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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

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  • Adult sexual content and culture has woven itself seamlessly into the fabric of the internet. Some of it is subtle, and some not so subtle, but there is now a wealth of dedicated porn websites available and plenty of demand to view the content. One of the most popular is Pornhub, and according to its 2015 year in review, visitors to the website watched more than 4.3 billion hours of porn.
  • To bring the plight of city’s (Cape Town) poor to the fore, civic technology lab Code for South Africa (Code4SA) created an interactive map that not only highlights the lack of sanitation services in informal settlements, but also allows users to explore two real-life, on-the-ground stories of people living in these areas.
  • To bring the plight of city’s (Cape Town) poor to the fore, civic technology lab Code for South Africa (Code4SA) created an interactive map that not only highlights the lack of sanitation services in informal settlements, but also allows users to explore two real-life, on-the-ground stories of people living in these areas.
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 14:45 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 14:45

    The conference is about evidence-informed decision-making and will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 20-22 September 2016.

  • The top human rights body of the United Nations voted last week to appoint an independent expert to monitor rights violations against gender and sexual minorities and hold States to account for these violations.
  • In the run-up to International Women’s Day on 8 March, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics is launching a new eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education.
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:00 to Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 16:00

    There is growing momentum behind calls for the recognition of the potential of online and networked media for promoting children’s rights. At the same time, researchers, child rights’ advocates and internet governance experts are concerned that children’s rights are being newly infringed rather than enhanced in the digital age. This raises questions for research, policy and practice.

  • Cabinet has approved ECD policy December 2015, to ensure children have access to quality ECD
  • Children’s health ‘uniquely’ affected by climate change, paediatricians say Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).
  • Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:15

    After the launch of the National Development Plan Vision 2030 of South Africa in August 2012, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) South Africa commissioned a study that explored available policy options for addressing poverty traps and social exclusion among children in South Africa and the additional national and societal efforts that are needed to break such traps. Poverty Traps and Social Exclusion among Children in South Africa was nominated by UNICEF as one of the 12 best policy research reports done globally for them in 2014 (See Best of UNICEF Research 2014, https://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/742).

    After the formal launch of the report PAN: Children consulted with Professor Servaas van der Berg from the University of Stellenbosch to develop the following five policy briefs based on the report, which are the focus of this launch seminar. ◾Education: Every child must read by age 9 ◾Poor childhood health can condemn children to  poverty for life ◾Social and family influences trap many children in poverty ◾How geography can trap children in poverty ◾How lack of assets affect child poverty and social exclusion.

    Policy briefs will be distributed electronically prior to the seminar and hard copies will be available on 9 November 2015

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