South Africa: Men Urged to Be Role Models in Society

Kwazulu — Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called on men to be the bedrock of society by supporting the agenda of generation equality, while also supporting women empowerment.

“It is our earnest desire that we have men who are hungry for peaceful ways, respectable men who use amicable methods to solve pressing issues that face our families and societies,” Zikalala said.

The Premier called on men to fight patriarchy, end gender-based violence (GBV), as well as eliminate child abuse.

Zikalala said the province and the country need men who will be role models to boys, who will grow to respect, embrace and appreciate women and girls for who they are and not for what they can get from them.

“The underlying message is that we must work together in ensuring that the relationship between men and women reflects unity, collaboration, partnership and harmony.”

He emphasised that men should discuss frankly with each other the challenges they face, explore their fears and anxieties, and pay attention to their dreams and aspirations.

“Men need other men and women too to be a shoulder to cry on. They are only human, and also benefit from support and care from others. We need to do away with such myths that ‘men don’t cry.’ We do not want to create a society of men who feel their voices do not matter, who think no one takes their concerns seriously.

“It is very important that men talk about issues that affect their mental, psychological and physical well-being so that they are solved before they worsen. Real men unite to do positive things that build and fortify them.”