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The Climate Change-Violent Conflict Nexus in Global Perspective
What is the existing empirical evidence linking Climate Change to violent conflict? On 5 March 2019, Gerald A. Moore, a research assistant at the Safety and Violence Initiative, interviewed Professor Michael Brzoska, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy in Hamburg, who shared his research on the links between Climate Change and violent conflict from a global perspective and its particular relevance to South Africa.
What does the 2017 Refugee Amendment Act mean for Asylum Seekers and Refugees living in South Africa?
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.
Religious organisations should help combat violence against the LGBTQIA+ community
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.
SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new leader
After two controversial previous terms, will South Africa vote differently under Cyril Ramaphosa?
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.
Welcome to the upgraded SaferSpaces!
A new member dashboard, simpler navigation and a research section: The upgraded SaferSpaces makes it easier to use SaferSpaces, share knowledge and connect with each other.
Discussing safety and security in South Africa – the importance of dialogues
The International Dialogue on Citizen Safety took place on the 25th – 27th February 2015 in Cape Town. It was aimed at promoting comparative learning on challenges and successes, as an important component in measuring the impact of the success of violence and crime prevention initiatives. In this post, Lorenzo Wakefield, from APCOF, reflects upon the importance of such international dialogues.
WHO, UNODC and UNDP call for scaling up of violence prevention efforts
The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.
SaferSpaces goes live
After months of intensive work and preparations, SaferSpaces has finally gone live. SaferSpaces is an interactive platform run by and for safety practitioners in South Africa to connect, share knowledge and learn from each other.