[Svrilist] SVRI Update

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Aug 29 12:02:34 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>.  Today's SVRI Update includes the 
1.  Resources and Publications
2.  Internet Gender Resources / Data Bases
3.  Job and Study opportunities
4.  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

*1.  Resources and Publications:

Documenting Sexual Violence in Conflict: Data and Methods - An Annotated 
Bibliography*, Alliance for Direct Action against Rape in Conflicts and 
Crises (AllianceDARC), August 2006:  "This bibliography was prepared in 
the course of background research for a discussion paper on challenges 
relating to the documentation of sexual violence in conflict. 
Consequently, the bulk of the documents listed here address that topic. 
Wherever possible, links have been provided for documents that are 
publicly available online. For academic papers, which are often subject 
to copyright restrictions, links to abstracts are more often provided." 
[Source: WUNRN]  Online at:  

'*Called to Speak':  Six Strategies that Encourage Women's Political 
Activism, *Amy Caiazza, Institute for Women's Policy Research, April 
2006:  The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) has released a 
report outlining strategies to encourage women's political activism and 
urging groups concerned with social justice to cultivate women's 
political leadership. The research brief on the report is available 
online at:  http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/I917.pdf

*2006 UN Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking:*  Report of 
the Special Rapporteur on the human rights aspects of the victims of 
trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Sigma Huda, 
February 2006.  "This report is covers the period January-December 
2005.  Section I outlines the Special Rapporteur's activities during 
this reporting period.  Section II is devoted to a thematic study on the 
relationship between trafficking and the demand for commercial sexual 
exploitation.  Section III contains the Special Rapporteur's conclusions 
and recommendations".  Online at:  

*Statement of OMCT to the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and 
Protection of Human Rights, Item 6.a) of the Agenda, Women and Human 
Rights,  2006* 'The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is the 
world's largest coalition of non-governmental organisations fighting 
against arbitrary detention, torture, summary and extrajudicial 
executions, forced disappearances and other forms of violence. Its 
global network comprises nearly 300 local, national and regional 
organisations, which share the common goal of eradicating such practices 
and enabling the respect of human rights for all.' To access their 
statement to the UN Sub-Commission visit:  

*Personal Safety Survey:  2005 Australian Bureau of Statistics: * 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 analyses a wide range of 
violence on the basis of a respondent's sex.  Online link:  

*2.  Internet Gender Resources / Data Bases:*

*Development Gateway Launches new member directory: * With over 30,000 
registered dgCommunities members, the Member Directory provides a 
one-stop shop for key contacts and collaboration worldwide. The new 
Member Directory enables you to more easily contact fellow professionals 
in the international development community for expert advice, 
information, and collaboration. You will be able to find development 
practitioners from over 200 countries, with interests and expertise in 
dozens of areas, including gender and development.  For more information 
visit the Development Gateway online at: 
http://www.developmentgateway.org <http://www.developmentgateway.org/>

*UN-INSTRAW Creates a new Interactive e-Tool to Promote Trainings: *As a 
groundbreaking initiative, the United Nations International Research and 
Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) launches 
the first-ever Gender "Wiki", an online tool facilitating and increasing 
the exchange of knowledge-sharing on capacity-building activities and 
resources worldwide.   Through a free Internet downloadable wiki 
software, this kind of website allows users to add, remove, edit and 
change all content quickly and easily. Organisations can publicise their 
training courses, publications and other capacity-building materials, in 
English and Spanish.  Available online:  

*Nicole Information Bureau: * The Nicole Information Bureau is the 
information arm of the Nicole Defense Campaign launched by awardees of 
The Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service (TOWNS).  The bureau 
itself was created in June 2006.  Its mission is to: (1) provide the 
public with more accurate, more complete, and more sensitive updates of 
the trial and other helpful information on the Subic Rape Case; (2) help 
prepare Filipino society to deal more fairly with victims of rape and 
sexual assault by educating the public on the psychological and social 
issues attached to rape; (3) educate the public on the anatomy of rape 
as a heinous crime and a clear violation of the rights of women; and (4) 
persuade Filipinos to see beyond the superficial and appreciate the 
social, and political implications of this case.  Apart from maintaining 
a blog and writing summaries of the trial, the bureau also monitors 
media reportage (television, radio, print, online) and public opinion on 
the issue. It also plans to conduct public forums to help raise people's 
awareness and understanding of rape in general and Nicole's case in 
particular.  Visit the site at:  http://subicrapecase.wordpress.com/about/

*Population Resource Bureau's Data Finder: * Population and Health 
Database:  This database contains data on 137 population, health, and 
environment variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and 
sub-regions.  [Source:  Development Gateway]  Online at:  

