Cape Town – UCT has launched a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), which will run from July until December 2019.
The #JustNO campaign carries the message that UCT does not tolerate gender-based violence and rape culture. The campaign articulates how UCT is responding to GBV through improved systems within the institution, through advocacy and awareness, and through research.
It also seeks to ensure that students and staff are aware of UCT’s policies and know when and where to seek assistance and guidance.
UCT vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said as an institution of higher learning, UCT should play a role in leading research and conversations on gender-based and sexual violence while at the same time putting policies and systems in place to address all forms of GBV.
“We furthermore acknowledge that there are many role players assisting in addressing GBV in our institution, through their teaching, research, advocacy, activism and support roles. We are working in consultation with them and are grateful for their initiatives and support.