Students dialogue with youth

2017-07-13 06:01
Zintle Olayi, Claudine McKerry, Ndiphiwe Olayi, Dano Taljaard, Aphiwe Mtumtum, Stefanie Cool, students who organised the awareness event and youth who attended, on Thursday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI mASEKO

Zintle Olayi, Claudine McKerry, Ndiphiwe Olayi, Dano Taljaard, Aphiwe Mtumtum, Stefanie Cool, students who organised the awareness event and youth who attended, on Thursday, in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI mASEKO

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Makhaza in Khayelitsha was the venue for a group of students from two tertiary institutions to host an event to raise awareness about gender based violence.

Aphiwe Mtumtum, a student from the University of Western Cape (UWC) said the event was done in partnership with students from Stellenbosch University under the banner of Africa Unite.

Mtumtum said they normally host such events in their institutions and that they have now decided to visit communities to talk to the youth.

“It is us in the communities who get affected by such violence. Some youth end up dropping-out of school, because of the effects of being exposed to such violence inside their homes.

Some even get involved in drugs as result. Our sisters have been killed. This affects us all. We are viewed as a number one country in the world when it comes to such violence,” Mtumtum said.

He said their goal is to go to every corner and raise awareness about the violence, both physical and emotional.

He said females, girl children, those who live with disabilities, lesbians, gays and bisexuals are the most vulnerable in society.

Dano Taljaard, a student from Stellenbosch University, said males should take a step and condemn the violence.

“A man reaching out to other men to tell him about the violence is more successful than a woman reaching out to a men to talk about the violence. In general, men are oppressors of women and that has to stop.

Sometimes when a girl is beaten-up by her boyfriend, some people dismiss it as just her bad hair day, while some insist its because the man loves her,” said Taljaard.

Men bear most of the pressure also because society has high expectations of them. .. They must always be seen to be strong and head of the household,”

Zizipho Nikelo, 14, one of the youths who attended, said such events are important in the society as they address burning issues, because the youth is facing challenges.

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