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SA men man up to offer a solution to the gender violence crisis


SA men man up to offer a solution to the gender violence crisis

From free self-defence classes to safe zones, gender-based violence is triggering positive initiatives by men

Senior reporter

Changing a lightbulb, lending a hand with car and home repairs, doing heavy lifting and giving free self-defence classes. This is how some men are responding to SA’s gender-based violence crisis: With practical and positive action.

In Centurion, Francois van Wyk decided last week that following the national outrage over gender-based violence he needed to do more than pay lip service to supporting women, and formed the Centurion Gentlemen’s Club.

It’s a platform for men to volunteer their time and skills to help women, particularly single mothers, “with anything possible in and around the house, or car, or wherever they need practical assistance”...

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