16th National Violence Prevention Forum

The 16th National Violence Prevention Forum, in partnership with dlalanathi, was hosted in Durban from 18 – 19 May 2023. This asked participants, “What is needed to build, nurture, inspire and support non-violent leadership in South Africa now?” Critical dialogue explored the need for trauma-informed leadership and increasing access to safer spaces for facilitated interaction. Exciting group work was undertaken in pursuit of unpacking the kind of leadership needed and how to support achieving this Challenges from funding to collaboration were shared, as well as the policy and research being done to support violence prevention. Read more about this process here.
Western Cape Violence Prevention Forum

The Western Cape Violence Prevention Forum held its 6th meeting on 4 May 2023 in Cape Town. The theme asked how leaders can best be supported in these complex times. The venue, the Bertha House Pub, is a historically whites-only pub – symbolising a history of segregation and exclusion; for the meeting this represented a space for inclusive dialogue between representatives from NGOs, the private sector, academia and government. Participants shared their challenges as leaders in violence prevention in the Western Cape. Positive insight came from the WC Department of the Premiere through exciting funding models.
School Safety and Security Conference

Chandré Gould had the opportunity to present on “Effective Strategies to Prevent Drugs, Alcohol and Violence At Schools” at this year’s School Safety and Security Conference in Johannesburg from 25 – 26 May. Chandré shared the importance of focusing on our strengths – through the recognition of family strengthening as a mechanism of prevention. There are a great deal of risks and challenges that come with substance abuse and violence in schools, and there are no quick fixes to these problems. The point was made that we cannot use violence to overcome the issues we face.
Remember 30 April 2023 is International Day to #End Corporal Punishment!

Between 24-30 April we will raise our voices to call for an end to corporal punishment, the most common and accepted form of violence against children. Governments have committed to ending all violence against children by 2030, but over one billion children worldwide continue to suffer violent punishment every year, often frequently and in multiple settings of their lives. This leads to multiple forms of harm, including injury and, in severe cases, death. We know what works and we have seven years to #EndCorporalPunishment. Children must not wait any longer. We will share social media and advocacy updates closer to the day. What will you do to call for an end to corporal punishment this year? To share your voice click here.
Asivikelane Western Cape Brief 1: Knysna communities pave the way for female-friendly sanitation

On International Women’s Day, Asivikelane spotlights the safety of women and girls in informal settlements; and how female-friendly services can help to protect them. An inspiring narration of communities taking action to make their community safer. Asivikelane Community Facilitators carried out an initiative to have separate toilets provided for males and females across three informal settlements in Knysna. Under their guidance, residents decided on the placement of the new toilets, selecting more visible locations. Read more about this initiative here.
Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change: What Works to Prevent Misinformation Webinar

Join the CABC in this webinar on the 8th of March to gain exclusive insight into the latest research results from the University of Washington, and to receive a free copy of the report. In this event, a team of experts from the University of Washington will present their findings from their study, “A user-driven approach to combating false information online,” which explores the prevention of misinformation online through the use of the CABC’s dialogue facilitation methodology. To register for this event, click here.
The Centre for Systems Studies Annual Mike Jackson Lecture

You are invited to the Centre for Systems Studies Annual Mike Jackson Lecture on Systems Thinking. The lecture will be held both online and in person on the 23rd of March 2023. Special guest speaker, Professor Dave Snowden, will be delivering an address titled “Making Sense of the World in Order to Act in it”. For more information on this event, click here.
14 October 2021
On 20 and 21 September, a multisectoral group representing the research community, NGOs, government departments and development partners came to a shared definition of violence prevention. It reads:

"Violence prevention is the whole of society working deliberately and sustainably to remove sources of harm and inequality, and heal woundedness, by intentionally growing an ethic of mutual care, respect and inclusion to build peace."
Mikhulu Trust shortlisted for education innovation award – The LEGO Foundation recently partnered with HundrED to identify the most impactful and scalable education innovations globally which foster socio-emotional learning skills in children aged 5-12.

Mikhulu Trust – a participant in the VPF and member of the South African Parenting Programme Implementer’s Network – created a dialogic book-sharing programme that was designed and tested in South Africa. This programme is one of 31 programmes shortlisted for the award. In the next stage, all shortlisted innovations will be reviewed for impact and scalability by an advisory board made up of over 75 international experts in education (including teachers, leaders, researchers, etc.). The process will be concluded with the final selection published in November 2021. Read more about the Mikhulu Trust and the dialogic book-sharing programme here.
The VPF has published the third edition of the Violence Prevention Forum Newsletter, which covers a number of recent activities undertaken by VPF participants.

These include the 12th VPF meeting in May 2021 where children, NGOs, researchers, government, and development partners and the private sector met separately to discuss a common definition of ‘violence prevention’. It also covers progress on the implementation of the NSP on GBVF, the WC Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan which uses surveillance and health data to track interpersonal violence, and the development of a new workplace violence prevention programme by the ISS and SAPPIN. Read these and other stories here.
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COVID-19 parenting resources

In efforts to support parents and keep children safe during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Proof Africa joined forces with a group of organisations including Oxford University, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Partnership to End Violence, the World Health Organisation, Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and World Without Orphans, to disseminate parenting resources to families across Africa. Read more...
South Africa’s budget should protect the country’s holy cows

Budget cuts that are not properly planned and managed will invariably result in decreasing services and service quality. This will likely affect those least able to protest: children, women and the rural poor (as opposed to vocal public servants or university students). VPF Driver Group member Chandré Gould and Cornerstone Economic Research’s Conrad Barberton explore which spending programmes should be protected, and what principles should guide government, in an ISS Today
VPF Newsletter – Issue 2

Following a tremendous response to the first newsletter, the VPF published its second edition in July 2020. It shares a selection of news, initiatives and inspiration from its participants in an effort to support and appreciate them. It includes updates on the 10th meeting of the VPF, offers for counselling, a government budgeting training opportunity, and other stories. Click here to read more.
VPF Newsletter – Issue 1

In April 2020, the VPF published the first edition of its e-newsletter to share some of the good work by VPF participants, including government departments, civil society organisations and researchers. While Covid-19 has proven a very difficult time, the VPF wanted to share some of the wonderful stories about the positive and creative responses from all of those in the VPF. This newsletter is shared with our donors and with institutions and individuals who participate in the forum. Click here to read more.
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