#NotInMyName: South African Men March Against Surge In Violence Against Women  

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The new campaign is calling fresh attention to a long-running problem in the country.

Hundreds of men took to the streets in South Africa Saturday to protest the violence against women that plagues country. The goal of the #NotInMyName march: to show South African women that men can be allies despite the continued rise of gender-based violence.

“We men are taking a stand today. Women must know that they can count on us are taking a stand today. Women must know that they can count on us,” said co-organizer Kholofelo Masha to the marchers. The southern african nation has one of the world’s highest rates of gender-based violence, and the march was a response to a recent spike in rapes.

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The demonstration, which went through the streets of Pretoria, was led by a barefoot woman dressed entirely in white. She represented all women that have been in abusive relationships or violent situations with men, organizers explained.   

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“The killings can’t continue and the rapes can’t continue,” said co-organizer Obakeng Motshabi.

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The campaign took on life on social media. where thousands of South Africans spoke out against the problem using the #notinmyname hashtag.

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