Two days to go before #100MenMarch

Sunday, July 8, 2018

There are just two days to go before the start of the #100MenMarch that will take place in Tshwane on Tuesday.

Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) launched the #100MenMarch on Thursday evening, calling on men to take a stand against women and children abuse.

The march, which is being coordinated by the GCIS forms part of the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, who both committed their lives to the fight for human rights, particularly for women and children.

The march is set to start at 10am from Church Square and end at the southern lawns of the Union Buildings.

The march celebrates their lives and seeks to raise awareness on the scourge of violence against women and children.

Speaking at Thursday’s launch, GCIS acting Director-General Phumla Williams said while government has done a lot to address violence against women and children -- including the establishment of Thuthuzela Care Centres, improved police stations and increased arrests and sentencing -- this is not enough.

According to Statistics South Africa, the country has seen a 117% increase in cases of gender-based violence between 2015 and 2016/17.

“That’s enough to scare all of us. The question is ‘what are we doing and what has been done, and should be done to address the problem?” Williams said at the time. -