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Cognitive Behavioural Development and the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children: The Case of the “First Thousand Days”

24 November 2015
12:30 - 13:30

Date:  24 November

12:30 – 13:30

    VCRs, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

Benita Moolman: Human Sciences Research Council (Chair)
Des Van Niekerk: Hearts of Men Institute
Barak Morgan: Ilifa Labantwana

Recently, child development research has emphasised the importance of the ‘first 1000 days’ in providing a pathway for the health and well-being of children. It is argued that if the ‘first 1000 days’ of a child’s life does not adequately nurture the emotional, physical, social and cognitive development of  children,  developmental challenges that will result will be difficult to completely address in the long term. Most perpetrators of Gender Based Violence (GBV) are male, and research with sex offenders identify cognitive distortions as central in their thinking about violence and the violent acts that they commit.

Notwithstanding the importance of the social environment in providing remedial support for children across the developmental stages (until the ages of 17 years old);  it remains essential to explore the concept of the ‘1000 days’ and how this knowledge can inform prevention efforts with boys and men in addressing gender based violence. . Our concern is the implications of this for the prevention of violence, and specifically the prevention of violence against women and children. During the 16 Days of Activism against Violence Against Women and Children, it is  important  to reflect on the possibilities for the prevention of this very localised but also global epidemic.

The seminar may be attended in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban

Kindly RSVP by 23 November 2015

Cape Town : HSRC, 12th Floor, Plein Park Building (Opposite Revenue Office), Plein Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen August, Tel: 021 466 7827 Email:
Durban :  First floor HSRC board room, 750 Mary Thipe Street, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor, Contact Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400,
Pretoria : HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811, e-mail:  or Happy Solomon,E-mail, tel: 012 302 2368