UNIBEN VC, Salami hosts first Women Scientists’ Conference in Benin

The University of Benin has zero-tolerance for sexual harassment. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami, stated this in Benin City while declaring open the 1st Scientific Conference, organised by Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), UNIBEN Chapter, held at the University of Benin.

Professor Salami lamented the rampant cases of suicide by young persons and sexual harassment of vulnerable persons in the country’s institutions of higher learning. She said although there is reported decline in the twin evils from last year’s occurrences, it was not time yet for concerned citizens to rest on their oars. The Vice Chancellor commended the Women in Science for helping to bring the menaces to the fore and expressed confidence that far-reaching solutions would be adduced by participants at the Conference.

On efforts by the University’s Management to curb sexual harassment on campus, the Vice Chancellor said a policy to check the incidence is in place, while a Dress Code on proper dressing for staff and students has been introduced.

President of the UNIBEN chapter of OWSD, Professor Francisca Okungbowa believes the conference will sufficiently sensitise vulnerable persons in the society and also help policy makers to chart a course of action that will enhance the quest for freedom from depressive tendencies and sexual harassment. A journal of important scientific papers presented, is expected to be published at the end of the Conference .

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