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1 August 2018
Total Shutdown at UWC: Women’s Month and Women’s Rights

(Published - 1 August 2018)

Students, staff and academics at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) stepped away from their daily routines from 1pm to 1.30pm on Wednesday, 1 August 2018, in support and solidarity with #TheTotalShutdown campaign.

The campaign saw marches in cities across South Africa in protest against femicide, rape and gender-based violence and discrimination. At UWC, the campus community responded strongly to the call to action to wear black and red. This is what they had to say about the campaign:

"Today is about power and standing up for what you believe in."

Phelo Gila - UWC Student   

"This is a chance for women to voice their problems, the situations they are in - and for the government to focus on an issue that is happening in our society, where women and child abuse is happening all over, and especially in poorer communities daily. It is sad that it is only one month that is really focused on this, but I hope people will notice that this is happening in general, and understand that we shouldn’t only focus on it in this one month."

Angelique Kortje - UWC Student    

"This month is a significant time for women who have experienced violence in their lives. You can’t go into this month without thinking about those who are still being violated at this present moment in time. With us marching today, it makes everybody aware that it is still there, and still rife within our communities and our society, and we need to put a stop to the violence."

Fayroes Safodine - UWC Staff member   

"Since starting Politics I have become very strong on the feminist issue. My best friend made me a feminist - and as a feminist, I do not enjoy it when people treat women unfairly."

Jean-Luc Combrinck - UWC Student   

"This day is of great significance because women all over are standing together in masses to hold government to account for the continuous violence that we face. The march was amazing - there were so many masses from different NGOs, unions and civil society standing there together as one. The spirit was amazing - and hopefully the government will now take this matter more seriously."

Melody Williams - UWC Staff member