The Gender Mainstreaming Centre was established in March 2016 by the management of Koforidua Technical University (KTU) with support from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), to address issues that pertain to gender inequality and harassment. It was also to ensure that gender equality is enshrined in all aspects of the institutional culture of the University and the Gender Mainstreaming Centre shall be recognized as an icon of gender mainstreaming in higher education.
The rationale for the gender mainstreaming and equality perspective at the Koforidua Technical University is in two-fold:
- A human right perspective to ensure that women and men have equal access and control over recognizing the different interest, roles and responsibilities; with the aim to achieve the vision and mission of the University.
- To ensure the University creates and maintains a community free from intimidation, sexual harassment, exploitation, abuse and an atmosphere of work and study in which individuals are treated with respect and dignity.
Here the Vision and Mission:
Vision: To oversee activities that promote gender equality and equity, women empowerment, gender balance, and the creation of a gender-sensitive environment within the entire University community.
- Promote the achievement of gender balance with respect to both academic and administrative staffing and decision-making processes
- Promote the achievement of gender balance in enrolment of students
- Maintain gender-disaggregated statistics on both staff and students for decision-making purposes
- Address gender issues in the content of courses and course materials
- Support the development of policy documents from a gender perspective and the use of gender-sensitive language at all levels of the university
- Ensure that university grant proposals and projects include gender issues
- Support existing welfare programmes such as the Credit Union Fund and Provident Fund to support and empower staff especially where it entails the carrying out of specific gender roles
- Promote gender sensitive perspectives within student organisations
- Protect staff and students against all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment.