[Svrilist] SVRI Update

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Aug 14 11:59:10 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 Sexual Violence 
Research Initiative please visit us at http://www.svri.org

a.  Research Guides:
*Interpreting Research Studies, In Brief 2006* Series No.2 Guttmacher 
Institute: "This four-page document prepared by the Guttmacher Institute 
spells out 12 key questions to ask when approaching a new study and aims 
to make even the most number-heavy and complicated social science 
reports accessible to all those using evidence in their work."  Online 
at:  http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2006/07/27/IB_Interpreting.pdf

*A Guide for Conducting Research on the Formulation of Sexual and 
Health-related Behaviour Among Young Men:* Training Guidelines, 
Resources, Study Guides, and Informed Consent Forms.  The CATALYST 
Consortium, 2005 [Source:  synergyaids] Available online:  
(This file is very large and may be difficult to download)

*b.  Publications / Resources
and Children, Stop HIV/AIDS* August 1, 2006, Global AIDS Alliance:  2.3 
million children under the age of 15 are living with HIV/AIDS; one of 
them dies each minute.  As the international community attempts to 
grapple with these staggering numbers and spends billions of dollars on 
essential HIV/AIDS programs, comparatively little attention is being 
paid to the urgent need to scale up programs that address violence 
against women and children (VAWC). ......Violence is clearly at epidemic 
proportions, and it severely impacts children, with 20% of girls and 
another 10% of boys experiencing sexual abuse as a child. .......... 
Violence is linked to HIV...........For more than two decades, women's 
advocacy organizations have been calling for action on violence against 
women.  The call for action to stop violence against children is more 
recent but is beginning to be heard. Yet, despite clear evidence that 
successful strategies exist, international donor countries have been far 
too slow to react, multilateral funding mechanisms have been left 
starved of resources, and no global plan has been created. 
...............This document describes a framework for a comprehensive 
response to violence against women and children, including the resources 
that would be needed, political and financial, for full implementation. 
[Summary adapted from the Executive Summary of the full report].  Full 
report available online at:  

*Deepening Crisis in Darfur Two Months After the Darfur Peace Agreement: 
An Assessment*, OHCR, August 2006:  The report indicates that during May 
and June, at least 20 incidents were reported to have occurred; these 
mainly consisted of attacks on villages by armed militias (supported on 
at least one occasion by Government forces), clashes between militias 
and the SLA and intra-SLA fighting. These attacks also resulted in the 
torture and killing of civilians and sexual abuse, including rape, as 
well as in further displacement of the population.  Full report 
available on line at:  

*Elimination of violence against women in partnership with men. Women in 
Development Section*, UNESCAP (2006):  "This publication encompasses 
material that was prepared for a training workshop on eliminating 
violence against women (VAW). The paper and the inventory of 
organisations and initiatives are aimed at highlighting ideas, concepts, 
policies, approaches and strategies for a greater involvement and 
engagement of men to eliminate gender violence." Available online at: 

*People Trafficking: Upholding Rights and Understanding 
Vulnerabilities*, Couldrey, M.; Morris, T. (eds.) / Forced Migration 
Review, 2006.    "This edition of the Forced Migration Review covers 
many aspects of the vulnerabilities of the victims of forced migration. 
This issue looks not only at the struggles of refugees and internally 
displaced people, but also victims of human trafficking" Available on 
line: http://www.fmreview.org/FMRpdfs/FMR25/FMR25full.pdf

*Addressing Gender in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations in the 
Philippines,* World Bank (WB), 2005,"The paper presents the findings and 
recommendations of the review undertaken to identify how gender is 
addressed in various post-conflict situations in Philippines. Based on 
the findings of the review the paper has several key recommendations for 
addressing gender in conflict and post-conflict situations in the 
Philippines."  Online link:  

*Behind Closed Doors:  The impact of domestic violence on children*.  
UNICEF and the Body Shop International (2006) "New global report reveals 
impact of domestic violence on children.  A global study published by 
UNICEF and The Body Shop International reveals the devastating and 
lasting impact on children of living with domestic violence. Defining 
domestic violence as the physical, sexual or mental abuse of a parent or 
caregiver, the report finds that the experience of watching, hearing or 
otherwise being aware of domestic violence can impact children's 
physical, emotional and social development, both during childhood and 
later in life. Based on global data from the United Nations 
Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children, the report 
conservatively estimates that as many as 275 million children are 
currently exposed to domestic violence. ...."Domestic violence can have 
a lasting negative impact on children," The report also finds that the 
single best predictor of children continuing the cycle of domestic 
violence - either as perpetrators or as victims -  depends on whether or 
not they grow up in a home with domestic violence. Research shows that 
rates of abuse are higher among women whose husbands were abused as 
children or who saw their mothers being abused. Many studies have also 
found that children from violent homes show signs of more aggressive 
behaviour, such as bullying, and are up to three times more likely to be 
involved in fighting.  On line link to full report:  

*c.  other

Organizational Meeting in Toronto, Canada, after the International Aids 
Conference to form a steering committee for a Global Conference for 
Survivors of Domestic Violence:*  August 22, 9.30 AM at the Toronto 
Child Abuse Centre 890 Yonge St., 11th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3P4, 
Tel: (416) 515-1100    Fax: (416) 515-1227 "The TCAC is centrally 
located on Yonge Street between the Rosedale and Bloor subway stations 
on public transit. Yonge Street is the main street of downtown Toronto 
and well know to cab drivers. Public Parking Lots are nearby. A light 
lunch will be provided. RSVP william.sparks at rogers.com 
<mailto:william.sparks at rogers.com>

*Crop Monthly Media Scan (MMS):  *The July 2006 Monthly Media Scan 
compiled by CROP from extracts of news items in different UK news papers 
is now available. In this months scan CROP has put together all the 
articles that appeared in Lancashire Telegraph as part of its 'Keeping 
them Safe' Campaign along with web links to access the full length 
articles. Hope these will be handy too.   For a copy of this months MMS 
write to  crop at inbox.com <mailto:crop at inbox.com>.

*Invitation to the Online discussion:  *You are invited to participate 
in an online discussion on the theme of */the elimination of all forms 
of discrimination and violence against the girl child/*, which is being 
organized by the Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of 
Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. The discussion will 
run for four weeks from 14 August to 8 September 2006.

The online discussion is scheduled to begin on 14 August and to continue 
for four weeks. Each of the first three weeks of the discussion will be 
devoted to one theme, while the last week will provide the opportunity 
to raise additional issues and wrap up.
Week One: August 14 - " Protection of the girl child; girls in 
vulnerable situations
Week Two: 21 August - " Empowerment of the girl child
Week Three: 28 August - " Monitoring progress - data and statistics on 
the girl child
Week Four: 4 September -" Other issues and wrap up

Please check the following webpage for more detailed information about 
the online discussion, including on each week's topic: 
To register, please click on the following link to fill out an online 

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