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graduate thumb100 Lefatshe Moagi, lecturer in the department of political sciences at the University of SA, writes that at a recent Dreaming Feminist Futures conference hosted by the African Gender Institute at UCT, women spoke out about abuse within higher learning institutions.  

The abuse includes intimidation and harassment by males who are in positions of authority, as well as sexual violence in the workplace.  Moagi notes that, on the face of it, a lay person who pays little attention to issues of gender-based abuse would be forgiven for doubting that such high-profile and learned women would be the subject of abuse.  Sadly, academia, an integral part of our society, suffers from this scourge too.  Stories of harassment of women in academia abound and some institutions are seen as hostile to women.  In some instances, exposure of harassment has led to positive developments.  Wits University is one example in that it has pioneered a policy that deals with what is termed Gender-Based Harm (GBH).  The wide-ranging policy was developed after Wits was dogged by headlines over so-called “sex-pest” scandals on its campus.  But notwithstanding the progressive steps such as those taken by Wits, there is still more that needs to be done to transform institutional cultures fundamentally, Moagi says.

  • Read this article in full at News24
  • Read too, We do not tolerate sex abuse, says Unisa, at The New Age

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