16 September 2021 Volume :9 Issue :40

UKZN Partners with the National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu-Natal

UKZN Partners with the National Prosecuting Authority in KwaZulu-Natal
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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has partnered with the KwaZulu-Natal Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit of the National Prosecuting Authority to host a series of webinars on Gender-Based Violence and related topics, which will take place over the coming months.

These webinars will target the UKZN community as a whole.

The purpose of the UKZN-SOCA partnership is to highlight the dangers that members of the UKZN community face on a daily basis, to improve their (UKZN community) safety and security, create awareness around Gender-Based Violence, and to advise the UKZN community where to get help if needed.

The UKZN-SOCA team will host one webinar per month, which will cover a variety of topics including human trafficking; Thuthuzela Care Centres, and harassment on campus.

Each webinar will consist of a panel of experts from UKZN, SOCA or other relevant stakeholders and will be followed by a series of articles containing more information that the UKZN community will be able to access via Ndabaonline.

The series of webinars will kick off on Wednesday, 22 September 2021, with the first webinar - which will commence at 14h00 and end at 16h00 on Zoom - set to focus on suicide prevention and mental health and support. 

UKZN recognises that many people within its community may be exposed to Gender-Based Violence and may feel distinct pressures including employment insecurity; financial instability; the portrayal of a negative image on social media; 24/7 exposure to a news cycle that often reflects tragedy; the effects of COVID-19; as well as the stress and trauma of the recent looting - which may be particularly anxiety-provoking and traumatic.

More information will be disseminated via Ndabaonline.

For more information on free counselling hotlines in South Africa go to: 
https://www.opencounseling.com/hotlines-za

Words: Ndabaonline

Photographs: Supplied


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