[Svrilist] SVRI daily update

Liz Dartnall svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jun 27 08:10:01 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members:

To follow are 5 items which may be of interest to those working on 
issues of sexual violence. If you would like to suggest resources to be 
included on upcoming updates or on the SVRI website, please email 
svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>.  Please note that the SVRI web 
site is updated regularly. It provides information about the SVRI and 
contains links to documents and other resources on sexual violence and 
sexual violence research. It is also possible to join and contact the 
SVRI through the site at: http://www.svri.org/  

1. USA Study on Domestic Violence
2.  International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Report, 2006
3.  Canada - Age of Sexual Consent
4.  Sexual Violence Bill - Democratic Republic of Congo
5.  CEDAW Monitoring Committee
6.  INSTRAW New Gender, Peace and Security On-line Directory

1.  Newly Released USA Study on Intimate Partner Violence:  The USA 
based survey conducted from 2003 to 2005, found that of more than 3,400 
women polled 44 percent had experienced intimate partner violence.  For 
more information visit:  

2.  International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF), Human 
Rights in the OSCE Region: Europe, Central Asia and North America, 
Report 2006:  Gender issues are included in the country chapters.  
Report available online at:   

3.  Age of Consent to Sexual Activity - Canada,  

OTTAWA, June 22, 2006 - Minister of Justice and Attorney General of 
Canada, Vic Toews, Q.C., today introduced legislation to increase the 
age at which youth can consent to sexual activity, in order to better 
protect them against sexual exploitation by adult predators. 

The Government is proposing to raise the age at which youth can consent 
to sexual activity from 14 to 16 years of age. The existing age of 
protection of 18 years for exploitative sexual activity will be 
maintained. This applies to sexual activity involving prostitution, 
pornography, or where there is a relationship of trust, authority, 
dependency or any other situation that is otherwise exploitative of a 
young person. To help ensure that teenagers who engage in consensual 
sexual activity are not criminalized, the legislation includes a 
close-in-age exception, which would permit 14 and 15 year old youth to 
engage in sexual activity with a partner who is less than five years 
older. Another time-limited exception would also be available for 
existing marriages and equivalent relationships. "By increasing the age 
of protection to 16 years, while recognizing that there must be some 
reasonable exceptions, we can take an important step toward 
strengthening our child protection laws," added Minister Toews.

4. Sexual Violence Bill - Democratic Republic of Congo, 

The National Assembly in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 
made history on June 22 when it adopted a bill on sexual and gender 
based violence that had been drafted and pushed by a coalition of 
women's rights and human rights organizations convened and supported by 
Global Rights. This law improves legal protections for victims of sexual 
violence in the DRC. Specifically, it expands the definition of sexual 
violence, protects the identity of victims during court proceedings, 
streamlines legal procedures, removes costly court filing fees, and 
increases penalties upon conviction. The law also defines the crime of 
sexual slavery, a tragic reality for many women and girls.

5.  CEDAW Monitoring Committee: In a secret ballot this morning, 181 of 
183 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of 
Discrimination against Women elected 12 of the 23 experts that serve on 
the Committee that monitors States' compliance with the Convention. The 
12 experts, to serve in their individual capacities, would begin 
four-year terms on 1 January 2007, and would replace the 12 experts 
whose terms would expire on 31 December 2006.  The new Committee members 
included: Ferdous Ara Begum ( Bangladesh), Meriem Belmihoub-Zerdani ( 
Algeria), Saisuree Chutikul ( Thailand), Dorcas Ama Frema Coker-Appiah ( 
Ghana), Cornelis Flinterman (Netherlands), Naela Gabr Mohamed Gabre Ali 
( Egypt), Ruth Halperin-Kaddari ( Israel), Violeta Neubauer (Slovenia), 
Pramila Patten (Mauritius), Fumiko Saiga ( Japan), Hazel Gumede Shelton 
( South Africa) and Dubravka S(imonovi&#263; ( Croatia).

6.  INSTRAW - United Nations International Research & Training Institute 
for the Advancement of Women :  New gender, peace and security directory 
is now available on line.  In addition to the searchable directory 
INSTRAW has compiled lists of gender, peace and security journals, 
databases and scholarships/fellowships. These tools are designed to 
serve as a resource for researchers, practitioners and potential 
students.  Availalble on line at:  

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