JOHANNESBURG – The Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting its annual gender and gender-based violence lecture this weekend.
This year the country experienced several attacks on women and children.
The foundation said portrayals of masculinity serve to worsen the problem.
“These kinds of incidents tend to be institutionalised and we tend to treat them as part of our daily language.
“Because we are so used to them, we think that this is part of life… when masculinity shows itself and expresses itself in a way that actually makes it normal for people to think they can actually suppress the voices of women and put women in their place.
“What we believe is basically (there is a need for) changing the conversation so that it advantages a particular gender, and we are saying this conversation must look at gender in a holistic sense, so gender should not only be a conversation about women… it is (also) about what we do to advantage the male gender and how we use that against women and how we raise our children,” said Luzuko Koti, Nelson Mandela Foundation.