[Svrilist] SVRI Update

Liz Dartnall svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed Jul 12 08:27:36 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence 
related 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.

1.  New Studies: 

DeKeseredy, W.S., & Joseph, C. (2006). Separation and/or Divorce Sexual 
Assault in Rural Ohio: Preliminary Results of an Exploratory Study. 
Violence Against Women, 12, 301-311.  "A rapidly growing social 
scientific literature shows that many women are at great risk of being 
killed, beaten, or psychologically abused when they exit or try to leave 
their marital and/or cohabiting partners. However, less than a handful 
of studies have examined male to-female sexual assaults during and after 
separation or divorce. Furthermore, the bulk of the limited empirical 
work on this problem was done in urban areas. Thus, the main objective 
of this article is to help fill two major research gaps by presenting 
the preliminary results of an ongoing exploratory study of separation 
and/or divorce sexual assault in rural Ohio."  Abstract online at:  

DeKeseredy, W.S., Schwartz, M.D., Fagen, D., & Hall, M. (2006). 
Separation/Divorce Sexual Assault: The Contribution of Male Peer 
Support. Feminist Criminology, 1, 228-250.:  "Although several studies 
find that the most dangerous part of an intimate relationship for women 
is when it breaks up, relatively few studies look at women who want to 
break up a relationship, are in the process of leaving, or who have left 
a relationship. This qualitative exploratory study looks at incidents of 
sexual assault committed by former husbands or cohabitants in the lives 
of rural women in Ohio. Male peer support, which has previously been 
examined only in studies of college men and men in urban areas, was a 
constant theme among this study's respondents, in addition to 
patriarchal control and the use of alcohol and drugs. These women 
suffered multiple serious sexual assaults and experienced other harms, 
including psychological assaults and the destruction of prized 
objects."  Abstract available on line:  

Silverman J G, Decker M R, Reed E & Raj A (2006)  Intimate partner 
violence victimization prior to and during pregnancy among women 
residing in 26 U.S. states: Associations with maternal and neonatal 
health    American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  Volume 195, 
Issue 1, Pages 140-148. "Women experiencing intimate partner violence 
both prior to and during pregnancy are at risk for multiple poor 
maternal and infant health outcomes, suggesting prenatal risks to 
children from mothers' abusive partners".  Available on line at:  

2.  Reports and Guides:

Bangladesh Gender Profile:  Shah, F. and Raschen, M. (2006) Bangladesh 
Gender Profile, Gender and Development Discussion Papers, Series No.4, 
German Development Bank (KfW):  Gender relations in Bangladesh have been 
undergoing a process of considerable transformation over the last two 
decades as part of broader process of economic transition and social 
change. Although progress has been considerable in many spheres, women's 
changing roles have also given rise to a range of new challenges that 
require shifts in policy making and program implementation as well as 
the various social and cultural values which have informed and shaped 
implicit societal understandings of women's roles and responsibilities.  
Recognising these considerable challenges, the German Government has 
supported the preparation of this gender profile to enable its 
development assistance program to Bangladesh to be responsive to and 
able to effectively partner the process of gender equality and women's 
empowerment. This paper identifies some strategic recommendations for 
gender mainstreaming in the three priority sectors: economic reform and 
development of the market system (WIRAM) (with activities focused on 
promotion of the private sector; rural roads and markets and income 
generation programs - primarily for the rural poor); primary health care 
and family planning; and energy.  Available online at: 

Czech Republic CEDAW Shadow Report: Comment on the Czech Republic CEDAW 
Shadow report which addresses a number of categories of serious human 
rights abuses of women, including extreme forms of abuse such as 
domestic violence and coercive sterilisation, as well as very 
problematic law, policy, and practice in a number of areas of relevance 
to the Convention. Comment available online at:  

Legal Report: Benli F (2006) Legal Evaluation Of The Ban Imposed On 
University Students Who Wear The Headscarf Subsequent To The Echr's 
Ruling In Leyla S,ahin V Turkey. Islamic Human Rights Commission. This 
evaluation assesses the ECHR decision in the Leyla S,ahin case in the 
light of the Court's own founding principles, asks whether the ban is 
legitimate and tests the integrity of the grounds cited to justify the 
ban.  http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=1754

Guide for Immigrant Women:  CREA (2006) The Little Book of Tips and 
Tricks - A Guide for South Asian Immigrant Women:  Many Indian women 
marry and migrate to foreign countries. These women often feel 
overwhelmed and find it difficult to adjust to life in the new country. 
Many of these women face domestic violence and are not aware of their 
legal rights in the foreign country. They may also not know of the 
support services (counselling, health services, skills training, 
shelter, legal aid) that they can access safely. The Little Book of Tips 
and Tricks - A Guide for South Asian Immigrant Women helps readers to 
learn about their rights as women and as immigrants and to identify 
local resources and services available to them in the U.S.A. pertaining 
to health care, counselling, education, employment, documentation, and 
services for children and the elderly. This is a handy and valuable 
resource for immigrant women in the U.S.A., and can be used as a model 
to create tools for other immigrant groups. This booklet will be 
translated into several Indian languages.  For copies, please contact 
CREA at:  Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA); 2/14, 
Shantiniketan, New Delhi 110021, India.  Tel: 91 11 24117983, 24114733, 
Fax: 91 11 24113209.  Email: crea at vsnl.net 

World Health Organization Europe Report (2005) What evidence is there 
about the effects of health care reforms on gender equity, particularly 
in health?  "This is a Health Evidence Network (HEN) evidence report on 
the effects of health care reforms on gender equity, particularly in 
health. Emerging evidence shows that health care reforms can affect men 
and women differently, as a consequence of their different positions as 
users and producers of health care. This review assesses the impact of 
four key health care reforms - decentralization, financing, 
privatization and priority setting - on gender equity in health."  

3.  Meetings and Discussion Groups:

Meeting/Forum:  Eighth China International Forum on Women's Economy - 
The All- China Women's Federation, in cooperation with the U.S.-China 
Association for Promotion of Economy and Trade and UNIFEM, is organizing 
the Eighth International Forum under the theme 'Women's Economic 
Empowerment and Woman Entrepreneurship'. The Forum is taking place in 
Beijing, 12-13 August 2006. The issues to be discussed at the panels 
are: Women's Leadership and International Business; Women's Economy and 
Industry, Growth and Innovation of Small and Medium Enterprise, and 
others. For more information visit:  http://www.cynx.net or email: 
tianbo at cynx.net <mailto:tianbo at cynx.net>; tianbo1127 at hotmail.com 
<mailto:tianbo1127 at hotmail.com>

Child Healthcare Information and Learning Discussion group (CHILD2015): 
CHILD2015 is a new global email discussion group on the information and 
learning needs of child health workers in developing countries. The main 
focus is at the local level: households and communities, primary health 
workers, and health professionals working in district hospital 
facilities.  CHILD2015 is managed and moderated by Global Healthcare 
Information Network and the International Child Health Group.  CHILD2015 
is open to anyone with an interest in improving child healthcare in 
developing countries and membership is free. Join today by sending an 
email to CHILD2015-admin at dgroups.org 
<mailto:CHILD2015-admin at dgroups.org> with your name, organization, and a 
brief description of your professional interests.Further details: 
CHILD2015 website: http://www.dgroups.org/groups/CHILD2015/
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