SOUTH AFRICA RAISES ITS VOICE TO FIGHT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN
It has been shown that the majority of violence against women and children is fueled by drugs, which is why Drug-Free World joined the 100 Men March in Pretoria, South Africa.
The 100 Men March wound its way through the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, highlighting the impact of violence against women and children, calling for its end. Men and women from across South Africa and from every walk of life joined the march—from judges and lawyers to clergy of every faith, police, nurses, civil servants and, of course, Drug-Free World (DFW) volunteers.
As DFW South Africa Executive Director Carmen Margro explains, “People tend to think that they can solve their problems by using drugs, not realizing that they are actually making it much, much, much worse. I found out that about 98 percent of abuse stems from drugs, alcohol—some form of addiction.”
The World Health Organization reports, “Strong links have been found between alcohol use and the occurrence of intimate partner violence in many countries. Evidence suggests that alcohol use increases the occurrence and severity of domestic violence.” It was therefore more than appropriate that DFW joined the movement.
The march, led by a police brass band, went from Church Square to the southern lawns of the Union Buildings, the official governmental seat of South Africa. The procession could have easily been renamed the 1,000 Men March, as more than 1,000 marched arm in arm through the streets.
“People tend to think that they can solve their problems by using drugs, not realizing that they are actually making it much, much, much worse.”
Joining in were the South African minister of administration, minister of communication, minister of women, police minister and other deputy ministers. Commissioner of Gender Equality Mbuyiselo Botha honored former president Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Albertina Sisulu as part of the message of the march, stating, “We also wanted to put men at the center stage to make sure that men raised their voices to say that violence against women would not happen and that they would not look the other way.”
During the march, DFW distributed over 5,000 The Truth About Drugs booklets.