Jos - Intercultural Dialogue, June 14, 2017
Partnership between the Embassy of France, the Institut Français du Nigéria and the Center for Gender Studies of the University of Jos, Plateau State.
On June 14, 2017, the Centre for Gender and Women Studies of the University of Jos organised a panel discussion preceded by the screening of a movie, « Alda and Maria », featuring the story of two sisters from Angola escaping the civil war in their country and left alone in a foreign European city.
This discussion took place in the context of the Cross Cultural Dialogue Festival, a three events festival organised by different departments of the University in partnership with the Embassy of France and the Institut Français du Nigeria.
« How can humiliation lead to resistance » - Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, former Minister of Water Resources, and Mr. Babajide Zubairu, former national coordinator of the NGO Lawyers Without Borders Nigeria discussed the various forms of humiliation. The debate was based on « Sweet Revenge », a short feminist play written by the Director of the Centre for Gender and Women Studies, Mrs. Irene Isoken Salami-Agunloye. The play features the story of a Nigerian woman who fights hard for taking care of her family and for her career after being abused and humiliated by her husband.
This discussion was also the opportunity for the panelists to open participants’ minds to gender-related inequalities in Nigeria. The involvement of the public produced a lively debate. The discussion was followed by dynamic and interesting exchanges.
The debate was moderated by Mrs. Angela Olufu-Adeoye, professor at the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies of the University of Jos.
This event gathered around 200 participants, mostly from the academic world (students and professors). Some representatives of the civil society also attended the event. Strongly committed to promoting human rights, equality and women’s rights, France is very glad to have been a part of it.