The campaign is commemorated annually between 25 November and 10 December in a bid to raise awareness on gender-based violence. Mayor Kaunda called on eThekwini residents, especially men, to take a stand against gender-based violence and declare boldly that “enough is enough”. The event started with a march to a taxi rank in Pinetown where Mayor Kaunda engaged in conversation with taxi drivers about the scourge of gender-based violence.
“The welfare of our children and women is at risk and our role as men should see us at the forefront in the war against gender-based violence and we should do so decisively,” he said.
“The voices of men are crucial if we want to win the fight against violence and abuse,” Mayor Kaunda said.
“We call on all fathers to instil the values of human dignity, equality and respect in young men and boys. Our young boys must be mentored and guided in their journey to adult-hood so that they value and respect women and children.”
Mayor Kaunda expressed his happiness that Parliament is fast-tracking the amendment of sexual and domestic violence laws. He also elaborated on the President’s Emergency Action Plan which aims to deal with the scourge of gender-based violence and is currently being implemented.
“The plan focuses on improving access to justice for survivors of violence as well as prevention campaigns to change attitudes and behaviour. It also involves measures to strengthen the criminal justice system and to prioritise the creation of economic opportunities for women who are vulnerable to abuse,” he said.
In closing, Mayor Kaunda called on everyone to act if they witnessed abuse of women or children and not to look away. The event ended with Mayor Kaunda signing a pledge with the South African National Taxi Association, where the City and the association vowed to bring an end to senseless killings of women and children.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk