[Svrilist] SVRI Update

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed Oct 4 11:37:59 SAST 2006

Dear SVRI list members


To follow is our SVRI Update which includes a list of online resources
and other information 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 lists or on the SVRI website, please email
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. You can also join and/or contact the SVRI through our website:
http://www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> 

Today's SVRI Update includes:

1.  Resources and Publications 
2.  Call for Applications:  Small Grants
3.  Other:  MDG data, Online Survey, Care Petition

1.  Resources and Publications:

Securing Equality, Engendering Peace: A Guide to Policy and Planning on
Women, Peace and Security, INSTRAW 2006:  The purpose of this guide is
to help facilitate the development of realistic action plans on women,
peace and security through the provision of good practices, specific
recommendations and a six-step model process. The guide is designed as a
resource for governments, United Nations and regional organisations as
well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who are interested in
developing plans and policies on women, peace and security issues.
(Source: WUNRN).  Guide can be downloaded from INSTRAW website:

Improving the Reproductive Health of Married and Unmarried Youth in
India, ICRW, 2006:  "Many adolescents in India suffer from poor
reproductive health and limited access to appropriate health services.
New findings from a 10-year research program by ICRW and several
India-based partners suggest that one of the best - and fastest - ways
to improve adolescents' health is to involve parents, in-laws and the
communities where they live." Download full report online at:

L Lewis Wall MD, Obstetric vesicovaginal fistula as an international
public-health problem, The Lancet 2006; 368:1201-1209:  "Vesicovaginal
fistula ..........is rare in developed countries, but in developing
countries it is a common complication of childbirth resulting from
prolonged obstructed labour. Estimates suggest that at least 3 million
women in poor countries have unrepaired vesicovaginal fistulas, and that
30 000-130 000 new cases develop each year in Africa alone. This article
reviews the pathophysiology of vesicovaginal fistula in obstructed
labour and describes the effect of this condition on the lives of women
in developing countries."  Online at:

"Reconciled to Violence: State Failure to Stop Domestic Abuse and
Abduction of Women in Kyrgyzstan," Human Rights Watch, 2006:
Kyrgyzstan's government is allowing domestic violence and the abduction
of women for forced marriage to continue with impunity, Human Rights
Watch said today in its first report on human rights violations in this
Central Asian country. Full report online at:

The Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa: An Instrument for
Advancing Reproductive and Sexual Rights, Centre for Reproductive
Rights, Briefing Paper. February 2006, "On November 25, 2005, the
Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa entered into force, after
being ratified by 15 African governments. Two years earlier, in July of
2003, the African Union adopted this landmark treaty to supplement the
regional human rights charter, the African Charter on Human and Peoples'
Rights. The protocol provides broad protection for women's human rights,
including their sexual and reproductive rights. The significance and
potential of the protocol go well beyond Africa." [Source: Development
Gateway]  Online at:  http://www.crlp.org/pdf/pub_bp_africa.pdf

Rising Up in Response:  Women's Rights Activism in Conflict, Urgent
Action Fund (2005): UAF launched a year-long project in early 2003 to
identify concrete ways to improve international support for the
interventions of women's rights activists during all phases of a
conflict.  Over 82 women's rights activists were interviewed in three
conflict affected areas: the Balkans (Kosovo and Serbia); Sierra Leone;
and Sri Lanka. Full report available at:

2.  Call for Applications:  Small Grants

Harambee: Reinforcing African Voices Through Collaborative Processes
[Call For Applications For Small Grants]:  The Harambee project
coordinators are announcing a small grants facility (SGF) to provide a
number of sectoral based networks and communities in Africa with funding
for the development of greater collaborative capacity. The SGF will
provide a one time grant of up to 5,000 USD per network for a maximum
period of six months. A network applying for the SGF must be a
recognized legal entity or hosted by one. Preference will be given to
networks with an institutional base in Africa.  Applicants are required
to submit, by email, a brief Concept Note (1-2 pages) by 13TH OCTOBER,
2006. For more information on the SGF including eligibility
requirements, please go to:

3.  Other:  MDG data, Online Survey, Care Petition

MDG Data Just Updated!:  All agencies involved with the collection of
MDG data have provided the most up-to-date information to the United
Nations Statistics Division. Using our friendly querying tool, you can
access the data via indicator, country, or by region. You can even
download the data in a number of formats, including an Excel worksheet,
or a CSV file.  To access the latest data, simply select "Country Level
Data" from the drop-down menu on the MDG website.  To access the date go
to:  http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Default.aspx

Online Survey:  The Dutch development agency Hivos is currently
conducting an evaluation of one of its programmes in southern Africa. As
part of this evaluation, they are running a series of online
questionnaires. One of these is the 'sexuality survey'. This survey is
targeted at anyone resident in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For more information or to complete
the survey, visit: http://www.hivos.nl/relax/survey/survey.php?sid=30

Care Petition To End Female Genital Cutting:  Follow the link to sign
Care's petition to end FGC,


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