Video recording 2nd session. “Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Academia: An Online Roundtable Discussion”
Appreciation! The video of the second, which is equally the last session of “Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Academia: An Online Roundtable Discussion” organized by the Lagos Studies Association Women’s Mentoring Network, is now available. We thank everyone who made these two events possible. Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi did an excellent job of moderating the events, making sure everything went as planned. Carli Coetzee and Lynn Schler worked behind the scene to conceptualize the roundtable and to develop the call for participation. The conversation was rich, thought-provoking, and boundary-shifting because our speakers (Lola Akande, Judith Byfield, Abosede George, Taibat Lawanson, Mojubaolu Okome, Charmaine Pereira, and Yetunde Zaid) intellectualized the problem. They combined personal experience with their knowledge of institutional politics to expand the repertoire of discourse. Other members of the Women’s Mentoring Network (Peju Layiwola and Oyeronke Oyewumi) made candid contributions that formed the basis of serious discussion. In attendance was also Abiola Odejide, a Professor Emerita of Mass Communication and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan. Her rare input on the evolution of sexual harassment policy at Ibadan placed some of the conversations in proper context. We also received useful input from Adenike Grange, a retired Professor of Medicine at the University of Lagos and former Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The following participants did not talk, but left thoughtful notes and questions in the chat room: Linda Mustafa, Oluwasola Daniels,Osai Ojigho, Yewande Kutey, Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, Cyril Obi, Helen Ugah, Akeem Akinwale, Ololade Faniyi, Eric Covey, Utty Inyang, Rosemary Popoola, Bukky William Eva, Oluranti Adetoye, Cinderella Amos, Titilola Somotan, Ewajesu Okewumi, Maryna Tkachenko, Stephen Fọlárànmí, Hadizat Salihu, Matilda Sase, Akinwale Fehintola, Wasiu Bello, Aderonke Majekodunmi, Taiye Agbalajobi, Temilola George, Omotayo Oloruntoba-Oju, and Kolade Oluwaseun Ayodele. The conversation built on the work and activism of institutions and non-governmental bodies based in Nigeria, such as the African Feminist Forum, the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center under the leadership of Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi and Omowumi Asubiaro Dada and the University of Ibadan’s Women’s Research and Documentation Center under the leadership of Sharon Adetutu Omotoso who also participated at the roundtable. We thank everyone who attended the events, while we work on the next steps.