In the wake of the tragic, brutal death of Karabo Mokoena, #MenAreTrash has been trending across social media. And the terrifying stats from the South Africa Demographic and Health Survey – conducted by Stats SA in partnership with the South African Medical Research Council (released on 15 May) – paint a clear picture of why #MenAreTrash couldn’t be a more relevant point of discussion RN:
Physical violence against women
- 21% of women over the age of 18 reported that they had experienced violence at the hands of a partner. That’s one in five women
- 8% of these women reported that they had experienced such violence during the last 12 months of taking the survey
- Divorced or separated women are more likely to experience physical abuse
- The Eastern Cape has the highest rate of physical abuse (with a whopping 32% women reporting physical abuse)
- KwaZulu-Natal has the lowest rate of physical abuse (with an equally shocking 14% of women reporting physical abuse)
- Other provinces also showed worryingly high figures: The North West (29,4%); Mpumalanga (26,4%); Free State (21,4%); Western Cape (21,2%) and the Northern Cape (18,7%)
Sexual violence against women
- 6% of women over the age of 18 reported that they experienced sexual violence
- 2% of these women reported that they experienced such violence during the last 12 months of taking the survey
- 16% of divorced or separated women experienced sexual violence by a partner
- 10% of women living with a partner reported sexual violence against them
- The North West reported the highest rate of sexual violence (with 11,8% of women reporting sexual violence against them)
- KwaZulu-Natal reported the lowest rate of sexual violence (with 3,1% of women reporting sexual violence against them)
You can read the full SADHS report released by Stats SA here.
Now, let’s take a quick look at how the #MenAreTrash hashtag is being used – both by those in favour and those against it:
Spoke to my gran about this whole #MenAreTrash thing.
She laughed and said “Sweety, the only thing that’s changed is now women speak up.”
— Aaleya Omar (@AaleyaOmar) May 11, 2017
Not all #MenAreTrash.
Men who abuse women are trash.
Men who kill women are trash.
Men who rape wmen are trash.
Lets not generalise.
— ✊?BLACK N PROUD✊? (@goldentouch_91) May 11, 2017
— Mogamad Ali Parker (@aliparker28) May 13, 2017
— Literate Lion (@HlomlaDandala) May 17, 2017
— Mashudu (@madzhiye) May 16, 2017
— Kirsten (@ohsocurvyy) May 12, 2017
I hear the cry of these women.
I support with no questions and I don’t flinch
I will hashtag whatever( #menaretrash ) as long as it helps
— SkinnyTeddyBear (@Alley_Juice) May 16, 2017
You can’t label ALL men “trash” just because ONE screwed you over.. and the same for women. ??
Don’t generalise please. ✋#MenAreTrash
— Janvi Pala (@Miss_JPala) May 11, 2017
#MenAreTrash Lets not paint people with the same brush, some men are utter filth, but there really is some good men out there.
— MELANIN GODDESS (@pat_missthang) May 11, 2017
— Tshwanelo Fokazi (@TshwaneloFokazi) May 7, 2017
— Gaopalelwe Kabe (@gaopiek_dp) May 17, 2017
But perhaps this snippet from an article written by Athenkosi Hashe for News24 summarises the #MenAreTrash campaign best:
‘#MenAreTrash is a campaign … meant to create awareness on the issues society takes for granted which perpetuate patriarchy to what it is today. We need to understand that in order to change a situation we need to discuss it first – the only way to initiate these discussions is through an emotive channel, which will challenge people to actively address their issues and help in creating awareness to the dangers of patriarchy as a system of oppression – #MenAreTrash helps to ease into the conversation.’
What do you think about the #MenAreTrash hashtag? Tweet us your thoughts at @CosmopolitanSA.