In South Africa, a country scarred by the history of apartheid, violence against women is endemic. Statistics on femicide, rape and domestic violence demonstrate unprecedented prevalence rates. According to South Africa’s 2016 Demographic and Health Survey, one in five women older than 18 has experienced physical violence. This figure is reportedly higher in the poorest households, where at least one in three women has reported physical violence. A 2009 Medical Research Council study reported that three women die at the hands of their intimate partner every day. This femicide rate is five times more than the global average. The rate of sexual violence is also one of the highest in the world.
The South African civil society movement has historically engaged in mass mobilisation and community dialogues to respond to the challenges confronted by our communities. The “Takuwani Riime!”: Men’s March advances this tradition in turning the tide through addressing the social determinants of health for sustainable development in our communities. A consortium of organisations working with men and boys supported by the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) Men’s Sector hosted the “Takuwani Riime!”: Men’s Round-Table Dialogue in August 2015. The dialogue was led by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as the SANAC Chairperson to advance the “Not in Our Name”: National Men’s Dialogue and Men’s Rally launched in April 2013 and August 2013 respectively by former SANAC Chairperson and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, with men from all walks of life engaging on issues of gender based violence &
signing a Declaration by the Men of South Africa on the Elimination of Violence Against Women & Children.