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Appointment of convicted sex offender as mayor condemned
Thu, 18 Nov 2021 - 19:00

Civil society and children united in their condemnation of the appointment of convicted sex offender as Kannaland Mayor.

CHILDREN and COVID-19 advocacy briefs
Thu, 19 Aug 2021 - 18:45

The Children’s Institute (CI)  has developed a series of advocacy that document the impact of the pandemic on children and children’s services, and identify opportunities to strengthen systems, improve outcomes and better support children in future waves and crises.

Daily Maverick Op-Ed
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 - 10:30

On 15 February, the Daily Maverick published an op-ed written by Chantell Witten, Julian May and Lori Lake (editors of the South African Child Gauge 2020).

Read the full article here.

Our Covid-19 strategy must include measures to reduce violence against women and children
Wed, 03 Jun 2020 - 07:30

The Covid-19 pandemic is having far reaching and devasting human, social and economic  effects across the globe. Many countries have imposed lockdown measures, confining people  to their homes to curb the spread of the virus and reduce the loss of lives. Potentially, creating the perfect storm for the surge of another pandemic – violence against women and children.

Coalition calls on Cabinet to reconsider relief grants allocation
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 - 18:00

A submission was made to the Ministers of Finance; Social Development; and Women, Youth and People with Disabilities on the social grant component of the disaster relief package. The submission, signed by a coalition of socio-economic experts, economists and prominent NGOs, calls on Cabinet to “reconsider the manner in which the allocation of social relief grants will occur, bearing in mind the necessity of an urgent pro-poor response that protects children, the unemployed, and the informal sector

Letter to Mr President: Call to increase the CSG to protect children and families
Sat, 04 Apr 2020 - 15:15

The Children's Institute, as part of a group of concerned academics and civil society leaders has written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to make a call for an urgent increase to the value of the Child Support Grant by R500 for a period of six months.

Prof Shanaaz Mathews, Director of the Children’s Institute nominated to serve on The Lancet Commission
Thu, 02 Apr 2020 - 15:00

Prof Shanaaz Mathews, Director of the Children’s Institute was nominated to serve on The Lancet Commission on Gender-based Violence and Maltreatment of Young People. 

Why South Africa's children are vulnerable to violence and injuries
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 - 11:00

South African children are vulnerable to injuries, not just those that are accidental but also those inflicted intentionally. This is according to the 2019 Child Gauge report, an annual publication that explores how children in South Africa are faring.

Cover of Child Gauge 2019
South African Gauge 2019: Child and adolescent health
Thu, 19 Dec 2019 - 13:30

The South African Child Gauge 2019 calls for the prioritisation of child and adolescent health in order to disrupt the intergenerational cycles of poverty and violence, and ensure that all of South Africa's children are able to thrive.

We already know how boys become violent men
Wed, 25 Sep 2019 - 12:45

We don’t need more research, we need action. Some of what must be done is already outlined in South African laws and policies. The Children’s Act, for instance, makes violence prevention interventions mandatory.

Mr. President, are you listening? Ending violence against children should be a top priority
Thu, 05 Sep 2019 - 15:45

In June, the Children's Institute, as part of a group of concerned academics and civil society leaders wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to make violence against women and violence against children in ALL it's forms a top priority for his new cabinet. The president's office sent us a lacklustre response that same month. 

Conflict leaves children traumatised, anxious – for life
Thu, 29 Aug 2019 - 10:00

In Africa 14.5% of children under the age of 16 are suffering from the effects of violence – both collective and interpersonal violence – resulting in long-term trauma. In the Western Cape the prevalence is 17%, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affecting 8% of under-16s and generalised anxiety disorder affecting 11%.