Centre for Gender Studies (CGS)
The Centre for Gender Studies, Bayero University, Kano, was established in 2015. The Centre strives to build a knowledge base for the improvement of the situation of men, women and children by analysing their specific problems, needs, and interests. By creating knowledge for bridging the private-public sphere, the Centre hopes to examine societal norms and expectations regarding the place of women and men as well as their functions in the society. The Centre shall explore strategies of empowering the disadvantaged people within their families which are the foundation for building communities, peace and consolidating the development of Nigeria. Multidisciplinary in nature, the Centre is working with other Centres, Institute, Schools, Faculties, Departments in the University and globally in the teaching, research and training of students and members of the society on issues related to gender.
The Director of the Centre is; Professor Aisha Abdul-Isma’il, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D (BUK), and has two Deputy Directors. They are: Training, Dr. MaikanoMadaki, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D (BUK), and Research, Dr. Amina M. Lawal, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D (BUK). The Centre has five non-teaching Staff (two Senior Assistant Registrars and three others)
Vision, Mission & Objectives
Vision: To be a centre of excellence for the study of gender that recognises the significance of education and promotion of gender sensitive policies and high quality research to enhance the sustainable development of the nation.
Mission: To establish and develop a highly effective and proficient centre for multi disciplinary research, teaching, training, advocacy and policy on issues affecting women and men in compliance with the dominant ethics of Bayero University environment and the sustainable development of Nigeria.
Objectives: The objectives of the Centres are:
- To serve as a think tank by creating avenues for interdisciplinary research and training in matters relating to gender.
- To encourage women to acquire knowledge and skill that will enable them to actively participate in the economic, social, political, religious and other aspects of the nations affairs.
iii. To enhance the capacity of students for an in-depth gender analysis from various dimensions and disciplines.
- To promote the development of a well articulated curricular in the areas of Political Science, Law, Sociology, Medicine, Language, Communication, Economics, Management, Education and related courses having bearing on gender and gender related issues.
- To nurture and sustain an International Journal on Gender Studies and Research.
- To provide an umbrella for policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation as well as engagement in the area of gender.
vii. To work with groups engaged in alternative dispute resolutions within communities.
viii. To develop teaching materials that will enhance graduate research and undergraduate teaching in the University.
- To convene an interdisciplinary network of scholars and advocates on gender and related disciplines.
x. To create a partnership with governments, Non-Governmental Organisations, (NGO’s), Faith- Based Organisations (FBOs) and Development Partners for promoting gender equity as well as measuring accountability.
Centre for Islamic Civilisation and Interfaith Dialogue (CICID)
There exists a wide gap in terms of understanding the symbiotic nature of knowledge and civilizations, with the result that people tend to associate knowledge with a particular civilization, such as Greek, Islamic, Chinese, Western, etc. This tendency makes some people either prefer a particular brand of knowledge over others, or totally reject a particular knowledge in favour of another. Yet, others are completely ignorant that another worldview of knowledge exists apart from the ones they are familiar with. This is more so when a certain body of knowledge is associated with a particular civilization, such as the case with Islamic knowledge. It then becomes difficult even to some of those who profess the faith to distinguish between the theological aspects of that knowledge and the mundane aspects. Not many people are aware, for instance, that there is a thread that links Greek civilization and knowledge with their Islamic equivalents, and Islamic heritage with Western traditions in terms of the body of knowledge we now variously call scientific, positive, or modern knowledge.
The Centre will, therefore, buttress the fact that knowledge has no boundaries; neither is it a monopoly of a particular people or race. Knowledge is to be projected for the benefit of mankind. Moreover, there is a dearth of literature and overall awareness regarding the contribution of Islam to the development of modern knowledge; the influence of Islam on the arts, architecture, culture, languages and overall heritage of the numerous Muslim peoples that together constitute the Muslim World, including the Western Sudanic Islamic tradition; hence the need for a concerted effort at studying Islamic contributions to the development of the modern world, while at the same time exploring its continued relevance in addressing the challenges of modern times.
It, therefore, requires a concerted effort in the areas of research, training, conferences and publications in order to bring to the fore this inter-relatedness and fulfil this need. Hence the need for a centre named: Centre for Islamic Civilisation and Interfaith Dialogue (CICID).The Centre was established on August 8, 2015.
The Director is Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar and the Deputy Director (Training and Outreach) is Dr. Muhammad B Muhammad while the Deputy Director (Research & Publications) is Dr. Said Ahmad Dukawa.
Vision, Mission & Objectives
Vision: To be a centre of excellence for the study of Islamic civilization and its relevance in addressing the challenges of modern times.
Mission: The Centre will be committed to pursuing quality research on the broad aspects of Islamic civilization, formulating Islamic perspectives to modern disciplines and promoting alternatives to address contemporary challenges, guided by thoroughness in the pursuit of excellence, sound ethics and a multidisciplinary approach in its research and studies.
- To provide expertise in the field of Islamic thought and civilisation, and in inter-civilisation dialogue;
- To conduct innovative research on various aspects of Islamic civilisation;
- To unearth the invaluable contributions of Muslims to modern civilization;
- To protect and preserve the heritage of the Muslim world and particularly in the Western Sudan;
- To restore divine, ethical and moral values to contemporary knowledge;
- To re-establish the relevance of Islamic civilization in solving contemporary challenges;
- To assist in strengthening Islamic institutions;
- To make the principles of the Islamization of Knowledge relevant to the future;
- To organize capacity building Programmmes on areas of the Centre’s specialisation for relevant sectors of the society;
- To serve as an interdisciplinary meeting point for scholars and researchers in diverse fields relevant to the study of Islamic thought and civilisation;
- To foster studies in the fields of Islamic culture and civilisation in cooperation with other institutions and centres within and outside Nigeria;
- To disseminate via different media and languages, relevant works on Islamic thought and civilisation both traditional and contemporary;
- To promote dialogue and good exhortation among groups and schools of thought within the Islamic fold and between Muslims and adherents of other faiths.