The sexual harassment discourse: Beyond lip service, unto facts and figures

A research and data from platform is taking the lead to provide comprehensive and quality data on sexual harassment via an online survey campaign to gather responses from ONE MILLION Nigerians on their experiences, dispositions and opinions on the ravaging social malaise.

As the heated discourse of the issue of sexual harassment and its various dimensions continue to gather speed and new angles, a compelling question remains that of access to usable facts and figures.

Although reference would typically be made to the staggering prevalence of sexual harassment in the society, the point must be made that without reliable and precise data, much use cannot be made of such inferences. Where empirical data is available, the scope usually falls short of what would serve for valid interpretations and objective programming of interventions. Hence, as cases and events related to this societal sore keep popping up in various places all around us, it goes without saying that it would be of immense value to have some form of valid statistics or the other, upon which meaningful decisions, policies and laws can be made by individuals, organizations and governmental bodies engaged in the fight against the social malignancy.

One way that, a research and data platform committed to open source information and research facilitation, has seen fit to tackle this need is to deploy a rather ambitious initiative which crux is a strategic online survey aimed at seeking and collecting hard facts from at least ONE MILLION Nigerians on the issue of sexual harassment. Coming on the heels of the avalanche of reactions and counter-reactions spurred by the recent “Monica Osagie” episode, the survey campaign, which is interestingly tagged “Speak Up Against Sexual Harassment”, is one which promises to deliver a load of valuable data and statistics when the project is completed. The survey questionnaire itself is a 25 item piece hosted on the survey-based research platform of the firm which is aptly named Raadaa Insights and can be easily accessed and responded to via

It is projected that the data collection phase will take about 90 days and then there will be analyses of the data obtained and subsequent publishing of results. Extended plans include having the resulting information in a data repository housed on the platform for use by relevant stakeholders. In the meantime, extensive publicity is being mounted on various online as well as offline channels to promote the initiative and the survey by both Raadaa and various partners involved in the present project.

While we can all await some insightful data resulting from this initiative, more information regarding the initiative or other news thereby can readily be accessed on the Raadaa home domain ( as well as the surveys platform ( In the meantime, we say kudos to the Raadaa team and wish them good winds in their sails.

[Sponsored by Naij News]

By Mitchelle Okuku

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