DUT hosts first Men’s Conference
The Durban University of Technology held its first men’s conference on Friday evening at Mansfield Hall, Ritson Campus.
The conference themed “Indlalifa Yobuqhawe Men’s Conference” was organised by DUT’s Insika Men’s Network together with the department of Student Housing & Res Life.
The topics ranged from challenges that affect African men, religion, identity, polygamy, and victories.
Insika Men’s Network Chairperson, Lizo Mkhize, said that their aim is to empower and shape men of tomorrow.
“Our aim is to address and talk about the psychosocial issues that affect men, and everything that contributes to their successes and failures. We basically saying that being educated is not enough but it’s also important to learn about manhood, how you behave and treat others in your community,” said Mkhize.
As the event was held on a women’s month, issues such as Gender-Based Violence were also discussed.
Insika’s Advisor, Ben Simelane said that the purpose of this programme was to create a safe space for men where they can discuss openly the issues affecting them.
“As Insika Men’s Network, we felt that it is important to have such talks where men get to cry together, talk about their experiences but most importantly, learn and acquire knowledge. We hope that this first event will make a huge difference to students,” said Simelane.
DUT student Luyanda Mthembu said that he is happy to see such programmes happening.
“As men, we are often not given such platforms compared to women. People tend to forget that we also feel vulnerable sometimes,” said Mthembu.
Amongst the speakers were the former Ukhozi FM presenter, Ngizwe Mchunu, Pastor Vusi Dube and motivational speaker, Pastor Sthembiso Zondo.
Picture: Nkosenhle Sibisi