Here is the draft Memorandum that will be presented to the South African Government, represented by the Speaker of National Assembly Baleka Mbete and/or National Council of Provinces Chairperson (NCOP) Thandi Modise at the end of the “Takuwani Riime” Men’s March on the 19th of November 2017 in Cape Town.
We welcome feedback from all men. Please see the individual links for each of the points below for your valuable input.
We, the men of South Africa under the banner of “Takuwani Riime” as constituted by a partnership of developmental partners, government, business, labour, civil society and ordinary men from all walks of life, unite under a clarion call of Ending Gender-Based Violence in particular, and all forms of violence in general.
We, gathered here upholding the principle of partnerships for development, seek to mobilise men to join together with their partners to form men’s forums to strengthen civil society, especially men’s responses and campaigns.
We are also gathered here inspired by the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Building in Pretoria on the 9th August, where they declared “wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo, uza kufa!”
We live in the midst of unprecedented prevalence rates of femicide, rape and domestic violence, devastating the lives of all women, mainly affecting the women from the poorest households.
We South African men, due to the generally high levels of violence, perpetuate this crisis.
We acknowledge as South African men that through commission or omission, we continue to violate the rights of others, especially women. This undermines the Bill of Rights as a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa, which enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
We commit to safeguard everyone the right to life, equality, dignity, safe environment, health, education, information, culture and freedom of expression, association, movement, occupation, and all rights enshrined in our Constitution.
We commit to advance beyond merely condemning gender-based violence, crime, substance abuse, ill health and social deviance towards a coordinated robust men’s civil society movement, characterised by relevant attitudes, knowledge, skills, infrastructure and systems, with the capacity to effectively prevent and efficiently respond to issues adversely affecting our communities.
We commit to a biennial (once every two years) Men’s Parliament at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, which will provide a platform for men to discuss issues regarding organisational development, skills development, leadership and sustainability of the men’s civil society movement responses and campaigns, and explore opportunities for partnerships with developmental partners, business and government on mitigating challenges faced by men’s civil society movement.
We commit to unite South African men behind the South African Men’s Charter calling for all men to actively participate in health and social development. Raising the individual and collective consciousness of man’s response, and developing the kind of man which all should aspire to become, one whose response is appreciative, positive and progressive in nature.
We commit to develop, monitor, evaluate and report on a Programme of Action, in the form of a two year “Takuwani Riime” Integrated Development Plan at the Men’s Parliament, which will outlines the strategic framework for a multi-sectoral partnership to further accelerate progress in health and social development, reducing the excessive morbidity and mortality associated with the high burden of disease in South Africa.
We will establish annual Provincial and quarterly District Men’s Parliament where Provinces & Districts will develop context-specific Provincial & District Implement Plans to operationalise in greater detail the broad strategic directions and approaches planned. This decentralised process will enable the “Takuwani Riime” Integrated Development Plan to be tailored to the specific needs and conditions in provinces and communities.
South Africans remain adversely affected by the consequences of social exclusion and injustice, the men’s civil society movements responsibility is to reverse these effects by ensuring that we build the capacity to be the most responsive to the challenges we face. It is through social inclusion and justice that we will achieve the social cohesion necessary for a non-racist, non-sexist society and a long and healthy life for all South African. We commit to advancing the values of our Constitution
- Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;
- Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;
- Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and
- Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.