16 Days of Activism Campaigns

6 December 2011: 13.00 – 14.00 (SA Time) The role of men and boys

6 December 2011: 13.00 – 14.00 (SA Time) The role of men and boys

Q: Are men always perpetrators of gender violence?

Q: What roles can men play in activism against gender violence?

Q: Are there any men gender champions in your community? What have they done for gender equality and justice?

Q: What initiatives do you know of that are being can be undertaken to protect young boys from gender violence? What else can be done?

Q: What role will you play?

Quote of the day_6 December 2011

We cannot reverse the social decay in which men are caught unless we take deliberate action to inculcate different values in our boys. And here schools, churches, mosques and the family unit have an important role to play – Mbuyiselo Botha, South Africa.

When it happens at a gender activist’s door during 16 Days

When it happens at a gender activist’s door during 16 Days

It’s 5.30 in the morning, still blurry-eyed I sit up to feed my nine month old daughter who is busy cooing as she attempts to utter her first few words. It is the beep on my phone that fully awakens me and I curse at how information technology has revolutionised the way we live. People can even enter your bedroom.

Boys’ sexual assault by women

Boys’ sexual assault by women

When Mixo* was a boy growing up in Limpopo, a woman who lived in a nearby hut would call one of the boys playing outside to come and see her. The first time she called him, she asked the boy to take off his pants. Afraid, he ran away. But after some of his friends came out boasting about having sex, he got curious. The next time she called, he also had sex. Mixo was 10-years-old at the time.

Teenage fathers need support

Teenage fathers need support

My son turned “free!” – his word – not mine in August this year. As I reflect on that Saturday three years ago when he came into the world at quarter past three in the afternoon, weighing in at 2,9 kilogrammes and measuring 49 centimetres long, I marvel at the challenges, joys and fears that have characterised my life in this new role. You see, I stopped being only a man that day, I became a father.

Guérir de l’alcoolisme ne suffit pas pour être tolérant envers sa femme

Guérir de l’alcoolisme ne suffit pas pour être tolérant envers sa femme

« Je m’appelle Rajen. J’ai 43 ans. Je suis marié Á  une femme de 38 ans qui m’a donné quatre fils. Pendant 12 ans, j’ai erré comme un chien dans tous les coins du pays et on me retrouvait souvent allongé sur la route Á  côté d’un restaurant ou d’une taverne. L’alcool, c’était ma télé, ma femme, mes enfants, c’était ma vie. Je ne vivais que pour cela. Je travaillais comme maçon et tout mon salaire finissait dans les bars. J’étais souvent malade. J’avais des problèmes de foie et également des troubles psychologiques liées évidemment Á  la consommation abusive d’alcool.

Sandiren a failli tuer sa femme et l’amant de celle-ci

Sandiren a failli tuer sa femme et l’amant de celle-ci

Sandiren a la quarantaine. Calme, il a failli pourtant assassiner Laura, sa femme, il y a cinq ans. Il explique pourquoi.

« Je n’ai jamais levé la main sur qui que ce soit. Calme depuis mon enfance, la violence n’a jamais fait partie de mes habitudes. Mais pourtant il y a cinq ans, j’ai failli tuer une personne de sang froid.

Will COP 17 outcome prove the people wrong?

Will COP 17 outcome prove the people wrong?

“We want justice! We want justice! We want justice,À chanted thousands of people from across the globe while marching along the streets of Durban towards the International Convention Centre (ICC) this past Saturday. They sang and shouted demanding climate justice.

Women marchers at COP 17 demand climate justice

Women marchers at COP 17 demand climate justice

On Saturday 3 December, scores of people from different walks of life marched through the streets of Durban demanding climate justice. Chanting slogans such as “A people UNITED can never be DEFEATED,À women and men from civil society, youth, faith based organisations, and trade unions, among others, joined hands and with one voice demanded a resolution come out of COP 17.

Trash into treasure, waste pickers speak at COP 17

Trash into treasure, waste pickers speak at COP 17

Have you ever looked at his or her face? (S)he is always dressed in some darkish clothes, with many stains, carrying the ubiquitous sack, or is it a black polythene bag? Yes, may find it difficult to remember the person’s face, since you usually see only a hunched over back and hands rustling and rummaging through your trash. When you peek out your window or walk by, it’s uncomfortable, isn’t it?