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More Than a Game: Soccer-Based Health Programming for Adolescent Boys and Young Men

30 Nov 2018 | by Alison Clowes, Chris Barkley, Mbulelo Malotana and Jenn Warren | Grassroot South Africa

As we celebrate 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, it is important to acknowledge that entrenched gender norms in South Africa create an environment in which gender-based violence is acceptable, and even worse, normalised. They inhibit effective implementation of laws intended to address violence against women and girls. It is therefore ever more important to engage adolescent boys and young men in the promotion of gender-equitable attitudes and norms, and influence their behaviours positively.

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Political assassinations taking a hold on the 2019 elections

15 Nov 2018 | by Kim Thomas | Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime

As we lead into the 2019 National elections, we can expect to see an increase in political assassinations. This piece discusses some key observations from the data collected from the Assassination Witness project.

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Nurturing positive social interactions and safety through mindful and inclusive public spaces

09 Nov 2018 | by Diana Sanchez-Betancourt | Open Streets, HSRC, Ncedo Mngqibisa | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)| University of Cape Town

South African cities need to invest in public spaces that are truly co-created through social engineering processes. These need to be grounded in quality community participation processes which begin at the conception of the project, carries on when the project is handed over, and continues in different ways to ensure ownership and positive social activation of these spaces.

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Cross-Pollination: community healing through knowledge exchange

07 Nov 2018 | by Ntombifuthi Ngubane | Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)

This article will provide a summary of the successful workshop titled “Cross-Pollination event: A knowledge exchange that is shared amongst communities” that was organised by the Community Intervention team with the support from the Knowledge and Learning team.

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What does the 2017 Refugee Amendment Act mean for Asylum Seekers and Refugees living in South Africa?

02 Nov 2018 | by Popo Mfubu | Refugee Rights Clinic, University of Cape Town

The changes proposed in the Refugees Amendment Bill are arguably an attempt to narrow the content and scope of refugee protection in South Africa and, in some respect, limit the rights afforded to asylum seekers and refugees. This piece discusses why the Refugees Amendment Act is so terrible and what effect will it have.

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The state of commuter safety in Metrorail

01 Nov 2018 | by #UniteBehind

State capture at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has led to the dysfunction of the commuter rail system. PRASA employs approximately 434 security personnel in the Western Cape. However, there are huge problems with these security contractors.The terrible legacy of those that engaged in State Capture will take years to undo. Commuters need to see improvements. A lot needs to be done regarding safety and security in trains.

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Nightclub safety: victimisation and bouncer competency

24 Oct 2018 | by Nkosingiphile Mbhele | University of KwaZulu Natal, Shanta Balgobind Singh | University of KwaZulu Natal

Nightclubs in South Africa have relied heavily on private securities to protect their property and ensure the safety of patrons during the busy nights. It is therefore important to understand the relationship of bouncers and patrons as well as the role and competence of bouncers in the relationship as they are the key players in maintaining safety and security.

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Religious organisations should help combat violence against the LGBTQIA+ community

12 Oct 2018 | by Hanzline R. Davids | Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM)

Religious communities in South Africa are often violent towards the LGBTQIA+ community. The forms of violence are wide-ranging. Faith communities are called to be healers and agents of justice. Therefore, listening to LGBTQIA+ people’s stories is one way to combat the stereotypes, bias and prejudice that nurtures violence.

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Hate Crimes in South Africa: legislation is sorely needed

08 Oct 2018 | by The Hate Crimes Working Group

Crime affects us all in South Africa. However, crimes committed against minority groups such as foreign nationals, specific religious minorities, or people with disabilities are distinct from those committed against other South Africans. Yet, South Africa does not have specific hate crimes legislation. This piece seeks to emphasise why this legislation is necessary.

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The challenges of survey research in high crime communities

Fieldwork is not an easy practice but conducting it in high crime communities is a daunting task. This piece discusses the challenges faced during a longitudinal survey attempt that took place in Gugulethu; and how researchers attempted to handle these challenges.

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