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ABSTRACT. Popular commentary on, and policy response to, sexual harassment in Nigerian universities is largely shaped and framed by the so-called ‘natural/biological’ theory which adopts a uni-directional interpretation of the phenomenon, portraying the male lecturers as the aggressive predators and female students as helpless victims. This paper examines the multi-dimensional character of sexual harassment in Nigerian universities and suggests we seek explanations for sexual harassment, not in gender but within the broader context of a crisis of human rights. Mainstreaming human rights education in the curriculum of Nigerian universities will bring about the internalization of the values of human rights, conscientize women and bring about a culture of non-silence in confronting sexual harassment. pp. 135–147

Keywords: human rights education, human rights, women’s rights, sexual harassment, human rights protection

KIIKPOYE K. AARON
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University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
JESSICA EZEKIEL-HART
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Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Nigeria

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