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Monday, 22 October 2018

Progress on Gender-Based Violence Policy

PUBLIC STATEMENT: The institutional position statement on gender-based violence was publically referenced at the Young Women Empowerment Conference held on Bellville Campus to a wide array of students from around the Western Cape. PUBLIC STATEMENT: The institutional position statement on gender-based violence was publically referenced at the Young Women Empowerment Conference held on Bellville Campus to a wide array of students from around the Western Cape.

CPUT is making steady progress with the institution’s Policy on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) with a recently formed steering committee set to take the process forward.

The 15-member committee consists of academic and non-academic staff, Legal Services, Student Counselling, the HIV/Aids unit, Human Capital, the incoming SRC President as well as representatives from the Department of Justice and the National Prosecuting Authority.

The draft policy has already been circulated to staff and students and the feedback received will be discussed at the committee’s next meeting, according to Melanie Marais, steering committee member and Head of the HIV/Aids Unit.

“The steering committee will be taking the process forward. We are getting systems and processes in place to ensure that awareness happens on GBV and that there is a formal setting when it comes to reporting the stats. We will follow the necessary processes before the policy goes to MANCOM and eventually to Council for approval.”

Marais encouraged students to report incidents of GBV.

“If you are in residence, report incidents to your residence coordinator, on campus to the head of your department or campus protection services. In rape cases, the rape survivor will be taken to their nearest Thuthuzela Care Centre where specialised support and prescribed medical intervention will take place. It’s very important that the rape survivor doesn’t shower or bath as this will wash evidence away. The incident needs to be reported as soon as possible. An antiretroviral drug has to be started within 72 hours after the incident.”

Marais said the institution has a zero tolerance on sexual & gender-based violence and is committed to supporting survivors of GBV and would do its utmost to ensure the privacy of survivors of GBV.

Campus Security can be reached on the following numbers:

Bellville (021) 959 6301/6550

Cape Town: (021) 460 3122/3631

Granger Bay: 021 440 5726

Mowbray: (021) 680 1582

Wellington: (021) 864 5551

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.