INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (IWOGDS)
The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) is a multidisciplinary Academic and Research Unit in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria. Pursuant to the need to promote diversity, gender equality and equity, the University Senate in 2012 approved the Unit to serve as a leading centre of academic excellence and innovation in the areas of Women, Gender and Development Studies at local, national and international levels. Since 2012, the Unit has aggressively engaged in activities that promote teaching, research and community service on women, gender and development related issues.
To be the foremost centre of excellence for women, gender and development studies.
The mission of IWoGDS is to promote quality academic study on gender and development programmes through extensive course offerings across disciplines.
OUR CORE VALUES
In conducting its business, IWoGDS shall be guided by the following core values: gender sensitivity, value diversity and multiple perspectives, knowledge-building through real-life issues, interactive learning environment, social responsibility, professionalism, high integrity and ethical behaviour.
The overall purpose of IWoGDS is to create a critical mass of qualified human resource in gender studies through innovative and learner-centered pedagogical methodologies; produce graduates who are competent, skilled, practical, and adaptable to the current demands in the field of gender and development studies. The Institute shall promote and ensure quality and diversity that reflect the contemporary women and gender discipline to the stakeholders.
The specific objectives of the Institute are to:
(a) Conduct seminars, workshops, symposia and other relevant activities that will enhance research and development in the areas of women, gender and development studies.
(b) Mount relevant certificate, diploma and degree programmes in women, gender and development studies.
(c) Foster gender, women and development institutes and laureates in the areas of expertise.
(d) Develop research fellowships, linkages, faculty and student exchanges in the areas of expertise with national and international partners.
(e) Conduct research in the areas of need that are relevant to the objectives of IWoGDS.
The Institute will adopt the following strategies:
- Teaching and research in the areas of women, gender and development studies.
- Gender Analysis – This involves a well-articulated and systematic gathering and examination of information on gender differences and social relations in order to identify, understand and redress inequities based on gender.
- Gender Planning – The activities here will address the technical processes and procedures for ensuring appropriate formulation and implementation of gender-based policies.
- Gender Mainstreaming – The activities will centre around strategies aimed at providing gender perspectives in institutional policies and programmes. It will also provide a platform for capacity building and social justice.
- Development of a Database – A robust database will be developed to provide information on women, gender and development issues particularly in areas such as entrepreneurship, climate change, conflict, violence, poverty, culture, disasters, health, agriculture, science and technology, education, human rights among others.
- Collaboration – The Institute will actively develop linkages with national and international organisations to facilitate adequate networking for the actualisation of her goals.
- Development of a Gender Library – This will serve as a resource centre where print and electronic materials will be stored and also made easily accessible to staff, students and the general public. It will provide opportunity for individual and group learning. Being a resource centre, there will be huge collections of materials on gender and arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, religion, education, law, technology, health, environment, family, agriculture etc.
- Gender Laboratory – The Laboratory will serve as a women and gender diagnostic centre. Gender issues will be identified and investigated with a view to proffering sustainable solutions.
Dr Mrs Chinyere A. Madu Ag Director
DATE OF ESTABLISHMENT OF IWOGDS
The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) was established on 4th May, 2010
HISTORY OF IWoGDS
The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) is a multi-disciplinary academic and research Unit in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO). The Institute which was formerly known as Centre for Women, Child, Research and Development (CWCRD) was established and granted full academic status by the University Senate at its 338th Meeting held on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. However, in order to reflect the general practice around the world by practitioners, promote diversity and gender equality and equity, the University Senate at its 358th Meeting held on 27th March, 2012, changed the name from CWCRD to CWGDS; and later upgraded it to the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) at its 397th Meeting held on the 22nd September 2015. The Institute has continued to be a leading centre of academic excellence and innovation in the areas of women, gender and development studies at local, national and international levels; and has aggressively engaged in activities and programmes that promote teaching, research and community service in women, gender and development related issues with far-reaching positive impact on the University, its environs and beyond.
In particular, we have held five International Conferences; hosted annual Workshops to commemorate global celebrations that are relevant to our mandate such as the International Women’s Day, World Environment Day, World HIV/AIDS Day, Global Handwashing Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We have equally held annual Training Workshops on empowerment of women, men and youths on farming for sustainable livelihood.
