Men’s fo­rum be­gun to fight woman abuse

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tha­bile Mange

ON July 16, Kag­iso men marched against women abuse in the area. The new ex­ec­u­tive mayor of Mo­gale City, Pat­ick Naga Lipudi, also formed part of the march. So did the mem­bers of the may­oral com­mit­tee of Mo­gale City.

The march, which was or­gan­ised by the Kag­iso Men’s Fo­rum (KMF), started from BP garage, pop­u­larly known as Sonap, to the open space near Kag­iso li­brary. The turn-out, which also in­cluded women, was fair. The theme of the march was “Not in Our Name”.

The pro­gramme, which was short and to the point, be­gan at 1pm. The pro­gramme di­rec­tor was Vuyo Jubasi. Dr Joe Mabuela, a cleric and mem­ber of the in­terim com­mit­tee of the KMF, opened with a prayer.

Vuyo Zali, who is also a mem­ber of the in­terim com­mit­tee, was the main speaker. Zali gave a brief back­ground of the KMF, its pro­grammes and meet­ing times. “We need to re­claim our city,” said Zali.

It is al­ways a mam­moth task to lure men to ini­tia­tives such as these.

This is be­cause males be­lieve that they have a right to abuse women. That’s how they were so­cialised. And they have been brought up in an en­vi­ron­ment where abuse against fe­males is a norm.

Hav­ing said that, KMF seeks to change all the above and de­pro­gramme men.

The fo­rum wants to pro­duce a re­spon­si­ble generation of males who love and re­spect women, a generation that also sees the fairer sex as hu­man beings, not nonen­ti­ties.

KMF, brain­child of Jubasi, was formed about six weeks ago. The for­ma­tion was mo­ti­vated by a spike in the abuse and killings of women by males.

So when Jubasi in­vited males from Kag­iso to come to­gether and ad­dress this burn­ing and emo­tive is­sue, they re­sponded pos­i­tively.

KMF meet­ings are held ev­ery Tues­day, at 5.30pm, at the Faith Com­mu­nity Sanc­tu­ary (op­po­site ZCC) in Kag­iso.

Thanks to Dr Mabuela for open­ing doors for lo­cal men to meet at his church. Males who are in­ter­ested in fight­ing the abuse in our lo­ca­tion are more than wel­come to join the fo­rum.

The theme of the march was ‘Not in Our Name’

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