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Ubuntu can defeat women and child abuse Print E-mail
28 November 2012
Johannesburg residents have been urged to go back to the basics and embrace the culture of ubuntu so that the abuse of women and children could be defeated.
Speaking at the Westbury Recreation Centre to launch this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign, the MMC for Health and Social Development Nonceba Molwele said it was a pity that communities had thrown ubuntu in the dustbin.
“We have forgotten where we come from, when my child was your child. Let’s help our government and our justice system to fight women and child abuse. Let’s pull together to end this violence. Yes, we can end this violence,” Clr Molwele said.
The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children is an international initiative observed every year to create public awareness of the negative impact that gender-based violence has on society and to encourage collective action against all types of abuse.
Every year the campaign starts on November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and finishes on December 10 (International Human Rights Day). It includes Universal Children’s Day and World Aids Day on December 1.
MMC Molwele said as part of the war against women and children abuse, the City of Joburg would dedicate the 25th of every month to highlight gender-based violence and its effects on society. This new campaign started with the launch of Orange Day on Friday last week.
MMC Molwele said the city would, as part of the 16 Days of No Violence against Women and Children campaign, hold a men’s indaba at the Meadowlands Welfare Centre in Meadowlands, Soweto, on December 6 to promote men’s health and urge men to find solutions to gender-based violence.
“We feel we’re treating the symptoms and not touching the real problem. We want men to help us. We will have conversations with men to give us a solution as we think they might have better ideas,” she said.
MMC Molwele challenged the residents to speak out against any form of abuse in their neighbourhoods “because if you keep quiet you are just as guilty as the perpetrator of the violence”.
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Last Updated on 29 November 2012