*A Library in your Letterbox: The* *GDN/BLDS Document Delivery 
Service:*  The Global Development Network and the British Library of 
Development Studies (BLDS) have teamed up to bring you the GDN/BLDS 
Document Delivery service to meet the information needs of research 
institutes in the South. The GDN/BLDS Document Delivery Service allows 
you to search the huge BLDS online catalogue of development related 
resources from your desktop, then request copies of articles you need. A 
BLDS librarian will receive your request, then photocopy or scan the 
article or book chapter you need and will send it to you via post or 
email. The costs of delivering the documents are covered by GDN so there 
are no costs to you. The BLDS collection is a unique resource with 
extensive Southern coverage. BLDS holds Europe's largest research 
collection on economic and social change in developing countries. It has 
over 1000 journals, 4000 serials and over 80,000 monographs concerned 
specifically with development. A particular strength of the BLDS 
collection is its extensive coverage of Southern publications, 
particularly from Africa and South and East Asia. The collection 
represents a unique source of primary information, including grey 
literature, much of which is not digitally available. [Source:  
Development Gateway]   For more information go to:  

*3.  Job and Study opportunities:
*The Centre for the Study of Violence & Reconciliation (CSVR),* a 
cutting edge NGO based in Johannesburg and is looking to fill the 
following positions:
1)  Senior Researcher/Project Manager (Gender-Based Violence Programme), 
Johannesburg, South Africa, CSVR, Deadline:06 September 2006
2)  Project Co-Ordinator (Human Rights Monitoring Project), 
Johannesburg, South Africa | CSVR | Deadline: 06 September 2006
3)  Peacebuilding Programme Manager, Johannesburg, South Africa | CSVR | 
Deadline: 06 September 2006
Applications/inquiries to be forwarded to:, Shamila Singh or Human 
Resources, E-mail: ssingh at csvr.org.za <mailto:ssingh at csvr.org.za>
For more information visit:  
[Source:  Women's Net]

*Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences,  UNESCO/L'ORÉAL: * Each 
year, 15 international UNESCO-L'ORÉAL Fellowships are allocated to young 
women researchers in the Life Sciences, at the doctoral or post-doctoral 
level, whose promising projects have been accepted by a reputable 
institution.  It was announced that, starting with 2006, the length of 
the Fellowships has been doubled. With a view to ensuring a balanced 
geographical representation, a maximum of three young women from each of 
the five geo-cultural regions of the world will be awarded fellowships 
worth $40,000 which may cover a period of up to two years. Candidates 
must already be pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level 
in fields of life sciences such as: *biology, biochemistry, 
biotechnology,* and *physiology*. Projects involving animal models will 
be rejected and preference will be given to non-cosmetic researches. 
*Deadline for submission of nomination forms: 15 September 2006.* For 
more information visit:  

*International Museum of Women, Call for Submissions: * The 
International Museum of Women invites you to be a part of Imagining 
Ourselves, an online global exhibit featuring art, photographs, essays 
and film. Submission categories include:
1)  "What defines your generation?" Deadline extended to September, 2006
2)  War & Dialogue, Women's Perspectives:  Deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2006
3)  Young Men,  How Do We See Each Other?:  Deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2006
For more information visit: 
[Source:  Women's Net]

*4.  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign:*

2006 marks the 16th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against 
Gender Violence campaign! "Since 1991, the 16 Days campaign has worked 
to increase the visibility of violence against women as a human rights 
violation. This year, the 16 Days campaign celebrates activists who have 
made the campaign a success and honours women human rights defenders who 
have suffered intimidation and violence for their activism and/or have 
given their lives fighting for gender equality.  This year commemorates 
progress on addressing violence against women in our communities, 
nations, regions and around the world and calls for reflection on how to 
continue to advance this work.

While there has been progress in the struggle to end violence against 
women, many challenges persist. This year's campaign seeks to revisit 
and strengthen the human rights focus of work on gender based violence 
against women. It also hopes to look at the many obstacles women face in 
our communities and nations that intersect with violence against women, 
such as armed conflict, war, poverty, HIV/AIDS, globalization and other 
challenges to human rights. As the United Nations undergoes internal 
reform, we seek to ensure that women's human rights concerns, including 
violence, are fully integrated into all of the UN's agendas. In October 
of 2006, the UN Secretary General will release an in-depth study on all 
forms of violence against women. The 16 Days campaign provides an 
opportunity to capitalize on the report and pressure governments and the 
UN to make greater concrete commitments to eradicating violence against 

The 2006 theme reinforces an understanding that advancing human rights 
and ending violence against women are mutually reinforcing:  We 
encourage you to use this year to share 16 Days successes and struggles 
with one another, and to strategize collectively about ways to increase 
the effectiveness of the campaign, especially its human rights focus.  
Please see the 2006 Take Action kit for more details, including actions 
tailored especially for 16 Years of 16 Days!"  Contact the Center for 
Women's Global Leadership for more details at: cwgl at igc.org 
<mailto:sarainghana at hotmail.com>; or visit them online:  
http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu <http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/>

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