We have published five editions of our highly rated International Journal of Gender and Development Studies (which was recently selected for sponsorship by TETFUND): Books of Abstracts and Proceedings. We have published seven editions of our Bulletin The Insight through which we disseminate our various activities to the public. We have also published a Sexual Health Handbook for Young People – “Be at Peace with Your Body” with ISBN: 978-978-52056-4-6
As a multidisciplinary Academic and Research Unit, we have mounted Post-Graduate Programmes in Gender and Development Studies, Technology, Science, Agricultural Technology, Global Health and Entrepreneurship.
Our research activities include Needs Assessment Study for the University host communities in 2012; Gender Trend Audit of Staff and Students of the University, and the Evaluation of the Extent of Achievement of the MDGs in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria sponsored by TETFUND (which is on-going). Through our management of the FUTO Child Development Centre, we have continued to nurture our young ones to greatness. The exquisite FUTO Guesthouse under our management is up and running.
We have enjoyed fruitful cooperation and collaboration with the University Administration; our Teaching and Research Affiliates drawn from the various Schools of the University; School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology; Department of Health Services; University Staff School; FUTO International School Owerri; FUTO Child Development Centre; FUTO Women Association (FUTOWA); Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN); Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NIWIT); Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD); Women in Management (WIMA); Institute of Women’s Study; African Studies Institute; University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA; TETFUND, FUTO Enactus etc.
The Institute took-off with three administrative offices located at the senate Building, FUTO, but later on 9th May, 2016, moved to the IWoGDS permanent Office Building, FUTO, built and commissioned by the sixth substantive Vice-Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Chigozie Cyril Asiabaka.
The Institute is headed by the Director, who is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day-to-day running of the Institute. The Directors include:
Prof. (Mrs.) Viola A. Onwuliri – 2010- 2012
Prof. (Mrs.) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka – 2012- 2016
Dr. (Mrs.) Chinyere A. Madu – 2016- Date
The Administrative and support staff are as follows:
Mrs. Uchechukwu O. Iwuagwu – PAR/Ag. Coordinator
Mr. Jonathan Orakwe Ezugwu -Administrative Officer
Mrs. Ann N. Uzodinma – Administrative Officer
Mr. Kenneth C. Offornagoro – Administrative Officer
Mrs. Rita I. Ejimofor – Assistant Chief Personal Secretary
Mrs. Charity O. Okoro – Chief Secretarial Assistant
Mrs. Prisca U. Ihembunuche – Executive Officer
Mrs. Mercy C. Ekeugo – Principal Clerical Officer
Mr. Desmond C. Igwe – Senior Data Processor
TEACHING AND RESEARCH AFFILIATES
The Institute also has eleven (11) Teaching/Research Affiliates drawn from the various Schools in the University who assist the Institute in her programme formulation and execution. The Affiliates are:
Prof. N. C. Nwezeaku -Department, Management Technology, FUTO
Prof. A. N. Amadi -Department of Public Health, FUTO
Dr. (Mrs.) G.N. Okwu – Department of Biochemistry, FUTO
Dr. E.U. Onweremadu – Department of Soil Science, FUTO
Dr. (Mrs.) U. F. Eze -Department of Information Management Technology, FUTO
Engr. Dr. (Mrs.) G.N. Ezeh – Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, FUTO
Dr. R.C. Ihejirika – Directorate of General Studies, FUTO
Dr. (Mrs.) O.P. Obilo – Department of Agricultural Extension FUTO
Dr. F.C. Anaeto – Department of Agricultural Extension, FUTO
Dr. (Mrs.) R.N. Nwakwasi – Department of Agricultural Extension, FUTO
The Institute developed two strategic plans guiding her operations
- 2011 to 2016 Strategic Plan
- 2016 to 2021 which is currently being implemented.
