Women’s Month: Celebrating Impactful Women Within a Global Content (Invitation)

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Women’s Month: Celebrating Impactful Women within a Global Context

Botlhale Hub Afrika’s Founder Phiwe Mncwabe has the honour to participate in the insightful and informative dialogue. Please don’t miss out!

On August 9, 1956, there was a staged march on the Union Buildings of Pretoria. Over 20,000 women of all races attended the march in order to protest against the Urban Areas Act of 1950 amendments. This law required all South Africans defined as “black” to carry an internal passport that served to maintain segregation, control urbanization, and manage migrant labor during the apartheid. It was a peaceful protest which made a huge difference in the way women today are able to live their lives.

The day was marked as holiday in 1995 and is celebrated annually throughout the country. This day brings attention to the issues African women faced then and today, including domestic violence, workplace sexual harassment and unequal treatment, girls not being allowed to go to school, and no-help parenting etc.
Women in the past had very low representation in various industries, the misconception that women are only able to take care of children and cannot do professional work or even lead and be in charge at places like the Higher Education Institutions. Though there is much work to be done to change the narrative, through the number of women advocacy and feminist movements across the globe, we see a number of women rising to the occasion and meeting the company demands and getting the necessary education and thriving in every sphere known to “man” kind.

A Higher Education Institution like the Durban University of Technology is one with a huge representation of women at higher positions and a large number of female students enrolled, students wanting to pursue their career goals and contribute to the society that stands to see women becoming more than housewives or stay at home moms. This is owing to the act of women of 1956 who became the biggest feminist movement in the South African context:

Feminism is:

  1. The advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes;
  2. The theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes;
  3. The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities;
  4. The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
    Moreover, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number 5 of the 17 likewise, aims to achieve gender equality and empower
    all women and girls. The target is:
    -To end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere;
    -Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and
    other types of exploitation;
    -Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation;
    -Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection
    policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate;
    -Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political,
    economic and public life;
    -Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and
    other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws;
    -Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment
    of women;
    -Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of
    all women and girls at all levels, etc.
    The ENVISION2030 of DUT also highlights the need to develop graduates with the acumen to initiate and/or respond to change, it fosters distinctive education that compels a future-oriented living and learning environment and nurture a people centred culture that embodies our values and principles. The principles of Ubuntu “humanity” or caring for the other and nurturing through various programmes (inside and outside the classroom) that will stand to educate the youth as our tomorrow leaders. The make-up of the youth being both male and female, thus bringing the required change in the environments that still see women less than and incapable.
    Moderator: Dr Penny Orton (Specialist: International Education and Partnerships, DUT)
    15:00 Wathinta Abafazi Wathint’ Imbokodo documentary by eNCA https://youtu.be/0UBmjBlMSsY
    15:15 Opening Remarks Professor Sibusiso Moyo (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation & Engagement, DUT)
    15:30 Thandiswa Mazwai “Iyeza” / “Zabalaza” https://youtu.be/-guHd9Zrbn4
    15:40 Introduction of keynote Speaker Dr Penny Orton
    15:45 Keynote address Professor Goski Alabi (President: Laweh Open University, Ghana)
    Women’s Contributions to Higher Education Institutions in the Leadership Roles
    16:05 Q&A facilitated Dr Penny Orton
    16:20 Amanda Black Power https://youtu.be/QTKxgOWRoEk
    2nd Segment – Youth Perspectives: FEMINISM REWRITTEN (The Pros and Cons)
    Moderator: Ms Bwalya Lungu (Educational Technologist, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching,

    16:30 Speech: Ms Grace-Divine Nguz (Administrator in Risk Advisory, Deloitte)
    Feminism Redefined
    16:35 Open Dialogue DUT ISO
    Can feminism be used as a way of carving discrimination between men and women in our society?
    16:40 Q&A facilitated Ms Bwalya Lungu
    16:50 Break
    3rd Segment – Women in Media Perspectives: MEDIA AS A TOOL TO ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS
    Moderator: Ms Divinia Jithoo (Specialist: International Education and Partnerships, DUT)
    17:00 Presentation Ms Phiwe Mncwabe (Pan Africanist, Feminist, Content Creator & Founder, Botlhale Hub Afrika, SA)
    The hurdles of young women activists in the face of Media
    17:15 Presentation Dr Rene Smith (Founder Director: Arts and Design Digifest & Senior Lecturer: Journalism, DUT)
    Gender mainstreaming and integration
    17:30 Presentation Dr Delphine Colin (Associate Professor of Arts, Ministry of National Education, Reunion Island)Vaguement corps (indefinite body), Women & Society
    17:45 Q&A facilitated Ms Divinia Jithoo
    17: 55 Closing Remarks Ms Lucille Webster (Director, Library Services, DUT)

  5. The objectives of the Women’s Month Celebration at Durban University of Technology are:
    • Raise awareness against gender based violence and gender inequality;
    • Highlight opportunities associated with women empowerment;
    • Showcase the impactful women who have succeeded within our local and global context;
    • Raise topics that will create a changed view or perception and allow good practice on policies and programmes
    promoting the increase in the employability of women in all fields.
    The event aims to gather all students at Durban University of Technology and other universities in the Country and abroad and
    other external partners. This will be an all women Speaker’s event, women who are impactful and leaders, who advocate for
    women empowerment.
    Date and Venue
    Date: 31 August 2021
    Venue: Online/Virtual
    Platform: Zoom
    Link: https://zoom.us/j/98902824588?pwd=emVyUVZsU1B0alM1Z2pJZWdnOTc4Zz09&from=addon
    Meeting ID: 989 0282 4588
    Passcode: 782421
    Time: 15h00 (GMT+2) – South African Standard Time
    Please confirm your attendance at philiswam@dut.ac.za (organizer)

Thank you to the members of the organising team:
International Education and Partnerships Directorate:
Ms Philiswa Mncube – International Students Relations Officer
Ms Divinia Jithoo_ International Education Specialist
DUT International Students organization (ISO):
Ms Tanya Tirivanhu – Projects Officer
Ms Lynn Pfumvuti – President
Ms Azama Kibundila – Student Relations Officer
Ms Rachel Nyamadzawo – General Secretary
Mr Chris Djuma – Student Welfare Officer
Mr Dennis Ssemugoona – Treasurer

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