100 Men March
From left Speaker: Cllr Mpho Chakane, Municipal Manager: Mncedisi Mqwathi,Executive Mayor: Cllr Tshidi Koloi and Free State Premier: Sisi Ntombela
increase in the levels of violence and brutality against women and children in our society. A number of incidents of violence against women and children have shocked communities profoundly, particularly as most are at the hands of men in their lives. The patriarchal nature of our societies continue to make these crimes to continue to grow under the guise of “family matters”. These were the words of the Premier of Free State honourable Sisi Ntombela, during the 100 Men march against women and children abuse. The March was held in Maokeng Kroonstad. Where 100’s of men from various formations and government departments were standing against women and children abuse. Amongst those who attended the March was the, Moqhaka Local Municipality Speaker Cllr Mpho Chakane, councillors and the Executive Mayor Cllr Tshidi Koloi.
Koloi said: - “It is incumbent of all men to take a firm stand against violence directed at their women, daughters and children. Violence against women and children violates their rights and negatively affects their ability to lead a meaningful and quality life in our communities. Government alone cannot defeat the scourge of violence against women and children, it requires a collective response from all South Africans particularly men.
Men must challenge the existing gender-based stereotypes that contribute to the abuse of women and children. We all have a role to play in ensuring that women and children feel safe and protected in our communities. Men should instil the values of human dignity, equality and respect for women and children in young men and boys.
The fight against the deplorable violence perpetrated on women and children should be the fight that all of us including men who do not associate themselves with these heinous crimes should stand up and be counted. No human being who stands for justice should be quiet when the right to life of women and children is threatened. The march ended at Maokeng police station, where men pledged to help break the culture of silence that accompanies violence and abuse. They pledged not commit violence, and to act when they see violence against women and children. They also pledged to teach those in their care, the values of human dignity, equality and respect".