“Don’t cry in silence”
Students and staff from Durban University of Technology publicly demonstrated that they are against Gender-Based Violence during this year’s Silent Protest on Wednesday, 21 August.
The protest was hosted by DUT’s HIV/AIDS Centre in partnership with the Student Health and Counselling department with an aim of fighting against Gender-Based Violence and breaking the silence against abuse.
Students from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses gathered at DUT Ritson campus in support of this 5th edition of the Silent Protest.
DUT Dean of students, Dr Maditsane Nkonoane said that the greatest measure of any human being is the ability to treat another human being with basic etiquette and dignity.
During his opening remarks Nkonoane added that, “Through this silent protest, we are committing ourselves that the time to treat one another with respect is now”.
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Students were given a platform to participate in a dialogue that talks about Gender-Based Violence. This dialogue aimed at giving students the courage to speak out against abuse and also give support to those who are experiencing it.
DUT’s HIV & AIDS counsellor Zola Mdlalose was the facilitator for the dialogue sessions. She spoke about the influence that the community, family and friends have in contributing to the rise in Gender-Based Violence.
Mdlalose also highlighted how the society should break the stigma about Gender-Based Violence.
“The dialogue we had today was to reveal things that are considered as abuse because it is important for us to talk about them. We were even lucky to find someone who was brave enough to share her story that she has never told anyone before. We are saying today that no matter how old your secret is, no matter if you can’t mention it today – get help!,” she said.’
Students marched silently around DUT’s Ritson campus car park with black tape on their mouths, signifying the woman and men who go through abuse in silence. Students also had to lay down on the floor showing how it feels to die in silence.