MUT reaffirms its stand against GBV and sexual assault as 16 Days of Activism campaign starts  

Dr Makua

This week, the University intensified its campaign to root-out Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and sexual assault within the institution in line with the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Dr Manyane Makua, kicked-off this week’s campaign with a pledge to “take action against all reported cases of unwanted sexual advances, sexual assault, harassment and rape”. The pledge is part of the University management’s continued efforts to rid the university of any acts of GBV, sexual harassment and sexual assault. This pledge also reiterates Senate’s concerns about GBV; a year after taking a stand against GBV and making public statements on this stand.

In his pledge, Dr Makua said: “I commit myself to follow through on all cases brought forward and vow to protect those who report such cases. I call upon MUT men to come forward and take the pledge.”

Dr Makua also used the opportunity to remind the University community that “ignoring the problem only perpetuates it”.

To take the pledge, contact Melody Kuboni (kuboni.melody@mut.ac.za).