FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
27 October 2017
RE: ACTIVATE! Promoting education and peace beyond 16 Days of Activism #Committed2Peace #YESPeace
On the 28th October 2017, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers and Africa Unite; affiliates of the YESPeace Network will collaborate to host a peer educator workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 Interconnectedness, Gender and Human Rights: Youth Training Workshop will endeavour to promote quality education on gender and human rights to enhance a sense of interconnectedness as a strategy to respond to the challenge of gender based violence.
As South Africa gears itself towards observing the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, it is important to reflect on how communities can be empowered to respond to the pressing challenge of gender injustice. The high incidence of rape cases, as well as other forms of physical and psychological abuse of women and girls and the LGBTIQA+ community in South Africa represent a profound social challenge affecting communities across the South African society. Given this, our efforts to build peaceful, interconnected and sustainable communities across the country must be cognizant of the dire need to address challenges facing the most vulnerable in society.
In light of the above stated the SDG 4.7 Interconnectedness, Gender and Human Rights: Youth Training Workshop will essentially aim to empower young leaders from in and around Cape Town with key competencies to actively contribute towards building peaceful, interconnected and sustainable communities across the Western Cape.
Participants will come from various community based and youth development organisations including the International Peace Youth Group, Social Services at City of Cape Town, the Khayelitsha Peace Building Team, Gender Works, Inclusive and Affirming Ministries and Youth Coalition to name a few.
The SDG 4.7 Interconnectedness, Gender and Human Rights: Youth Training Workshop will be arranged under the following arrangements:
Date: 28 October 2017
Venue: Africa Unite
6 Spin Street
The workshop is an initiative of the YESPeace Network which is a collaborative effort, led by UNESCO MGIEP, aimed at transforming education to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially Target 4.7.
ACTIVATE! is a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Connecting youth who have the skills, sense of self and spark to address tough challenges and initiate innovative and creative solutions that can reshape our society.
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