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5 values men say NO to violence against woman and children!

Written by: Dianne Mc Alpine

Today the world observes the start of #16Days of Activism Against Women and Child abuse; an international awareness-raising campaign that takes place every year from 25 November until World AIDS day on the 10th December, it sees individuals and organisations alike take an active stand against abuse.

The Character Company, a long term mentorship programe for young boys growing up with absent fathers, have also joined in to support:

"As the dad of The Character Company I would like to kick of our 16 days of activism campaign by being the first one to add my voice to this cause. Our MENtors and boys stand firm in our dream of a better and safer society for women and children because we will continue to be "5 values men" - kind men that are honest, showing respect, practicing self discipline and live courageously. We pledge to be these kind of men 365 days a year!"

Jaco van Schalkwyk, Dad and Founder of the Character Company

The mission of the Character Company is to give young boys the life experiences and mentorship that they otherwise may not receive, with the objective of raising young boys too be good men; essentially, raising a society of men that would not just “act” when they are pushed to do so by campaigns and highlighted days, but that we will live a life of self sacrifice for the betterment of everyone for 365 days of the year, every year.

"I am greatly challenged by the horrible legacy that we are leaving to our children and the examples that we as society provide. We as men are generally lacking in our commitment but fast in our judgement without considering the negative impact that we are making by not getting involved. When I look around me I am ashamed at how little we have to say about the issues that we are causing - we commit 100% of rapes yet we take on a very small percentage of the discussions about it. I believe it is time that men start acting like real men and take responsibility for what we are doing to our women and children and be more vocal in our outrage. But even more than that, we need to stop talking and start doing!"

Jaco van Schalkwyk, Dad and Founder of the Character Company

To join in and support the campaign follow the Character Company on Facebook!




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