Train Up a Child ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Nondumiso

I am utterly flabbergasted yet equally exhausted. The neverending Gender Based Violence (GBV) has and continues to sap away at my energy that I am left numb. I wanna scream for somebody, anybody to make it stop. I am numbed by the realisation that we lament the acts or rather crimes that are committed by men unto women and every single incident is as gut-wrenching as the previous one ๐Ÿ˜–

It’s not normal, it can’t be normal that we practically live in constant fear of being violated or killed on the daily basisโ€ฆ

However, much as the awareness we have been making on social media rallies, marches and vigils as a society condemning these horrid acts are making an impact – there is also more far reaching attempts we can make that will hopefully have a reformative effect on men in general โœŠ๐Ÿพ

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This is my personal appeal and plea…

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Dear parent of a boy child. Groom your son in the way he should go. Instil in him the value of a woman – any woman ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿพ

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Teach your child right from wrong as far as interactions with women is concerned. This is not only speaking to mothers. Every parent should take it upon themselves to educate their own boy child on proper conduct and relations with women. Ingane ayikhule yazi ukuthi umuntu wesifazane uyahlonishwa (translation: raise a child in the knowledge that a woman is to be respected) ๐Ÿ’ก

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Men, model sound behaviour and conduct to your sons. They will surely observe and ultimately adopt how you treat the women in your life. Remember kids learn more from what you do than what you say. Speak well of women inย  the presence of your sons โค๏ธ

I am not saying this is the only solution but these boys are growing up and as they grow they hear of this atrocious brutality towards women on the daily. My concern, however, is that it will eventually become a norm and they will grow up to be desensitised to GBV and that should never be normalised ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

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We cannot create room for such to be normal. Let us therefore work together in making sure that future generations do better by setting them up in the lessons we teach them. Let’s refuse to raise a generation of boys that will grow up to be men who find nothing wrong with hurting women in anyway, even worse who will further promulgate the idea that GBV is a normal aspect of our society โŒ

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Yours in Inspiration,
Nondumiso โœ๐Ÿพย 

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