The recently held Harare Agricultural show witnessed SAfAIDS showcasing some of its men’s programmes as a way of reaching more men with its interventions. Through one of the SAfAIDS programmes Men as partners/Women as partners (WasP/MasP) programme which addresses harmful cultural practices that perpetuate the abuse of women and girls, men were engaged on the role they should play in ending any form of violence against women and girls
Through the discussions, men came to the realisation that they have a critical role to play in addressing gender based violence in their homes with one men noting, “Thanks to this conversation, l believe man to man talk has a positive impact in changing our behaviours. We tend to understand the importance of being fathers and taking care of our families through such conversations as men. It wouldn’t have been the same if the message was coming from women”.
Men however noted that there are some men who still feel embarrassed to report their own cases of abuse to the police. These women are killers, in our country Zambia women are massively abusing men even at gunpoint’’, said one of the men from Zambia. ‘’Because of our status as men we cannot report abuse to the police. Society expects a real man to solve his own family affairs. Taking any issue especially of a man being abused shows the man as weak’’ noted one of the fathers.
SAfAIDS used the opportunity to have long and fruitful discussions with most men to understand issues of GBV and how to address such issues in their communities. The men were encouraged to have their own fatherhood clubs and share such issues at men gatherings so that they educate each other in understanding positive parenting.