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South Africans Are Using Women's Month 2017 To Tackle Gender-Based Violence

Here's how South Africans are commemorating Women's Month.

August is Women's Month in South Africa, a time to commemorate the 20,000 women who marched to the country's government center on August 9, 1956 in order to protest Pass Laws—the internal identification system used to segment the population and prevent black people, women, and other minorities from traveling freely through the country.


This year’s theme is, “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward," reports All Africa.

The official launch of Women's Month took place on Tuesday in Tshwane, where the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, urged South African men to get involved in the movement to end sexual violence—a systemic issue that has led to the creation of nationwide protests and movements such as #NotInMyName, and the more contentious #MenAreTrash movement.

Many young men and women are using their platforms to call on men to do their part as well.

"It's not enough as South African men to say we are sorry to the women of South Africa, but we need to take corrective action towards making these programs a success, said Siyabulela Jentile, the chairperson for Not In My Name South Africa.

"We call on all men to come forward and join forces with us so that we can take collective responsibility and collective action to say 'not in my name.'"

Several South Africans are sharing their thoughts about this year's commemoration on social media.

 

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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