Metsimaholo Mayor addresses gender based violence and stereotypes

SASOLBURG - The Metsimaholo Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr Jeff Zwane, says in order to eradicate Gender-Based Violence, we need society and government to work together. He addressed the public at the Gender based Violence educational session at the Multipurpose Centre at Sasolburg earlier this week. Zwane said abuse of alcohol can fuel the Gender-Based Violence in our communities as men with alcohol abuse problems have a tripled risk of perpetrating gendered interpersonal violence. He also addressed male suicide in particular, saying men need to open up and talk about their frustrations instead of venting their anger on women and killing them. He said suicides and suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts on families, friends, colleagues, communities and societies, but this is preventable. The mayor encouraged parents in a society where the stereotype exists that “men don’t cry”, to communicate positively and more openly with their children. He said small actions can make a big impact to end Gender-Based Violence.

PHOTOS: (Metsimaholo Local Municipality)

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