Councillor notes men’s role

2015-12-01 06:00

As the world unites around the 16 Days of Activism campaign, Cape Town communities are also getting involved in the cause.

Anthony Moses, ward 44 councillor, says this year, extensive programmes will be launched throughout the community he serves for the duration of the campaign, but he hopes the results out of these programmes will have a more lasting effect.

Unisa has also stepped in to help present the programme, which started in Hanover Park last week, to address the various gender roles in society today.

Moses says having the programme centre around fatherhood and the role fathers play in society and finding out how they can help struggling fathers get to a more stable level will go a long way to creating more functional, healthy families.

“It is important that we who write these [gender] policies and give input, need to see that it is implemented in a very effective way where our communities can feel that they have their sense of belonging where the policy is applied,” says Moses.

Following the programme’s stopover in Hanover Park, the programme moved to the Druiwevlei community centre in Manenberg before concluding at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Heideveld at the end of this week.

“When we look at 16 Days of Activism, it is not just the abuse and the issues around women, but it is also about how we can take men to a level where they appreciate women from their own perspective. Certain things are important when we look at the issues of gender roles; we need to look at the issues of the Westernised thinking about the wife being the nurturer and the husband being the breadwinner,” Moses adds.

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