Understanding and Preventing Violence in Africa
1-2 November 2013
The two-day colloquium brought together academics, government representatives and civil society organisations to discuss a variety of pertinent topics relating to violence and evidence-based violence prevention interventions. Examples of topics included: gender-based violence; substance abuse; youth violence; community violence; violence in schools; violence against children; and firearm violence. There was also a special panel which focused on the Western Cape government’s violence prevention framework.
Academics from a variety of universities presented at the colloquium, including: UCT; the University of KwaZulu-Natal; the University of Pretoria; the University of the Western Cape; the University of the Witwatersrand; the University of Stellenbosch; and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Representatives from the following Western Cape government departments also provided input: Community Safety; Health; and the Premier’s Office. In addition, representatives from Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading; the Safety Lab and a variety of civil society organisations presented.
The colloquium aimed to serve as a springboard for future cooperative, consultative and more focused engagement between academics, the Western Cape government and civil society organisations on prioritising violence prevention in the province. This forum provided an opportunity for relevant parties to gather together to consider and recommend appropriate approaches and programmes to significantly reduce and avert violence in the Western Cape.