[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Resources and Publications

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed Aug 2 10:35:59 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence 
related research and resources. Please email svri at mrc.ac.za 
<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> if you would like us to include relevant sexual 
violence resources and materials in the SVRI Updates. For more 
information and resources on sexual violence and the SVRI visit 
www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org>.

*Resources and Publications:
*Victim Impact Statement Study, by Schuster M & Propen A, Watch (2006): 
"*Victim impact statements constitute a most unusual and perplexing form 
of communication in the legal arena. This study began by asking to what 
extent victim impact statements affected or should affect sentencing 
decisions and acceptance of plea negotiations, particularly in domestic 
violence or sexual assault cases, and what features make an impact 
statement persuasive or memorable. The study concludes that victim 
impact statements have value in the sentencing process and provides 
specific recommendations for how to handle victim impact statements." 
[Source: Taken from report summary] Full report available on line at: 

*Fighting against female genital mutilation in Sub-Saharan Africa: some 
experiences (Mali) (French), Latoures, A. January 2006*, Published by 
Genre en action. “According to the last survey on female genital 
mutilation (FGM) in Mali, 91.6 per cent of women between the age of 15 
and 49 had undergone the practice, a decrease by just over 2 per cent 
since the last survey of 1995-1996. Why do people still practice FGM? 
The reasons are many: as a coming of age ritual; it is perceived to be 
an islamic practice, although there is no reference to FGM in the Koran 
or other religious texts; controlling women's desire to ensure virginity 
and fidelity; the mistaken ideas that the clitoris is ugly, smells bad, 
and inhibits childbirth. People have been mobilising against FGM for 
many years in Africa. As early as 1959, the Union of West African women 
noted FGM as a concern. Today in Mali the fight against FGM continues 
both within and outside government. This note introduces and gives 
contact details for the key organisations fighting FGM in Mali and the 
region, and provides references of books and articles on the subject. 
This resource is available only in French. Original title: Expériences 
de lutte contre l'excision en Afrique subsaharienne (Mali). Des 
dynamiques africaines existent contre la pratique des mutilations 
génitales féminines, et ce depuis de nombreuses années, si bien qu'il 
devient important d'une part de visibiliser cette capitalisation et 
d'autre part de mettre en perspective les différentes approches qui la 
composent.” [Source: Siyanda]. Available on line: 

*Eroticism, sensuality and "women's secrets" among the Baganda: a 
critical analysis, Tamale, S., Produced by: Feminist Africa (2005).* 
“This article focuses on the connection and collision between human 
sexuality, power and politics. Specifically, the author explores the 
various ways in which the erotic is used both as an oppressive and 
empowering resource. To gain a better understanding of African women's 
sexuality, this article focuses on one particular cultural/sexual 
initiation institution among the Baganda of Uganda, namely the Ssenga”. 
[Source: Eldis Gender Reporter] Available on line at: 

*The female condom: a powerful tool for protection, PATH, United Nations 
Population Fund (2006),* “This report emphasises the potential of the 
female condom as a strategy for women to gain control over their lives 
and their bodies, by preventing unwanted pregnancies and lowering their 
susceptibility to the HIV infection. According to the report the female 
condom is an effective STI and pregnancy prevention technology available 
now that enables couples to reduce their risks, while research shows 
that the method is comparable to the male condom in its effectiveness in 
preventing pregnancy and STIs. However, despite the availability of the 
female condom for the last ten years usage is still low.” [Source: Eldis 
Gender Reporter] Online at: 

*"Health Rights of Women Assessment Instrument", Saskia Bakker and 
Hansje Plagman, HOM 2006.:* “The Health Rights of Women Assessment 
Instrument (HeRWAI) is a newly developed, practical tool for 
organisations that want to bring a human rights approach into practice. 
It contains practical guidance for a rights based analysis of a policy. 
Through a HeRWAI analysis, organisations can link what actually happens 
with what should happen according to the human rights obligations of a 
country. The analysis includes local, national and international 
influences and is based on the norms set by CEDAW and ICESCR. The result 
of a HeRWAI analysis is a set of recommendations to improve the impact 
of the policy, as well as an action plan to lobby for acceptance of the 
recommendations and raise awareness about the findings.” [Source: HOM 
via Eldis Gender Reporter]. Download at: 

*Sexual and Reproductive Health of HIV Positive Women and Adolescent 
Girls: A Dialogue on Rights, Policies and Services, EngenderHealth, 
Harvard University, ICW, Ipas, UNFPA*, *2006, *“This report summarizes 
discussion from two electronic forums on human rights dimensions of 
services and policies related to the sexual and reproductive health of 
HIV-positive women. The overarching issue was the high degree of stigma 
and discrimination experienced by HIV-positive women” [Source: UNFPA via 
Development Gateway]. 

