Tuesday, 31 October 2023

GBV Position Statement Banner unveiled

STATEMENT: The banner outlines the institution’s position on Gender-Based Violence. STATEMENT: The banner outlines the institution’s position on Gender-Based Violence.

CPUT recently unveiled a banner on the Bellville Campus, outlining the institution’s position on Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

Kuselwa Marala, Acting Director: Centre for Diversity, Inclusivity & Social Change, welcomed attendees and said part of the legislative framework relating to GBV in the Post-School Education and Training sector “urges us to be visible and advocate against GBV”.

“So what we are doing today is unveiling a statement by CPUT on our position as we try to fight the scourge against gender-based violence.”

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, said the institution’s position on GBV is very clear, unambiguous and unapologetic. 

He said visitors to CPUT should be able to look up at the banner and say, “that is our position”’.

Nhlapo said that as a Higher Education Institution, he expected the university to also look at the impact that “we have made ever since we took this posture”.

“Let’s reflect as academics to say is there any dent, how are our numbers looking, have we seen reduction in terms of the figures that we are getting…”

He added that it was also key to look at whether we were embracing leading practice as far as addressing and facing the scourge head-on.

“It is known in literature that one out of three women experience GBV in their lives. And we are saying one GBV case is one GBV case too many at CPUT.”

In closing remarks, Dr David Phaho, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships, said that as “we unveil the banner, lest we forget those who have suffered and died both in our country and beyond our borders, simply because of their gender or sexual orientation”.

Banners will also be unveiled on the university’s other campuses.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za