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EKapa Umbutho wabafundi kwiDyunivesithi yaseNtshona Koloni iPan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) usulunge iphulo lokuncedisa amanina ngeempahla zangaphantsi ezinxitywa xa amanina esexesheni. Bekuxhentswa, kuculwa igwatyu loxa besungula eliphulo kwiZiko laBafundi, kucaca nyani ukuba eliphulo lelePASMA.
Sothukile ke xa sibona inani lamadoda lisogqitha elo lamadoda kodwa sakwalo nethemba loba amadoda ade awubona umtyhi malunga nemiba edla amanina. Ibiluvuyo nomoya wobumbano kumaAfrika kaSobukwe ngoLwesihlanu kucaca ukuba iPASMA ibingagqithisi nje usana kunina kodwa ibisenza umsebenzi abazingcayo ngawo.
UMalita Neo onguSosiba Jikelele wePASMA kuleDyunivesithi uphawule ngelithi eliphulo libalulekile ekuncediseni amanina ahlangabezane nemiceli mngeni ajongene nawo kunye nemiba equka ukuphathwa gwenxa kwamanina kuledyunivesithi. UNeo uhlabe ikhwelo kumadoda ukuba angazoyikiseli azibandakanye namadabi wamanina kuledyunivesithi.
UNkosanaza Dianne Cooper weZiko leMpilo yoLuntu eUWC, nothethe emva koNeo, ubalule ukubaluleka kweliphulo watsho esithi bona bakulungele nanini na ukuxhasa nawuphi na umbutho othabatha eliphulo. UCooper uthe uyakholelwa ekubeni amalaphu wangaphantsi kumele afumaneke lula njengeedyasi zesondo (condoms), ikakhulu kubafundi, ngoba xa zithe zanqongophala oku kuchaphazela umfundi wasetyhini kuwo onke amasebe wobomi.
IPASMA ibhengeze ikube eliphulo lizakuqhubeka de kuphele lonyaka laceba ukuba abo bakwaziyo bancede ngako konke abanako bayaleza ukuba abo bakwaziyo ukunikela bashiye iminikwlo yabo kwiiofisi yePASMA eStudent Centre.
Abo bafuna unceda bayacelwa ukuba baqhakamshelane nePASMA okanye iiHouse Comm zabo.
Cape Town The Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA) at UWC launched its sanitary towel drive on Friday at the institution’s student center. In classic PASMA style, it started with a warm singing of struggle songs at the front, accompanied by light stomping and dancing.
In the early minutes of the launch, it was a nice surprise to find that the number of male students was considerably higher than that of female students. A spirit of unity and genuine enjoyment was on clear display from all the members, showing us that this was not just another day in the office for them, but they were actually participating in something they were very much passionate in.
Malita Neo, the General Secretary of PASMA UWC, addressed the students first announcing the beginning of the drive. He spoke of the importance of the drive in assisting female students, and in creating dialogue where students can stand firmly together against women being violated on the campus. He stated, on behalf of PASMA, that men must get involved and partake in women’s struggles, amongst other things.
After Neo, Ms Diane Cooper of UWC’s School of Public Health spoke. In a comment after, she mentioned how they (School of Public Health) have been contributing to the drive from before. She stressed the importance of such campaigns and how they’re willing to contribute to any campaigns like these, to any organisation making this campaign their own. Like condoms, Professor Cooper believes pads should be freely available, especially to students, as the negative effects they have are detrimental to academics, personal hygiene and general health.
PASMA announced that the campaign would be on going. They urged students to contribute, at the Pasma office on the ground floor of the student centre. They also liased with house committee’s, who will facilitate contributions and distribution in their respective residences.
Those requiring assistance may get in touch with the house comitteess or visit the Pasma office.
[From left to right: Prof. Diane Cooper and Ntobeko from the UWC School of Public Health, and Malita Neo, Secretary General of Pasma UWC]