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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.