“I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Right”, was the theme for the International Women’s Day Celebration that was held by EThekwini Municipality in partnership with the Durban University of Technology (DUT), on Sunday 8 March 2020 at the Fred Crookes Sport Centre, Durban.
EThekwini Municipality Speaker, Councillor Wezile Thusi welcomed all attendees and highlighted the importance of the day. “Today we are here to commemorate and celebrate International Women’s Day. This day is aimed at raising awareness to matters affecting women, celebrate social, cultural and economic power over the century with the thresh of International Women’s Day in 1911 which was supported by one million people. Today, International Women’s Day belongs to all groups collectively. This day is in honour of women who fought in 1908 in New York fighting for their rights,” Thusi said.
During the event there were discussions on how women should behave, how they can overcome social issues they counteract in their daily lives and other things that are affecting them as young girls.
DUT HIV/AIDS Manager, Thobile Zulu, extended her welcome to the guests as well, further elaborating to the importance of the day. “We are still facing problems in terms of gender based violence, our discussions today will come up with ways that are going to empower and open discussion among young and older women so that we will move forward. Once again I would like to say, welcome to DUT I hope this will be a successful day,” said Zulu.
Amongst the panellist was Mr Nick Nzama who emphasised that boys were also human beings who are also vulnerable just like girls and they are sometimes exposed to similar events that girls find themselves in. He also said that it is imperative to give young boys guidelines on how they should take care of themselves and be able to overcome the challenges they go through as the young generation.
Concluding the event, was Councillor Nompumelelo Sithole concluded the event by thanking everyone who was part of the event. “I hope that we all gained valuable information by coming to this celebration. We are grateful to DUT for working on this with us,” she said.
Pictured: Panellists Councillor Weziwe Thusi, Mr Nick Nzama and Dr Xoli Jones at the event.