Students from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics (SRPC) on the UKZN Howard College campus attended the first women empowerment workshop supported by the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) grant.

The workshop encouraged students to focus on their studies irrespective of issues related to gender that they might encounter on campus.

The College of Humanities Student Support Services and the Writing Place also participated offering their services to students.

The School’s Academic Development Officer, Mr Nicoshe Ramdhani, said the workshop was held to ‘create awareness and alert students about the support that can be found on campus, especially with regards to gender-based issues.’

Among the speakers were academic, Dr Christina Masondo, who spoke about the power and essence of a woman, while Ms Candice McCain from Student Support Services enlightened students about services they offer such as counselling and career guidance.

Two writing sessions were organised by the Writing Place during which students were assessed on the essays they wrote. This was done to help hone their writing skills.

At the close of the workshop, five speakers shared their success stories to show students that challenges can be overcome, thus leading to success.

The aim of the seminar was to empower students to conquer challenges they were facing.

‘Most of the stories shared were from the heart and it is exciting to see how it impacted on students especially as they are now aware of the support they have. I would like to see this workshop grow every year,’ said Ramdhani.

Words and photograph: Nkululeko Mbatha