Men asked to march against women abuse

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pretoria - South African men have been asked to come out in their numbers and participate in a march to promote the culture of no abuse against women and children.

"We would like to hear them talk to their sons, saying that real men don't rape, don't abuse their women and children," Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said on Wednesday.

The march is in honour of International Men's Day, in which Xingwana and other ministers will be participating. It will be held in Daveyton on 20 November.

International Men's Day is an annual event commemorated on 19 November across the world to improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

Men will be sending messages about the seriousness of child and women abuse and in one voice, call on other men to stop the abuse.

This year's theme is "Our children, our future". It celebrates the 48-hour partnership that International Men's Day has with Universal Children's Day, which is celebrated on 20 November and endorsed by the United Nations.

The day aims to promote positive male role models, celebrate the positive contributions men make to society, focus on men's health and well being, highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, improve gender relations and promote gender equality and create a safer, better world where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.