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Gun Free Zones: Making our communities safer

Across the world, Gun Free Zones are used as a tool to reduce armed violence and promote public safety in communities. It is time for GFZ to be fully implemented in South Africa to make our communities safer.

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SDGs and violence prevention in South Africa: Strengthening the case for a holistic, urban approach

By addressing the root causes of poverty and illustrating the clear link between peace, security, justice and sustainable development, the SDGs may support South Africa in focusing on a holistic, urban approach towards violence prevention.

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Learn to decide against violence: Why math and critical thinking matter for preventing violence

Critical thinking is essential for both solving maths problem and deciding to find alternatives to violence in one’s daily life. Yet these skills is rarely the focus of violence prevention programmes - an opportunity that is generally missed.

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GBV interventions in humanitarian action: A guideline for South Africa?

Given the lack of political will to reduce GBV in South Africa, the UN guidelines on GBV interventions in humanitarian action may be useful for revitalising support around new and innovative strategies for confronting GBV.

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Poverty is not a crime: Decriminalise and declassify petty offences

  • 06 Feb 2017 | by Melody Kozah, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF)

People living in poverty and on the margins of society have been, and continue to be, disproportionately affected by laws that criminalise petty offences punishable by a small fine or a short term of imprisonment.

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Why we need to prevent violence against children to boost South Africa's economy

  • 24 Jan 2017 | by Celia Hsiao, Catherine L. Ward, Xiangming Fang, Deborah Fry, Tabitha Casey, Gary Ganz

Violence in childhood is harmful not only to the individual but it is also destructive to the well-being of our society. A recent study commissioned by Save the Children SA provides evidence that by preventing violence against children we build a more wholesome society whilst also boosting South Africa’s economy.

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Vimba! Data - free app offers a lifeline to survivors of abuse in Diepsloot

  • 25 Nov 2016 | by M&G Bhekisisa Team

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the M&G’s Bhekisisa is launching a free gender-based violence helpline in Diepsloot

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Reflections on the New Urban Agenda: Let’s focus on public spaces for social cohesion

On 20 October 2016, the New Urban Agenda was adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Equator. While including many important aspect for sustainable urban development in the next 20 years, the Agenda is vague on one critical aspect: the importance of safe public spaces for social cohesion and more liveable cities.

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Prevention in Action - Working together to prevent violence against women

In communities like Lavender Hill and Vrygrond, domestic violence seems omnipresent. The “Prevention in Action” campaign recently educated community members on domestic violence and empowered them to become activists in making their communities safer places.

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Successful launch of Safer Schools Network in Mandela Metro

  • 19 Oct 2016 | by Jonas Schumacher (Masifunde) | Jessie Bohr (GIZ)

Safety at schools around the country remains a big concern. In Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, a Safer Schools Network was launched as a vibrant platform for schools to discuss safety issues and find ways how to make our schools a safe and learner-friendly environment for learners and teachers.

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