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Take a stand against gender-based violence
​EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda launched the 16 Days
of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign
in partnership with the South African National Taxi Association.
The launch took place at the Pinetown taxi rank where men vowed
to bring an end to gender-based violence.

Picture: BUSISWA CHILIZA
THE time to take a stand against gender-based violence is now, declared eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda as he kicked off the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign on 27 November.

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 march saw the community of Pinetown come to a standstill during the walkabout with both men and women joining in the conversation where they shared their experiences as well as provide possible solutions to end the violence besetting the country.

“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.
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