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Prof. Ndifon, Dean, suspended by Unical authority following female students speaking out against sexual harrasment and intimidation

The need to have a sexual/harrasment register for lecturers or persons who work within the academia who enable the abuse of the rights of women and girls across secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria has become imperative in line with the VAPP Act (Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act) with a clear mandate given to NAPTIP (National Agency Trafficking of Persons) coming on the heels of the investigation into Prof. Cyril Ndifon.

While the University of Calabar management has proactively addressed the allegations of sexual harassment issue, it should be noted that, although Prof. Cyril Ndifon was suspended over the same issue in 2015 and reinstated, it begs the question of whether due diligence was carried out in the first instance based on rigorous anti-harrassment policies and protocols, or if it was a case of miscarriage of justice against the female students who spoke up against the violation of their human rights.

It should also be noted that two academic staff from the University of Abuja were recently dismissed due to sexual misconduct.

Sexual harassment and sexual gender violence is fast becoming endemic in institutions across Nigeria.

But what do you think can be done to discourage sexual misconduct on campuses as we read further on the decision taken by the authorities of University of Calabar against Prof. Ndifon?

By admin , in Ignite Inside stories LightRay TV , at August 18, 2023

AWiN 2023: Ejiro Umukoro on Retelling Gender Based Stories using data and data visualisation tools to discover hidden stories

In November 2023, the African Women in Media will be hosting its 2023 Conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The Ignite Speaker for that Conference, Ejiro Umukoro, will be presenting a paper titled: Challenging the Narratives Around Gender-Based Storytelling in the light of her Pulitzer Centre Recognised Investigative Journalism series where she used statistics, data visualisation and insights to retell gender focused stories like never before done in any Nigeria News publication prior to Covid-19 pandemic. She reports on a pandemic within a pandemic, revealing stories, datasets and more that inspired a call to action both by the citizens as well as the legislative passage of the VAPP Bill into an Act (Violence Against Person Prohibition Act) by the Delta State Government.

Her Ignite Keynote Talk on how to retell gender stories intends to redefine how the media needs to review and ethically tell gender-based stories as they are without detracting from the real value of stories to create desired impact.

By admin , in Ignite Inside stories iThink! Super Conscious Woman Series , at August 2, 2023