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What will it take to end gender-based violence?

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

Today we took to the streets to find out men’s thoughts about the perpetuating factors of gender-based violence (GBV) and what may be done to end the scourge.

South Africa has seen an outcry with hash-tags including #IAMNOTNEXT, #AMINEXT, #justiceforuyinene, and #SAShutdown.

A number of protests were organised to mourn those who have lost their lives, to support those whose cases were never reported or were pending to be resolved.

They condemned the culture of rape and GBV as well as advocating for more specialised courts to be created to ensure women have a safe space to demand justice.

According to a study by Statistics SA, most assaults are committed by someone close to the victim such as a friend or acquaintance.

Will men help address gender-based violence?

A few men shared their views on what should be done to eradicate the violence and abuse.

It's wrong for women and children to be abused. And the best way to resolve gender-based violence may be to talk about discrepancies instead of opting for violence. If the relationship is not working out it's also ok to end it. As parents, we also need to unite in raising our children so that there is a common understanding of family values and that we must fight against abuse. It's also important for one to understand what it means to be a father, it means you are a leader and protector, not an abuser.

Dad and patner, Goitseona Moagi.

Some men cannot control their temper when they have disagreements with females and I think the law should take its cause to address the cases of gender-based violence.

Son, Riaad Mohammed.

Patriarchy is not right, it has contributed to the gender-based violence and we need to change the culture and be kind to women.

Dad, Tumelo Zulu

In a bid to address the root cause of the violence, LeadSA, through its campaign #IAMNOTNEXT, is expanding its support towards non-governmental organisations that mentor boys to be good men, overturn the rape culture and help victims of GBV.

LeadSA will also be advocating for more specialised courts to be created to ensure women have a safe space to demand justice and accelerate the rate of convictions.

Follow the hash-tag, #IAMNOTNEXT for updates on the movement.




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