NWU celebrates its diverse community

Issued by North West University
Johannesburg, Aug 29, 2017

The North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Mahikeng celebrated its female staff and students on 23 August 2017 in commemoration of Women's Month.

Delivering the keynote address at the event was Dineo Maribeng, a specialist in social services from the Department of Social Development. Maribeng spoke about matters of domestic violence, and how women often condone their abuser's behaviour by withdrawing cases of abuse or by not reporting them to the authorities at all.

"As women, we must know that once you experience abuse, you have to protect yourself by speaking out," said Maribeng. "Authorities are there to protect and ensure that we, as women, continue to play the invaluable role we play in our communities, without fear or prejudice."

"We salute you for being courageous enough to stand against all odds," said Donald Molema, project manager in the office of the deputy vice-chancellor. "We as the North-West University appreciate all your hard work and dedication. As you continue to keep the light burning as mothers, sisters, daughters, colleagues and grandmothers, keep embracing the spirit of womanhood and excellence."

"A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman, but the search to find that voice can sometimes be remarkably difficult. As the universe continues to unfold, search for your voice and assist us in making the university an even better place," he concluded.

In addition to the Women's Month celebrations and acknowledging the various contributions women make to the university, and the campus also used the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI) community and their striving for recognition and tolerance on campus.

Speaking on behalf of the LGBTI community was Amogelang Moatshe, chairperson of the LGBTI student organisation on campus. "Progressive institutions of higher learning can sometimes be regressive platforms when it comes to recognising and protecting the interests of LGBTI students," said Moatshe. "However, when committed efforts are made to include us in an environment where we have been excluded for so long, it enables us to work together and build a society where everyone is safe and treated equally, as the Constitution of our country envisages."