The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc the world over. Countries are closed, jobs and lives are being lost. Makes for grim reading. To curb the spread a lot of countries have instituted lockdowns. This means restrictions to movement and other measures.
While some have decided to take this time to learn new skills, some have found themselves exposed to abuse, while some prepare for a future of unemployment.
As we adjust to the "new normal", in our individual homes and as the world, I implore parents to take this child to remind the boy child that "Be strong. Men don't cry" is a myth.
The theme for this year's World Day of the Boy Child was "Empowering, Guiding, And Providing Role Models for A Peaceful World". We as parents, especially men need to take this time to remodel "manhood' to our boys. We need to remind our boys that fragility and being vulnerable is not inconsistent with being a man and a good father.
In 2000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that the murder rate of women in SA was more than five times the world average. The same data also shows that between 2000 and 2015, the murder rate for men in SA has been three times the rate for women. The rates of homicide of young black males are the highest of any group.