read More
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