The Senate at its 367th meeting held on 31st July, 2013, ratified the Vice-Chancellor’s approval for the Institute to mount Post Graduate (PG) and Certificate programmes. The Institute successfully developed the curricula and mounted PG programmes from 2013/ 2014 academic year. Lectures and supervision of PG students are ongoing. The academic programmes are as follows:
- Gender and Development Studies
- Gender and Technology
- Gender and Science
- Gender and Agricultural Technology
- Gender and Global Health
- Gender and Entrepreneurship
The Postgraduate Programmes of the Institute are handled by the following staff drawn from various Schools in the University:
- (Mrs.) I.P. Asiabaka SMAT
- N.C. Nwezeaku SMAT
- A.N. Amadi SOHT
- J. I. Lemchi SAAT
- J. I. Ogolo SMAT
- F.C. Anaeto SAAT
- Mrs. R.N. Nwakwasi SAAT
- C. O. Emerole SOHT
- Mrs. C.O. Amadi SOHT
- Ilo SOHT
- (Mrs.) G. Ben-Chendo SAAT
- U. Chukwuocha SOHT
- (Mrs.) N. Ejiogu SAAT
- I. Ogueri SAAT
The Institute successfully planned and executed the following activities:
- Annual Lecture
2012 Annual Lecture entitled “Gender Studies in Nigeria: Understanding the Gaps and Setting Forth an Agenda” delivered by Prof. Ike Nwachukwu of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike on 17th December, 2012.
- 1st International Conference on the theme “Gender, Education and Globalisation” from 21st to 24th October, 2012 with the following sub-themes:
- Child and Youth Development
- Role of Women Societies in Community Development
- Child and Human Trafficking – the new face of modern slavery
- Gender Dynamics in Tertiary Institutions
- Religion, Morality and Development
- Women in Politics
- MDGs and the Challenges of Development
- Women in Agriculture and the Economy
- The Role of Women in Education
- Ethics, Values, Development and Corruption
- Peace, Conflict, Security and Education
Sixty five (65) papers were presented.
- 2nd International Conference on the theme “Global Health: Issues, Challenges and Management” from 20th to 23rd May, 2013 with the following sub-themes:
- Safe Motherhood
- Child Survival Strategies
- Sex and Sexuality
- Gender, Violence and Abuse
- Roll on, Roll Back Malaria
- Community Management and Control of HIV/AIDS
- Ageing and Health
- Substance Use and Abuse
- Poverty and Health
- Environmental Health in Emergencies
Eighty-seven (87) papers were presented.
- 3rd International Conference on “Gender, Development and the Environment” from 29th July to 1st August, 2014 with the following sub-themes:
- Gender Dimensions of Climate Change
- Gender Equity, Equality and Inequality
- Gender and Poverty/Hunger
- Understanding Gender and Gender Identity Issues
- Gender and Development
- Gender and Higher Education
- Mainstreaming Gender into National Development Policies
- Women Empowerment (breaking the cycle of poverty, education and training for women)
- Gender and the Environment
- Women and the Environment
- Gender Roles in Sustainable Environment
- Gender and Sustainable Livelihood
- Policy Issues in Gender, Development and the Environment
One hundred and two (102) papers were presented.
- 4th International Conference on the theme: “Gender and the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs): Beyond 2015” from 25th to 28th May, 2015 with the
following sub- themes:
- Entrepreneurship and Poverty Reduction
- Food Security and Nutrition
- Universal Primary Education and Genders Access
- Gender Equity, Women Empowerment and National Development
- Gender Laws, Policies, Regulations, Issues and Challenges
- Maternal Health and Child Mortality
- Public Health Laws, Policies, Issues and Challenges
- Gender and Environmental Sustainability
- Gender Dimensions, Dynamics and Global Partnerships
One hundred and twenty-six (126) papers were presented.
- 5th International Conference on the theme “Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Issues and Challenges” from Monday, 22nd to Thursday, 25th February, 2016 with the following sub-themes:
- Rural Empowerment, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development
- Food Security and Sustainable Agricultural Development
- Gender Dimensions of Sustainable Development
- Health and Sustainable Development
- Gender Equity, Equality and Inclusive Governance
- Environmental Sustainability and Justice
- Ethics, Laws and Socio-Cultural Development
- Religion, Peace Education and Conflict Resolution
- ICT, Entrepreneurship and Global Partnerships
- Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development
- Extension Education and Sustainable Development
One hundred and twenty eight (128) papers were presented.
- World Environment Day 1
- 2012 World Environment Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON), Environmental Health Officers Association of Nigeria (EHOAN) and Rotary International with the theme “Sustainable Environment for Healthy and Socio-Economic Development of Nigeria” from 30th to 31st July, 2012 (the first in the history of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri). The event featured lectures, demonstrations, tree planting and grassing of selected areas of the University.
