How women are treated in African cultures is deeply flawed

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How women are treated in African cultures is deeply flawed

As a young African male, I have been forced to confront how my culture contributes to gender-based violence

Anesu Jahura

Almost every other week my social media feed is filled with terrible stories about women in SA raped, murdered or both, often by men they know. In reality, these stories are just the tip of the iceberg.

It has been a year since the brutal rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana, and not much seems to have changed. Women are still regularly raped, abused and mistreated in our communities. Is SA simply full of evil men who hate women? Is substance abuse to blame? Or are gender-based violence cases just isolated incidents occurring at the same time? As a young African male, I ask myself these questions nearly every day.

Growing up in SA exposed me to many different environments and experiences. Although I was a black child of African heritage, I was fortunate enough to have been raised with a mixture of Western norms and traditional African values. This made our family progressive while staying true to our identity. From a young age my family raised me to view women as equals and as people who add much-needed value to a man’s life. My father always treated the female members of my family with the utmost care and respect, and seeing this regularly made me regard it as normal...

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