Revisit the Sexual Harassment Bill- NG0 Charges Senate
A social justice non-governmental organization, ActionAid Nigeria, has called on the 9th Senate to revisit the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Prohibition Bill, even as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of the Girl child.
The bill, which was passed by the 8th Senate in 2016 did not see the light of the day to become a Law.
Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi while speaking to reporters in Abuja in the wake of the recent revealing investigative report produced by BBC Africa EYE, says “ActionAid Nigeria is dismayed by the alleged sex scandal involving a senior lecturer of the University of Lagos (UNILAG).”
He said the video documentary did not only showcase sexual harassment, but it also revealed other forms of verbal and physical abuse faced by female students.
Condemning the gross violation of the rights of female students by lecturers in tertiary institutions, Obi further maintained that the organization was at the forefront of the protection of women and girls, and it had in 2012 carried out a safe cities audit of selected Nigerian universities, which revealed that these institutions lack gender-specific mechanisms to tackle violence against female students.
The Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Education Institution Prohibition Bill, 2016, had prescribed a 5-year jail term for lecturers and educators convicted of sexual harassment of either male or female students and made provisions for lecturers and educators who may be falsely accused by their students to seek redress.