Men march against women and child abuse

2018-07-25 06:00
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMen who participated in the 100 Men March to the city hall this past Friday.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMen who participated in the 100 Men March to the city hall this past Friday.

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THE murder of women by their partners was one of the concerns that were raised at the 100 Men March, held last Friday in Pietermaritzburg.

The march started at Unisa and ended at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

The march, held by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in KwaZulu-Natal, aimed to call attention to the fight against the abuse of women and children in Umgungundlovu.

Umgungundlovu District Municipality’s Chief Whip Edward Dladla said they want this programme to continue in the other seven Umgungundlovu District municipalities.

He said they want to encourage people to play a role in fighting abuse against women and children.

“We want to raise awareness about abuse and encourage different stakeholders to work together so that we can beat this abuse.We can not do it alone but, if we work together, there is a lot that we can achieve.

“We need to support victims of abuse, especially in our wards, because that is where they are.We need to help them.

“As leadership, we encourage all other municipalities to take this initiative and to use it to raise awareness about abuse. We are against any kind of abuse against women and children,” he said.

Reverend Syabulela Ngidi of KwaZulu-Natal Church Council (KZNCC), who was also part of the march, said they will continue to fight abuse against women and children.

He highlighted the main issues that they want to focus more on: “Killings of women by their partners; kidnapping young girls for sexual grooming; and taking children in rural areas to the city with the promise of job opportunities and using them for human trafficking are among the serious issues that we are facing. We need to look into these issues and work together as a community,” he said.

The march was followed by a dialogue, organised by Emphithi Empowering Projects and held in the City hall, where they discussed issues of women and children abuse and how this problem can be tackled.

Lwazi Nsele, of Emphithi Empowering Projects, said they established that the best way forward was through cooperation.

“We decided that we need to work together with organisations and go to the communities to talk to them about these issues. We also need to teach young children how to treat each other and boys how to treat women,” he said.

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