Before posting the blog I took a few minutes to think about the heading. I did not want it to sign negative. Being negative will not help to solve a problem. So I decided on the heading: Do something about violence, because that can give us hope … we can DO something!
The cover page of Die Burger with a photo of policemen and the bodies of the mine workers takes up half of the page.
Violence, violence, violence… President Zuma responded after yesterday’s shootings that there is enough space in our democracy to solve conflict without violence. How are we going to change the nature of so many people to use violence to get what they want?
Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against a person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development or deprivation”. An act is committed, irrespective of the outcome of the procedures.
According to Wikepedia globally violence takes the lives of more than 1.5 million people annually. This figure includes homicide, suicide, war and other forms of conflict. Violence often has lifelong consequences for victim’s physical and mental health and social functioning. It can also slow down economic and social development.
The positive side is that violence is preventable. Social matters like misuse of alcohol and the absence of safe and nurturing relationships between children and adults are some of the main causes for violence. It is not speculation that violence is preventable. Scientific research was done. Now is the time to seriously address this matter on all levels … national & local government, schools, churches, communities … everybody. We must stop being depressed and talk about it. This is a challenge to all Skills Universe members … what are you going to do?
(Based on information retrieved from the internet)