Student Counselling observes the start of 16 Days of Activism campaign

Students taking the message to the residences off campus

As a response to the continued violence directed towards women and children, and also as a way of heeding a national call against Gender-Based Violence and the Senate stand on GBV, the Student Counselling unit began commemorating the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign by spreading the message of zero-tolerance for GBV at MUT on 13 November 2020. The unit’s peer helpers continued raising awareness on GBV by distributing posters in all student residences, as well as engaging students on the issue of GBV.

Dr Paulette Naidoo, Director of the Student Counselling unit, pointed out that despite continued efforts to raise awareness on GBV on campus and residences, an attitude of indifference and denial that GBV exists is still evident among some sectors. Dr Naidoo pointed out the rather alarming figures that are a clear indication of how big the problem is. She said that “according to Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, a total of 167 970 calls were have been received by the national Gender-based Violence (GBV) command call centre since March 2020.  This highlights the gravity of the problem and the need to intensify efforts to eradicate this problem in all sectors”.

According to Dr Naidoo, “such attitudes are counterproductive; they serve to perpetuate the problem of GBV.” However, Dr Naidoo added that she was undeterred by such attitudes and that “the Student Counselling unit and MUT as a whole, would continue unrelenting, in its fight against GBV.”

You can report acts of GBV by contacting the GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / * 120 *7867 from any cell phone.