NCWS Commends Senate for Passing Sexual Harassment Bill


The National President of National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Mrs Laraba Shoda, made the commendation in a statement.

The bill is titled: A Bill for an Act to make Provisions for Prohibition of Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institutions and for Matters Concerned Therewith, 2019.

According to Shoda, “The bill passed will now stand as a preventive and protective mechanism for those trying to pursue their educational dreams.

‘’It puts an end to ‘Sex for Grade’ culture and exploitation of our female students once and for all,’’

“This bill has been a long time coming and there was some opposition to it from the Academic Staff Union of Universities on the grounds that laws covering it already existed and the autonomy of universities would be under threat.

‘’Nonetheless, we are, however, pleased with the outcome of our well fought campaign.

“The council is appreciative of the fact that Lawan and his colleagues in the Senate were determined and resolute to push the bill to its conclusion.

‘’This bill will also mean that Nigeria will be fulfilling part if its obligations undertaken through the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,” she stated.

“She added that it was fulfilling “The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Protocol to the African Charter on the Right of Women in Africa and the Rights and Welfare of the Child among others’’.