Jonathan West (Student)

Jonathan West, a 22-year-old law student born and raised in Johannesburg, says he is committed to finding solutions to curb Gender Based Violence and Femicide as well as what he calls a “toxic masculinity problem” in the country. West says this problem exists because of the socio-cultural environment men are raised in. According to him, even though young boys know that rape and the abuse of women is wrong, they succumb to peer pressure. The solution, West says, is for men to be honest and to admit their mistakes. He is adamant that men should play a more prominent role in solving the problem of GBVF and abuse women and children in South Africa.