DUT tackles issues facing women
Nomfundo Khumalo & Nkosenhle Sibisi
The Durban University of Technology in partnership with International Centre of Nonviolence hosted a women’s dialogue on Thursday, at Ritson campus.
The dialogue themed “The Heritage of Women’s Leadership”, aimed at discussing social issues such as gender-based violence, political violence, health issues and poverty.
The panel was made up of women and activists from different generations who have dedicated their time to bring about change in the society.
Thoko Makhanya, a health specialist and development practitioner, said that it is important for the society to empower and recognise women for the role they are playing in tackling social issues.
“I started activism during the apartheid times and it was not easy for women’s voices to be heard at that time. As someone whose focus has been on women’s development for over 30 years it is important to have such spaces where we share knowledge and engage with the young generation,” said Makhanya.
Founder of Ubuntu Renaissance Global Luleka Mkuzo, spoke about her personal experience of going back home and seeing matriculates not pursuing their studies.
“I approached three different communities including the chiefs, school government body, principals and youth from the community just to have discussions on what we can do in this area to change our situation.”
Mkuzo highlighted that the biggest thing the community wanted and was far from, it was technology and children didn’t know anything about computer.
Mkuzo then purchased 17 computers for her community to change the situation back home and bring technology to her community.
Students who were in attendance called for a platform where women would be able to talk and be able to upload their struggles from the university and communities.
Mkuzo also called for students to take a stand and make a decision on what they want without waiting on the government.