The Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) has completed the virtual and in person classroom training session on the prevention of campus sexual violence across Nigerian tertiary institutions.
This programme is in partnership with the Joint EU-UN Spotlight Initiative in tackling the menace of gender based violence against women through various implementation programs and partners all over the world.
The initiative represents a global effort to invest in gender equality and women’s empowerment as a driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The project was launched in January 2020 with the aim of increasing the awareness of gender-based violence, and to design and adopt school-related gender-based violence policies in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Speaking at the training held at the University Abuja, the programme Lead Education, Mr Adeyemi Asaba, said that so far the programme involved 108 tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
According to him, the108 institutions included six universities in which they had established their physical presence.
The institutions include; UniAbuja, Nile University, Veritas University, Lagos State University, Lagos State Polytechnic and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education in Lagos State.
Asaba said, “To date, about 5,000 students across 108 tertiary institutions have been empowered to break the silence of any form of school related gender based violence through the innovative launch of WARIF four modules LMS platform which addresses all forms of violence.
“The project is meant to help in the formulation of policies to strengthen the issues of GBV and expose some of the perpetrators on campuses.
“It also aims to provide a level of protection to everyone within the campus environment, not only students but staff and non-staff members of institutions.
“Because of our call, based on the funding organisation, we’re expected to work with six universities on a physical level.”
The Administrative Officer of Students Affairs Department, UniAbuja Mr Ahmed Mudashir, said the school authority was doing its best to enlighten members of staff and students about GBV.
According to him, the vice-chancellor has zero-tolerance for such acts.
“I can tell you that two professors have been laid off because of this.
“The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’alla, is a no-nonsense man. I think that’s enough signal for everybody to sit tight,” Mudashir said.
One of the participants, A student from English Department, UniAbuja Diana Kalu appreciated the organisers for the sensitisation programme.
According to her, through the programme, she is now able to differentiate between gender and sex.