KZN men march against the abuse of women
The KwaZulu-Natal Working on Fire Albert Falls and Umngeni Teams participated in the Ngiyendoda Emadodeni Men’s March which took place in the Pietermaritzburg City Centre.
The march was organised by the KZN Social Development Practitioner, Hloniphile Ndlovu, to mark Women’s Month. She says,
“The aim of the march was to encourage men to stand up against women and children abuse. Ngiyendoda Emadodeni means ‘I am a man among men’.”
Placards boremessages denouncing violence against women and children as the firefighters and supporters marched to a nearby taxi rank promoting peace.
“The march comes after a men’s talk held last month facilitated by Zazi Nxele, that focused on addressing some of the social issues that men deal with.
This assisted male firefighters to understand the objective behind the march and to also change their mind-sets and hopefully the mind-sets of other men in their communities,” says Ndlovu.
Umngeni Base Communication Representative Sfiso Hlela says, “The march went well but we hope to have more external stakeholders who would assist victims of violence to get help.”