NFP movement for men planned

2011-03-25 00:00

THE newly-formed National Freedom Party (NFP) will be the first South African political party to have a men’s wing within the party, party president Zanele Magwaza-Msibi announced yesterday.

She said the party is planning to launch its men’s movement on April 16, 2011, at a venue to be announced.

“Research done revealed that the majority of incidents of women abuse in the world are perpetrated by men, but little is done by political parties to involve men in the struggle against women abuse. Men feature most in cases of women’s rights violations, but less is done to educate them about their wrongdoing. Instead of being treated as enemies of women and children’s rights, they must be made part of the solution.”

Magwaza-Msibi said that although population figures in South Africa indicate that there are fewer men than women in SA, they remain dominant in all spheres of life.

“It is our responsibility as political parties to teach men to accept that their womenfolk are capable of leading just like men or sometimes better. We want men to understand their role within our party even though they are a minority. Besides, men have their own issues to discuss privately and we felt that establishing a movement for them was a viable means to afford them that opportunity.

“Nowadays a lot of men suffer in silence as a result of domestic abuse. Just like women, they have a right to discuss such issues in private and emerge with solutions,” Msibi added.

The NFP will also launch its Women’s Movement at a function at Ghandhi Hall in Durban tomorrow. Magwaza-Msibi will speak at the launch, the first national gathering of the party since its official launch at Curries Fountain in Durban in January.

“During the nomination of candidates, we emphasised that women should comprise at least 35% in each district. In the near future we want to ensure that women’s representation is 50% or above.

“We are still a very young party but we want to ensure that women are not discriminated against during the compilation of candidate lists for all levels of government,” Magwaza-Msibi said.

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