Institute for Women, Gender and Development Studies



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.


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:

  1. Teaching and research in the areas of women, gender and development studies.
  2. 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.
  3. Gender Planning – The activities here will address the technical processes and procedures for ensuring appropriate formulation and implementation of gender-based policies.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Collaboration – The Institute will actively develop linkages with national and international organisations to facilitate adequate networking for the actualisation of her goals.
  7. 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.
  8. 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



The Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWoGDS) was established on 4th May, 2010


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 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 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

Ag Director, Dr Chinyere Ada Madu (MNIP, MRAESON)

GenPixDr Chinyere Ada Madu has a B.Sc in Physics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, an M.Sc and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO. She joined the services of FUTO in 1998 as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Physics and rose to the rank of Reader in October, 2013.

Her area of specialization is in Theoretical Solid State Physics while her primary research interests are in Electronic Structure Calculations and Renewable Energy

She is currently the Acting Director of the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies, IWoGDS.  She had earlier served as the Acting Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, CCE. She is a member of the University Senate (2011- Date).

She has published widely in both local and international journals and has attended many local and international conferences and workshops.

Chinyere is a devout Christian and is happily married to Engr Greg Madu and the marriage is blessed with children.

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


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

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