UFH UNESCO ‘Oliver Tambo' Chair of Human Right join local SPARs to mark 16 Days of Activism against GBV

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As the country continues to observe 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), the UNESCO “Oliver Tambo” Chair of Human Rights on the Alice Campus has joined forces with local SPARs in taking a stand against the scourge of GBV and Femicide.

For the duration of the 16 days (25 November to 10 December) the UNESCO team is making a “Noise” by displaying posters inside the Alice and Fort Beaufort SPARs that speak against GBVF.

According to Dr Bellita Banda from  ‘Oliver Tambo’, the joint venture was prompted by a message inscribed on Spar shopping bags which reads:  GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE.

“We approached the SPARs and informed them about the idea. They bought into it and expressed high level of interest in working with us. It was agreed that the posters would be displayed on the wall directly behind the till operators for visibility, so that queuing customers would be able to view and read the messages written in isiXhosa and English.”

Dr Banda said the UNESCO ‘Oliver Tambo’ team who worked on this project comprise of Prof Nasila Rembe, Prof Nomthandazo Ntlama and Mr Siyabulela Fobosi.

 “We unanimously agreed that hundreds of our students, staff, future students, the Alice community, and its surrounding villages do their daily shopping at Spar every day. As such, it was paramount even during their shopping that they are constantly reminded of the zero-tolerance against GBVF in our learning institutions and communities.”

“Spar Management and team expressed their gratitude and agreed that it was time to make a “NOISE” and join the fight to end these atrocities that are acute to women and children.”