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Mobile Technologies and Violence against Women and Girls: A help or a hindrance?

28 August 2015
11:00 - 13:00

Prof David Canter, Emeritus Professor, Psychology Department, University of Huddersfield
Ms Crystal Orderson, Southern Africa Correspondent for the Africa Report Magazine
Dr Sarah Chiumbu, Human and Social Development Unit (HSD), HSRC


Ms Janine Moolman, Association for Progressive Communications
Chairperson:Dr Benita Moolman, Human and Social Development Unit (HSD), HSRC

Date:  Friday, 28 August   

Time: 11:00  – 13:00

:    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.

Media is a powerful and influential source of communication in South Africa. Mobile media, particularly cell phones play an increasingly important role in the everyday lives of South Africans. The instant access to apps, such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Mxit, Twitter, Instagram and many others have increased its popularity amongst individuals, particularly young people. This seminar will examine the purpose and usefulness of new mobile technologies to address violence against women.

The high rates of violence against women and children in South Africa require multi-modal approaches and interventions that will address the complexity and layers of violence, against women and children. Professor David Canter, (International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology) at the University of Huddersfield has recently developed a mobile app called iDU to contribute to responding and addressing violence against women. The HSRC invites you be part of a discussion that will critically discuss and evaluate the effectiveness of mobile technologies in the context of violence against women in South Africa.  

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

RSVP by 24 August
Cape Town: Carmen August (021) 466 7827,   12th Floor, Plein Park Building, Plein Street, Cape Town
Durban: Ridhwaan Khan (031) 242 5400,   1st Floor, 750 Francois Road, Ntuthuko Junction, Pods 5 and 6, Cato Manor
Pretoria: Arlene Grossberg (012) 302 2811,  1st  Floor, HSRC Building, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria