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LET­TER OF THE WEEK

S a sis­ter to three younger broth­ers, I’ve come to learn how im­por­tant it is to teach them to value and re­spect women. How we raise our boys has the po­ten­tial to change the world. In­stead of teach­ing cau­tion, fear and hy­per-mas­culin­ity, teach your sons con­sent, re­spect and the im­por­tance of gen­der equal­ity. Do this from an early age. Our daugh­ters can’t end the in­jus­tices com­mit­ted against them on their own. We, as parental fig­ures, need to teach our boys that abuse and dis­re­spect of any kind is un­ac­cept­able and that build­ing a brighter fu­ture for all be­gins with them. NOTHANDO MTHEMBU, EMAIL

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