[ON THE REAL] plight of gender based violence

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“Women who are financially dependent on men suffer the most”


Today On The Real brought to you by Agenda Feminist Media (AFM) in partnership with RadioDUT, Denmark Vee continued the discussion on issues that are affecting women.

The ladies from AFM, Andile Jiyane and Sibusisiwe Maphumulo talked about Gender Based Violence and the initiatives that attempt to eliminate this widespread problem.

Joining them in the discussion was the organiser of the #100MenMarch, that aims to highlight the impact of violence against woman and children.

Jiyane said the march was an invitation to all men and boys to respond to the “Send Me – Thuma Mina” rallying call and take a stand against the scourge of violence and abuse.

“The march aims to project a visual image of men from diverse sectors, racial, political, and religious and public sector taking a united stance against gender-based violence,” she said.

The Government Communication and Information Systems (GCISS) organised a historic 100 Men March. This was a part of the centenary celebrations for former President Nelson Mandela and struggle stalwart Mama Albertina Sisulu, in response to the societal challenge caused by violence against women and children.

Jiyane shared her Sentiment on #100MenMarch asking if there is any need for men to organise such marches knowing very well that they are the perpetrators of violence against women.

“Why are they holding marches when they are the problems in the first place? Throughout the show we will be talking about initiatives.”

She made an example with the Kwaito star case, Arthur Mafokate, who was denied participation because of his violence charged that he is facing. Apparently the organisers didn’t allow him to participate as it would have negatively portrayed the whole idea.

According to Maphumulo, men use violence as a tool to exert their power and make sure women/girls do not have any control or say in the relationship.

“They decrease their partner’s self-esteem in order to make sure they don’t have the power to leave the relationship or report them,” she said.

Statistics released in the Sonke Gender Justice, a non-partisan, non-profit organisation that works for just, democratic societies and equitable, healthy relationships between men, women and young people. In a report they released  for 2016-2017 showed that one in three women in South Africa was a victim of domestic violence, and that every eight hours a woman is killed by her intimate partner.

The report also shows that gender-based violence is costing the country’s economy R28-billion to R42-billion per year, which amounts to almost 5% of the country’s annual GDP (Gross Domestic Product)

In closing, Jiyane urged women that are in abusive relationships to speak up.

Listen to the clip below for more information:

Listen to On The Real on the Afternoon Shutdown with Denmark Vee, Andile and Sibusisiwe  every Wednesday from 12 midday.

By Mndaba Lindelani


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