It is important that we breed a different man

THERE is not a shadow of a doubt in my infected mind that women and girls have borne the brunt of our society's disorders since time immemorial.

THERE is not a shadow of a doubt in my infected mind that women and girls have borne the brunt of our society's disorders since time immemorial.

The status quo, regrettably, continues unabated in these celebrated days of eternal freedom and equality as enshrined in our Constitution.

Everyday in this country women are brutally raped and murdered and physically and emotionally abused with impunity.

Even on the economic and cultural fronts women still languish at the bottom of the prestigious order of life in this country.

Perhaps this explains why our prisons are filled to capacity with cold-blooded murderers, abusers, rapists and conscienceless robbers of whom the majority are men.

Over the years it has become a shame to be sharing the same physical features with all those monsters who, by virtue of their criminal acts, do not deserve to be called men in the first place.

I suppose this is precisely the critical reason why I immediately fell head over heels in love with the "men in the making" intervention that is being run by Tracker in association with Sowetan and other corporate partners like Metro FM.

Whenever and wherever a challenge arises, it is imperative that we look at the root cause rather than the symptoms.

As mentioned, it is men who are the main perpetrators of such a brutal nature, so it is crucial that we breed a different kind of man going forward if we hope to avert this malice within our society.

It is crucial that the next generations of men, boys in particular, be guided in a wholesome manner that will provide them with the necessary emotional stability, personal grooming and role modelling.

They must be exposed to a lifestyle that is filled with confidence and high self-esteem.

It is a noble concept to redress the past by empowering the girl child, but we must be careful not to alienate boy the child.

If we lose sight of this important consideration then we will merely be replacing one wrong with another and, worse still, we would be failing to address the core challenge of ensuring that all our children grow up in a free, fair and equal environment.

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