Enlisting Men to Challenge Male Violence and Abuse Against Women and Girls in South Africa.
Up to 70% of women and Girls in South Africa experience physical and /or sexual Violence. The GlobalGiving Campaign is generating funds to deliver the ‘Role Models Project’ that has been so successful in other parts of the world entitled:
Enlisting Men to Challenge Male Violence & Abuse Against Women and Girls in South Africa.
This project is building capacity in local communities, schools, colleges, trade unions and sports clubs in South Africa educating and encouraging Men and Boys to become ‘agents of change’. Gender Based Violence is everyone’s problem and men, especially male leaders of society, must take responsibility and play an active role to end male violence against women and girls.
The Economist says Gender Based Violence has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. Some national studies show that up to 70 per cent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In one survey a 1/3rd of men of men admitted to having used force or threats against women – sometimes to obtain sex. Stats South Africa reported that the murder rate for women increased drastically by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17.
This programme will go someway to addressing the underlying problems by providing workshops and classes in workplaces, schools sports clubs trade unions and local communities designed to foster understanding about the root causes of gender-based violence and ways male-identified individuals can prevent it. Introducing approaches to build a network of male ambassadors to challenge male violence against women and girls, intervening when violence occurs, and being positive role models to other male-identified youth/adults.
Through education, awareness-raising, outreach, technical assistance, capacity building, and partnerships, using the White Ribbon’s successful programmes will challenge the negative, outdated concepts of manhood and inspire South African men to understand and embrace the incredible potential they have to be a part of positive change. Eliminating Gender Based Violence & Sexual Harassment from the Home, School, Workplace and Community.
The Official Programme Launch Date was 25 November, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. But before then the Global-Giving Campaign will enable supporters to donate funds to ensure maximum impact.
The Joe Slovo Foundation is also contacting Political Leaders, CEO’s Trade Union Leaders, Sports Stars, Church Leaders and Celebrities urging them to sign the White Ribbon Pledge “never to excuse, commit or remain silent about male violence against women”