Foundation moves to enhance safety of women, youths

The Yar’Adua Foundation will on Tuesday (today) host a public policy forum aimed at identifying policy gaps that can enhance the safety and security of women, youths and other vulnerable populations on campuses.

The foundation’s Director General, Jacqueline Farris, in a statement on Monday said the forum, which would be held with support from the Ford Foundation, is tagged ‘Orange the World: End violence against women now!’ and is meant to galvanise Nigerians to take action on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

According to Farris, wife of Ekiti State Governor and chair of the Gender Based Violence Law Management Committee in the state, Bisi Fayemi, will deliver the keynote address at the event slated for the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

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The statement read, “In 2018, a survey by the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and Law, revealed that 70 per cent of female graduates from Nigerian tertiary institutions have been sexually harassed in school. Classmates and lecturers were the main perpetrators.

“Sexual assault results in women feeling unsafe, undermines their self-esteem, and obstructs their personal and professional growth.

“The goal of the public policy forum is to identify policy gaps that can enhance the safety and security of women, young persons and other vulnerable populations on tertiary institution campuses.

“The event will inform and inspire stakeholders as we seek to address one of the defining challenges of our time.”

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