Time to shine during gender and language awareness week

An exciting online concert showcasing staff and students’ impressive talent will start off the North-West University’s (NWU) Gender Awareness Week (GAW) and Language Awareness Week (LAW) online event. The concert takes place on 28 September and is part of the awareness week that ends on 2 October.

For the concert, which is titled “Speaking my gender”, NWU students and staff had to submit a three-minute-long prerecorded video in which they expressed their interpretation of “Speaking my gender” through a poem, song, or dance. The contribution could have been by individual artists or groups, but all participants had to be students or staff at the NWU. Submissions closed on 4 September 2020 and the organisers say they chose 12 show-stopping performances to be part of the final concert.

All staff and student members of the audience will have the opportunity to share in the exciting performances by casting their vote for their favourites during the event. There will be prizes for the two best contributions.

Taking courageous conversations to another level

The GAW and LAW online event will be filled with exciting workshops, lectures presented by renowned experts, group discussions following the lectures, and even a dance session.

“During the week, the NWU will facilitate courageous gender and language awareness conversations that ‘trouble our past’ and ‘re-imagine our future’,” says Prof Robert Balfour, deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning.

“The NWU wants to encourage critical conversations about the current affairs relating to gender-based violence and to expand its conversations about the use of South African languages in domains such as education and the media,” he says.

For more information about the GAW and the LAW and the exciting events that form part of them, visit http://www.nwu.ac.za/gender-and-language-awareness-weeks, or contact Adv Rene Koraan (rene.koraan@nwu.ac.za) for the GAW, and Prof Susan Coetzee-van Rooy (susan.coetzeevanrooy@nwu.ac.za) for the LAW.

To read more about the event: https://news.nwu.ac.za/nwu-takes-gender-and-language-awareness-online.

Submitted by BELINDA BANTHAM on Mon, 09/21/2020 - 16:27