SWAGAA en­cour­ages men to re­port vi­o­lence, abuse

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SWAGAA has de­scribed this as a great ini­tia­tive which will strengthen one of their pre­ven­tion pro­grammes, “En­gag­ing men and boys in the fight against GBV in Eswa­tini” through the Men-En­gage Net­work.

“Firstly, we ap­pre­ci­ate the part­ner­ship we have with SWABCHA as they are one of SWAGAA’s main part­ners in the fight against gen­der based vi­o­lence es­pe­cially in the work­place.

SWAGAA alone can­not pos­si­bly achieve its man­date with­out ef­fec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with stake­hold­ers,” SWAGAA com­mu­ni­ca­tions and ad­vo­cacy of­fi­cer Slin­dele Nx­u­malo said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion ap­plauds the great strides and courage taken by men in re­port­ing vi­o­lence and abuse they face; this is so be­cause cul­tural norms and prac­tices do not re­ally en­cour­age Swazi or African men to gen­er­ally speak out about their prob­lems.

Proven

Nx­u­malo said this has been how­ever proven not to be the case in re­cent years as a few men are slowly com­ing out of their dark shad­ows and speak­ing up against abuse they may ei­ther be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing or wit­ness­ing.

“This is marked as a mile­stone by the or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause most abuse per­pe­trated stems from un­re­solved past is­sues which tend to then af­fect in­di­vid­u­als in their adult­hood – this is usu­ally the case with men who may have faced vi­o­lence and abuse when they were younger, they may have not shared or dis­closed it with some­one else, this usu­ally cre­ates anger within an in­di­vid­ual who sees no prob­lem in vi­o­lat­ing the next per­son.

There­fore non-re­port­ing cre­ates a vi­cious cy­cle of abuse, as an or­gan­i­sa­tion we en­cour­age peo­ple to re­port,” she said.

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