Covenant University Women Development & Human Security Initiatives
The first point of socialisation in the human society is the family unit. Alarmingly, many households in Nigeria (for instance) are plagued by varying degrees of manifestations of inequalities, especially from gender perspectives; more prominent among these is an erroneous belief that the woman is of lesser value than the man in the human society. This invariably leads to reduced quality of life in these households because overtime findings have proven that women can effectively function as veritable, reliable, stable, and sustainable vehicles of change and transformation in households and communities. The reality in most developing countries then is that many women are underprivileged as they are denied of opportunities that their male counterparts enjoy. In fact, these inequalities in some instances pose threats to human security, resulting in domestic violence among other forms of violence. Besides, inequalities expressed at the first point of socialisation are likely to be ingrained in individuals and therefore exported to the larger society. The undesirable effect of this then is an unequal world.
There are also issues of human security. Undeniably, there is a global threat to human security. These have led to a proliferation of vulnerable groups across the world. With focus on Nigeria, there is the threat of terrorism, secession, militancy amongst others. These continue to pose a threat to societal well-being. It is therefore important to examine the factors that threaten global security, as well as the ways individuals and socio-political entities respond to issues of national security.
The vision of CU-WDSHI is to drive human security initiatives and propagate fairness and parity in human co-existence, resulting in sustainable societal development.
The mission of CU-WDHSI is two-pronged. First, it is to ensure that, holistically, every member (particularly women and vulnerable groups) of the society is no victim of unfair disparity. This is to be achieved through rigorous research activities that bring to the fore, indices and manifestations of inequalities in varying spheres of life and proffer practical recommendations to relevant stakeholders that will result in?. These will be complemented by knowledge creation and empowerment initiatives.
Secondly, our mission is to intervene in issues of human security, particularly, with regard to threats to peaceful co-existence, including war, fear of violence, displacement, among other threats. This intervention will be in the form of intelligent discourses that will foreground varying dimensions of human security and their implications on peaceful and equal societies.
The United Nations observes that human security is pivotal to the attainment of the SDGs. Hence, the mission of CU-WDHSI emphasises the place of human security in the face of any form of sustainable development, and then dovetails into the SDG goals number 5 and 10 which emphasise reduced inequalities.
To produce discourses and engage in activities that will transform the well-being of the underprivileged and disadvantaged in our immediate communities (both rural and urban) and the country as a whole.
- To generate internationally-recognised peer-reviewed publications on issues of parity and women development.
- To conduct situational assessment of underprivileged and vulnerable groups in Ota and environs by September 2017.
- To produce academic discourses that emphasise human security affairs.
- To attend local and international (ISI-indexed/Scopus indexed) conferences that address pertinent subjects on women development and human security.
- To promote human security initiatives by training 100 underprivileged women living in Ota and environs in entrepreneurial and financial management skills, and total-man concepts by July 2018.
- To enable and support five small community-based cooperative groups among women equipped with entrepreneurial and financial management skills by September 2018
- To conduct five community outreaches in Ota and environs to enlighten women practices that will engender their economic and overall development by September 2017
- To embark on societally-relevant research that will project disparity and its implications on development.
- To reach out to the immediate environment through impactful researches, training seminars and capacity building programmes.
- To transform lives through our community-based researches with a view to promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
- To sensitise people on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with particular emphasis on Goal Nos. 5 and 10 – Gender Equality and reduced Inequalities.
- Train targeted groups on entrepreneurial/vocational skills and financial empowerment.
- Achieve noticeable improvement in the quality of life/standard of living of the target population.
- Partner with the international context by applying for grants that support the sub-cluster’s vision.
- To have a vibrant Women Development and Human Security Centre
- To have a dedicated building for women development and security initiatives.
- WSF – Winners Satellite Fellowship Centres under the proprietor-base of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (LFCW).
- CUCRID — Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Development.
- CEDS – Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (In terms of training our target group(s).
- CU-CDIIC — Covenant University Community Development Impact Initiatives Committee.
- PPD – Physical Planning Development (In terms of specialist advice on infrastructure)
- College of Engineering (to assist with the design and fabrication of machines/equipment).
- Any other unit/department/persons relevant to achieving our stated goals.
- Taiwo O. Abioye – Cluster Leader (Department of Languages).
- Tayo George –Member (Department of Sociology).
- Muyiwa Oladosun – Member (Department of Economics and Development Studies).
- Felicia Olokoyo – Member (Department of Banking and Finance).
- Kehinde Oyesomi – Member (Department of Mass Communication).
- Anthony Onwumah – Member (Department of Sociology).
- Edith Igbinoba- Member (Department of Business Management).
- M. Ozoya– Member (Department of Sociology).
- S. Omidiora – Member (Department of Languages).
- Dr. Esther Ajiboye – Member (Department of Languages).
- Mr. Michael Fagbohun- Member (Centre for Learning Resources).
Mrs. Aderonke Asaolu – Member (Centre for Learning Resources).
- C. Nana Derby – Member (Virginia State University, USA).
- Prof. Patience Akpan-Obong—Member (Arizona State University).
- Prof. Kelechi Kalu- Member (University of California, Riverside, USA).