UFH Psychological Service Centre discuss violence in South Africa

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A few days after President Ramaphosa launched the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, the University of Fort Hare’s Psychological Service Centre (PSC) held a symposium to discuss factors which lead to violence in the country and how those factors can be prevented.

The first annual symposium themed: Social Perspectives on Violence in South Africa was held at the Blue Lagoon Hotel in East London on 28 November. The event created a platform for Psychologists, postgraduate students and members of society to engage in robust discussions about theories of violence, gender identities, and violence in schools.

The speakers included Dr Rianna Oelofsen, Philosophy Department Senior Lecturer, who spoke about gender identities. Dr Glynnis Martin from the PSC spoke about the theories of violence. Mrs Lynette Morupisi, founder of the Mary Project, delivered a presentation on the escalating acts of violence in schools and how it affects learners.

The eye-opening presentations were followed by a question and answer session and a panel discussion. The sessions led by Ms Lynette Flusk from the PSC provided for a rich and robust engagement.