Ford Basis earmarks $6.5 million to assist ICPC, and others forestall sexual harassment in Nigerian colleges, office 


The Ford Basis has revealed that for 2024, it earmarked $6.5 million to allow the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee(ICPC), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and others, forestall gender-based violence(GBV) together with sexual harassment in Nigerian tertiary establishments, colleges and office.  

Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, Ford Basis’s senior Program Officer, disclosed this in an unique interview with Nairametrics on Tuesday.  

He made the disclosure on the sidelines of the  Nationwide Stakeholder Engagement on Sexual Harassment Prevention in Tertiary Establishments, organized by the ICPC and Gender Cell Initiative. 

Ford Basis’s help towards GBV in Nigeria 

Mac-Ikemenjima, in an unique interview with Nairametrics, mentioned the non-public basis has funded ICPC previously for a spread of issues but in addition for the work associated to addressing sexual harassment in “increased training and within the office.”  

He assured that the inspiration will proceed to work with related stakeholders together with the ICPC and Gender Cell Initiative, on the problem of sexual harassment in increased training.  

Simply to say that for this 12 months, the pool of assets from our work on stopping gender primarily based violence (together with sexual harassment) in any of those (Nigerian) establishments, can be about $6.5 million, altogether,” Mac-Ikemenjima added.  

He defined that whereas the {financial} assets are aimed toward helping stakeholders in addressing sexual harassment as successfully as attainable, there must be some reflections across the frameworks that govern how universities create insurance policies and buildings to help situations the place there are studies of sexual harassment or GBV.  

Mac-Ikemenjima expressed hope that the coverage draft on sexual harassment as championed by ICPC and different stakeholders, can be a win-win for the nation’s training sector if accepted by legislators and the chief.  

“I believe the broad factor about pupil experiences in increased training is the query round evaluation however evaluation for essentially the most half is the issue that defines the ability relationship between college students and the school.  

“After which the questions across the behaviour of third events who don’t essentially have that sort of interface with college students. I believe all of these have been taken under consideration within the coverage draft.  

“So, in that sense, the establishments simply must issue these issues after they implement as a result of as , every establishment will take a really completely different strategy to it,” he mentioned.  

ICPC, NGO converse on strikes towards SGV 

The Chairman of ICPC, Dr Musa Adamu Aliyu (SAN) informed the individuals on the occasion that solely a constant, persistent, targeted, and united marketing campaign can be sure that the problem of sexual harassment in tertiary establishments is decisively addressed.  

He mentioned with the help of the Ford Basis, the Fee held a collection of engagements with stakeholders within the primary training and tertiary training sectors to sanitize them concerning anti-GBV measures, including the workplace and different stakeholders have gone additional to draft a contemporary central coverage for these establishments. 

The coverage is aimed toward tightening the penalties for these convicted of sexual harassment.  

Whereas sexual harassment is extra infamous in tertiary establishments, additionally it is rampant in main and secondary colleges.  

“Within the spirit of partnership, the Fee partnered with Gender Cell to draft a contemporary coverage for tertiary establishments. The Federal Ministry of Schooling accepted the insurance policies for main and tertiary establishments, ” he mentioned.  

The Govt Director of Gender Cell Initiative, Omowumi Ogunrotimi, informed the press that in Nigeria when insurance policies are made, it doesn’t robotically translate into implementation. 

She known as for the finalized coverage to be institutionalized on the sub-national stage in order that state commissioners for training can embed it into their very own state framework to see that each increased training establishment of their state is free from sexual harassment.  

Ford Basis has been a frontline donor to a number of initiatives in Nigeria, working into thousands and thousands. 


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