Director CGS, Prof. Eno- Abasi Urua with keynote speaker, Prof. Stella Odebode and DVC Admin. Prof. E. A. Aiyelari
The keynote speaker, Dr, Bisi Adeleye Fayemi receiving a plaque from Prof Stella Odebode Coordinator GMO and former Coodinator GMO, Emeritus Pro. Abiola Odejide
Keynote speaker with DVC Admin. Prof Aiyelari, Prof. Stella Odebode, Emeritus Prof. Odebode and some participants
Director CGS, Prof Eno-Abasi Urua and Mrs Catherine Alonge at the workshop


Topic: Gender Echoes from the Nigerian Civil War: Fifty Years After
Date: March 5- 9, 2017
Venue: TETFUND Lecture Theatre, University of Uyo, Main Campus, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
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Former Vice Chancellor

Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Memfin Ekpo is a professor of Educational Technology. She commenced her career in March 1981 as a part-time lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Prof.(Mrs.) Ekpo is a member of many professional bodies. She has produced many instructional media packages and programmes for learning and has more than sixty publications including books, chapters of books, journal articles and monographs to her credit.
By her appointment in December 2010, Prof. (Mrs.) Comfort Memfin Ekpo made history as the first female Vice-Chancellor and the fourth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo.

Director's Profile

Eno-Abasi Urua, Ph.D. is a Professor of Linguistics and is the pioneer and current Director of Centre for Gender & Women Studies in the University of Uyo in Nigeria. She has worked on various gender and women issues and with many governmental and non-governmental organisations on gender matters. She has a passion for working to improve the condition of the challenged in the society. Counselling students, young people, including female students is one of her interests.
Among her many other engagements, she has taught and researched in Linguistics (Phonetics and Phonology, Language Documentation) in the University system for upwards of 30 years. In the course of her professional career, she has been an Association of Commonwealth Universities Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1993-1994), a visiting research scholar, Department of Linguistics, University of London (1999) and an Alexander von Humboldt (Georg Foster) Fellow at the Fakultaet fuer Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft, Universitaet Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (2000-2001).


About Us

Established in 2013 by the Professor Comfort Ekpo led administration, the Centre for Gender and Women Studies has the overall mandate of sensitising the University and the larger community on gender issues with the goal of promoting individual and institutional excellence by utilizing the available human and technological resources for teaching, research, community services and sustainable development. In addition, the Centre publishes gender related materials including the UNIUYO Journal of Gender Studies, organises conferences (including the annual celebration of the International Women’s Day), workshops and seminars, carries out research and academic activities and provides counselling to members of the University and wider community on gender matters. The Centre welcomes partnership with individuals, institutions, organisations and units within and outside the University to strengthen its mandate and achieve its objectives.

Gender Policy Goals

Global recognition, rapid development and relevance in leadership, research productivity and human resource development; an institution where staff and students enjoy equity and parity in academic, economic, health, social and political well being, for overall excellence and productivity.


  • Global excellence in networking, ICT and human resource development.
  • Global hybridization and partnerships for productive research and sustainable development.
  • Functional gender institute for empowerment and relevance
  • Gender Policy Implementation Technical Committee for Continuous Implementation Process (CIP)
  • Visibility of women in decision making positions affecting immediate and larger community.


  • Educational inequalities in scholarships, research grants, admissions, recruitments, mentoring, curriculums, etc.
  • Infrastructural inequalities include child care facilities, gender specific accommodation, furniture, etc
  • Social constraints e.g. stereotyping, sex-abuse, counselling, economic
  • Lack of political will for compliance and for funding Implementing Committee and Gender Centre.

Gender Policy, Journals and Books

About the book: The University of Uyo has played a crucial role in addressing the function of gender inequality and inequity as developmental setback. This leads to the publication of this Home grown gender policy in compliance to Federal Government directives, to Institutionalize Gender Policy in all sectors.


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University of Uyo
Uyo, Nigeria.

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