[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual violence in the news

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Aug 25 09:17:57 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual 
violence from across the globe. If you would like to suggest resources 
to be included on the SVRI Updates or on the SVRI website, please email 
svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>. For additional resources and 
information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org 

*Sexual Violence in the News:
*Sudan: Sexual Violence Spikes Around South Darfur Camp
*AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 24 August 2006
... Annan, warned that the renewed conflict in Darfur had drawn 
attention away from the continuing practice of ethnically targeted 
sexual violence against girls ...

*Increased Sexual Assaults Signal Darfur's Downward Slide
*International Rescue Committee Media Alert, 23 August, 2006
More than 200 women have been sexually assaulted in the last five weeks 
alone around Darfur's largest displaced camp, Kalma, an alarming trend 
that is yet another sign of the region's plummeting security situation.

*School girls acquire knowledge at a cost
*Malawi's Daily Times - Malawi, 23 August, 2006
Many girls drop out of school because of the many challenges they face 
in acquiring knowledge but for the few who remain in school, life is 
unbearable as the cost of acquiring knowledge is bigger.

*UN Chief:  Sudan Children are in Danger
*Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA, 23 August 2006
UNITED NATIONS -- Children in Sudan are living in grave danger of 
abduction, killing and sexual violence, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan 
said in a report. ...

*'Take Back the Night' for Men as Well
*FOX News - USA, 22 August 2006
On Aug. 10, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the 
results of its first national Personal Safety Survey (PSS, 2005). It is 
the only national survey by a 'Western' country that analyzes a wide 
range of violence on the basis of a respondent's sex.

*DEVELOPMENT: Women Matter - In All of the Millennium Goals
In order to advance towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 
gender equality cannot merely be limited to a number of specific 
objectives, but must be the lens through which all the targets are 
viewed, say experts and representatives of women's movements in Argentina.

*Pakistan** Proposes Reforms to Islamic Laws
*ISLAMABAD, Reuters, 21 August 2006
Pakistan's ruling party introduced a bill on Monday to amend 
controversial Islamic laws, including one which makes rape victims 
liable to prosecution for adultery unless they produce four male witnesses.

*Suicide Only Option for Majority of Afghan Widows: Study
*Islamabad, India eNews.com, 21 August 2006
Poverty, hardship and unemployment are driving women in Afghanistan to 
prostitution, with suicide the only option to escape their miseries, 
says a UN study.

*Their Bodies as Weapons
*Guardian Unlimited - UK, 21 August 2006
Rapes in conflict zones result from the idea that violence is erotic, 
and it pervades the US military

*Defrock more priests, church told
*London Free Press - Canada, 19 August 2006
They are four grown men whose lives were shattered by sexual violence at 
the hands of Roman Catholic priests. ...

*Testimony on sexual violence
*B92 - Serbia and Montenegro, 19 August 2006
THE HAGUE -- The Hague prosecution presented Dzevahira Rahmani, its 
first witness to testify on sexual violence over Kosovo Albanians in 
1999. ...

*Closing ceremonies at AIDS conference:  Time to deliver Stephen Lewis says
*CBC News - Canada, 18 August 2006
... While he noted that sexual violence is not unique to Africa, "in 
Africa, the violence and the virus go together.". ...

*Nigeria - Evils of Human Trafficking
*Nigeria, Daily Champion, 18 August 2006
CLARA, 13, was picked up by her aunty having agreed with her parents 
that she would work as a house-help somewhere in Lagos on a salary of 
N7,000 and this money was to be sent to her parents in the village.

*Violence Threatens Health of Pregnant Women & Newborns, Study Finds
*Family Violence Prevention Fund, Newsflash, 17 August 2006
A new study demonstrates conclusively that physical abuse by husbands 
and boyfriends compromises a woman's health during pregnancy, her 
likelihood of carrying a child to term and the health of her newborn.

*Pakistan**: Coalition Gives Ground On Changes to Controversial Law
*Islamabad, AKI/DAWN, 16 August 2006
President Pervez Musharraf has directed the ministry of law to redraft 
the proposed amendments to the Hudood laws incorporating some proposals 
from coalition members. The directive was issued after a grand meeting 
of the ruling coalition chaired by the president.

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