‘Masculinity not about aggression, dominance’

MORE than 500 men gathered at Keetmanshoop in the//Kharas region at a conference with the theme ‘Zero Male Suicide: Promoting Positive Masculinity’ on Thursday.

Speaking at the event, Namibian Correctional Service //Kharas commissioner Leonard Mahundu said masculinity is often associated with damaging beliefs which could lead to suicide, gender-based killings and men-on-men murder.

“Men to date wrongly perceive masculinity as being about aggression, dominance and a lack of emotion. Men are also normal human beings with emotions and feelings, but they hold in the effects of heartbreak, life pressures and challenges until it explodes – with devastating consequences to themselves, the people around them and the wider society,” he said.

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