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BCM women unite to end violence

BCM women unite to end violence

In celebration of Women’s Month, the Metro held an event to encourage women to teach and prepare their sons to become men of integrity to eradicate violence against women and children in the City.

The occasion was held on Tuesday 15 August at Mzamomhle Community Hall.

The main purpose of the event was to motivate women to impart good morals to their sons to fight violence against women and children in the City.

The theme of the occassion is The Year of OR Tambo – Women United in Moving South Africa Forward and the topic on the day was Teach a Boy to be a Man of integrity.

Stakeholders that include Commission for Gender Equality, Metro’s Disability Forum, Men’s Sector, Women’s Forum, African National Congress (ANC) Youth League attended the event to give words of support to women of the Metro.

Speaking at the event Ward 14 Councillor Zininzi Mtyingizane said, "We call upon all men, women and men formations to be part of the solution in the fight against violence. This will contribute to building on the legacy of the women of 1956, who envisaged men and women working together as set out in the Women’s Charter of 1954."

"Peaceful, affirming and loving homes teach girls and boys what it means be a good human being. Likewise, homes where violence is rife raise very violent girls and boys. Friends, places of worship, schools and the media do a similar job. Through these, notions of self are formed and in turn are replicated in action towards others," said Mtyingizane.

"When girls are taught that they are weaker than boys from an early age and boys are taught that they can dominate their sisters the consequences can sometimes be deadly in adulthood."

"But it would be an injustice to consider why women continue to be victims of violence without considering our own role as women in that violence," she added.
Giving words of support, Nokuthula Tsawu from the Metro’s Disability Forum said, "Let us all unite, love one another and fight women and children abuse. Today, we are here to say as women united we stand."

"Women with disability are also faced with challenges of poverty, unemployment, abuse and violence so we also need to consider them," she said. 

Adding to that Nceba Mrwebo from Commission for Gender Equality said, "We urge you to report acts of violence against women whenever it happens. You are in partnership with perpetrators if you stay silent in the face of violence."

"Let’s make a commitment to work together in making sure that violence against women is ended in our society," said Mrwebo.

One of the women who attended the occasion Nontombi Zozo from Mzamomhle Township said, "We really appreciate events like these where women gets equipped and motivated because as women we face so many challenges."

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