The ACDP has called on men to protect women against violence.
“Violence against women is largely perpetrated because men regard women as possessions and sexual objects,” African Christian Democratic Party MP Steve Swart said in a statement on Sunday.
“It is this attitude which must change,” he said.
“Men can play the most active part in preventing violence against women.
“This is not a women’s issue, it is a man’s issue.
"Violence against women is interlaced with gender equality, and deeply ingrained in the attitudes of men”.
Swart was commenting at the close of the 16 days of activism against gender violence.
“Good men need to speak up every time they hear a woman being disrespected, objectified and violated even by words,” he said.
“We can no longer enshrine a patriarchal culture nor condone violence with attitudes at the expense of our women.”