[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News
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Fri Jul 21 09:50:39 SAST 2006
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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
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Nigeria: Stemming Child Abuse in Africa
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 20 July 2006
... for measures to protect these children who are at risk of being
killed, maimed, recruited in armed forces and groups, abducted and
subject to sexual violence. ..
Police Forms for Rape Data Woefully Inadequate
Stabroek News - Georgetown,Guyana, 20 July 2006
The forms available at the Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) Clinic for
doctors to fill in whenever they see patients who are raped or sexually
molested are inadequate as they really only cater for marks of violence,
Dr Ruth Ramos said. Dr Ramos, a Cuban who has made Guyana her home and
who been at the GUM Clinic for a number of years, said she sometimes
feels helpless when she has to fill the form and there are no marks of
violence on the patient.
HIV/AIDS and the Women Left Behind
Toronto Star 19 July 2006
Stephen Lewis will not go quietly. Nearing the end of his term, the UN
Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa continues to advocate for women's
equality. He will not consign women to the margins of a UN system that
has repeatedly failed to fulfill its commitments.
Report Exposes Sexual Violence Against Women in Detention
Minivan News - Scottsdale,AZ,USA, 19 July 2006
Women in detention in the Maldives are routinely subjected to sexual
assault by police and security services, according to a shocking report
released this week. The report by Tharamuni Wikekoon, a human rights
researcher in Sri Lanka, documents the cases of five women who have been
victims of sexual violence whilst in judicial care.
Economic and Social Council Holds Panel Discussion on Gender-Based
Violence in Humanitarian Emergencies
ReliefWeb (press release) - Geneva,Switzerland, 17 July 2006
The Economic and Social Council this morning held a panel discussion on
the topic of gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies, as it
continued with its humanitarian segment.
Protecting Civilians in Darfur: A briefing for effective peacekeeping
Amnesty International USA - USA, 19 July 2006
... A fully-fledged civilian police component within the peacekeeping
force should monitor cases of sexual violence brought to the attention
of the Sudanese police ...
PanAfrica: Brussels Call to Action to Address Sexual Violence in
Conflict and Beyond
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 18 July 2006
... United Nations, met in Brussels from 21 to 23 June 2006 to
strengthen our shared commitment and action to prevent and respond to
sexual violence in conflict settings ...
IRIN Web Special, "Hear Our Voices"
Louise (16), in a Caritas shelter in Kisangani: "I was raped when I was
Arrests Bring Hope of End to Silent Aboriginal Suffering
The Australian - Sydney,Australia, 18 July 2006
... allow the Australian Crime Commission to compel witnesses to give
evidence as part of a push to end the scourge of substance abuse and
sexual violence in the ...
Marshalls Police Unable To Arrest Rape Suspect
SAIPAN, CNMI, Marianas Variety, July 17
The Marshall Islands High Court allowed a teenager accused of raping an
expatriate teacher to be released from jail on bail following a hearing
Friday here in Majuro. A 15-year-old Marshall Islander was charged in
the High Court with first-degree sexual assault for the rape of an
expatriate teacher last week in Majuro just days before she was to
depart the country after teaching in this mid-Pacific nation for five
A study in Sexual Violence
Guardian Unlimited - UK 14 July 2006
The British Board of Film Classification has commissioned a study by
Aberystwyth University into audience responses to sexual violence in
The Hidden War on Women in Iraq
Mother Jones - San Francisco,CA,USA, 13 July 2006
... and US military police and civil affairs officers, Human Rights
Watch released a report in July, 2003, titled Climate of Fear: Sexual
Violence and Abduction of ...
Rape Affects Many Women
American Chronicle - Beverly Hills,CA,USA, 13 July 2006
... A culture of silence in reporting sexual violence is due to such
factors as a lack of confidence in law enforcement and the fear of being
Tonga: Preventing Domestic Violence
Pacific Magazine, NewZAID, July 13, 2006
In Tonga, violence against women is now seen as an issue for concern,
and this is largely due to the work and perseverance of the National
Centre for Women and Children, a non-governmental organisation (NGO)
established in 2000, which offers counselling and support services for
victims and survivors of domestic violence.
New Strategy Aims to Help Victims of Sexual Exploitation Committed by UN
UN News Service, 13 July 2006
As part of further efforts by the United Nations to enforce its "zero
tolerance" policy for sexual exploitation and abuse, Secretary-General
Kofi Annan has put forward a draft strategy on assistance and support to
victims of such behaviour by UN staff and related personnel, including
recommendations for medical care and child maintenance.
Domestic Violence Expert Speaks About Male Victims
NewsReleaseWire.com (press release) - USA, 12 July 2006
... The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence has published
several studies about men as victims of domestic violence. The ...
