Welcome to The Gender Mainstreaming Office
Gender Mainstreaming Office (GMO) is a unit established under the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Academic), University of Ibadan. The office is a product of extensive research and programme activities funded by the John D and Katherine T MacArthur Foundation between 2007 and 2011. 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 GMO. The unit is committed to promoting a gender-sensitive institutional culture and to widen the scope of gender mainstreaming in Nigeria. From 2007 to 2011, the GMP conducted research on the gender situation in the University, reviewed policies and regulations and the curricula for their gender sensitivity, conducted research on sexual harassment and analysed data on access, achievement, facilities, security and the environment. 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 are 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 equity which is strongly embedded within the framework of fundamental human rights and gender justice. Gender equity is also one of the key focuses of the Millennium Development Goals and sanctioned in the Constitution of Nigeria (1999) which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of gender.
Functions of the Gender Mainstreaming Office
1. Training through conferences, workshops
3. Monitoring and Evaluation
4. Investigation of gender and sexual harassment issues
6. Consultancies (Gender Mainstreaming for organizations and institutions)