Deputy Minister Mafu to host inagural Golekane Men & Women in Conversation Conference 2021

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22 Nov 2021

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms. Nocawe Mafu will on Friday, 26 November 2021 lead the Golekane Men and Women in Conversation Conference to intensify the fight against GBVF at the Freedom Park & Museum, Pretoria.

The conference will be held under the theme, “Uncovering workable GBVF solutions for an effective social response”, as part of Golekane, a 365 Gender Based Violence & Femicide (GBVF) awareness campaign.

The Men and Women in Conversation Conference is aimed at creating a multi-sectoral vibrant platform to uncover workable GBVF solutions collaboratively with social partners such as, the private sector, advocacy groups and NGOs.

“As a way to accelerate our social intervention, we are partnering with key social and private partners to deliberate and to forge a social compact against GBFVF, and to increase our capacity for a more robust social response”, stated the Sport, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Mafu.

The Golekane campaign which also means, “enough is enough”, is one of the department's three high-impact programmes that include Baqhawafazi & Silapha which are aimed at raising awareness, creating meaningful interventions, and teaching about GBVF while also nurturing the mental wellbeing of artists and sport practitioners and lastly bringing about social change in behaviours. Even under the COVID-19 pandemic environment, South Africa continues to be marred by persistence issues of Gender Based Violence & Femicide. Golekane campaign is such programme to counter the sharp scourge of violence against women.

While Golekane campaign is primarily concerned with robust discussions amongst men, the upcoming 1-day conference is a multigender and multi-sectoral panel discussions based on the premises that men cannot talk about women without women at the table. It recognises that South Africa is fragmented as a result of GBVF, efforts to create a socially cohesive nation where fathers, mothers, girls, and boys live harmoniously with one another remain significant.

As a multi-stream rotational panel discussion, conference will tackle topics such as: Toxic masculinity, patriarchy & the role of legislation to ending GBVF; Mental health, men’s health, and wellness; Poverty as one of the socioeconomic causes of GBVF; and Substance abuse.

NB: Due to COVID-19 protocols, members of the media are encouraged to RSVP early at MadimtjaM@dsac.gov.za / 066 301 4675

The conference will also be streamed live on DSAC social media platforms below:

Facebook: @SportArtsCultureRSA

Youtube: @SportArtsCultureRSA

Twitter: @SportArtsCultur

Enquiries please kindly contact:

Ms. Zimasa Velaphi (Head of Communications and Marketing), Cell: 072 172 8925 / Email: ZimasaV@dsac.gov.za

Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture