Sebata Bahurusti facilitate a GBV workshop to VUT staff
By Puleng Maphisa 30 November 2021
Sebata Bahurusti GBV workshop facilitators and participants
Gender based violence has become a norm in many people’s lives. Many have learned to shift blame of their mistake to others. One can say that GBV is a form of violence, but that is not the point. In this day and age, our society is suffering day and night without voicing out. The Department of Community Engagement realises that GBV has now taken its own throne within the workplace.
On 4 October – 8 October 2021 the department hosted a workshop on GBV, which was facilitated by Sebata Bahurutsi NPO.
According to Ms Nthabiseng Mahlangu, their relationship with Sebata Bahurutsi started in 2015, with a couple of ladies from Sedibeng Municipality attending a workshop on conflict resolution, conducted for the 2016 VUT-SRC.
“It was during an era when VUT students used to protest a lot. At that stage the department resorted under the Social Justice and Transformation Unit. The workshop was conducted for two days, which assisted them (SRC-2015) in ways of solving issues they had with VUT Management. Instead of protesting, fighting and ending up detained or suspended, there are positive approaches that they could resort to and be heard, not only within the VUT space, but also in their personal lives. The student leadership enjoyed and benefited from the workshop” said Nthabiseng.
The topics that were mostly covered for the 2021 workshop was A Breeze Through Conflict, which focuses more on conflict management and Gender Reconciliation, inclined more to gender-based introspection.
A Breeze Through Conflict focused more on how to handle situations within the workplace. It brought more understanding on conflict resolution skills and conflict awareness. A deeper understanding of different levels of conflict on how to overcome or resolve it, without having to escalate the conflict into compromising violent situations and to build sustainable peace.
This couldn’t be done without gender reconciliation which educated the participants on how to do introspection first, before any accusations. Gender reconciliation outlined types of bullying that may take place within the work environment and society at large. The session was based on how one can own up to their mistakes without shifting the blame which became more inspiring to the participants when they articulated aspects on power sharing and opening up to past experiences.
One of the attendees, Ms Gladys Mkhwanazi, a Protection Service Liaison offer said “It was my first time attending this type of workshop and it was exceedingly empowering and provided extensive awareness or understanding that GBV is not only based on violence but include physical, sexual and psychological harm such as intimidation, suffering, coercion or deprivation of liberty within the community”.
She further said that she wishes men could also participate in workshops like this as they were embraced by one male staff. Gladys said that she will certainly recommend the workshop to colleagues or friends, enabling them to acquire more knowledge about GBV and conflict resolution. She referred to the workshop as a potential program that can be done every year in the institution in order to benefit both students and staff of VUT to better their skills of handling conflicts.
On 21 October the attendees received their certificates of recognition for attending the workshop with Sebata Bahurutsi.
Sebata Bahurutsi described themselves as a diversified services organisation that primarily specialises in training and development, which extends to many other services in project management as well as construction industries. They strongly believe in the development of individuals, the community, as well as organisational relationships and growth thereof, socially & economically.
Sebata Bahurutsi was formally registered as a trading company in the year 2020, although its founders Simon Mothoagae and Tumelo Tau have been working together as freelancers for other training institutions since 2015. Their purpose is to inspire a socially healthy community & economy, that recognizes itself as an extension beyond self-reflection and development, but that exists in the true essence of “UBUNTU”.
They render services through the following training / workshops: A Breeze Through Conflict, Gender Reconciliation, Health & Wellness, Introduction to Basic Project Management, Change Management, etc.
Sebata Bahurutsi, were astonished by the interest and involvement of participants throughout the workshops. They believed that having a balance of genders instead of one male against eleven females could have resulted in the betterment of an individual’s life’s. But throughout the workshop they said that the workshop went generally better than they expected, and it would have been much more interesting if they had more audience during the workshop.