The combat of domestic violence against women can only
be achieved through the participation of active men.
This is according to a clinical director of a domestic
violence organisation based in New York called
Sanctuary for Families, Dr Beth Silverman-Yam. Silverman-Yam was speaking at a
panel discussion hosted by the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Athlone.
The discussion is part of Gibney Dance, a New
York based dance team to host a number
of workshops and training sessions aimed at helping women who are survivors of
domestic violence at the centre, to explore common issues, address group
dynamics and learn movement techniques for empowerment and healing.
Siverman-Yam says women alone cannot fight domestic
violence. She has appealed to all men to be at the forefront and be vocal in
combating domestic violence against women.
“All the problems of domestic violence and the abuse
of women will not only be solved by women alone. Although their voices and
their strengths are clearly important we need just as much for men, non-abuse
of men to become non-violent warriors and to raise their voices and to say this
is not right the way you treating women and to be role models for how all
children should be raised.
“So there is collective action that is needed by all
of us, and men need to be part of that process,” Silverman-Yam said.
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