Revisiting women and child abuse during 16 Days of Activism

SSS Mhlungu encourages people to care for one another at all times.

DURING the 16 days of activism against violence on women and children, we are all reminded that we all have a role to play in the eradication of violence directed towards women and children. The ‘16 days’ campaign officially starts this Saturday and ends on December 10, and is dedicated to the revival of an important matter.

In fact, there should be no violence directed to women and children for all 365 days of the year. Men are not discriminated against but the focus is on women and children because they are vulnerable.

Women and children normally do not have enough physical power to protect themselves. It is the duty of everybody to protect women and children. In reality, there should be no violence against anybody at all. We should all live in peace and harmony.

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Let me talk to men on this matter. Guys, we need to change things regarding this matter. In most cases, men are perpetrators of violence. I say, ‘in most cases,’ because there are some cases where women are perpetrators.

Ideally, there should be no gender based violence. However, violence has become a culture in our society and families. It is true that there are many laws which aim to protect humanity from violence. Here, I am reminded of the Domestic Violence Act. The unfortunate thing is that laws cannot protect anybody because they are just on paper. Change of attitude is important in this matter. Change of attitude is a positive preventative measure, where laws are more reactive.

Some of the causes of gender based violence are: anger, lack of respect, use of drugs, lack of humanity, lack of love, impatience, selfishness, ego, rivalry, greed, jealousy and many more.

In the news, we hear of some people practicing cannibalism, lately. They slaughter and eat other people. I agree with those who say they have had enough talking. It is, however, true also that we cannot stop talking about these things.

Let us care for one another at all times. If we can have love and care there will be no violence in our society and families. Let us all have meaningful dialogues and strategies so that we can come up with possible solutions.

Violence and abuse may be physical, verbal, emotional, economic, spiritual, sexual, or mental in form.

I also invite women on December 1, same venue same time. For more information you may talk to SSS Mhlungu on 083 6585 463 or [email protected]

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