Men in the Northern Cape Province pledge to protect and honour women in their communities. This comes amidst the provincial launch of the 16 Days of Activism against women and children abuse.
According to the Northern Cape Premier, Sylvia Lucas, there is a high number of women and children who suffer at the hands of the men who are supposed to protect them. Lucas says the time to take action against the perpetrators of abuse and sexual violence has come.
“We are going to take responsibility as a community. We need to stop making this matter a problem of the criminal justice system and government. It is our responsibility, because it is a societal problem. We should also encourage men in the same way as those who had a march and pledge as a build-up to this event, as men from the province pledged to become role models” she said.
Lucas says the scourge of violence and abuse require collaboration between the communities and the government. She says it is upon elders to teach boys universal respect and how to protect vulnerable groups.
She adds that although there is a minority of men who experience abuse, that does not mean we should turn a blind eye on what they endure.
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