Social Cohesion Tag

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) proudly contributed to South Africa's second Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the SDGs. We are excited to share this report from the South African CSOs Working Group on SDGs (SAWG), which complements the official VNR by highlighting grassroots voices and key challenges in SDG delivery. This report aims to amplify marginalized communities and promote multi-stakeholder engagement, adhering to the "Leaving No One Behind" principle. CSVR's work on Goal 16 and contributions to Goal 5 are recognized in this report.

17 Jul 2024

Africa Legal Aid (AFLA) and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) are proud to announce their collaboration in hosting an insightful and critical symposium focused on Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Southern Africa. Working with our partners from UN Women, the Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of the Netherlands and with the support of Ford Foundation, the event aims to engage key stakeholders, activists, scholars, policymakers, and community leaders to address the urgent issue of gender-based violence (GBV) in Southern Africa. Considered the most peaceful region in Africa, Southern Africa's general peacefulness is not as positive as…

24 Aug 2023

The phrase "sleeping one's way to the top" is often used to explain how some women gain to access to or upward mobility in employment opportunities. While this phrase has been popularised globally and is used as a moral judgement almost exclusively towards women, it is a problematic framing of complex power dynamics which facilitate the exploitation, manipulation, and coercion of young women in exchange for economic opportunities. In most countries, economic access and power remain unequally distributed along the lines of gender – with men often in top positions and women at the bottom. To imply that a power…

Gugu Resha
23 Aug 2023

The research sought to explore the challenges and empowerment gaps women face in rural communities in South Africa and to make recommendations for improving their quality of life. Specifically, the study had the following objectives: • Identify the main challenges women face in rural communities and how these can be addressed; • Highlight the laws and policies that govern women's empowerment in rural communities in South Africa; • Assess how women in rural communities are involved in development planning and implementation at local and national levels. • Explore government-led initiatives aimed at rural communities in general and rural women in…

10 Jul 2023

The African continent has experienced high levels of violence and brutalisation and needs empowerment. Empowerment means different things to different people and at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), we understand this well. Our work embeds empowerment both as an approach and as an outcome of our activities and interventions. Since its establishment in 1989, the CSVR has upscaled empowerment efforts, inculcating them in all that we do across the various components of our work. We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach through our three programmes: Research, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) and Advocacy. Empowerment through…

Annah Moyo-Kupeta
04 Apr 2023
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