- 2013 World Environment Day celebration in FUTO with the theme “Think-Eat-Save” from 26th to 27th June, 2013. Major events were sanitary inspection of all buildings in the University by students of Department of Public Health; lectures and students’ debate.
- 2014 World Environment Day celebration in FUTO on 1st and 2nd September, 2014 with the theme, “The Rich, The Poor and Environmental Sustainability”. The event featured lectures, students’ debate and demonstrations.
- 2015 World Environment Day celebration in FUTO on 23rd and 24th June, 2015 in collaboration with Ministry of Petroleum and Environment, Imo State with the theme: “Our Environment: We can get it right by doing things right”. Tree planting, lectures, students’ debate and demonstrations marked the event.
1 World Environment Day is celebrated annually on June 5 to raise awareness on the environment, encourage political action and emphasise the need to ensure that human activities and habits are carried out in an environmentally friendly manner.
- International Women’s Day 2
- 2012 International Women’s Day in collaboration with FUTOWA on 28th March, 2012 with the theme, “Empower Rural Women: End Hunger and Poverty”. The event featured lectures, conferment of awards and presentation of the maiden edition of FUTO Women Association (FUTOWA) Voice Magazine.
- 2013 International Women’s Day celebration in FUTO from 21st to 23rd April, 2013 with the theme “The Gender Agenda Gaining Momentum”. The event featured lectures; students’ debates; visit and donation of food and baby products to Hope House, Ngugo and Mercy Motherless Babies Home, Okwelle and distribution of wheel chairs to the physically challenged people including award of prizes to distinguished female professors for their contributions to the development of higher education.
- 2014 International Women’s Day celebration in FUTO on 30th April, 2014 with the theme, “Equality for Women is Progress for All” featuring lectures, distribution of wheel chairs to the physically challenged people and the empowerment of selected widows from the University host communities.
- 2015 International Women’s Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with FUTO Women Association (FUTOWA) and Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN) Owerri Branch on 29th April, 2015 with the theme, “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it”. It featured the empowerment of selected indigent women from the University host communities; lectures and demonstrations.
- 2016 International Women’s Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with FUTO Women Association (FUTOWA) and Association of Professional Women Engineers (APWEN) Owerri Branch, Nigerian Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT), Women in Management (WIMA) and Organisation for Women in Science for Developing World (OWSD) on 7th April, 2016 with the theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”. It featured visit to U- Care Needy Home, Assumpta Cathedral, Owerri; empowerment of selected indigent women from the University host communities; Students’ Debate and lectures.
2 International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and draw attention to efforts aimed at challenging injustices, overcoming barriers and pursuing equality for women.
- Empowerment of Youths, Women and Men
- 2013 Training Workshop in collaboration with the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, FUTO on the use of improved agricultural inputs with the theme “Farming for Sustainable Livelihood” from 3rd to 5th April, 2013.
- 2014 Training Workshop in collaboration with the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, FUTO for youths, women, subsistence farmers and other stakeholders on “Pathway from Subsistence To Commercial Farming” from 2nd to 4th July, 2014.
- Workshop for Students Leaders on 11th March, 2015 on the theme, “Sexual and Reproductive Health”.
- 2015 Training Workshop in collaboration with the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, FUTO from 7th to 9th July, 2015 on “Empowering Women, Men and Youths in the Transformation of Farming in Imo State”.
- Mentoring and Counseling of FUTO Students.
- Workshop in collaboration with Enactus, FUTO on the theme, “Agropreneurship and Vocational Skills for Job Creation and Sustainable Living” for women and youths from the University host communities in the University from 7th to 9th June, 2016.
- Global Hand washing Day 3
- 2013 Global Hand washing Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO with the theme “The Power is in Your Hands” on 3rd December, 2013. Events were lectures and demonstrations.
- 2014 Global Hand washing Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO on 22nd October, 2014 with the theme, “Clean Hands Save Lives”.
- 2015 Global Hand washing Day in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO on 18th November, 2015 with the theme: “Raise a Hand for Hygiene”. Lectures, drama presentation and demonstrations marked the event.
- 2016 Global Hand washing Day in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO and Enactus, FUTO on 16th November, 2016 with the theme: “Make Handwashing a Habit”. Events for the celebration were Lectures, drama presentation, debates, song and demonstrations..
3 Global Hand washing Day is observed annually on October 15 to drive home the need for personal hygiene as a simple way of preventing many communicable diseases.
