Eastern Cape men unite against gender based violence

The Eastern Cape Men’s Sector in partnership with Brothers For Life, Nkonkobe and Amathole District Municipality, EC DoH and EC Office of the Premier invite members of the media to an International Men's Day event to be held on 19 November 2013, at the Hillside Township in Fort Beaufort with EC MEC for Health, Sicelo Gqobhana.

The national men's sector structure is championed by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, and Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet is the provincial champion.

South Africa is experiencing alarming levels of violence, where on a daily basis we read of horrific killings and abuse of women and children. Gender based violence has reached unbearable proportions in our country; and the men of this province have taken a stand to put a stop to it all.

The day's proceedings will be preceded by a NOT IN MY NAME rally which aims to bring together men from all walks of life to unite in one voice, calling for an end to violence against women and children; and to advocate for men to stem the spread of HIV and TB.

In line with this year's theme for IMD [which is celebrated over 70 countries]: "Keeping Men and Boys Safe”, the event will further look at intensifying education around HIV, counseling and testing among sexually active boys and young men; and will further advocate for measures to be taken to prevent deaths in the provincial circumcision schools.

This event follows other similar events held in the country: The National Rally led by the Deputy President in Johannesburg on 24 August 2013 and the reading of the Men’s Pledge that was adopted by the EC Men’s Sector on 01 September 2013.

The Eastern Cape is in partnership with the provincial Department of Health to drive a campaign to ensure that men take up the responsibility to end initiation deaths, and that men reach the 1-million target on the HCT Campaign.

The event and press briefing will be held as follows:

Venue : Hillside Township - open space next to the main road
Date : 19 November 2013
Time : 08h00 (march), 10h00 (press briefing)