[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News

Sexual Violence Reseach Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Oct 3 11:15:25 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI List Members

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
to be included on the SVRI Updates or on the SVRI website, please email
svri at mrc.ac.za. For additional resources and information on sexual
violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Over 250 million children raped each year
The Swazi Observer - Mbabane,Swaziland, 3 October 2006
OVER 250 million children are raped in the world each year. They include
73 million boys and 150 million girls, according to a United Nations
report prepared by Secretary General Kofi Annan's independent expert,
Paulo Sergio Pinheiro. Save the Children Director Dumisani Mnisi, at a
workshop closing ceremony for station commanders last Thursday, shared
the content of the study with police officers.

Parents' failure: the cause of rape, sexual violence
The Swazi Observer - Mbabane,Swaziland, 3 October 2006
FAILURE to bring up children, especially boys, in the right way may be
the reason there are so many rape and sexual violence cases in the
world. ...

Sordid Sex-Trafficking Tale Starts at Nigerian Shrines
Seattle Times, The Associated Press, 2 October 2006
BENIN CITY, Nigeria - When authorities raided a shrine and found
blood-drenched magic charms along with a register listing young girls
sold into prostitution, they were closing in on Nigeria's first
conviction for human trafficking.

Violence against women bane of Kenyan society
Kenya Times - Kenya, 2 October 2006
THAT we have failed as society to address matters of gender equity can
not be gainsaid. And what is worse, the cultural lenses through which we
view matters concerning gender have compounded the distortions,
rendering efforts to make changes a seemingly futile exercise. 

Many who pay for sex have partner
BBC News, 2 October, 2006
Almost half of men who pay for sex have a partner, a study has

Glasgow's Sandyford Initiative analysed data on 2,500 men who attended a
sexual health clinic. One in 10 said they had paid for sex. 

National Assembly Passes Sexual Abuse Bill
Chosun Ilbo - Seoul,South Korea, 29 September, 2006
The National Assembly on Friday passed fourteen bills into law including
one concerning sexual violence. 

Abortion generates contention at AU Conference
Ghanaian Chronicle, 29 September 29, 2006
THE DIERECTOR-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Professor
Agyemang Badu Akosa has lamented the rate of maternal mortality
resulting from unsafe abortion, particularly in Ghana and on the African
continent as a whole. 

US school gunman 'abused' girls
BBC News, 28 September, 2006
The gunman in a Colorado high school siege which left one girl dead
along with the attacker had sexually abused some of his hostages, police

Confucians: "Our Women Can Be Equal Now."
The Times UK, 28 September 2006
CONFUCIUS would no doubt have something to say about a decision
yesterday to recognise women for the first time in 2,500 years as
descendants of the ancient Chinese sage.

Council reviews human rights in Democratic People's Republic of Korea,
Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Myanmar
United Nations Human Rights Council, Press Release,  27 Sep 2006
The Human Rights Council this morning discussed reports on the situation
of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Burundi,
Democratic Republic of the Congo and Myanmar, as well as on human rights
and extreme poverty.

Independent UN human rights expert highlights serious transgressions in
DPR Korea
UN News, 27 September 2006 
Painting a grim picture of the human rights situation in the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an independent United Nations expert
today highlighted egregious transgressions involving the rights to food
and life, humane treatment and a host of other freedoms in a report
given to the Human Rights Council.

Forensic Skills Seek to Uncover Hidden Patterns of Elder Abuse
New York Times, 27 September, 2006
The same techniques as those popularized on the television C.S.I. series
are being used to diagnose elder abuse and neglect.

Afghan Women's Activist Assassinated by Gunmen
The Washington Post, 26 September 2006
A teacher for more than three decades and an advocate for women's
rights, Safia Ama Jan ran an underground school for girls during Taliban
rule. On Monday, two men on a motorbike gunned her down as she left for
work -- identifying their target despite her full burqa .

Africa: 171 Million Children Victims of Child Labour

All Africa.com, 26 September, 2006
An estimated 171 million children, with 111 million of them under 15,
are working in hazardous conditions, and a roughly estimated 8.4 million
children are involved in the worst forms of child labour. 

Ali shares Pacific's practices
Fiji Times - Suva,Fiji, 26 September, 2006
In what is considered the first time, a Pacific Island voice echoed in
the first day of the international Expert Group Meeting on the
elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl

Sexual misconduct of teachers under spotlight
SABC News - Auckland Park,South Africa, 26 September 2006
More than 30 teachers have been fired from the profession for sexual
misconduct in the past five years. The South African Council for
Educators released these figures, indicating actions taken against
teachers found to be sexually abusing learners. 

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Rules For Court-Blocked Parental
Notification Of Abortion Law
Medical News Today, 25 September 2006
The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday issued rules for a state law --
passed in 1995 but never enforced -- that requires parental notification
for minors seeking abortions, the Chicago Tribune reports

Africa: Fight Against Sexual And Gender Based Violence In Northern
UNIFEM Press Release, 25 September, 2006
Efforts to address sexual and gender-based violence in the conflict
ridden northern Uganda have received a boost with the commencement this
month of a joint project of the Government of Uganda, the United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP).

Afghanistan-Kandahar Province: Assassins Cut Down Afghan Director of
Women's Affairs
Associated Press, 25 September
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Two gunmen on a motorbike killed the provincial
director of Afghanistan's Ministry of Women's Affairs outside her home
Monday in apparent retribution for her efforts to help educate women,
officials said.

Women's rights campaigner shot dead in Afghanistan
Times Online, 25 September 2006
A senior women's affairs official who has criticised the Taleban's
treatment of women was shot dead outside her home in southern
Afghanistan today. 

