Our post title follows the title of this M&G article on Gender Violence.
There are two compelling aspects to this article. The first is the admission by a South African man who raped at the age of 15 and subsequently saw the error of his ways and now works for gender equality. His observations are informative and help us understand some of the culture behind South African gender violence. The other is the assertion of a senior person in S.A. academics, University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen who said that the solution lay in addressing “how we raise our boys and teach them to socialise” and “how we equip parents to be parents”.
As usual, Professor Jansen speaks with an economy of words which can be detailed in volumes and whole life-times of experience. In doing so he basically summarises Direct Democracy Forum policies.
We expand upon that summary but only briefly. The DDF plan to;
- educate, train and empower every willing body in the country, so they can be gainfully employed and live their lives with dignity.
- engage every able bodied person not otherwise occupied, in building communities, from scratch if necessary, so that none in the SA need live in squalor and poverty but instead can live with hope and dignity and with prospects of a better life each day of their lives
- enable every family to survive comfortably on the proceeds of a single income earner, if they so choose, or at least to earn an income from home industries or activities, that enable a stay-at-home parent of either gender, during child rearing, allowing children to know who their parents are and who their siblings are, and parents to engage in the lives of their children so they all can learn to respect one-another and others in their communities.
- engage all communities in the arts and skills of successfully raising children.
- normalise family life in South Africa.
The DDF regard the family as the most essential body required for the stability of communities, society and the nation as a whole and will do all in its power to nurture and defend family life. When that stability becomes the norm the country will see a reduction in crime of all sorts but particularly in gender based crime, fewer social problems, fewer accused in our courts, and fewer convicted and in our prisons, and fewer in conflict with society. We look forward to that day.
The buck stops at the ballot box.