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Mbabane – Standard Bank is set to host a virtual lisango on Sunday.

The bank is underlining its support for creating a gender-equal society in Eswatini and will be hosting an empowerment session for men on the weekend. The virtual Lisango seeks to provide a platform for men to discuss pertinent issues that affect them (mentally, socially, physically and emotionally), as well as provide an opportunity for men to engage on the best solutions to incorporate on a day-to-day basis to have better lives and be exemplary within the communities they live in. The virtual session will be streamed live across various social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook (Standard Bank Eswatini) and Twitter (@standardbanksz) from 5pm to 6pm. The psycho-social issues affecting men in the country can be seen in a number of ways such as the high number of suicides, violence in the home and depression among men. According to the Bank’s Head of Brand and Marketing, Sibusile Sigwane, there is a need to encourage men to speak up and seek positive solutions for the challenges they face. “The struggles of women for dignity, fair treatment and equal rights is far from over.


“Women empowerment thus remains a priority for the bank, however, in striving for a gender-equitable society, a sole focus on women is not enough; we must also empower men,” said Sigwane. The Bank aims at leadin the way in providing safe and sacred spaces for men to engage on matters that are important to men, such as their role in society, fatherhood and masculinity. Hosted by award-winning comedian Ndosh, the Virtual lisango will honour men and support positive solutions for men through expert-led conversations that will equip and encourage men in Eswatini. “The social issues we see demand the emergence and continuity of men’s programmes and support systems to celebrate the role of good men, empower men to reflect on their masculinity and question the norms that govern men’s behaviour,” added Sigwane.

The speakers of the day will include experienced male mentoring Consultant and Founder of Kwakha Indvodza Tom Churchyard, well-known Clinical Psychologist Sifiso Shabangu from Viwa Psychology Services and esteemed Lecturer and Director of Community Services Clement Dlamini. The topics that will be discussed include positive masculinity, mental health, fatherhood and wellness to name a few.

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