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UP veterinary science student wins international photo competition

MARKO SVICEVIC AND POOJA PUNDIT
Joel Alves, a student of UP’s Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, won the top prize in the Veterinarians Around the World photo competition. A cash prize of $1 000 was awarded to Alves for his black and white landscape photo entitled “Conservation in Motion”.

The image, captured at the Kruger National Park, depicts wildlife veterinarians fighting against time to save the endangered species of rhinos from poachers and the “imperative role wildlife veterinarians [play] in the protection and conservation of animals.” The photo competition, themed “Veterinarians Around the World”, was facilitated by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Kansas State University. Alves’s entry was among 240 other photos submitted by students from 35 different countries. Submissions to the competition portrayed animal conservation, animal health and food safety. Alves’s photo will be published in a calendar alongside 11 other top entries.

Menstrual cups could be the future of women’s sanitation

CELLIERS MARAIS

On 14 September Student Health Services, supported by the Department of Student Affairs hosted a talk on menstrual cups at the Roosmaryn building on Hatfield Campus. The talk was to raise awareness of the dangers faced by those who use sanitary pads and tampons, and to introduce a newer, cleaner alternative – the menstrual cup.

The founder of Princess D Menstrual Cups Shamila Ramjawan mentioned in her presentation that around 9 million girls aged between eleven and nineteen, miss a quarter of their formal schooling because of menstruation and a lack of sanitary supplies. According to Ramjawan, menstrual cups might be the answer to female sanitation. These cups have a lifespan of five years so they offer a long term solution to a monthly problem. The cup is a greener alternative to traditional sanitary products, as it does not add to landfill waste, like pads and tampons do. It is also less prone to cause infection, as it is manufactured from top grade medical silicone.

AreWeSafe gender and sexuality symposium brings social issues to light

DITEBOGO TSHAKA

UP&Out held a gender and sexuality symposium on Friday 26 August, part of a campaign aimed to inform students, staff, and the immediate UP community on institutions available to them in and around Hatfield campus in the event that they experience sexual harassment or violence. The symposium also addressed “rape culture” and how it is perpetuated and manifests. In attendance were SAPS Brooklyn, the Department of Health Tshwane, UP Security Services, UP Clinic Services and a student affairs panel made of UP’s Department of Student Affairs (DSA).

Before these participants presented material relating to the topic, certain critical terminology about gender identities and sexual orientations was defined. A distinction was made between gender and sex, illustrating that gender is a social construct, whereas sex is physiological. It was highlighted that heterosexuality is not necessarily normal, just more common. Emphasis was put on how LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights and yet “how we afford humanness on what we’re taught at home or at church”, often times resulting in a gross violation of these rights.

2017 SRC candidate list announced

CHAD JOHNSTON

A preliminary SRC candidate list for 2017 has been announced. The list has been posted on Click UP and on notice boards around campus. Due to the IT system being slow the list was released late and therefore the deadline for objections was extended to 2 September 16:00.

Two members from the 2016 SRC, Michael Bongani Reinders and Thabo Shingange have applied to run for another term on the SRC. The list contains the names of 48 potential candidates. SRC elections are scheduled for 20 September.

SLSJ hosts panel discussion on women’s rights

KEMELO SEHLAPELO

Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) hosted a panel discussion on the reality of women 20 years after the enactment of the constitution in the Law building on Tuesday, 30 August. Among the panellists were Sipesethu Mungose, Charmika Samaradiwakera- Wijesundra and Prof. Christi van der Westhuizen.

Some of the themes discussed at the event included feminism and its complexities, the South African constitution, and women in the work professional work place. “We need to have self-determination as women and question the boundaries demarcated by patriarchy,” said Mpungose, a 3rd year LLB student who also runs her own NGO, Team Purpose Driven.

Samaradiwakera-Wijesundra introduced the question of whether the constitution can be a valid reference point, suggesting that women have been “seemingly recognised as equal” and that that is a “theoretical guarantee”. She stressed the importance of women moving beyond weakness. “Practical support structures that redefine and reaffirm [a woman’s] identity,” said Ms Samaradiwakera-Wijesundra.

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