Silent Protest Poster

In raising awareness on the alarming epidemic of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa, the Durban University of Technology’s HIV/AIDS Centre will host its annual Silent Protest on Wednesday, 16 August 2017.

Following the recent attacks and victimization against women, DUT finds it appropriate to have its silent protest in order to spread the word of unity in the battle to combat violence against women. The purpose of the march is to raise awareness around gender-based abuse and to stand in solidarity with survivors, who are often rendered silent by their experiences. The Silent Protest also takes into consideration the relationship between GBV and HIV/AIDS.

The Silent Protest, which is being held for the third time at DUT, is hosted in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Mangosuthu University of Technology, with support from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The campaign includes multiple sessions that people can participate in throughout the day. These include a demonstration of the symbolic silencing in the morning, the march which will be followed by a die-in demonstration. At the end, protesters will be allowed to break the silence about gender-based violence by un-taping their mouths.

The main venue for the gathering will be at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre on the Steve Biko Campus in Durban. The doors will open at 08H30 for a briefing and t-shirt distribution. The march is scheduled to start at 10H30 from the Sports Centre; it will proceed via Warwick Avenue to the park opposite the DUT City Campus, eventually arriving at the Durban City Hall. The march will conclude with the die-in demonstration outside the City Hall. Participants will then return to DUT.

All those wishing to join the Silent Protest are urged to sign up at http://www.dut.ac.za/silent-protest-sign-up-form/

Picture: 2016 Silent Protest

Noxolo Memela