Lead SA Hero Launching a Movement for Hope and Healing
November's Lead SA Hero is someone who wants to change the cycle of crime, violence and toxic masculinity that affects many of South Africa's men.
Terrence Langa Hlatywayo is the founder of the Lead Me As I Lead You Movement. It originally focused on ex-offenders, but has expanded to other men in need of support from an organisation.
But how does he do this?
The youth and people the organisation helps aims to expose them to life-changing opportunities in leadership, education, entrepreneurship, and mentorship.
By becoming active citizens of the country and contributors to its development and that of other people, the movement helps break the cycle of crime in the country.
Lead Me As I Lead You focuses on promoting responsible behaviour in life, health, relationships, sex, families and in communities and marriage. They also advocate for health and social services for both men and women leaders and educate each other as equal leaders.
16 Days of Activism and Men's Role
Hlatywayo's approach to rehabilitating ex-offenders is particularly poignant during 16 Days of Activism. The role of men as allies in ending gender-based violence has been increasingly in focus in recent years.
In terms of stopping violence against women, Hlatywayo's movement speaks directly to men. These include those convicted of abuse, rape and murder.
Hlatywayo has notes that the way men are taught to deal with their emotions and anger by society can often lead to violence and criminal behaviour. Therefore his organisation tries a different approach.
"What you do is to ask them 'How can I help you?'. 'What is it that we could do together to help you become a changed man?'."— Terrence Langa Hlatywayo, Founder of Lead Me As I Lead You Movement
Lead SA Award
Through working with them and their needs, Hlatywayo says the organisation helps fix "broken men" who have used violence and crime as an outlet.
In the movement's 16 Days of Activism campaign, Hlatywayo says that they have used men guilty of violence against women to speak out against abuse. These men speak to other men, from the perspective of perpetrators who have realised the error of their ways and encourage others to respect women and children.
He says that this can help end the abuse of women, children and even men.
The movement missed out on an award at the Youth Awards, Hlatywayo has said that the Lead SA award has helped inspire the organisation further.
"This award by Lead SA for Hero of the Month for November is super great – it came at the right time".— Terrence Langa Hlatywayo, Founder of Lead Me As I Lead You Movement
Currently the movement is not being funded by any institution or organization. It is being managed through Terrence’s own pockets. They make money through merchandise sales like T-shirts, golfers and bangles.
Programs run by the movement include:
LeadMeAsILeadYou Men Leaders Monthly and weekend sessions.
LeadMeAsILeadYou Women Leaders Monthly and weekend sessions.
Papa and Baba Day Out.
Mama and Baba Day Out.
- Outdoor Camping.
Contact Terrence if you'd like to be involved in his work by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by joining the Lead Me as I Lead You Movement on Facebook.
Listen to Terrence's interview with Stephen Grootes below: