What is the role of corporate society when dealing with the deeply troubling social ill that is sexual and gender-based violence? How can we seek to deconstruct the social archetype of men’s mental health not being important? What type of environments can be created to make men feel safe to talk about their underlying anxieties? Tumelo Mokwe, Director of the People Function at Absa Botswana, details the intent behind The Men’s Imbizo.

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When we talk about sexual and gender-based violence, there’s always a lot mentioned about women… as victims, what they can do to protect themselves, etc. But what about the men? What are they doing to help fight this social pandemic?

Gareth Cliff speaks to a few men who are doing extraordinary work in the SGBV battle – Jackson Katz, Mark Ramsing, Charley Pietersen, Tumelo Mokowe and Jacques Rousseau.

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The days of being a corporate company, rather than a corporate citizen are long over. It’s time to realise, if you do good, business will be good. Gender-based violence is our second pandemic and Absa have drawn a line in the sand to say, “No more!” Join us for our #StopToStart Webinars, as we tackle the issues around this scourge in our society.

#StopToStart is proudly brought to you in collaboration with Absa.

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05.08.20 Pt 1 – Is it worth staying up to watch rockets with big bums? If you eat the correct fungus, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. Lego has become an engineer’s task – stay humble people. Should there be an age limit for old drivers? Turns out asbestos is good for the government of South Africa. Elon Musk says his people built the pyramids… what theme tune would you have attributed to them?

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Charley Pietersen, Founder of the ‘Growing up without a Father Foundation’, explains how he and his team worked on #StopToStart to shape the future men of our country by equipping boys with a sense of self-worth and honour – and a belief that violence is never the answer. Brought to you by Absa.

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24.02.20 Pt 2 – Bullying is a bad thing, we all agree already people. Coronavirus is not that bad, flu is so much worse. 90s cult show, Friends is making a comeback and Matthew Perry will be delighted to get the pay cheque. The new ad from Nando’s is sensational, it’s a golden nugget. Should you do a Kirk Douglas with your money, or should you leave cash to the kids? The Bachelor season 2 is here… we unpack. Drama, Cape Town, a dog-loving heartthrob – what more do you need? Charley Pietersen talks to us about #StopToStart and addressing a fatherless nation, and how we can curb this trend.

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Role models come in different forms – in South Africa’s case, it’s undeniable that soccer players inspire many. Siphiwe Tshabalala and Teko Modise chat about how #StopToStart is a creative and audacious combination, setting out to positively impact young men.

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