Centre’s Objectives

To operationalize its mandate, the Centre is guided by the following specific objectives


 To consolidate and expand the University’s focus in social policy.


 To ensure that gender issues are integrated into the mainstream of policy formulation and development programmes and projects at all levels.


 To promote interdisciplinary research and policy for sustainable development.


 To develop academic programmes of international standing in the field of gender studies.



To challenge, further strengthen and advance basic and action-oriented research into issues of equity and equality associated with gender, class, ethnicity, and political differentiation and utilize the findings to advocate for social change.


To build national capacity in gender and social development, planning and policy analysis through teaching, training, consultancy, documentation and networking.  


To build partnerships with government and non-government organizations to foster sustainable development  


To initiate and engage in intellectual advocacy and community-related programmes through diverse community activities



Programme and Activities

Academic Programmes

Doctor of Philosophy, Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Gender and Development
Online Certificate Programme in Gender and Development

Training Programmes
Nine Streams of Bespoke Residential Certificate Courses in Gender and

Research in gender and development issues in fields of studies such as:

public health
science and technology
social sciences and
the humanities.

Publication of African Journal of Gender and Development (AJGD)

Mutual Learning, Community Engagement, and Advocacy
Bimonthly Community Assembly-Bearing Witness (CA-BW)
The Annual Walk Against Gender-based Violence
CGSPS Biennial Lecture and Endowment
The International Women’s Day
Biennial Conference on Gender and Development

Other Services

Library Services
Wellness Centre
Counseling and Advisory Services – The Gender Clinic



The Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies (CGSPS) of Obafemi Awolowo University, renowned for teaching, training and interdisciplinary study of gender and development issues, now offers 4-week long Bespoke Residential training in gender and development.  On offer are three (3) weeks of gender studies modules and one week of sector modules.


Applications are invited from qualified candidates for admission into a series of 4-week Bespoke Residential Certificate Courses in Gender and Development for October 9 – November 3, 2017 Streams: Gender and Development (The streams of gender issues in human services, gender issues in law, and gender issues in public policy to run concurrently)


For more information on the admission requirements and other streams of the Bespoke Residential Certificate Courses in Gender and Development.

Click here to read more.

The Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies (CGSPS) organizes a one-in-two months Community Assembly Bearing Witness (CA-BW) where members of Obafemi Awolowo University community and her immediate and larger host communities would, through narratives that are either biographical or autobiographical, bear witness to some of the phenomena that women and men have to grapple with, and which somewhat, shape their lives.


We call on fellows, associate lecturers, gender focal group members, research group members and friends of CGSPS to signify their wish to participate in the community assembly either as story tellers or panelists.  Prospective panelists should please note that they would work with three other panelists and the series editors on stories told on the phenomenon of interest at the Community Assembly to produce an occasional paper.  The Centre would name the Chair/discussant of the panel. 


But you do not have to be a story teller or a panelist to attend the Community Assembly; just join us at the Community Assembly, encourage others to attend and share their stories and pass information about this programme to your friends, colleagues and networks.


You are hereby invited to the next Community Assembly coming up on Wednesday 8th November 2017. Time: 3:00pm.  Theme: ‘Disabilities (Physical, Mental and Learning) and Neurodivergence. Venue: EreluBisiAdeleye-Fayemi Centre for Gender Building.


For more information on Community Assemblies and oncoming editions, please click here.


The 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign is observed annually from 25th November to 10th December. This period covers the period between 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and 10th December, the Human Rights Day. The period commemorates efforts at mobilizing action targeted at ending violence against women and girls around the world.


Join the Campaign!

In line with this, the Centre for Gender and Social Policies Studies invites all OAU staff, fellows and students of the Centre for Gender, members of Obafemi Awolowo University community, and non-profits within and outside the university’s host community to join her 2017 Walk Against GBV. This would hold on Thursday 7th December 2017.The Centre seeks to raise awareness aboutGender-Based Violence within and beyond the university community. The Centre seeks to stimulate discussion that would reawaken all stakeholders to issues of GBV and gender inequality. The Centre is keen at making changes that would bring an end to all forms of violence against women and girls in OAU, beyond and all over the world.


Kindly wear an orange: sash, scarf, top or shirt, and let’s begin the campaign at 8.00am at the Mozambique Hall Car Park.

Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies

Get in touch with us!

Application for admission into 4 weeks Bespoke Residential Certificate Courses in Gender and Development
Centre For Gender & Social Policy Studies.
Call for Participation in the Centre for Gender CA-BW
2017 Walk Against Gender-Based Violence
Call for Papers: African Journal of Gender and Development
Centre For Gender & Social Policy Studies.

October 10 – November 10, 2016: Call for papers and submission of manuscripts for April Edition of AJGD
November 11 – December 11, 2016: Review of manuscripts and feedback to authors
December 12 – January 12, 2016: Revision of manuscripts by authors
January 13 – January 27, 2017: 2nd round of review and revisions
January 28 – February 11, 2017: Submission of final revised manuscripts