By Thapelo Kgakatsi – 06 Oct 2020
Students holding placards advocating against gender-based violence
On Thursday, 24 September 2020, following the President ‘s Address on the lifting of COVID-19 regulations, the National shift to Level 1 and the Jerusalem Challenge, VUT Park Square Students Collaborated with the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) to host a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) support demonstrations and incorporated the Jerusalem Challenge to the event. During the demonstrations, COVID-19 regulations were observed such as wearing masks, screening and social distancing.
The Activation started with Jerusalem Challenge embracing unity and Africanism and concluded by the march where Students held placards in unity, demonstrating their intolerance to the consistently and ever-increasing incidents of GBV within the Institutions of Higher Learning and their Residences.
The HouseKeeper (HK) Premerius: Mr Maanda Masendi, delivered a message of support to the VUT student community, as he shared same sentiments of Gender Based Violence. “Not in my name, will the Imbokodo be abused in all forms, be assertive for “No Means No” and report such cases immediately” he said.
“We are not doing this for entertainment, but to make a plea to stop Violence against women, children and vulnerable community of LGBTIQ. So many students are ending their lives, some are not able to complete their studies due to Risky Intolerant Behaviors on campuses and residences. Intoxicated students can also pose a danger to other students, we plead with you, to STOP, Enough is Enough… Together we are strong” he concluded.
See below link for the dance challenge and action against gender-based violence: