Participate: International Men’s Day, World Children’s Day, And The Fight Against Fatherlessness

As the world marks International Men’s Day and World Children’s Day, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), in collaboration with The Character Company, is taking a bold step to address the pressing issue of fatherlessness.


  • November is a month that holds special significance for both the masculine soul and the future of our society.
  • International Men’s Day, celebrated on 19 November 2023, is a global acknowledgment of the positive contributions men make to the world, their families, and communities.
  • The in-person dialogue, scheduled for 20 November 2023, at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, aims to shed light on the impact of the absence of father figures and explore possible solutions to this societal challenge.
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The International Men’s Day theme for 2023, ‘Zero Male Suicide’, emphasizes the importance of mental health and well-being among men. This aligns with Movember, a month dedicated to raising funds and awareness for men’s health issues, creating a powerful narrative that resonates with the values of International Men’s Day.


The dialogue becomes a pivotal event in this month-long celebration, providing a platform to delve into the complex issue of fatherlessness and its repercussions on society. The Gautrain Management Agency recognizes its role beyond transportation, acknowledging the need to contribute to a South Africa that fosters love, respect, and a sense of responsibility among its people.


The timing of the dialogue is significant as it coincides with World Children’s Day on 20 November 2023. Established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day, this day aims to promote international togetherness, raise awareness of children’s welfare, and advocate for their rights. The UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989 further solidify the importance of this day in safeguarding the rights of the younger generation.


Join Moderator Siya Sangweni and his panel: Professor Malose Langa, State of South Africo’s Fathers Report; Jaco Van Schalkwyk, Founder of The Character Company; Tshepo Kgobe, CEO Designate of The Gautrain Management Agency; and Kgaugelo Habyane of the Manned Up Conversations Podcast. Image: Gautrain Management Agency (Gma)

The dialogue at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton is not just an event; it is an opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to come together and contribute to meaningful conversations about the role of fathers in children’s lives. Mothers, fathers, teachers, healthcare professionals, government leaders, and community activists – each has a crucial role in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies and nations.


The dialogue will serve as a catalyst for change, fostering discussions on how society can collectively address fatherlessness and provide the support and guidance needed by children growing up without the presence of a father figure. By bringing together diverse voices and perspectives, the event aims to inspire actionable solutions that contribute to building a better world for children.


November becomes more than just a month on the calendar; it becomes a time for reflection, celebration, and a collective commitment to shaping a future where every child has the support and guidance they deserve.


The invitation is extended to the readers of The Sandton Times, but with limited seats available, those interested are encouraged to RSVP promptly using this link.


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