Brothers for Life is outraged and saddened by the on-going violence perpetrated against women and children, including lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and intersex people across South Africa. We receive daily reports of heinous acts of rape, murder, abuse, assault and we refuse to be desensitised and immobilised by these crimes.
It’s time to act and make our voices heard as we say #Notinmyname #Enough
We as men must take collective responsibility and action. We are calling on all men to speak out and act against all forms of violence and abuse in their personal lives, in their homes, churches, workplaces and communities.
We challenge all sectors of our society to take action to ensure that we can all live in safe communities where murder, rape and abuse are not tolerated. It affects us all: our children, mothers, sisters, daughters and loved ones.
Brothers for Life is appealing to all sectors of society, including civil society organisations, government departments, business, the sporting fraternity, the religious sector , families and communities to make actionable plans to ensure we spread the message of violence prevention and act swiftly when incidents arise.
We appeal to the police and emergency services to act speedily to apprehend offenders and to assist victims of violence with dignity.
Practical ways you can take part in raising awareness and ending violence include:
• Get help! If you have a problem with anger and your own violence towards others, and you need to talk to someone call 0800 428 428 (0800 GBV GBV) or dial *120*7867# (free from any cell phone). Social workers are available 24/7 to help you.
• Brothers for Life calls on men to join local dialogues on anger management and domestic violence in their communities by emailing email@example.com
• If you have boy children in your life, mentor them to treat women and other people with respect from a young age.
• Mentor young boys about healthy masculinity and gender norms
• Call out your friends and family who are violent or have unhealthy attitudes towards women
• Use your area of influence, no matter how big or small to spread positive attitudes towards women and children. Whether this is in your street, in church, your sports teammates, car wash and tshisanyama buddies, on twitter, facebook or in your boys group on whatsapp
• Download and share the Namola app that allows you to alert your nearest police officers when you need assistance on namola.com and share the link with family and friends.
Join us on the 20th of May 2017 at 10am as we march from Church Square to Union Buildings in Pretoria to show that we stand together and to show the perpetrators that we will not tolerate violence.
Brothers for Life is rallying all men to join us in the #Notinmyname march as we aim to raise awareness and show that not all men turn a blind eye to violence.
Follow our discussions in the lead up to the march and beyond on: www.facebook.com/brothersforlifeSA
And Twitter @BrothersSA