Turkey Must get Tough on Violence Against Women - EU
Reuters, 10 July 2006
Turkey must do more to combat violence against women as part of its bid
to join the European Union, the European Commission's representative in
Ankara said on Monday. Some 58 percent of women in Turkey's less
developed southeast say they have experienced violence within their
families, according to a study by the Diyarbakir Women's Education and
<>Uganda - Girls Get Sanitary Kits
New Vision (Kampala), 9 July 2006
STATE minister for primary education Peter Lokeris on Friday launched a
sanitary kits worth millions of shillings to be distributed to girls in
northern and northeastern Uganda. "Management of menstruation is a
challenge. It is one of the causes of high drop-out rates of girls
because schools do not give adequate information and facilities to cater
for the needs of the girls during menstruation.
Clash On Wealth After Divorce
The Nation (Nairobi) NEWS 7 July 2006
Divorced women should get half the family property because of their
contribution in a marriage, a court heard. Yesterday, the Court of
Appeal further heard that divorced women would continue to be deprived
of matrimonial property unless Parliament repealed outdated laws
governing family wealth distribution.
Haunted by Lost Honour: Released on bail, a man charged with rape
returns home to threaten his victim.
Compass Direct 7 July 2006
Freed on bail, a Pakistani charged with raping Ribqa Masih has continued
to threaten the young Christian woman who accused him of pressuring her
to convert to Islam by violating her . "I'm afraid to go outside," said
Masih before breaking into tears. "Mentally, I've been too disturbed to
study." Masih had finished her high school examinations and was awaiting
the results in September 2005 when wealthy Muslim neighbors in this town
near Faisalabad kidnapped and raped her, she said.
West and Central African Nations Join Forces to End Child Trafficking
UNICEF, ABUJA, Nigeria, 7 July 2006
A multilateral accord against the trafficking of women and children was
signed here yesterday, as UNICEF and its partners spearheaded a joint
ministerial conference of 26 West and Central African countries,
representatives of European governments, the International Labour
Organization and the UN Office against Drugs and Crime.
India - Can Marriage be the Punishment for Rape?
City Supplements, Delhi Times, 4 July 2006
Few crimes can equal rape in heinousness and brutality. But the crime is
compounded many times further when the accused offers to marry the
victim to evade punishment. A case in point is a recent Chennai incident
where a rapist escaped punishment by marrying the 25-year-old
speech-impaired victim after reaching a compromise with her family.
Rights Cameroon: Finally, a Law Against Female Genital Mutilation?
Inter Press Service News Agency, 29 June 2006
Recently, Cameroon's female legislators could be found under a tree in
the garden of the country's parliament, listening to Hannah Kwenti: 17,
the mother of a five-month-old baby girl -- and a victim of female
genital mutilation (FGM). "I come from Mamfé (in south-western
Cameroon), where I was circumcised in January after the birth of Ruth,"
she told IPS. "My parents-in-law insisted on it, believing that if it
was not done, I could one day be unfaithful to Peter (her husand)." The
procedure took place just three days after Kwenti had given birth.
Liberian Men and Women Unite to Fight Rape
UNFPA News, 21 June 2006
Twenty-one-year-old Aminata Keita remembers the exact moment when
attackers broke into her home. The four men, armed with guns and knives,
stormed the house at 3:35 on the morning of March 28, going from room to
room gathering money and any other valuables they could find. After they
were finished robbing the house, they took turns raping her and her
20-year-old niece, Makula. But Aminata decided to fight back. She and
her niece went first to the hospital and then to the police. One of the
attackers was subsequently caught and is in jail awaiting trial.
Bride Theft Rampant in Southern Georgia
GINSC.NET 15 June 2006
The ancient tradition of bride-stealing undergoes a revival despite
tougher legislation and efforts by women's rights groups. Maia was
kidnapped by her future husband three times. She managed to escape
twice, but the third time she just gave up and accepted her fate. Now,
she says, "Gia is a remarkable husband. I'm happy to live with such a
man." This is despite the fact that Gia and his friends forcibly
abducted her, leaving her no option but to marry him.
Hidden Victims Of Multiple-Discrimination: Un Expert On Minority Issues
Calls For 'Gender Lens' To Focus On Minority Women
Independent Expert on minority issues of the United Nations Commission
on Human Rights, 7 March 2006
The Independent Expert on minority issues of the United Nations
Commission on Human Rights, Gay McDougall, has stated that new and
urgent attention must be given to the rights of women facing multiple
forms of discrimination, exclusion and violence
Crop Monthly Media Scan
The Coalition for Removal of Pimping (CROP) has released a Monthly Media
Scan. It contains extracts of news items in different news papers on a
monthly basis. This is aimed to give a quick glance of the happenings
around the issue of sexual exploitation. To receive a copy of the
Monthly Media Scan, please write to CROP at crop at inbox.com
<mailto:crop at inbox.com>
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