#MenAreTrash is an important global tag created in response to gender-based violence against womxn. Recently, following the murder of Karabo Mokoena by her boyfriend, we saw an outpouring from womxn across the country and on social media, where the hashtag went viral. While the deaths of Courtney Pieters, a toddler found dead in a shallow grave, and Lerato Moloi, who died in a suspected corrective rape attack, just this month alone, added to the high numbers of womxn and girls murdered in the country.
- READ The Real Story Behind #menaretrash, South Africa’s Response to Domestic Violence
On average, every eight hours a womxn dies at the hands of an intimate partner in South Africa. With ongoing discussions about violence against womxn, we’ve reached out to artists to submit visual works in response to the #MenAreTrash movement. Artworks by artists with * next to their names will be auctioned, and the proceeds will go to non-profit organisation Sonke Gender Justice. Auction to take place on 1 June on our Instagram page (follow our social media pages for updates). UPDATE: Artist Lady Skollie has donate R8 000, generated from the sales of her #SorryNotSorry artworks, and has also made 30 more prints available for purchase (see below). All proceeds to go to Sonke.
“The movement is so powerful because our voices are no longer silenced. I recently took a self-defense class, and that has motivated me to be confident and in control of my body and my safety.” – Thami
“The attack on girls and women is frustrating and wrong. It needs to end. Men can do better. To quote Ellen G White: ‘The greatest want of the world is the want of men – men who will not be bought or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.'” – Thandiwe
“The biggest problem with the #menaretrash movement is the ownership. Men are not taking responsibility for their actions, from cat-calling to rape and murdering, there are very few consequences. It starts small, and if you get away with it then, what’s ever going to stop you? Shame, you’re so angry about being called trash, we’re just concerned for our lives.
“In the words of Kiri Rupiah, ‘Men Are Trash is not an indictment of men but rather of patriarchy’.I knew I wanted to do something to commemorate Karabo Mokoena. I spent a long time choosing an image, looking through photographs of her that were used in news articles, finally deciding on one where she is able to peacefully and steadily meet our eyes again. I did it in the style of Mexican votive paintings, adding a halo of stars in gold leaf. Votive paintings are meant to give thanks for miracles, but also to bear testimony. This one bears testimony to a life lost to toxic patriarchy.” – Katrine