AreWeSafe symposium launched

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The AreWeSafe gender and sexuality symposium was launched on the evening of 25 August at the Plant Sciences Building. The symposium is focused on a range of issues regarding gender and sexuality at the University of Pretoria.

Sexual violence, homophobia, and rape culture are challenges facing institutions of higher learning, with one in four persons being a victim of sexual assault by the time they are 21. Many students are unaware of the steps to take to get assistance if they are victims of sexual assault, and the AreWeSafe campaign seeks to address the challenge of providing victims of sexual assault with access to security and justice.

The symposium is intended to provide information to students, staff, and members of the community, about the availability of services on and off campus, and will also address the manner in which rape culture is perpetuated and manifested.

Poets B-Lyrical and Xebra Stripes performed at the launch, while Nthabiseng Nooe, Prof. Anton Stroh, and Dr Matete Madiba also addressed those who attended the launch.

The symposium was held on 26 and 27 August in the Sanlam Auditorium. On 26 August speakers from the South African Police Service, UP Security Services, UP Clinic Services, UP Student Support and the Department of Health addressed attendees. On 27 August roundtable discussions were held on movements, laws, and the politics surrounding gender and sexuality.

See the 5 September edition of Perdeby for an update on the symposium.

 

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