Gospel singer launches song for 16 Days campaign

2011-11-24 00:00

GOSPEL singer and pastor Andile kaMajola will pledge his support of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign with the launch of his song Ngiyindoda( I Am a Man) in Durban today.

The global campaign runs annually from November 25 until December 10 to raise awareness around violence against women and children.

The local singer, who called the streets of Durban home for 14 years, says the aim of the song is to restore men’s dignity.

“Growing up as a street kid who did not grow up with a father I really did not know what being a man is about. I had the mentality that slapping your girlfriend when she steps out of line is acceptable and most of the young people out there do the same.

“I want to add my voice to the non-violence campaign and emphasise the right way of treating women. A man is a protector, a father, and can be soft without being weak.

“I hope that through spreading this message the youth can learn that,” the singer said.

Tomorrow the Pietermaritzburg community policing forum and the Women’s Network Forum will show their solidarity for the campaign by marching along Langalibalele Street to Freedom Square.

The director of the KwaZulu-Natal Network on Violence Against Women, Cookie Edwards, said everyone needs to act to protect their family, friends and neighbours from violence.

“We are asked why violence against women and children is still alive after we do campaigns year after year. The answer is simple: we can only end the scourge of violence if we all act because as a community we all have a role to play,” said Edwards.

• thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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