Dream Project for Africa has been invited to present its case in support of the Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prohibition bill before the Nigerian Senate at a public hearing set for Monday, June 20, 2016. Venue of the Public Hearing is the Senate Conference Hall, Room 002, New Building, National Assembly, Abuja.
In an official letter of invitation to Michael Nelson, the CEO and founder of Dream Project, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who introduced the Sexual Harassment Bill to the Senate stated that he was particularly interested in the participation of Dream Project for Africa at the hearing. “Your presentation of a memo at the Hearing will help the enactment of the law, which I trust you support,” Senator Omo-Agege noted.
Dream Project for Africa, a US-based advocacy organization with strong focus on relentlessly speaking up for oppressed Africans, promoting democratic principles and applying the tools of education, diplomacy, and peace to resolving social issues, has successfully conducted a one-year campaign to end sexual harassment and bribery in Nigerian colleges. The organization invested over 5 million naira and put in more than 70,000 hours of labor into running awareness campaigns and conferences to educate the public on the devastating impact of sexual harassment on the educational system and the nation’s health. DPA also sensitized the global community by partnering with local and international media on the campaign.
“Presently, our chances of becoming a leading nation in the nearest future is threatened by an academic environment sated with the stench of sexual harassment and rape of our future leaders by sex predators in the guise of educators. This bill once passed into law would protect our students, empower them, and serve as a major step in redefining Nigeria as a developed nation,” emphasized Nelson.
“Our team is honored to serve the nation in this capacity – to publicly support the sexual harassment prohibition bill,” said Adenike Fagbemi, the Director of Media and Events Director, Dream Project for Africa.
The Senate President, Senator Olubukola Saraki, the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, and Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Oludolapo Osinbajo will be present at the hearing. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the Honorable Minister, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajia Zainab Maina, senators, top security chiefs and other policymakers in Nigeria are also expected to be present.