VPF Facilitation Course 2022
The Institute for Security Studies, Reos Partners and Leadership Pathways have teamed-up to offer an intense training course for facilitators and leaders who wish to convene and facilitate effective dialogue. The facilitation course draws on the tried and tested methods of the Violence Prevention Forum in South Africa. It will enable facilitators to apply systems thinking, design interactive processes and facilitate dialogue. It is offered with the intention of developing creative, courageous, empathetic leaders and facilitators who can enable collective problem solving. The call for applications is available here. Applications are open until 21 February 2022. Please ensure that you available for the full nine days of the course.
VPF Facilitation Course 2021
The Institute for Security Studies, Reos partners and Leadership Pathways have teamed-up to offer a second facilitation course in 2021. The course will train and support a strong cohort of facilitators who are able to bring systems and process thinking into their work environments, in the belief that creative, courageous, empathetic leaders and facilitators are more necessary than ever before, in all sectors. Whether you are working in an NGO, an international organisation, a government department, a company, or a research and teaching institution, the knowledge and ability to design participatory processes and facilitate with authenticity, confidence and courage, will increase your impact and lead to stronger, more productive engagements. Applications close on 30 May 2021. For more information, click here.
Opportunities to amplify #EndCorporalPunishment in April
During April 2021, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will be amplifying calls to end corporal punishment of children, as part of the Together to #ENDviolence global campaign and International Day to End Corporal Punishment of Children on 30th April. Two high-level conferences will focus on ending corporal punishment. The first on 30th April will look at progress and delay in the global movement to prohibit corporal punishment of children; the second on 4th June will examine how prohibition of corporal punishment can be put into practice, with international examples of leadership and implementation. Speakers will include young people, Governments, human rights, legal and academic experts, and practitioners from around the world. Please see the "Save the Date" for more details.
ENSafrica offers law series on GBV and Human Rights
ENSafrica’s pro-bono department will be offering a Constitutional and Human Rights Law series focusing on a variety of legal aspects addressing Gender Based Violence and basic Human Rights. The structure of the training seeks to capacitate stakeholders in the GBV space with a valid foundation of the Bill of Rights; to give an understanding of court process and determine if the Laws and institutions tasked to deal with Gender-Based Violence(GBV) are living up to the values of our Constitution. If you wish to attend, please email nncayiyana@ensafrica.com and/or tsefara@ensafrica.com. Alternatively, please visit LinkedIn here.
State of South African Families Report – Call for abstracts
The DST/NRF/NDP SARChI: Human Capabilities, Social Cohesion and the Family, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Children, Families and Society and Sekwele Centre for Family Studies are collaboratively calling for abstracts. These abstracts are to focus on raising and strengthening resilient and capable families. These will be published in the first State of South African Families Report. Submissions close 30 November 2020. The call for abstracts is available here.

Submission enquiries
Prof N Roman - nroman@uwc.ac.za
Dr B Adebiyi - 3571010@myuwc.ac.za
Ms Imelda Diouf - sekwelecfs@mweb.co.za
Submission link: https://forms.gle/hEbaJwCm7wAMrHJ9A
New opportunity for public servants working on gender
Apolitical is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support Generation Equality and three of the Action Coalitions (Gender-based violence; Bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights; and Economic justice and rights) to build capacity to implement country commitments.

The project involves three interrelated components for which public servants interested in and working on gender can apply – including exchanges with one another internationally on topics and skills critical to 21st Century governance. Read more here.

The application form is open as of November 9, 2020. Apply here to join the first class.
NPOwer to offer mental health care and support to all South African NPOs
NPOwer, a first-of-its-kind Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Mental Health Support Programme and 24-hour toll-free Helpline, has been launched in South Africa. It will offer mental health care and support to all NPOs. They will provide psychological first aid to NPO leaders, staff and volunteers, many of whom are experiencing unprecedented strain and burnout caused by COVID-19. To find out more about NPOwer, or to access their services, please visit their website here.
Solidarity Fund opens call for funding applications from CBOs in the GBV sector
The Solidarity Fund has officially launched the call for applications today in support of Community Based Organisations that provide GBV related services in the form of prevention, response, and access to justice. The objective of this funding round is to reach as many frontline grassroots organisations as possible that have typically not had access to funding through traditional mechanisms. CBOs can apply through:

Introducing the Real Reform for ECD Campaign
Ilifa Labantwana has announced that Children’s Amendment Bill, which proposes changes to the Children’s Act, does not solve the problems for early childhood development. Parliament has called for written comments on the Bill, which can be submitted until 27 November 2020. Ilifa Labantwana is proposing to use the parliamentary process to raise the profile of some of the major issues that the ECD sector faces which are not addressed by the Bill. They are requesting your participation to build consensus around reforms. For more information, click here.
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