Universities can change the plight of women and fight GBV

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Demonstrators against gender-based violence protest outside Parliament on Tuesday (June 30 2020). President Cyril Ramaphosa has likened the violence against women and children like a second pandemic which is sweeping the country. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/AP
Demonstrators against gender-based violence protest outside Parliament on Tuesday (June 30 2020). President Cyril Ramaphosa has likened the violence against women and children like a second pandemic which is sweeping the country. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/AP

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To use the words of Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women and former deputy president of South Africa, we are facing a “shadow pandemic”.

As a member of the executive at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and a parent, I wonder how many of the students we sent back to their homes to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are part of these statistics.

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