[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual Violence in the News

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Sep 8 11:04:46 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 <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>. For additional resources and 
information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org 

*Sexual Violence in the News:
*Our hopes are being destroyed
*News24 - South Africa, 7 Sept 2006
The very women who enjoy political freedoms, thanks largely to the 
acquiescence to the idea by particularly black men, now live in fear of 
abuses and sexual violence from their brothers and fathers.

*Group seeks ways to stem sexual crimes
*KTEN - Denison,TX,USA, 7 Sept 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY A task force looking to reduce sexual violence is being 
told more full-time workers are needed to help victims of rape and other 
sex crimes. ...

*UN humanitarian chief promises justice for victims of sexual ...
*UN News Centre, 7 Sept 2006
After meeting today with sexual violence victims in the Democratic 
Republic of the Congo (DRC), Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian 
Affairs Jan Egeland pledged to fight “the culture of impunity that has 
too long held sway in this country.”

*DRC: New cases of rape and abuse by police in Equateur
*IRIN News, 7 September 2006
The human-rights division of the United Nations Mission in the 
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reported new cases of mass rape 
and abuse of civilians in Equateur Province.

*U.N. Committee To Release Report Saying Czech Government Has Not Fully 
Answered Charges of Forced Sterilizations of Romany Women
*Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy Report, 7 Sept 2006
The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women 
this week is expected to finalize and release a draft report that says 
the Czech Republic government has not completely answered allegations 
that more than 80 Roma, or Gypsy, women from 1986 through 2004 were 
sterilized in the country without informed consent, the Christian 
Science Monitor reports. Forced sterilizations of Roma women also have 
been reported in Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, according to the Monitor 
(White, Christian Science Monitor, 9/6).

*Carbondale police seek leads in reported sexual assault
*The Southern - Carbondale,IL,USA, 6 Sept 2006
... Experts say sexual violence often goes unreported because victims 
feel embarrassed or fear either retaliation or not being believed. ...

*Sudan (Darfur) - IMC providing emergency health services ...
*ReliefWeb (press release) - Geneva,Switzerland, 6 Sept 2006
... health support; reducing deaths from maternal and neonatal tetanus; 
addressing breastfeeding difficulties; reducing the risk of sexual 
violence; and managing ...

*UNHCR denounces sexual violence in Rwanda
*AngolaPress – Angola 6 Sept 2006
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday strongly condemned sexual 
violence in refugee camps in Rwanda, and called on government ...

*Committee on the Rights of the Child: 43rd session from September ...
*Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture - Genève,Switzerland, 6 Sept 2006
... OMCT is very concerned about the frequency of violence cases and 
particularly about corporal punishment and sexual violence and abuse……….

*New Report Calls on World Leaders to Protect Human Rights of Female 
Migrants: Women Make Up Half of All Migrants But their Contributions 
Often Overlooked
*UNFPA News, 6 September 2006
Today, half of all international migrants—95 million—are women and 
girls. Yet, despite substantial contributions to both their families at 
home and communities abroad, the needs of migrant women continue to be 
overlooked and ignored.

*Central Africa: Humanitarian Issues Key to Restoring Peace ...
*AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 5 Sept 2006
... The meeting is to consider for adoption a draft model on the 
prevention and suppression of sexual violence against women and children………

*School violence prompts public hearing
*Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa, 5 Sept 2006
... Cohen said physical and sexual violence at schools would be 
discussed during the hearing and this would hopefully help them gauge 
the extent of school-based ...

*Government callous to sufferings of women: AI
*The National - Port Moresby,Papua New Guinea, 5 Sept 2006
VIOLENCE against women is becoming so pervasive that it impedes national 
development and contributes to the spread of HIV/AIDS.

*Papua New Guinea: Culture and resources no excuse for violence ...
*Amnesty International – USA, 4 Sept 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.

*Gender Inequality Driving HIV - UN AIDS Envoy (Africa)
*UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 4 September 2006
Gender inequality and the inability of women to negotiate safe sex are 
behind the continued spread of the pandemic, according to Stephen Lewis, 
UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

*Women seek tougher action on domestic abuse
*The Standard - Hong Kong, 4 Sept 2006
The government has come under mounting pressure to get tough on domestic 
and sexual violence, with advocates of women's rights calling for a 
further review of what they described as "outdated and insufficient" 
programs to deal with the issue.

*Aid workers say situation in Darfur not yet resolved
*Catholic News Service – USA, 2 Sept 2006
Despite a May peace agreement meant to end the conflict in the Sudanese 
region of Darfur, refugees who fled into neighboring Chad are not 
returning to Sudan, said aid workers.

*Violent porn law will apply to province
*Belfast Telegraph - United Kingdom, 1 Sept 2006
New Government laws to outlaw violent and extreme pornography are to be 
extended to Northern Ireland, the Criminal Justice Minister has 
revealed. The new ban will mean that viewing images on the internet of 
serious sexual violence against women could now be punishable with a 
three-year prison sentence.

*Iran**: Signature Drive Targets Gender Discrimination
31 August 2006
Activists in Iran have started a petition drive calling for changes to 
laws that discriminate against women.

*ERITREA: Anseba Religious Leaders Condemn Female Circumcision
*Shabait.com (Asmara), 31 August 2006
Religious leaders of the Anseba region called on all members of the 
society to condemn female circumcision, as it is not supported by any 
religion of the country. The disclosure by the religious leaders was 
made during a meeting held last week by the Ministry of Health in which 
over 100 religious leaders attended and discussed on issues as regards 
female circumcision and the effects it poses to females.

*Innocent Children Trapped in Prostitution (Uganda)
*The Monitor, 31 August 2006
Girls as young as 13 are peddling their bodies for as low as Shs2,000 in 
Gulu and the chief buyers are soldiers of the Uganda People Defense 
Forces. Two nightclubs; Buganda Pub and Alobo in Gulu town serve as a 

*SENEGAL**: Painful fallout from poverty and early marriage
*IRIN News, 29 August 2006
Fistula usually occurs during prolonged labour, when the baby's head 
pushes too long on the mother's pelvis, cutting off the blood supply. As 
a consequence, the tissues die and a hole forms between the mother's 
bladder and vagina, between her rectum and vagina, or both, as in the 
case of Khady. Nearly two million women in developing countries suffer 
from fistula and there are between 50,000 and 100,000 new cases each 
year worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

*Pakistan, U.K. Target Forced Marriages
Her father said it would be a two-week holiday to learn about her 
Pakistani heritage. But the British woman soon found herself captive in 
a remote tribal village for over a year and promised in marriage to a 
first cousin she'd never met.

*SWAZILAND**: Critics slam findings on female sexual activity
*IRIN News, 28 August 2006
Swazi women have more sexual partners than men, a new study has found, 
but critics of the controversial report say this is driven by poverty.

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