DHET hosts a webinar to raise awareness on gender based violence.
The Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) hosted an online webinar to release the instruments that will help turn sectoral the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Policy Framework into action.
The GBV Policy Framework was established by the Minister of Higher Education Dr Blade Nzimande in July, the previous year. The action of the policy includes implementation of the procedural guidelines on sexual and gender related misconduct in post-school education and training institutions implementation protocol on the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) code of ethics.
The Vice Chancellor at University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Chairperson of Higher Health Task Team, Puleng LenkaBula, said that they had implemented procedural guidelines on sexual and gender related misconduct, with minimum controls put in place to tackle this epidemic more in their campuses.
The policy includes sexual assault and rape protocols which continues to haunt tertiary institutions also using the knowledge to ensure that they change the scourge.
“There should be no muting of voices that are agitating against violence as well as those creating platforms for people to transforming GBV, sexual violence or any acts of violence or intimidation that disable the full participation of women and LGBTQIA+ community along with students or staff living with disabilities, we don’t tolerate that,” she stressed.
Department of Higher Education representative, Erika Emdom, explained that they had in the policy, outlined every
little behavior that constitutes GBV because perpetrators of GBV often used ignorance as an excuse, often believing that their actions did constitute GBV.
“We should include verbal, cyber-abuse, sexual assault, verbal and non-verbal, intimate partner violence, domestic abuse and discriminatory abuse. It is important that everyone understands this is regarded as GBV and it’s a very broad spectrum of activities that cause harm to people,” she said.