Panel to focus on Darfur's vulnerable women
Santa Fe New Mexican - Santa Fe,NM,USA, 24 September 2006
The Santa Fe Rape Crisis & Trauma Center on Tuesday will launch a series
of panel discussions on global violence against women beginning with the
current crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. 

Turning Back the Clock on Rape (Editorial)
New York Times, 23 September, 2006
The bill on jailing, interrogating and trying terror suspects contains
narrow definitions of rape and sexual assault that must be fixed before
Congress can responsibly pass the legislation.

Southern Africa: Authors Lay Bare Social and Economic Implications ...
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 23 September 2006
IN recent times, the practice of paying lobola has been stripped of its
cultural and symbolic values as a result of commercialisation. 

Afghan Girls, Back in the Shadows, Home Classes Proliferate as
Anti-Government Insurgents Step Up Attacks on Schools
Washington Post Foreign Service, 23 September, 2006
SHEIKHABAD, Afghanistan -- In a small, sunlit parlor last week, 20
little girls seated on rush mats sketched a flower drawn on the
blackboard. In a darker interior room, 15 slightly older girls memorized
passages from the Koran, reciting aloud. Upstairs was a class of teenage
girls, hidden from public view.

US-backed regime in Haiti committed crimes
People's Weekly World - USA, 23September, 2006
An article in a prestigious British medical journal reveals that forces
linked to Haiti's previous U.S.-imposed interim government were
responsible for widespread murder and rape. 

Zimbabwe: Women Plead For Curbs On Violence

Reuters, Alertnet.org, 21 September, 2006
HARARE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - When Sarah Mandiopera said she wanted to
attend a funeral -- the second in three days -- her husband refused.
When she insisted on going, he bludgeoned her to death in front of their
three young children.

A Heroine For Our Age 
The Guardian, 21 September 2006
Josephine Butler was ahead of her time in her campaign against the
sexual exploitation of women. So why has she been forgotten? A new
exhibition is about to restore her place in the pantheon of great social
reformers - and about time, too, says Julie Bindel

South Koreans Search Far for Wives
LA Times, 21 September, 2006 
NAMWON, South Korea - Jeong Ha-gi, 46, flew to Vietnam on a tour
organized for South Korean bachelors. He was looking for a wife who
would be tough enough to withstand the rigors of life on a rice farm.
Trying to distinguish among all the women with the numbers pinned to
their shirts, he decided the one with a bad complexion might be made of
sturdy stuff. They were married three days later. 

Funding Needed to Combat Trafficking
Nordic Council, 20 September 2006
Trafficking in human beings for sexual purposes was the main item on the
agenda for the meeting of the Nordic Council Citizens' and Consumer
Rights Committee in Lahtis, Finland, on Wednesday.

UN Human Rights Council Hears of Violence Against Women 
UN News, 20 September 2006 
A United Nations expert on violence against women today highlighted the
problems faced by women in Russia, Iran, Mexico, Afghanistan and Sudan's
Darfur region. 

Gender Justice crucial to democratic transition in the Democratic
Republic of Congo
Libertas, Rights and Democracy Newsletter, Sept, 2006
The ongoing elections in the DRC are a vital step toward ending more
than a decade of war and instability that has left an estimated four
million dead and countless wounded and traumatized. 

60% of Murder Cases Blamed On Domestic Violence 
The Herald (Harare) 19 September 2006 
THE magnitude of gender-based violence in the country is frightening
with 60 percent of the murder cases going through the High Court being
related to violence in the home, the Minister of Women's Affairs, Gender
and Community Development, Cde Oppah Muchinguri, said yesterday. 

NEPAL: Selling Daughters Into Bondage May End
IPS News, 18 September 2006
DANG, Western Nepal - With a young daughter in her lap, Sudhani
Chaudhary, 30, carefully picks freshly harvested corn inside a small mud
hut in Deukhuri Valley of Nepal's south-western Dang district. One of
her four young daughters, not quite aged 10, lives in a distant town
working as a housemaid for a family, she says. "I am told she is
attending school.'' 

Qatar to Have First Shelter for Domestic Abuse Victims
Gulf News, 18 September 2006
Doha: Qatar will soon have its first ever facility and shelter for women
and children who are victims of abuse. Two facilities, a specialised
centre for health and psychological treatment of victims and a shelter,
will be set up, said the head of the Qatar Foundation for Women and
Children's Protection

Kenya: Gender Activists Castigate Tanzania's First Lady for Endorsing
Reed Dance
The East African Standard (Nairobi), 17 September, 2006
Gender activists have condemned Tanzania's First Lady, Mrs Salma
Kikwete, for supporting the Swazi cultural ritual, umhlanga (reed

How Pakistan's rape reform ran aground
BBC News, Islamabad, 15 September, 2006
Pakistan's government has put a controversial women's rights bill on
hold, throwing into turmoil efforts to reform hardline Islamic laws on

Papua New Guinea: Culture and resources no excuse for violence against
Amnesty International, 4 September 2006 
The government's ongoing failure to tackle violence against women in
Papua New Guinea has resulted in this violence becoming so pervasive
that it impedes national development and contributes to the spread of
HIV/AIDS, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

Ipas developing tool kit to evaluate health services for sexual violence
Ipas News, 23 August, 2006
Ipas is creating an evaluation tool kit to aid health programs that
provide services to sexual assault survivors. The kit was developed in
response to service managers' needs for simple tools that measure the
effectiveness and quality of care they provide to their clients.  In
June, Ipas received a grant from the Sexual Violence Research Initiative
(SVRI), an initiative of the Global Forum for Health Research and the
Medical Research Council of South Africa. The grant funds the
compilation and online publication of a comprehensive packet of
evaluation tools and methods for sexual violence projects worldwide. The
tool kit will be available in October on the Ipas and SVRI websites.


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