- International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 4
- 2014 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 26th November, 2014 with the theme, “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Women and Girls”. Lectures and interactive sessions were used to mark the event.
- 2015 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 30th November, 2015 with the theme: “Prevent Violence against Women”. The event featured lectures, demonstrations and interactive sessions.
- 2016 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 7th December, 2016 with the theme: “Orange the World: Raise Money to end Violence against Women and Girls”. The event featured lectures, demonstrations and interactive sessions.
4 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is celebrated annually on November 25 to highlight issues surrounding violence against women and call for positive action.
- World HIV/AIDS Day 5
- 2013 World HIV/AIDS Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the
Department of Health Services, FUTO on 16th December, 2013 with the theme “Getting to Zero: Zero New HIV Infection; Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS Related Deaths”. The major events were lectures, red ribbon pin-up, demonstrations and interactive session.
- 2014 World HIV/AIDS Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO on 2nd December, 2014 with the theme, “Engaging Youth Voices in the HIV and AIDS Responses”. The event featured lectures, students’ drama and interactive sessions.
- 2015 World HIV/AIDS Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO on 8th December, 2015 with the theme, “Getting to Zero: Ending AIDS by 2030”. The event was marked with lectures, demonstrations and interactive sessions.
- 2016 World HIV/AIDS Day celebration in FUTO in collaboration with the Department of Health Services, FUTO on 14th December, 2016 with the theme, “Hands up for #HIV prevention”. The event was marked with lectures, demonstrations and interactive sessions.
5 World HIV/AIDS is commemorated annually on December 1 to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic, highlight the need for prevention and show solidarity with people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Needs assessment study for the University Host Communities on 11th January and 28th November, 2012. Areas of need identified, among others, were:
- Adult Literacy
- Part-time evening programmes
- Resource Centre
- Training workshop on small and medium scale enterprises
- Training on the use of improved agricultural inputs
- Access to funds
- Establishment of cooperative societies
- Girl-Child education
- Provision of counselling services
- Community health services, HIV/AIDS prevention
- Conflict management and resolution
- Campaign against domestic violence
- Skill acquisition
- Sanitation and refuse disposal
- Workshops on prevention of anti-social behaviours, especially drug abuse
- Teenage pregnancy
- Gender Trend Audit of staff and students of the University from 2012 to 2013.
- Evaluation of the extent of achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria sponsored by TETFUND (on-going, 2014- 2016).
The Institute has successfully published the following:
- Five (5) editions of the International Journal of Gender and Development Issues (IJGDI) – the biannual academic journal of the Institute registered with P- ISSN: 2360-8528, e-ISSN: 2545-501X and available @www.ijgdi-futo.com. Issues of IJGDI available are: Vol. I, No. 1, May, 2013; Vol. I, No. 2, May, 2014; Vol. I, No. 3, November, 2014; Vols. I and II, No. 4, May, 2015 and Vols. I and II, No. 5, November, 2015.
- Seven (7) editions of Insight – a biannual bulletin of the activities of the Institute: Insight 1, December, 2012; No. 2, January – June, 2013; No. 3, July – December, 2013; No. 4, January – June, 2014; No. 5, July –December, 2014; No. 6, January – June, 2015 and No. 7, July- December, 2015.
- Five (5) Books of Abstracts.
- Five (5) Conference Proceedings.
- Be at Peace with Your Body (ISBN: 978-978-52056-4-6) – a handbook on sexual and reproductive health for young people.
The Institute is currently processing the sixth and eighth editions of IJGDI and Insight respectively.
- Child Development
The Institute is in charge of the management of the FUTO Child Development Centre (CDC) which was officially opened on 14th February, 2012 with 11 eleven children. The CDC had her first graduation ceremony on 25th July, 2013
The Institute is in charge of the management of the FUTO Guesthouse on campus. The Guesthouse successfully commenced operations on 11th February, 2014
The Institute in fulfillment of its mandate collaborates with the Institute of Women’s Study and African Studies Institute, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.
- New Office Building
The Institute took delivery of, and effectively moved into the ultra- modern office building constructed and furnished by the University Administration. The sixth substantive Vice- Chancellor, Prof. C. C. Asiabaka commissioned the new building on Monday, 9th May, 2016 during his valedictory visit to the Institute.