We would like to apologize

Dear HEAIDS partners and friends,

it is incredibly important for us to respond to your comments on our social media regarding our Gender Based Violence Dialogue at Rhodes University today. We hear your concerns and have noted all your comments with regards to the event, as we are aware that our students, partners and friends are the people that make this programme a success. Therefore we would like to sincerely apologize for the design of the invitation to the Gender Based Violence Dialogue. We agree that the invitation gives the impression that HEAIDS is hosting a GBV Dialogue with an all-male panel, which doesn't reflect the reality on the ground. In fact our panel consists of four women, among these are student leader Ms Yolanda Dyantyi, National Prosecuting Representative Ms Nicky Tenor, Rhodes Researcher and GBV Expert Dr Lindsay Kelland and rape survivor and Inventor of the GBV Camapign 'Kwanele-Enuf' Ms Andy Kawa. The dialogue is also facilitated by two strong female advocates for awareness around GBV in this country, Ms Criselda Kanana-Dudumashe and Dr Amanda Hlengwa. We regret the fact that we only reflected the male leadership on our invitation for the dialogue and apologize to all of you who feel hurt and insulted. We acknowledge our mistake and hope that we can continue the dialogue on the important issue of Gender Based Violence at our higher education institutions with all of you.