Thu. Oct 21st, 2021

Government is opening a traditional men’s parliament, it was confirmed on Thursday 16 September. The parliament will exist to stimulate positive male conduct in society, especially the fight against gender-based violence (GBV), and child abuse.

The move was confirmed in a statement published by parliament ahead of the official launch on Friday 17 September.

GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS TO LEAD PROJECT

The new body is a collaborative effort between four established organisations, namely the Takuwani Riime Men’s Movement, the National House of Traditional & Khoi-San Leaders, the Department of Social Development, and the South African National Aids Council.

“In partnership with Takuwani Riime Men’s Movement, the National House of Traditional & Khoi-San Leaders, the Department of Social Development, and the South African National Aids Council, Parliament will tomorrow launch the Traditional Men’s Parliament,” the parliament statement said of the hybrid event in Pretoria.

MEN’S PARLIAMENT’S GOALS AND PURPOSES

In addition to working on changing socio-economic development and supporting the end of violent women and children abuse, the men’s parliament will approach stakeholders and development agencies to initiate projects.

The projects will target men and boys for conversations about gender-based violence (GBV), peace in society, drug abuse, crime and general health.

“The launch’s primary objectives are to advance a positive social, behavioural change among men that subsequently results in socio-economic development and support the fight against violence directed at women and children,” the statement said.

“Parliament and it’s partners must see to it that platforms such as these are empowered for behavioural change among men for positive contribution to the society”, – Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli during the Launch of Traditional Men’s Parliament. #MensParliament pic.twitter.com/anV7SL8zLx— Parliament of RSA (@ParliamentofRSA) September 17, 2021

“The Men’s Parliament aims to assist, develop and coordinate the Men Championing Change programme to reach men’s and boys’ formations across the country. It includes building strategic partnerships and alliances with stakeholders and development agencies on gender-based violence, social cohesion, crime, substance abuse, and men’s health,” the brief added.

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