It was first established by Volunteers as a Women’s Affairs Office in 1999 which later organized as gender office. The Gender Office of Dilla University was established in 1996 E.C. The office is fully responded and accountable to the president of the university. The Gender Office is Functioning in a centralized manner with coordination of each program affirmative action Coordinators. Now it is in progress to work in decentralized manner by enhancing its capacity to coordinate program affirmative action Coordinators of each campus and to various activities of the office. Currently the office has three staff members namely Office head, one Expert, one secretary and Messenger.
Effectively address gender issues and create gender friendly teaching and learning environment.
The gender office of the university wishes to see the success of female students in their education, empowered and assertive, so they will have equal participation in political, economical, social and hard science aspect of the country.
Activities of the Office
Preparing wel-come and orientation program by senior, model students for first year female students joining the university.
Create awareness in the university on issues related to gender
Counseling service to female students regarding academic, social, psychological and other problems
Organizing workshops, discussion forums and meeting on gender issues
Establish system which Protects female students from sexual harassment and gender biased violence in the University
Capacity building programs such as establish women resource center.
Facilitate and network the activity of program affirmative action coordinators, student services, female teacher , female students union and any university or surrounding community in aspects of gender issues
Training /advice and experience sharing (with female teachers and outstanding female students) on effective study skills
Motivating outstanding female students by giving award(like money, books)
Assertiveness training (most female students fail to succeed because there are not assertive or they are not free to express their ideas) this has got negative impact on their academic performance.
Training on reproductive health (RH), SISTA(Sister informing sister about topic AIDS)
Tutorial support for selected two courses
Special support including financial support for needy female students