[Svrilist] Sexual Violence in the News
svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed Jul 5 08:50:53 SAST 2006
Dear SVRI List Members
To follow is a list of recently published newspaper/internet
articles/commentary on various aspects of sexual violence from around
the world. We do this periodically. Please let us know by email if you
find this of interest. Email us at svri at mrc.ac.za.
Charged in Killing Iraqi Family, Washington Post, 4th July
A former U.S. Army soldier was charged yesterday with the rape and
murder of a young Iraqi woman and the slayings of three of her family
members in their home south of Baghdad in March, federal prosecutors said.
Bad, Vulgar, Stupid - but is it assault? The Age - Melbourne,
Australia, 4th July
Mr Blay said that although one could not demonstrate a nexus between Big
Brother and encouraging sexual violence, the show presented "sexualised
PNG: Minister proposes Islamic laws to deal with criminals, Pacific Beat
Radio Australia, 3 July
In Papua New Guinea, a senior government minister has proposed
introducing strict Islamic-type laws to control serious crime in the
country. Under the Sharia law of Islam, every crime has a mandatory
penalty. Some, such as amputation and stoning, are considered extremely
harsh, especially for women. Don Polye, the minister in charge of civil
aviation and higher education, thinks much tougher penalties are called
for in light of a recent increase in crimes against women and young
girls. In the latest shocking incident last week, two young female
students were pack-raped in Eastern Highlands Province.
Kenya's Sex Tourism 'Slowly Blossoming' and Remains Unabated. ISS
Today: 3 July
Unscrupulous Kenyan travel agents are said to be using lax anti-sex
tourism legislation to woo paedophiles from Europe and other
destinations for sex holidays in the country.
Girl, Interrupted. The Tragic Cost of Child Marriage, Sojouners, July
The young schoolgirl is in the front row of the dusty auditorium. Her
feet don't reach the floor. She swings her thin legs and shifts in the
large wooden seat as the presentation to foreign visitors drones on. She
could be any child anywhere. There is one notable difference: If her
community had not intervened, she would not be a schoolgirl, but a wife.
Sudan - Rape in Darfur, AWID Resource Net, 30 June
there have been numerous reports of the rape of women and girls in
Darfur and in Chad..................
Pakistani Jailed for Honour Killing of Daughter, Agence-France Presse,
A Danish court jailed a Pakistani man for life for his part in the
so-called honour killing of his daughter after she married without her
family's consent, Ritzau news agency reported on Thursday.
Personal Status Law for Women, Arab Times, 28 June
When Arab men are given the perceptibly God-given right to make
decisions on behalf of Arab women, who are at least 50 per cent of the
population, power abuse can occur. In order to avoid such abuses (such
as familial related sexual, physical, mental abuse and unpaid alimonies)
women need to be granted more power.
Pine Ridge Leader Faces Battle Over Abortion Ban , Women's Enews, 27 June
The South Dakota abortion ban inspired Cecelia Fire Thunder, president
of the Oglala Sioux Nation, to call for a clinic to be built on the
reservation. It is, she says, the start of a quiet revolution. She now
Sweden Jails Circumcision Father, BBC News, 26 June
A Swedish court has jailed a Somali man for four years for forcing his
13-year-old daughter to be circumcised.
More Funding Needed to Help Victims of Sexual Violence. UNFPA 22 June
Doctors and social service providers from countries affected by conflict
today called for greater resources to support women and children
suffering from sexual violence.
Indonesia - Aceh: Pushing Women Rights Ahead, UNPO, News 15 June
In response to the lack of involvement of women in the peace and
integration process in Aceh, several women's rights activists have
formed the Aceh Women's League to accommodate the political aspirations
of women in the area.
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