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Media women forum hails anti-sexual harassment bill

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The Media Women Forum has described the anti-sexual harassment bill recently passed by the senate as a welcome development as it would prevent sexual harassment and exploitation of female students by lecturers in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

The bill, which was passed last week, prohibits and addresses sexual harassment of students, while also outlawing any form of sexual or romantic relationships in tertiary institutions between students and lecturers.

Speaking with The Guardian on behalf of the group, Toro Oladapo said, “While we would have loved to see the bill expanded to accommodate other levels of education and other places where women experience sexual harassment, we however see it as timely and in line with agitation to ending sexual harassment of girls and women in general. We use this opportunity to call on the national assembly to expedite action on other gender related bills, especially the Gender and Equal Opportunity and Anti-rape bills.”

It would be recalled that the rampant cases of sexual harassment and exploitation of female students in tertiary institutions forced the senate to propose the bill in 2016, heightened by the outcry after the BBC sex for grades documentary which aired last year.

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