UNIZULU students celebrate women’s day through engagement

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UNIZULU students celebrate women’s day through enSPHAMANDLA GUMEDE AND NOKWETHABA SITHOLE

Female students at the University of Zululand celebrated Women’s month in style last with about 200 of them attending the Pink Friday Women’s Celebration event held at KwaDlangezwa Campus.

Addressing the gathering UNIZULU’s Dean of Students, Dr Zethu Mkhize said women play an important role in societies and have overcome many obstacles to get where they are today. “Women’s Day is a special day for women to celebrate the freedom they have obtained,” she said.
“This is the main holiday which South African women worked tirelessly for during the time of Apartheid, fought against race segregation where black people were not allowed to study with whites. Women need to display political strength, solidarity and fortitude.” Dr Mkhize said

The Pink Friday initiative provides a platform at which UNIZULU female students share their thoughts and feelings on issues currently facing women. The event, which started a year ago, is hosted by the Office of the Dean of Students.  Pink Friday encourages females to emulate the women that marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 and fought for women’s rights.

Nonhlanhla Mnisi, an author and former UNIZULU student, delivered a keynote address at the function while a panel deliberated on a number of issues facing women.

The panel comprised of Andiswa Msomi, Nothando Buthelezi and Tracy Hlatshwayo, who shared their opinions on the significance Women’s Day.