SWAGAA encourages men to report violence, abuse
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.
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.