20 Jun Addressing sexual harassment as institutional failure
In Africa, enrolling in higher education institutions is an aspiration of many young people and their families and represents an investment in their own socio-economic progress. This is why university graduation ceremonies are celebrated with great pomp – the ceremonies anticipate significant long-term benefits. Higher education institutions are the power engine of Africa’s progress.
Additionally, issues of gender equality and diversity have gained momentum in the 21st century as it has become widely acknowledged that balanced economic and social progress is only possible with these tenets.
Most governments in Africa have adopted and ratified policies such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the African Union Gender Policy (2009), which mandate them to observe and practise gender equity and empower women in higher education institutions. continue reading