In July 2017 the police released figures on gender-based violence (GBV) and its effects on individuals, the community and our great country as a whole. The report stated that since 2015, there has been 5232 cases of GBV reported, where more than 1000 are of rape, and 75 of murder.
In the patriarchal Eswatini, men are often the unchallenged leaders of the community and nation. In a country where gender based violence, including homicides are now at an alarming high, we must address both men and women. Men are often (although, not always) the main perpetrators violence and the vast majority of violent incidents occur at home. As the head of the home, women are often seen as subservient and at times even infantilised. We need to be engaging both men and women in increasing the knowledge and adherence to universal human rights and the benefits creating a threat-free home environment.
Kwakha Indvodza believes that men are not naturally violent towards those they love, and that it is time that men must be held accountable for their actions, to take responsibility for their family in a way that reduces the use of violence. We believe in compassion and conversation, using one’s strength to protect and not harm, and providing selflessly and responsibly in a way that builds and not destroys. KI’s projects are innovative in their attempts to engage men through capitalizing on and strengthening the perceived role of men as providers and the positive masculinity entrenched in the desire to provide for and protect one’s family, without the use of violence or abuse.
To learn more about Gender-based Violence here in Eswatini, click here.