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#Hashtag: An Analysis of the #FeesMustFall Movement at South African Universities

"Student-led protests gained momentum in 2015/16 and spread across the country. The #FeesMustFall movement sparked heated debates on fee increases in universities. Other demands by students included the decolonisation of the educational system, tr...

Rehabilitation: A Priority Need for Torture Victims

"An act of torture causes severe pain or suffering either physically or mentally on the victim. The aim of any torturer is to break the victim and this also leads to the destruction of the identity of the victim and the breaking of their personali...

Framed! How the Human Rights Framework Shapes our Engagements: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises to Explore the Framework that Human Rights Offer

"A significant development in the modern-day state is the notion of the ‘Rule of Law”. This generally means that no-one is above the law. This emanates from the idea that the law is based on fundamental principles which can be discovered, but whi...

Gender and Torture Does it Matter? An Exploration of the Ways in which Gender Influences the Impact of Torture and Rehabilitation Services

This report provides the beginnings of an exploration of the way in which gender may be relevant in how torture is experienced, its impact, and its rehabilitation. It highlights some important aspects of gender as it relates to torture and assists...

Evidence-based Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence in South Africa: A Case Study of CSVR

"The research findings of this review were used by the CSVR’s Gender-Based Violence Programme to inform and develop evidence-based violence prevention interventions in communities. Over the last decade, South Africa has developed progressive leg...

Mapping Local Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response Strategies in South Africa

"This report has covered a range of gender violence prevention initiatives implemented by the state and various NGOs. These interventions demonstrate that a lot is being done to address the problem of GBV in the country and show promising results...

Stories of Torture Survivors Who Sought Redress in Post-apartheid South Africa

The report looks only at experiences of torture amongst young black males in South Africa who have brought civil claims against police through court processes. It looks at all the steps and challenges that torture victims encounter in seeking jus...

Torture in South Africa: The Act and the Facts

"Torture is a specific crime, which can only be committed by a closed group of people, namely public officials in their official capacity or by anyone else with consent of a public official acting in their official capacity. A public official who ...

Women's Contribution to Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention through the Community Work Programme

"The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a public employment programme that provides two days of work per week to unemployed and underemployed people in economically marginalised areas. The CWP aims to be an employment safety net, ensuring a basi...

Integrated Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation into Policy-Oriented Research : Lessons from CSVR's Urban Violence Project

"This report reflects on the design and implementation of an LME plan for a policy-oriented and community based research project, identifying the benefits and challenges of conducting LME in such a research context and sharing lessons learnt in t...

The Good, the Better and the Best: How the Community Work Programme can Reach its Full Potential as an Instrument of Community Development in South Africa

By providing an employment safety net, the CWP offers enormous benefits. Although the payments that people receive are relatively small, they contribute to raising average household incomes and stimulating local economies in areas with high level...

Working for Safety: The Community Work Programme as a Tool for Preventing Violence and Building Safer Communities

The primary purpose of the CWP is to provide an employment safety net. By working in the CWP people who are poor can obtain a basic stable income. But the CWP also makes a big difference to life in the communities in which it is situated. Through...

A Case Study of the Ivory Park Community Work Programme

The CWP provides two days of work per week (up to 100 days per year) to unemployed people who have been enrolled into the programme. This enables participants to use the other three days to look for long-term employment and other opportunities. T...

A Follow-up Report on the Community Work Programme in Bokfontein

In this community, people worked in various projects such as road maintenance, gardening, home-based care, afterschool care, cutting grass, installing pipes for water, and working on the park. All these projects were also found to be effective in...

Analysis of Existing Data on Torture in South Africa with Specific Focus on Annual Reports Published by IPID and JICS

The practice of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment (CIDT) remains a major human rights violation in post-apartheid South Africa. Currently, there is little information on patterns and trends of torture in South Africa. This resear...

When Spider Webs Unite They can Tie up a Lion: A Treasure Trove of Ideas and Exercises for Spinning a Web of Enhanced Relationships

This publication brings together key insights from the Learning Series and a compilation of the exercises used during the various sessions.This learning series were born out of the identified need for human rights activists and lawyers to develop ...

What Lies Beyond? Delving Below the Surface of Conflict: A Treasure Trove of Exercises, Tools and Perspectives on Transforming Conflict and How we Relate to It

The so-called 'Learning Series on the Nexus between Human Rights and Conflict Transformation' focused on bringing peace practitioners and emerging leaders in human rights in to conversation. Engaging Zimbabwean CSO actors - some with an explicit ...

Developing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model: A Contextually-informed, Evidence-based Psychosocial Model for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture: Part 2 - Detailing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model through Engagement....

Torture remains a reality in many countries around the world. As one of the largest recipients of refugees in the world, South Africa has become home to many victims of this extreme form of human rights violation. Sadly torture continues to be per...

Developing an African Torture Rehabilitation Model: A Contextually-informed, Evidence-based Psychosocial Model for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture: Part 1 - Setting the Foundations of an African Torture Rehabilitation Model through Research

Torture remains a reality in many countries around the world. As one of the largest recipients of refugees in the world, South Africa has become home to many victims of this extreme form of human rights violation. The impacts of torture are divers...

Finding our Way: Developing a Community Work Model for Addressing Torture

Why do community interventions? And why do community interventions in relation to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment (CIDT) in South Africa? The literature points to a number of gains as regards community interventions: they are li...

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