Woman bashing must end

2018-07-26 06:00
A discussion about “men are trash” underway at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 21 July.

A discussion about “men are trash” underway at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 21 July.

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“As youth we must love ourselves. Know your worth and you’ll be brave enough to walk away.”

These sage words were expressed by Siyasanga Kilani of the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum’s Youth Connect, in summing up the salient points that emerged from a discussion on gender-based violence held at the museum on Saturday 21 July.

She was referring, mostly, to young women who stay in abusive relationships which at times have ended badly, and in some cases even resulting in death.

The event was also linked to the #menaretrash campaign, a local offshoot of a wider Men are Trash campaign, and as an outcome of the recent 100 Men March.

The organisers felt it went “very well”, the house abuzz with various viewpoints shared.

Kilani told City Vision there is too much finger pointing and blame between the genders, so a more constructive solution to gender-based violence is called for.

“It is to this end that we organised this discussion,” she said.

“It was not at all about shaming men, but how we address the ills of our society. We come from a broken society, where you are told what to do at home but outside you get something else.”

Kilani said one of the solutions was to take responsibility for educating one’s friends on abuse and other social ills.

“Men need to stand up against women abuse,” she said. “You need to do something, and not just say that not every man is ‘trash’. We also need to see more positive programmes on our TV’s and media, as we have very few role models in our communities.

“People see a lot of things on TV and try to emulate the people they see doing these things. But if we had positive energies coming from there a lot would be better. We need people doing positive things that inspire others.”

Kilani believes youth are surrounded by many negatives, and needed to surround themselves with positive people to prosper.

Masa Soko, museum manager, said the museum wanted to get people talking about such issues and deal with them constructively in their own communities.

She said also joining the talk were youth from Cape Town’s District Six Museum.

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