DUT’s International students celebrate women’s month
The month of August comes with many controversial and thought provoking topics as it is Woman’s month. Topics ranging from gender-based violence to the power of women in our societies.
In celebration of Women’s Month the Durban University of Technology’s International Students Organization (ISO) in association with the International Education and Partnerships hosted its first Woman’s Day dialogue with the leading topic #MenAreTrash.
The #MenAreTrash is described by Rufaro Samanga as a challenge to South Africans to speak out against the epidemic of women murdered at the hands of their male partners.
The hashtag got significant support on social media after the death of Karabo Mokoena.
Philiswa Mncube who is the International Relations Officer atthe DUT International Education and Partnerships office said that the collaboration was inspired by the notion of Women’s Month.
“As much as it would have been easier to choose a different dialogue we felt it would be ideal to focus on this one since it possesses the power and innovation to awaken certain emotions forcing people to engage in the topic, in that way paying attention to the wide picture that the women who started the hashtag were hoping to reveal, said Mncube.”
Students from different campuses took part in the discussion, with individuals who were against the hashtag and those who are for it.
“If we have this type of dialogue we should be looking at solutions and not pointing fingers at each other, said DUT student Prosper Nzuza.
Another DUT student Matsidiso Tsolo explains how he agrees with the hashtag and how he believes that this conversation is not for men to give reasons why men are not trash.
“It is important for us to understand that the #MenAreTrash is a movement, men are trash is a cry from women – saying that we see what you’re doing – fix it, said Tsolo.”
Another Woman’s Day dialogue is going to be hosted tomorrow, 17 August at ML Sultan campus.
Picture: Mandisa Magubane