Tuesday, 13 November 2007

16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child abuse: What about man and boys abuse?

It seems South Africans or at least majority of us live in a world that only a particular gender exist and the other doesn’t.

November is a month that all South Africans or at least the majority celebrate the 16 Days of Activism against women and child abuse.

According to News24.com, The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign designed to raise awareness about violence against women and children. The campaign runs from November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

It’s only a week left before those who abuse; rape and murder women will be given tough sentences during this period. Many of these women and child abusers get life imprisonment and a few years on top, especially those who commit murder and rape.

It can not be disputed that many of those abused and raped are women – however what about the growing boys? Are we telling them that women or girls are more important that man or them (boys)?

When South Africa talks of women and child abuse – they must not neglect the fact that there are also man out there who are being abused by the same women we are trying to protect from this abuse but do not report because they are afraid of being laughed at my their peers and family members!

Again it should not just be about woman and child especially “a girl child” – since SA has a “take a girl child to work campaign.”

If this is not addressed now – South Africa could be creating the same monsters the country is trying to find and chain like President Thabo Mbeki said in his weekly newsletter, ANC Today.

These are the canards we must chain, by speaking truth to falsehood, in defence of our freedom and democracy, and leave the ducks to walk freely, said Mbeki.

All South Africans might find ways in which the abuse perpetrators are given the right punishment they deserve and which at it – must also ensure that not only women and children are being protected from rape, abuse and in extreme instances murder, but that also young man and boys are protected from the same protectors or from themselves!

It is only then that we all South Africans can enjoy or have a “physically” abuse-free freedom!

All sectors of the economy must get involved too and not just NGO and government but private organizations too and the ordinary South African!

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