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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Join the Amajita's Men's Programme

INFORMATIVE: The webinar served to reintroduce the Amajita’s Men’s Programme. INFORMATIVE: The webinar served to reintroduce the Amajita’s Men’s Programme.

The Amajita’s Men’s Programme has been reintroduced at CPUT through a thought-provoking webinar, which attracted more than 60 participants.

The programme serves as a platform to bring young men of CPUT together to work on solutions and to take ownership of pertinent psycho-social issues on campus by addressing men’s involvement in health-seeking activities, encouraging men to reduce risky behaviour, and challenging gender inequalities that are driving the rapid spread of HIV and AIDS.

The webinar, which was held earlier this month, was hosted by the HIV/Aids Unit and participants were addressed by a host of speakers.

Melanie Marais, Head of the HIV/Aids Unit, said the webinar served to reintroduce the programme, which was formally known as Amajita’s Men’s Health Campaign. Spearheaded by the unit, it was initially launched on three campuses in 2018.

“We aim to mobilise men from all five campuses since we want to have more men who seek to be responsible and are ready to be at the forefront of the fight against Gender-Based Violence. We strive to work hand in hand with the SRC leadership, together with all student structures, to be able to get more student involvement,” said Marais.

“This programme will aim to ensure that CPUT and our communities are safer with these men and that they’ll be able to groom others to be better men. The Amajita’s Men’s Programme creates a platform for men to reprimand one another on things that are normalised by our societies but are a criminal offence by law as we seek to unlearn what was entrenched in us by our communities and also the household we grew up in.”

Marais acknowledged the speakers as well as Higher Health and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for funding the programme. 

To get involved in the programme, please send an email to: Mfisat@cput.ac.za or MaraisMe@cput.ac.za

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za