Task team appointed to address gender-based violence in PSET system

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      sylvia hammond

      The DHET Minister Pandor has requested comments on the:
      Policy Framework to address Gender-Based Violence in the Post-School Education and Training System (PSET).

      The document for comment is available on: http://www.dhet.gov.za/
      Just scroll down to reach the document.

      Submissions to be made:
      For Attention: Ms Sesi Mahlobogoane,
      Director: Social Inclusion and Equity,
      email: socialinclusion@dhet.gov.za

      A report from SANews.gov states that the Minister has also has appointed a Ministerial Task Team to advise her on matters relating to sexual harassment and gender-based violence (GBV) in public universities in South Africa. This follows complaints, including from male academics about offers of sexual favours for marks, and from younger academics harassed by older academics for appointments.

      The vision of the framework is for: “…everyone has the right to live, study and work freely and safely in PSET institutions without any fear of sexual or gender-based intimidation, harassment, abuse, rape or other forms of sexual/gender-based harm”.

      A range of proposals were made to the Minister, who has appointed the following nine-member team:
      Lisa Vetten, Dr Babalwa Magoqwana, Professor Jackie Dugard, Professor Pumla Gqola, Dr Robert Morrell, Jerome September, Professor Malehoko Tshoaedi, Corinne Knowles, and a Student Representative nominated by the South African Union of Students (SAUS). The task team is appointed for a period of 12 months, starting in June 2019.

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