Men stand up against abuse

Sunday World - - News - TINA GE­ORGE

NO WOMAN will be raped in my name,” de­clared one bold pledge writ­ten down among the hun­dreds made by men on an 18-me­tre red ban­ner dis­played across Jo­han­nes­burg Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

The men gath­ered from around the coun­try to de­clare an end to women and chil­dren abuse.

The “Not In My Name” cam­paign steered by Broth­ers For Life is a cul­mi­na­tion of the National Men’s Dia­logue held in April.

“It was there that more men took the stand to be counted as men who do not harm women and chil­dren but rather to en­sure we’re in health­ier and safer com­mu­ni­ties,” said Mo­gale Mashia­p­ata, spokesman for Broth­ers For Life.

“We want men to go back to their com­mu­ni­ties and en­sure the mes­sage reaches other men out there. And that, as men, we can­not tol­er­ate abuse of women and chil­dren.”

Mu­vhango star Themba Nofemele said: “I’m tak­ing a first step as a South African man. It starts within you.

“I refuse to al­low men to abuse women be­cause th­ese women are our fu­ture and will give birth to the next gen­er­a­tion. ”

An all-star male line-up to en­ter­tain the crowd in­cluded DJ Sbu, Elvis Blue, Pro­fes­sor and Sipho “Hot­stix ” Mabuse. Ac­cess to health ser­vices was also pro­vided with HIV/Aids and di­a­betes test­ing. The signed ban­ners will be dis­played on bill­boards through­out the city to show South African men’s pub­lic stand.

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