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Friday, 26 October 2018

Standing up for gender equality

TAKING A STAND: Students recite the CPUT Men’s Forum pledge during the HeforShe branch launch on the Bellville campus. TAKING A STAND: Students recite the CPUT Men’s Forum pledge during the HeforShe branch launch on the Bellville campus. Ilse Fredericks

Male students were encouraged to speak out in support of gender equality at the launch of CPUT’s HeforShe branch.

HeForShe invites people around the world to stand together as equal partners to craft a shared vision of a gender equal world and implement specific, locally relevant solutions for the good of all of humanity. It was created by UN Women in 2014.

The HIV/Aids Unit’s Nathan Kayser said CPUT was only the second South African university to launch a HeforShe branch. “I’m really proud of you for coming out and I know that you will be the champions that you are already,” he said to students.

Acting Dean of Students Nonkosi Tyolwana said events like these were crucial to help people to speak out.  “I call on you fellow sons, brothers, fathers, to pledge your support. Commit and don’t stay silent. Speak out in support of gender equality, academic equality and also against injustice. Your voice will make a difference in the lives of our CPUT community,” said Tyolwana.

Agnes Phiri from UN Women said HeforShe aims to mobilise one billion men across the globe to accelerate the achievement of gender equality. She said that since the launch in 2014 hundreds of thousands of men have committed to gender equality. 

The men at the event also recited the CPUT Men’s Forum Pledge. This Forum aims to involve men to be part of the solution in the fight against gender-based violence.

The Forum as well as CPUT’s Institutional Position Statement on Gender-Based Violence was launched in August.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

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