Mgaga Gender Abuse

MGAGA is a movement aimed to drive behaviour change and root out toxic norms of masculinity.

Join us. Be the change, take the pledge, do the work.

#MGAGA

Workshops

Join us online for an experiential workshop provided by Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI). We invite you to experience this unique cross-gender forum, grounded in open truth-telling & compassionate presence.

7-week Online Workshops (2h30min to 3 hours session per week on Tuesdays)

Metoo to WeTogether – Reconciling Relations across the Genders (Sessions from 6pm to 8h30pm)

7-week Online Workshops – Becoming Whole Together – LGBTQIA+, Healing across the Gender Spectrum

3-day Weekend Intensive – Becoming Whole Together – Transforming Relationships

To ensure that the MGAGA campaign lives on beyond that of the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, TQ Group has partnered with international gender relations NGO, GenderWorks, to provide specialised Gender Reconciliation workshops.

The Pledge

The MGAGA pledge calls on both the men and women of South Africa to commit themselves to a range of actions that will drive a change in the behaviours to fight against GBV.

I am not your man!

If manhood is defined by strength and physical dominance!

I don’t subscribe to the macho, the chauvinistic, the weak minded.

I am a man in my shorts, in my tights and even when wearing a dress.

I am a lover, not a fighter but I will fight for what is right.

For a man to protect, he must be gentle.

I will not be the reason why women cry, why women hurt, why women must die

I refuse to be a perpetrator, I refuse to be the reason for someone else’s pain

I lift up my son, my brother, my father, my daughter, my mother, my sister, my wife

Today I stop the buck, today I pick my side.

I am not a man at all if a woman suffers at my hand

I will not abuse, I will play my role, I will change the norm.

I am not your man!

I am a gent, a mjita, a gem for i strive

I am me, I am you, I am Mgaga for life.

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About Us

Led by the men of TQ Group, the MaGents Against Gender Abuse (MGAGA) campaign is aimed at mobilising South Africans to acknowledge and question the entrenched patriarchal notions in themselves and their communities and to proactively work towards changing the power dynamics that undermine progress in the fight against GBV.MGAGA is a movement aimed to drive behaviour change and root out toxic norms of masculinity. It’s time to be the change and do the work. Be MGAGA.

FAQ

MGAGA or the ‘Ma Gents Against Gender Abuse’ is a movement, initiated by the men of the TQ Group, a TechCommunications firm doing the work of change. 

Join the movement, be the change, do the work.

By signing the MGAGA pledge, you will be committing to changing behaviour in yourself and your community to root out toxic norms of masculinity.

 It’s time to be the change and do the work, join us: www.mgaga.co.za. #MaGentsAgainstGenderAbuse

MGAGA is partnering with GenderWorks, a registered, non-profit organisation based in South Africa and affiliated to Gender Equity and Reconciliation International.  GenderWorks provide workshops and encounters to transform gender and sexuality injustice and build compassionate relations between all genders

Book a workshop experience here: www.mgaga.co.za

Gender stereotyping is when a person has a generalised and preconceived view of the roles, characteristics or attributes that are typical to a particular gender.

Gender stereotypes can be relatively harmless, i.e. men are strong/women are nurturers, but can also be extremely harmful when they limit a person’s abilities in some way.

Sexism is discrimination or prejudice based on a person’s sex or gender.[i]

Sexism includes any writing, attitudes, thinking, laws, practices and behaviour that portrays one gender as more superior than another.

Some sexism may come across as being kind or compassionate to another gender, e.g. women are fragile and therefore need protection, but this can lead to a perception that one gender is weaker than another.  This, in turn can lead to laws, policies and attitudes that limit one gender’s agency.

When beliefs, attitudes, actions and behaviours are hostile towards a particular gender. 

People who fall into this category are generally against gender equality and often hold prejudiced beliefs about people of other genders.

It is only possible to change people’s harmful attitudes if we speak up against them.  If you witness someone making sexist comments, here are a few things you can do?

  • If the person who is being targeted is in the room, support them.
  • Confront the person who is making the sexist comment.
  • Try not to accuse the person but do try to explain why you find their comment offensive
  • Own your response

 

Be the change and join the movement. Sign the pledge: www.mgaga.com #MaGentsAgainstGenderAbuse

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