DUT JOURNALISM COMMEMORATES WOMEN’S DAY
By: Qiniso Mbili & Nomfundo Zuma
The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Journalism students celebrated and honoured the brave women that marched in 1956, under the theme “men doing something for woman” at the City Campus, yesterday.
In accordance to the theme, the event was organised by a group of 10 first year male students. The event included poetry, motivational speakers, singing and drama skit.
The MC Africa Ndlovu said, “I’m still like a kid whenever I am with my mom which is why I acknowledge the importance of a woman.” Audience members were thereafter given a chance to express their feelings about the importance of women in their lives. The emotions on the audience became apparent as some shared sensitive issues concerning women.
The event ended in high spirits when Sizwe, an upcoming poet, recited a poem about a man serenading a woman and seeing wife-material in her. Undoubtedly, women in the audience melted at the poetic message. All audience members were given goodies on their way out although initially the goodies were for the ladies only. Guest speakers were each given a box of chocolate and a rose as a token of appreciation.
Journalism Programme Coordinator, Maud Blose said, “You guys did a great job with the event, not that I expected any less. Thank you! This country is in need of female leaders who will lead with a difference. Like I always tell you, always work extra hard and leave a mark wherever you are.”
National Women’s Day is a public holiday celebrated every year in South Africa on the 9th of August. On this day in 1956, women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the legislation that required black people to carry “dom pass”.