How one group is changing DUT campuses
‘Enough is enough’ is an idiom that is used to say that one wants something to stop because one can no longer accept or deal with it. A group of students at the Durban University of Technology have put the idiom to practice. IzikoDUT interviewed Zahraa Amra and Siobahn Doughty, Fine Arts students and co-founders of #Enoughisenough.
Q: Please tell us more about your initiative:
A: #Enoughisenough was formed during the most heavily induced femicide week in SA, roughly September. Without being too formal, it was literally students, lecturers, men and women coming together and saying ‘this is not okay,’ and then it has begun. Within 20 minutes of actually saying we’re doing this, whatever this is, we managed to create a poster and distribute it all along with the Durban campuses. The members were mostly situated within the Fine Art Department, but because we are in the developing stages, members from graphic design, the Writing Centre, and journalism have all shown interest in our initiative.
Q: I understand that the idea was inspired by the recent cases of Gender-based violence and femicide, please go deeper into this:
A: It was inspired by the above, however just the mere thought that I, as a female student cannot stay on campus till the evening because I fear I might be subjected to some form of violence. Or as a daughter, I’m told to be safe, but be safe from who? These kind thoughts fuelled my participation within this campaign,
Q: What is the group hoping to achieve and how? What is the groups’ philosophy?
A: We are not exactly established, but I’m pretty sure our goals are along the lines of creating a community here on campus where women feel safely connected to. Whether it be a safe space or forum just to discuss our experiences or come forth with something. From a creative perspective, I’d like us to be able to create workshops around the language and literature surrounded by the history of gender-based -violence, respectively with the creation of artworks/exhibitions centered around these sorts of issues and conversations.
Q: What do you need/ how can other students participate and assist? (If assistance is needed)
A: We do have a venue, Arts for Humanities City Campus. Right now, it’s getting a team together, and a time to which we can meet in order to plan future collaborations/events, etc. Other students would be encouraged to participate however this should be when we are more established or more organised in our position.
Q: Where do you see your efforts heading, ultimately what are you hoping to achieve?
A: Definitely, A creative space centered around women for women.
Q: So far, have your efforts been worthwhile, what are some of your major accomplishments and discoveries?
A: Well for a group of students who put on a vigil towards violence against women, planned in 20 min, circulated within 2 hours and executed with minor hiccups, I’d say that was an accomplishment.
This included singing, poetry readings, stories being shared and so on.