Overcoming Violence

Stories of Gender Based Violence

Victor Hlolo Phalana

Religous leader

Victor Hlolo Phalana

-It is not God’s will that someone shall be victim of gender based violence, the South African bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana claims. He urges religious leaders to join the fight against such violence.

Victor is bishop of Klerksdorp in northwestern South Africa, and works to achieve getting gender based violence on top of the agenda among the parishes. He thinks the religious leaders should be teachers and role models. – If I treat women in my surroundings with respect and dignity I may inspire other men to do the same. It is important that religious leaders do more than talk. – We also have to “walk the talk”.