July 2018 1st Edition

Men unite to end violence against women and children

As part of the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, government and various social partners will on 10 July 2018 host a national #100MenMarch to stop violence against women and children. 

Both these stalwarts committed their lives to the fight for human rights particularly women and children. The march in part celebrates their lives but also seeks to raise awareness on the scourge of violence against women and children.

Various formations will in the spirit of #ThumaMina heed the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa that all citizens should take a stand to stop violence against women and children.

The march will draw at least 100 men from various sectors of society, such as government, business, labour, faith-based organisations, non-profit and media organisations to stop the abuse of women and children. 

“Government calls on all men to join the #100MenMarch and boldly declare that violence against women and children will not be tolerated in their respective environment or communities. The #100MenMarch will be a motivating force to ensure that men break the chain of abuse,” said Acting Director-General of Government Communication and Information System Phumla Williams.

In support of the #100MenMarch the National Institute Community Development Management (NICDAM) also called on all organisations to demonstrate their support to ending violence against women and children by joining this important cause.

“The scourge of violence against women and children is a huge threat to our development as a nation. On average, one in five South African women older than 18 has experienced physical violence,” the NICDAM said in a statement.

NICDAM is a registered non-profit organisation offering tailored training programmes and evidence-based interventions in the fields of health, social development and education.

The proceedings of the march will commence at Church Square at 10h00 and end on the southern lawns of the Union Buildings by 13h00. Details on road closures will be provided by the City of Tshwane and will be placed on government platforms; www.gov.za  @SAgovnews @GovermentZA @VukuzenzeleNews

Members of the public can join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ThumaMina #100MenMarch.

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