Women's Day: 'No cause to celebrate while women are killed every 4 hours?'

Gender Activist Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile says there is nothing to celebrate this Women's Day considering the number of women that are being killed in South Africa.

Phalaetsile made reference to the death of Khensani Maseko who committed suicide after she claimed that her boyfriend raped her at Rhodes University.

Maseko is being laid to rest on Women's Day.

Read: 'Women of 1956 would be sad, they didn't march for what we see now in society'

For me, it is very triggering to hear someone say happy Women's Day knowing that women get killed every 4 hrs in this country and knowing very well that the law is not protecting women in South Africa, especially poor and black women.

Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile, Gender Activist

Phalaetsile says Women's Day should be used to reflect on the kind of violence experienced by women in South Africa.

She says women should not be treated with dignity and respect only in August or on Women's Day but it should be a continuation throughout the year.

I think there need to be a reflection on men on how they can contribute to having these conversations about their own toxic masculinity and patriarchal violence and how to dismantle that and think of new masculinity and new ways of defining manhood.

Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile, Gender Activist

Founder of Not in my Name Siyabulela Jentile says men need to take collective responsibility on issues of gender-based violence and start doing something about it, knowing that marching alone won't change things.

We need to take collective responsibility in saying that we have never raped or killed but for a mere fact that we are men we need to take responsibility and do something about it.

Siyabulela Jentile, Founder of Not in my Name

Jentile says it is heartbreaking to see women being at the forefront of leading the fight against gender-based violence while men are folding their arms and watching.

It is supposed to be us in the forefront because we are exposed and we are at fault. We need to talk and call each it out and say gents we've got a problem and we need to sort it out together.

Siyabulela Jentile, Founder of Not in my Name

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Women's Day: 'No cause to celebrate while women are killed every 4 hours?'


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