*South Africa** GenderStats: * GenderStats is a research and information 
resource on women and girls’ gendered positions in South Africa. It 
seeks to support the participation of women in debates and events, with 
a view to advancing gender justice in South Africa. GenderStats holds 
the potential for networking, participation, and advocacy. For more 
information visit: http://www.genderstats.org.za/

*Gender Statistics Chile: * Unidad Mujer y Desarrollo, Economic 
Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, March 2005. "This 
webpage provides quantitative data on the situation of women and men in 
Chile. Information includes illiteracy rate, poverty incidence by sex of 
head of household, urban unemployment rate, rates of participation in 
economic activity, urban population by years of study, and women's 
average income relative to men's. The website provides sex disaggregated 
information on all Latin American and Caribbean countries and gives an 
overview of the whole region, as well as regional indicators, related 
documents and links. Available in English and Spanish." [Source: 
Siyanda] Online at: 

*The Faculty of Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers 
the following multi-disciplinary Masters Degree:* Master of Law in the 
Field of Child Witnesses: For professionals who wish to specialize in 
the area of child witness work, including, but not limited to, 
prosecutors, magistrates, social workers, police, medical and mental 
health practitioners, court interpreters, intermediaries and individuals 
involved with non-governmental organisations dealing with child abuse, 
child trafficking and other relevant crimes by and against children. 
This two year block contact masters course includes core and elective 
modules: as professionals in this field will require a basic 
understanding of the dynamics of children in court, certain of the 
modules will be core modules and will be compulsory. In addition, it 
will also be compulsory for learners to complete a dissertation. 
Learners will, therefore, be entitled to elect two further modules. This 
is summarized as follows: 2 core modules (30 credits each); dissertation 
(90 credits); and 2 elective modules (15 credits each). For more 
information contact, Faculty Officer: Marieta Fourie Tel. +27 41 504 
2588, email marieta.fourie at nmmu.ac.za <mailto:marieta.fourie at nmmu.ac.za>

*Call for Poetry/Papers:

Agenda: *A special issue of Agenda will be come out in August/September 
2006 to mark the Nairobi+21 project. As the first international women's 
conference on African soil, the Nairobi Conference in 1985 discussed 
ways to fend for women's rights and gender equality that would, for the 
first time, be informed by the agendas of women from the South. We are 
particularly seeking poets from Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, 
Ethiopia, Kenya, DRC, South Africa but also from other parts of Africa 
and the world to submit their poetry. We are welcoming contributions 
from poets who have attended the Nairobi conference and are able to 
comment on its successes and failures, as well as from young poets who 
can talk about women's rights today with view on how women's 
circumstances have changed since the mid 80s.Suggested topics of the 
poems are: Poverty, Education, Health, Violence against women, Media, 
Environment, Human rights, Political power and decision-making. 
Contributions need to be written in English language, and need to fit 
onto one page of the journal (usually 40 lines). The contributions need 
to be the poets own work. All poems not published in the journal will be 
automatically published onto the Agenda website unless authors request 
that they are only published into the journal. All poems must come with 
a picture and Bio of the author and must be submitted to Christine Davis 
editorial at agenda.org.za <mailto:editorial at agenda.org.za>. Deadline: 3 
August 2006

*Call for Papers by The Center of Arab Women for Training and Research 
(CAWTAR):* CAWTAR frequently launches calls for papers on issues related 
to the Center’s activities and programs. The objective of these 
competitions is to contribute to the generation of knowledge on issues 
pertaining to Arab women’s rights and conditions. Through these 
competitions the Center mainly hopes to create regional momentum for 
priority gender and development issues. The call for papers targets 
different groups such as researchers, journalists, young Arab 
researchers and artists. The theme for this call for papers is Arab 
Women and Legislation. The deadline for submission is August 30th 2006. 
For more information go to: 

*MSM Stream at the XVI International AIDS Conference, Daniel McCartney, 
AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canada:* Plan now to take part in "MSM & HIV: 
Advancing a Global Agenda for Gay Men and Other Men who have Sex with 
Men," a week-long stream of events at the forthcoming World AIDS 
Conference in Toronto that will identify the impact that HIV is having 
on gay and other men who have sex with men around the world and profile 
the work of individuals and organizations working with MSM to respond to 
HIV and AIDS. Visit www.msm-aids2006.org <http://www.msm-aids2006.org> 
to find out more.

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