South African Congress of Nonprofit Organisations – SACONO  together with Women of God Africa in partnership with the Department of Social Development in Gauteng and the City of Joburg joined by various community organizations gathered at Orlando Community Hall on Africa Day, to make their voices heard in calling for an end to the brutal killing of women and children.

The gathering was graced by men and women of prayer who came out to cry out to God and sought divine intervention. A dialogue in which men and women participated in, dealt with a number challenges young people are faced with that could be contributing factors to the scourge of killing of young women by their partners.

Mr. Jeffery Nyawane from the Department of Social Development Migration Unit strongly condemned the killings, calling on all South African men to rise above the killing of women and children. “Let us understand that women are also children of God”, he said. “As we pray for women and girls, let us also remember our men, our fathers and our boys”, added Nyawane, putting an emphasis on not only focusing on women but also realize that men need attention as well. “Not all men are bad; as men we are equally saying we are not trash”, he said.

(From left: Prophetess Nomsa Mthethwa, WOG Africa Founding Member Amanda Matshaka, Nitty of Heartful Foundation, Pastor Glenrose Ndlovu and SACONO President, Mrs Phyllis Malope)

SACONO President, Mrs. Phyllis Malope gave an address about the commission on the status of women. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council.

"Platforms like CSW work to empower women and girls in all of its programmes. Advancing women’s political participation, leadership and economic empowerment.  Assisting women to secure decent jobs, accumulate assets, and influence institutions and public policies, while underlining the need to recognise, reduce and redistribute the burden on women for unpaid care. They promote women’s role and leadership in humanitarian action, including in conflict-prevention and efforts to ensure peace and security", said Mrs Malope.

The panel put across points to ponder on such as the root of this evil act as being the mission of the devil, which is to steal, kill and destroy as recorded in the book of John in the Bible. The importance of renewing the mind and revisiting what our children are taught as far as gender roles are concerned and societal sayings such as “men don't cry” were touched on.

The gathering tackled the issue spiritually, psychologically and emphasized on the role of government and society at large, saying #EnoughIsEnough.

(Audience - women and men participated in the dialogue)


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