UKZN Students Part of SADC Inter-Institutional Workshop
Five UKZN students joined approximately forty other students from campuses across southern Africa for a two day workshop hosted by Africa Gender Institute (AGI). Co-hosted by the University of Cape Town and the University of Witwatersrand, the students met in the central location of Sandton, Gauteng for two days of intense presentations around the work of the Young Women’s Leadership Project (YWLP).
Doctoral students in the School of Social Sciences, Ms Abigail Behura, Ms Sinekekwela Khumalo, Ms Victoria Mutambara, Ms Roselyn Kanyemba and third year student in the School of Arts Ms Ruby Judd, spent two days at the workshop held in Faircity Quartermain Hotel where they presented their vision for the work of the Young Women’s Leadership Project for UKZN.
The students joined other students from the University of Cape Town, University of Zimbabwe, University of Botswana, University of Namibia, University of Witwatersrand and Eduardo Mondle University in Mozambique.
The Project is a collaborative inter-institutional project that draws together several universities in the Southern African Development Centre (SADC) to address issues and challenges that impact on women in Higher Education Institutions. The Project is an initiative of Africa Gender Institute housed in the University of Cape Town and is funded by Ford Foundation USA. It is now in its fifth year.
The students were invited into the project by Professor Maheshvari Naidu, Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences who is the UKZN facilitator and grant holder within the project.
Naidu said that this is the third year that UKZN has been part of the exciting Project. ‘The students are all new to the Project and this year the funders allowed for a co-facilitator and young lecturer to join us. Ms Nokwanda Nzuza, Lecturer in Anthropology (Pmb campus) has been teaching over the last two years and was the logical choice given her two year experience in teaching as well as her involvement as team leader in one of our previous projects (2012-2013) on female contraception,’ she said.
Naidu added that the Young Women’s Leadership Project looks at ‘inclusive campus citizenship’ of women in Higher Education Institutes with a specific focus on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and this year’s team of students have a range of activities planned.