Don calls for more women role models in tertiary institutions

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 Prof. Sarah Anyanwu, a don with the University of , has called on women the teaching profession, serve as role models for female in tertiary institutions.

Anyanwu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in on Wednesday.

She said it was not encouraging that the number of female lecturers in tertiary institutions across the country was low.

She said having women lecturers in tertiary institutions would encourage younger women believe in themselves and achieve any feat they desired.

“It is important that more women go into lecturing in tertiary institutions across the country, as this serve as a boost for the younger generation.

“Presently, what is obtainable is that we have less than five per cent female lecturers in tertiary institutions, younger women need to have role models to look to.” Anyanwu said that power imbalance between and women promoted discrimination against women in tertiary institutions.

The don, however, advised on the need for the creation of gender departments in all tertiary institutions, to broaden views and awareness on women .

On gender-based violence, Anyanwu said relative powerlessness of women, cultism, poverty and -cultural were factors promoting such in tertiary institutions.

According to her, gender-based violence is not peculiar to Nigeria alone but a phenomenon and called for policies to address the issue.