Human Rights Lawyer and Activist, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has called for a National Policy on anti-sexual Harassment.
He made the call on the heels of the BBC expose on ‘sex for grade’ in two of West Africa’s prestigious universities, the University Lagos, Nigeria and the University of Ghana, Legon.
After gathering dozens of testimonies, BBC Africa Eye sent undercover journalists posing as students inside the University of Lagos and the University of Ghana.
Female reporters were sexually harassed, propositioned and put under pressure by senior lecturers at the institutions – all the while wearing secret cameras.
Prof. Ransford Gyampo of the Political Science Department and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor a lecturer at the Department of Teacher Education of the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Ghana as well as Boniface Igbeneghu of the University of Lagos, were filmed making sexual advances to ‘students’ who were actually undercover investigators.
Commenting on the issue on Facebook earlier Tuesday, Mr. Sosu noted that “Many young females in our educational and professional establishments across the country are victims and we must work to stop this.”
“It seems as a country, we have lowered the bar so much that many inappropriate sexual behaviours (words, touches, eye contacts) go undetected and unpunished. This leaves the victims traumatised. We must get serious as a people with these matters too,” he said.
He noted: “If you are a pastor, parent, teacher, lecturer, driver, or some superior (boss) in some company, remember that any unwelcomed and inappropriate sexual behaviour and gestures can amount to harassment.”