NGO Appeals to Tinubu for Support in Enacting Bill Targeting Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Institutions

Gender Mobile Initiative (GMI), a non-governmental organization, is calling on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to sign the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Bill. This bill aims to combat the prevalence of sexual harassment within academic settings.

During a press briefing in Abuja, Omowumi Ogunrotimi, the lead Director of GMI, highlighted the significance of signing this bill, especially during the annual international 16 days of activism. Emphasizing the urgency, she urged swift action from the President, underscoring the importance of creating safe and nurturing learning environments, particularly for women.

Ogunrotimi stressed that the delay in presidential approval undermines collective efforts, expressing hope for the President’s commitment to student well-being. She lauded the roles of various bodies and whistleblowers in addressing sexual assaults but underscored that the bill is a crucial step forward.

The proposed legislation is designed to comprehensively address sexual harassment, defining offenses, imposing strict penalties, and establishing prevention and redress mechanisms. Despite its urgency, the bill has remained pending on the President’s desk, prompting concerns about the dedication to eradicating harassment in educational institutions.

Dr. Gloria Ibukunle from the Center for Gender Security at the University of Abuja emphasized the necessity of such a law to curb sexual assaults. Similarly, Enebeli Choice Uchenna, President of the National Female Students Association of Nigeria, highlighted the potential impact of Tinubu’s approval, stating that it would deter perpetrators within the Nigerian University system.


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