the Provincial Launch of the Men’s Forum Kuruman - 25 August 2017

Programme Director
Honourable Premier, Ms. Sylvia Lucas
Honourable MEC responsible for Transport Safety and Liaison, Me Pauline Williams
Honorable Mayor
Esteemed Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Our Country is gripped in a crises that impacts on every member of society. Our Communities is gripped by fear and desperate for a solution to end violence against those most vulnerable. The killing of our children and women needs to stop and it needs to stop now. The purpose of this gathering is exactly that. It is a loud and clear response to a call to action announced by the Honourable Premier on 1 June 2017. It’s a call for help. And it is a call to wake up and stand together as we do today.
We have come together to not only mobilize communities and civil society to help in the fight against violence, abuse and other societal ills, but we have come together to launch the Provincial Men’s Forum. We have successfully launched our District Forums in all Five Districts and at this point I, leading one of the lead Departments with Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison who was tasked with this programme wish to extend my sincere gratitude to all officials, organizations and volunteers for the hard work and dedication in bringing all this together.
We are also gathered here today to assure women and children that they are safer because men here and those not here are committed to protect and promote the rights of women and children.
Honourable Premier will go into details when she address us in a while, but I want to make it very clear that as men we are here to declare boldly and in no uncertain terms that not in my name shall another women, mother, grandmother and child suffer at the hands of another man. We are here to not only set that example but to lead by example. 
Not In My Name shall another young women be murdered, raped or abused. We are gathered here because we have had enough and we realize that this fight alone we cannot fight. We all, every one of us need one another to make this country a safe, peaceful and prosperous one.
As a society we have a duty to do more to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society do not suffer abuse. It is in our hands to stop the cycle of neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation of children. By working together we can create safer and healthier communities so that our women, children and all of us can live in peace and security.

Thank you

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