Men encouraged to take a stand on gender violence

2018-12-18 06:01
Men who attended the workshop along with ward 79 community workers and facilitators.

Men who attended the workshop along with ward 79 community workers and facilitators.

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The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children should be commemorated all year round.

This is the message local community workers are driving home.

The 16 Days campaign is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and children. The campaign runs every year from 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – until 10 December.

Ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander allocated funds from his ward allocation to raise awareness in partnership with NGOs and the City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate­.

“On Saturday 8 December, we hosted a workshop for young boys and men at the Zandvlei Resort in Muizenberg. The programme was facilitated by means of a partnership, namely: City of Cape Town Social Development, Safeline Child Abuse Centre and the ward 79 councillor. The programme focused on the role of men in society and how men see women.

All participants were encouraged to wear the golf shirt [bearing the words] “ward 79 says stop domestic violence”.

“In doing so we encourage all men in Mitchell’s Plain to stand behind the campaign to play our role in society to take responsibility. If every man takes responsibility, we will live in a better society,” says Philander­.

“Every year we focused on women as the victim. The difference this year is to focus on men to stand together and not to perpetrate domestic violence. Men who participated in the workshop were encouraged to seek help immediately if they were men who abuse women. We welcome every man to stand against domestic violence for 365 days.”

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