- Civil society activists are worried about the high prevalence of sex for grades in tertiary institutions
- A group is building a multiple stakeholders platform and a strategic national advocacy campaign to address the issues
- Findings showed that 51.7% of female undergraduates had suffered one form of sexual violence or another in school
The Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) under its Youth Participation Against Corruption (Y-PAC) has launched an initiative tagged SHE campaign. SHE stands for Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.
Already, YAF and its partners are implementing the SHE campaign in 5 states and 13 tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
The campaign conducted a national survey in 19 tertiary institutions across six states which sampled over 3000 students. Findings showed that 51.7% of female undergraduates had suffered one form of sexual violence or another in school.
The survey further provided evidence of the prevalent rate of sexual harassment in Higher Education in Nigeria and also provided a situational analysis of systems, policies and processes put in place by institutions to address sexual harassment.
“Youth Alive Foundation is building multiple stakeholders platform and a strategic national advocacy platform and a strategic national advocacy campaign in support of the legislative passage and presidential assent to the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institution Prohibition Bill.
“We expect that through a strategic partnership with key stakeholders, prosecution and sanctions will be hastened and investigative journalism will champion fresh dynamics of unraveling the hideous act.
“Through this multi-faced approach, Nigeria will propagate a new era for naming and shaming and this we believe will go a long way in addressing the prevalence of sexual harassment in tertiary institutions in the country,” Dr. Udy Okon, executive director of YAF told journalists at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, October 14.
Recall that Nigeria has ratified The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015 (VAPP) Act.
“We are concerned about Nigeria's ability to draw on international policy frameworks in addressing sexual harassment of female students in tertiary institutions,” Dr. Okon noted.
Meanwhile, the Senate on Wednesday, October 9, went back to the sexual harassment bill which was sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central) and passed by the 8th Senate.
The bill seeks a five-year jail term and five million naira fine for lecturers convicted for sexually harassing male or female students.
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