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Celebrating International Students Day 17 November 2017
SAYWHAT joins the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day for Students. The students being the owners and drivers of the organisation, SAYWHAT takes this opportunity to celebrate with students on this day and their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
As we celebrate this year’s International Day of Students, Saywhat recognises that young people especially students are so much affected with the socio economic challenges in Zimbabwe, mostly on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Issues to do with sexual harassment of students especially the female students from both their fellow students and the lecturers is high in most tertiary institutions. In colleges, cases of sexual harassment, rape and victimisation of students remain a cancer that eats up the ability of the college environment to be a safe place for students. SAYWHAT as an organisation that works with young people and students in particular calls for the responsible authorities to act on issues like these before they get out of hand and scare students of their safety at school.
We call upon the government and the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education to hold hands and fight the cancer of sexual harassment before it spreads and become uncontrollable. Colleges must be a safe place for students to get their education comfortably and be protected against all forms of sexual abuse and other social ills that increase vulnerability of students in colleges and Higher Tertiary institutions.
The economic situation in Zimbabwe also exposes students to poverty which makes them vulnerable to different types of sexual abuse, trying to make ends meet. Female students are the most affected because they end up being victims of the circumstance. We are calling upon the government to help wherever possible to help students financially so that it helps to make their life at college easier and a lot of abuses can be avoided.
In the spirit of leaving no one behind, there are also students with disability who also needs attention from responsible authorities. These students are also vulnerable to different kinds of sexual abuse and also their sexual and reproductive health is overlooked by most college and university administrators. An extra effort should be put on these students so that they are included in issues to do with their social development including access to quality and compatible sexual and reproductive health services and information
Student’s sexual and reproductive health and rights is our top priority as we encourage students to be conscious of their sexual health for they are the leading generation of today and tomorrow.
SAYWHAT is a civil society student and youth based organization with the vision: A Southern Africa where Students and Youth enjoy their Full Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
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