Stop gender violence - Ramphele

2013-08-09 22:36
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele at a University of Johannesburg women's month event at the Johannesburg Country Club. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele at a University of Johannesburg women's month event at the Johannesburg Country Club. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Gender violence needs to be eradicated from society, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele said on Friday.

"We have come a long way since our freedom, but after nearly 20 years, too many of our mothers, daughters, sisters and partners still suffer from horrific violence, abuse, poor healthcare and poverty," Ramphele said in a speech prepared for delivery.

"This Women’s Day I say enough is enough, let us finally bring an end to gender violence, there is never an excuse to strike a women."

Ramphele was speaking at a the United Reform Church in Rooistyn Section, Sharpeville.

More needed to be done to support men, particularly black men, so that they could play their full part in society.

"It is the pride and protective instincts of men at their best to which we must appeal, men who understand their own role in their families, their own responsibilities as sons, fathers, husbands and brothers," she said.

"By working together, women and men, we can restore the promise of freedom for our great nation and tackle the poverty and despair that drives some men to brutality and violence."

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