CSP Public Education Campaigns
According to the World Health Organisation, cultural and social norms are rules or expectations of behaviour within a specific cultural or social group. Studies conducted in different countries have highlighted that different cultural and social norms support different types of violence as shown below for e.g.
Youth Violence - reporting youth violence or bullying is unacceptable (United Kingdom) and violence is an acceptable way of resolving conflicts (United States of America)
There is therefore a need to challenge norms that are supportive of violence. The public education component of the Citizen Security Programme is intended to encourage community action and involvement in changing attitudes and practices that are favourable of violence. Through a range of initiatives such as billboards, community walks and marches, publication of newsletters and production of short films, CSP's public education efforts are aimed at educating the wider community about the characteristics of a safe, healthy, functional community. These efforts are usually led by the Community Action Councils in each community.
Below are a sample of CSP's public education efforts to-date:
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