Men stand up against abuse
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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