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We must resist the practice of ‘blessers’‚ says Ramaphosa
Posted: Aug 4, 2017
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We must resist the practice of ‘blessers’‚ says Ramaphosa

Men must reject the idea of women as possessions of men and resist the practice of “blessers” and prostituting young women‚ says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg during a special sermon on no violence against women and children‚ Ramaphosa said that just as had been done during the apartheid struggle all sectors of society needed to be mobilised against this scourge.

“In working to end violence against women and children‚ we need to ensure that men are centrally involved. “Men need to organise themselves in a sustained campaign against gender-based violence. “Individually and collectively‚ they need to understand that their actions now will determine the kind of society our children live in tomorrow‚” Ramaphosa said‚ adding that society must combat the objectification of women.

“We should reject the idea of women as possessions of men and resist the practice of ‘blessers’ and prostituting young women. “We must help women reclaim agency over their lives and bodies.

“The time has come for all of us to speak with one voice and take a stand. “Just as we did during the apartheid struggle we must mobilise all sectors of society against this scourge‚” Ramaphosa said.

“The Church must take responsibility‚ men must take responsibility and I must take responsibility. “By becoming agents of change‚ men can not only help liberate women from oppression but also liberate themselves as perpetrators of inhumane savagery‚” Ramaphosa added.

– TimesLIVE

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Op-Ed: Education and policies are vital in fight against rape culture
Posted: Jul 28, 2017
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Op-Ed: Education and policies are vital in fight against rape culture

The conversation about gender-based violence by no means began with #MenAreTrash. Many have been breaking the silence and resisting rape culture for decades, but their cries are too often brushed aside or mishandled. One such site of resistance and neglect is in universities. Even in the last few years we have seen numerous protests on campuses across the nation, including Rhodes, the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria, and others. A common element in all the movements was a group of students and staff calling for much improved and less traumatic institutional responses to on-campus sexual violence.

Full article: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-07-25-op-ed-education-and-policies-are-vital-in-fight-against-rape-culture/#.WXr53ISGOM9

GOVT NEEDS HELP FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF SOCIETY TO PROTECT WOMEN, CHILDREN
Posted: Jul 28, 2017
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GOVT NEEDS HELP FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF SOCIETY TO PROTECT WOMEN, CHILDREN

Shabangu has joined religious leaders, civil society groups and business representatives at a launch of a national campaign called “Against Violence Towards Women and Children” in Fourways under the banner “Not in My Name”.

The event is being held just a week before the start of Women’s Month.

With thousands of women and children being abused in South Africa every day, Shabangu says the government needs help.

“The success of government will only happen when it’s in partnership with various sectors of society in South Africa.”

Religious leaders have come up with the campaign which aims to change the attitudes of men and boys towards gender-based violence.

Pastor Ray Mccauley of Rhema Bible Church said: “We must not only challenge the social attitude of patriarchy and chauvinism, but also the effectiveness of government and government programmes.”

The government, civil society groups, and businesses have pledged their support to the movement, saying society needs to take more responsibility in ensuring that women and children are safe.

Source: http://ewn.co.za/2017/07/25/govt-needs-help-from-various-sectors-of-society-to-protect-women-children

Posted: Jul 13, 2017
Category: AGYW Spotlight

This book about gender-based violence (GBV) will help you to understand violence against women and children, to know what to do when it happens and to know how to help prevent it.

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Posted: Jul 13, 2017
Category: AGYW Spotlight

The linkage between the socio-economic inequality and HIV outcomes was analysed using data from a population-based household survey that employed multistage-stratified sampling. The goal is to help refocus attention on how HIV is linked to inequalities.

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