In celebration of National Women’s Day, the Durban University of Technology hosted its Annual Women’s Day Forum on Monday 6 August 2012.
The Women’s Day seminar is a joint collaboration between the DUT Division of Corporate Affairs as well as the University’s Research and Post Graduate Directorate for the purpose of providing a platform for dialogue amongst women and staff at large and to celebrate August 9, 1956 as remembrance of the 20 000 women who came together at the Union Buildings where they protested and delivered petitions to the then Prime Minister.
Welcoming guests to the event, Professor Sibusiso Moyo; Acting Research and Postgraduate Support Director at DUT said, “If you want something to be said ask a man, if you want something to be done ask a woman”.
This year DUT was honored to have Professor Cheryl Potgieter; the current Dean of Research at UKZN. Prof Potgieter, who has extensive experience and interests in feminism as well as political and social psychology, spoke about the challenges that black women face in FET colleges and universities.
“There is a lack of black women academics in South Africa. When I say ‘black’, I’m talking about black African, coloured, and Indian women. The factors that affect women are over looked, thus making it hard to succeed. Research that I have conducted over a few months has shown that there are more males then females in institutions that lead, that being in general 58 percent men and 42 percent of women in which 36 percent is white”, said Potgieter.
Potgieter added that women need to find it in themselves to take career risks, be selfish and work hard.
“I loved the encouragement we were given today as women to work hard, be better researchers and to voice out ourselves”, said Promise Nhlabathi, Faculty Research Officer at DUT.
Caption: DUT Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Support; Professor Nqabomzi Gawe, UKZN Dean of Research Professor Cheryl Potgieter; DUT Acting Research and Postgraduate Support Director Professor Sibusiso Moyo and DUT Public Management and Economics Senior Lecturer Professor Nirmala Dorasamy.