The 365 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) seminar took place at the Howard College campus on 30 August 2018.

Professor Suria Govender from the Advice Desk for the Abused was present to direct the proceedings held at the Howard Theatre.

Acting Executive Director of Corporate Relations, Ms Normah Zondo; Dr Gabisile Mkhize from the Advice Desk for the Abused; and Advocate Omashani Naidoo from the National Prosecuting Authority were in attendance.

Zondo paid tribute to late victims of GBV. ‘UKZN condemns all forms of violence against women. Rape and sexual abuse are grave violations of women’s human rights and can never be justified,’ said Zondo. She assured the University community that UKZN will continuously support such gatherings.

Mkhize started her presentation by telling the audience that ‘everyday should be women’s day.’ She encouraged students to utilise the GBV Desk situated on the Westville campus. ‘The GBV Desk is there to provide safe support to students who have been victims. We need everyone in all spheres of life to come together because GBV is not a race, class or sex problem. We are all affected and it is no longer a crisis but an epidemic,’ she said.

Naidoo took the audience on a journey of justice in South Africa. ‘South Africa has one of the best progressive laws that can ensure that justice is served to GBV.’ She further shared information about the Thuthuzela Care Centres; one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy.

For more information about the TCC, go to https://goo.gl/HUy9B4

Words and photographs: Nokubonga Nomasiko Jele