A righteous fury burns in our hearts today and a lion roars from our chests. No #iwillnotbenext.

News, 04 September 2019



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AFDA strongly condemns all forms of gender-based violence, discrimination and hatred. This past week has brought these issues into sharp relief as outrages against women and children coalesced to show the danger women face every day in this country.

While feeling the deepest sadness for the family and friends of the lives of the women lost, there is immense anger at the Government, Business leaders & Men who do nothing tangible to address the patriarchal attitude of many men in this country, men who feel they own women and have a right to abuse, rape and kill them. As an educational institution we call on the South African government to introduce educational programmes for boys and men, to educate them about seeing women as equal partners, worthy of respect. We believe programmes such as these should be introduced in schools and institutions around the country as a matter of urgency, and money spent on the window-dressing of Women’s Month should be reallocated to such educational interventions to change the mind-set of entitlement many men have in relation to women. Only when men have been educated to respect women can we stop the epidemic of women and child abuse.

Our hearts break for all the mourning families. May God comfort them all.

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