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Let’s take action

- Wits University

Calls for concrete action to address gender-based violence and rape culture on South African campuses.

The recent #IAmOneInThree and #RUReferenceList activation on campuses have highlighted the need to better engage and respond to gender-based violence and rape culture on campuses.

The traumatic impact of rape can be exacerbated by the culture of silence around rape and the stigma attached to it.

While the traumatic impact of rape can be alleviated through support, counselling and redress, how supportive systems and spaces function are extremely important in dealing with gender-based violence.

Let’s talk about it

Campuses in South Africa and abroad have been the focus for action, and the Wits School of Public Health, together with student activists, journalists, and researchers at the forefront of rape and gender-based violence advocacy and research, will take this forward this call with a dynamic discussion:

Title: Gender-based violence and rape culture on campus, taking place on Tuesday, 31 May 2016
When: Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Where: Resource Room, School of Public Health Building, Parktown Education Campus
Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Let’s take concrete action

Lisa Vetten, researcher in the Wits Institute of Economic and Social Research (WiSER), together with a host of other speakers will take part in this discussion.

Vetten spoke to CapeTalk's John Maytham this week, saying it is high time to think about “what kind of practical, concrete action people can take in order to change the situation” on campuses, in South Africa and globally.