Youth for Christ (YFC/KZN) Change Agents in partnership with Vibe FM, hosted a Gender Based Violence Dialogue on Friday, 26 April 2019 at Nozaza Community Hall in Ntuzuma.
The aim of the dialogue was to create a platform that will enable young people to speak out and raise concerns, thoughts and opinions regarding abuse and violence. The panel consisted of the South African Police Services, Department of Social Development representatives, Gagasi FM DJ, abuse victims and various speakers shared their experiences and information regarding toxic, violent and abusive marriages and relationships.
Nothando Ndlovu, who is a TV Personality and Host shared how she used to stay in an abusing relationship hoping that her partner will change. She said her abusive relationship resulted in her suffering from depression and low self-esteem. “My partner use to beat me up every time we had a disagreement. This made me feel small and worthless”, explained Ndlovu. She emphasized that gender based violence campaigns should be ongoing since violence and abuse cases happens daily. “We need to stand together as a society and stand against violence and abuse. Victims need to report the perpetrators and the law must bring them to book”, emphasized Ndlovu.
YFC/KZN Acting Change Agents Co-ordinator, Sane Shandu said the most important thing is that the organization is impacting young people and women positively.” Change Agents continues to promote positive behavioral change in the lives of young people through its customized programs. Our orgainsation will continue to raise awareness on social issues such as, abuse, HIV\AIDS infection, teenage pregnancy, rape and domestic violence. Giving hope to children, young people and women remains our primary objective”, said Shandu.