Urban violence

DIGNITY works to ensure that people living in unsafe slum areas can lead safer and dignified lives. We prevent torture and organized violence in urban areas nationally and internationally.

The majority of the world's people live in poor cities. Cities are characterized by inequality across all parameters - security, income, education and health. The coexistence of wealth and poverty fuels violence and fear, especially the wealthy fear the poor. It helps to legitimize increasingly brutal forms of oppression of marginalized groups. Corruption and threats of violence as well as torture, inhumane treatment and other forms of organized violence play an integral part of life in poor urban areas.

DIGNITY collaborates with partner organizations in the South to develop their and our knowledge of how torture and organized violence can be reduced in large urban areas, and how to create safer living conditions without threats and fear. We want to reduce the vulnerability under which poor villagers live. In collaboration with partner organizations and research we urge state and society to address the problem. These experiences are also used to develop interventions in Denmark in the direct work with torture survivors and other risk groups.

Finally, we use the accumulated knowledge to build and strengthen an emerging global coalition aimed at setting everyday violence – both state violence and non-state violence - on the anti-torture agenda and at strengthen the understanding of how violence interferes with international development initiatives.



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