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Men urged to protect women and children

Men are also expected to play a leading role in ensuring they develop strategies to squeeze occurrences of gender-based violence in society.

With July being Men’s Month, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development calls on them to assume responsibility for safeguarding the well-being of women and children.

Acting KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Mbali Frazer said Men’s Month serves as a time of reflection, acknowledging the diverse strengths and potential that men bring to families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

Frazer said with a focus on building successful communities from the core unit of society, they aim to emphasise the significance of men’s contributions and encourage their active engagement in promoting a safer and more equal society.

She said men are also expected to play a leading role in ensuring they develop strategies to squeeze occurrences of gender-based violence in society.

“We appreciate the positive impact men have in shaping the lives of those around them and encourage their continued involvement in nurturing healthy relationships, personal growth, and societal development. Through active participation in their children’s lives, practising respect and equality in their relationships, and embracing their responsibilities as role models, men can significantly contribute to the emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of their families. Furthermore, men’s leadership extends beyond the confines of their homes, as they possess the skills, knowledge, and influence to drive positive change within the broader community,” said Frazer.

She added that the month of July presents an opportunity to call uon men to embrace their leadership roles with a deep sense of responsibility and commitment.
Frazer said the department encourages men to foster open communication, empathy, and respect within their families and actively participate in raising their children to become caring, compassionate, and responsible individuals.

“By championing the empowerment of women and advocating for a culture of respect, consent, and gender equity, men can help create a society that values and supports the rights and aspirations of all its members. This month, we are actively engaging with community organisations, supporting initiatives that promote gender equality and advocating for the rights and well-being of all individuals. Men must create a safe environment for women and children in all corners of our province. We call on men to distance themselves from abusers and those who believe in dominance over women. The department will also be hosting a Boys’ Assembly from July 9 to 12 to prepare boys to be men and help them to understand their rights. We envision inclusive and thriving communities across our province,” said Frazer.

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