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“Violence can be prevented. Violent cultures can be turned around. In my own country and around the world, we have shining examples of how violence has been countered. Governments, communities and individuals can make a difference.”
From a small community in Limpopo that vows to end gender-based violence to a provincial network of youth desks that put young people in the driver's seat for developing safety initiatives: there are countless examples of projects and initiatives across South Africa that all work towards the same goal of a safer South Africa for all its people.
There is a growing community of practitioners from civil society, academia and all spheres of government who work hard to address the root causes of violence and crime in South Africa. They understand, just as Madiba did, that violence can be prevented.
SaferSpaces is an online portal for this community of practitioners working towards violence prevention and community safety in South Africa to find safety-related information and resources, showcase their work, share information, connect with and learn from each other.
The site promotes the networking amongst and sharing of safety-related knowledge by practitioners. To this end, SaferSpaces offers an easy-to-use member section that allows safety practitioners to publish and promote their own content, events, resources and research within a growing network of members.
SaferSpaces was launched in 2014 by the GIZ Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) programme in close cooperation with a cross-sectoral advisory group of South African partner organisations. It is planned to migrate the hosting of the portal from the VCP programme to a partner – or a partner consortium – within the next year.
It is my great pleasure to present to you the first edition of the SaferSpaces Gazette – an annual newspaper that presents a small selection of the many interesting articles, projects and other knowledge products that were published on SaferSpaces during the last year.
As you browse through the Gazette and the website, you will come across a wealth of examples that show how government, communities and individuals can make a positive difference to safety in our communities. If you're a practitioner, I encourage you to join the community and start sharing your knowledge with others.
Let's work together for a safer South Africa!
GIZ Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme