If there’s one thing every man desires to be, it’s to be a Real Man. It’s the one thing that binds us, that makes us tick, that we all strive for…and sadly, it’s the one thing South African women and children do not see enough of.
Rape, Abuse, Domestic violence, Abandonment, Lack of protection and support. All these societal ills and family dysfunction are rife in South Africa today. Most of all non-profit resources go towards protecting and supporting children and women. Society strains to help the vulnerable. Women and Children. Why? Because often they are not protected and supported by the men in their lives. Weak men, abusive men, selfish men. But there is hope! Real Men…Amadoda Oqobo…can change that.
In our recent launch workshop men from all over our Philippi community joined together to discuss what it means to be a real man. The outcome? Well so far, four primary values have emerged:
1. Real Men LOVE, PROTECT and RESPECT their partner
2. Real Men are REAL FATHERS to their children
3. Real Men STAND UP FOR OTHERS in their community
4. Real Men DON’T RAPE or commit acts of violence
Finally, the Men’s conversation has started. Watch this space for more. Join in the conversation.
What do you think a Real Man looks like?
Welcome to a window into the lives and issues facing children in the Crossroads community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these stories centre around the children and families we work with at Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian non-profit organisation whose mission is to show God's love as we care for and protect children, empower and preserve families and mobilise our community to do the same.