Men invited to step up to march

2017-06-06 06:01

In a bid to take a stand against violence against women and children, Proudly Strandfontein is calling on all men to participate with them in a march next week.

“We have all read recent weekly reports of violence, abuse, rape and murder against the most vulnerable in our communities and many areas affected have been organising marches and awareness programmes. Strandfontein and surrounds is no exception,” says Mario Oorstendurp of Proudly ­Strandfontein.

The march is organised in partnership with civil society groups in the greater Strandfontein area, in support of non-­violence.

The #1000RealMen march will take place on Sunday and will aim to highlight the plight of many who suffer in ­silence.

“Many of these crimes go unreported as it is hidden behind closed doors. And even though we hear about it, we do not get involved. I believe that prevention is better than cure, so why not bring about awareness and educate others before they too have to deal with the magnitude and level of violence perpetrated against women and children?” he says.

“As many communities are incident-driven and mostly act only when affected, many of these incidents in my opinion can be prevented if we are made aware and educated around the telltale signs, the rights of women and children and the lawful measures which can be taken to prevent violence and abuse.”

His invitation is for all men who support women and children of all communities in their pleas for non-violence, but women and children are welcome to attend and support the march.

“We ask that you bring your sons, brothers, fathers and grandfathers and show that we care,” says Oorstendurp.

Participants are urged to bring along their own banners and posters and must act in “a disciplined and lawful manner”.

“We hope to bring about and initiate ongoing awareness and education regarding the daily safety concerns of women and children and how we as men can bring about positive change through support, prevention and awareness to provide the safety they desire,” he says.

Speakers will also touch on the types of crime against women and children.

The march will start at 11:45 in Spine Road at the Caltex garage in San Remo, ending at the police station where invited speakers will address the crowed.

V For more information call Mario Oorstendurp on 083 300 8389.

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