[Svrilist] SVRI Update: Sexual violence in the news

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Sep 15 11:11:15 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 
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*Sexual Violence in the News:

Memories can't be led easily away
*The Mountain Mail, Mail Staff Writer, 14 September 2006
Watching Chaffee County Sheriff's Deputies lead John Wagner from the 
courtroom Friday was partial conclusion for family members of the 
4-year-old victim of sexual exploitation.

*Survivors Of Forced Sterilization Programs Attempting To Require States 
To Recognize Extent Of Involvement
*Medical News Today, 14 Sep 2006
Several survivors of state-sponsored forced sterilization programs 
recently have told their stories with the aim of compelling states to 
acknowledge the extent of the initiatives.

*Defending those who take a stand
*BBC News, 13 September 2006
Hina Jilani, a UN human rights representative, has dedicated her life's 
work to protecting the rights of the vulnerable and the oppressed.

Her role as a special rapporteur on human rights defenders is sometimes 
controversial and she too needs protection after several attempts on her 

*Pakistan** delays rape reform plans
*Pakistan's government has delayed presenting a bill in parliament which 
would have reformed rape laws. The bill would for the first time have 
allowed rapists to be tried under civil law as well as Islamic 

*UN humanitarian chief promises justice for victims of sexual violence 
in DR Congo
*noticias.info,Spain, 13 September 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: Sexual violence, lack of healthcare spreads HIV/AIDS among pygmies
*IRIN/PlusNews, CHOMBO, 13 September, 2006
The forest people of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 
marginalised at the best of times, were easy targets for the marauding 
soldiers and militiamen that reduced the eastern provinces to one of the 
world's bloodiest war zones.

*ICC seat offers window on world
*The Daily Yomiuri - Osaka,Japan, 13 September 2006
As the government seeks Diet approval of the country's membership in the 
International Criminal Court by July 2007 at the earliest, Japan should 
take the opportunity to show its presence in the international community 
when it becomes a member.

*UGANDA**: Rebels to release women and children from captivity
*IRIN News JUBA 12 September 2006
The rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has agreed to release 
'non-combatants', including women and children they are holding captive, 
a top United Nations officials said.

*India - Two Dalit Women Stripped
*(IANS), BHOPAL 12 September 2006
Two Dalit women in different districts of Madhya Pradesh were assaulted, 
stripped and one of them even raped in the past 48 hours, police said 

*NIGERIA**: Domestic workers or modern day slaves?
*IRIN News, LAGOS, 12 September
Human traffickers make good business taking poorly educated girls from 
Nigerian villages to toil as domestic workers in the sprawling urban 
throb of Lagos. But the girls, some as young as five years old, see 
little or none of their earnings.

*Pakistan Rape Reform Fails
*NZ Herald, 12 September 2006
In a setback for women's rights in Pakistan, the ruling party in 
Islamabad has caved in to religious conservatives by dropping its plans 
to reform rape laws.

*4 Marines to Begin Defense in Rape Trial in Philippines
*INTERNATIONAL / ASIA PACIFIC | 11 September, 2006
For many Filipinos, the rape trial of four U.S. marines symbolizes the 
long-standing resentment of American domination of the country.

*U.N. Committee To Release Report Saying Czech Government Has Not Fully 
Answered Charges Of Forced Sterilizations Of Romany Women
*Medical News Today, 11 Sep 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..

*New UNFPA Report Features Stories Of Young Migrants
*Medical News Today, 11 Sep 2006
Young people from developing countries are increasingly on the move and 
represent a third of all international migrants. They come from all 
types of backgrounds, and cross borders for many reasons.

*New Report Calls On World Leaders To Protect Human Rights Of Female 
*Medical News Today, 11 Sep 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.

*Trafficking victims stuck in gridlock: Confusion holds up college funds 
promised to witnesses
*Monterey County Herald, Associated Press, 10 September 2006
COSTA MESA - A Vietnamese mother, lured by the promise of a high-paying 
factory job, chased her dream of sending both daughters to college into 
a sweatshop far from home, with no exit.

*Women Trafficking in India
*The Times of India, 10 Sep, 2006
NEW DELHI: India has emerged as a key destination and transit point for 
global trafficking of women and girls, a UN report has said.

*Pakistan** rape victim's blog makes waves
*BBC News, Islamabad, By Dan Isaacs, 8 September 2006
Mukhtar Mai was once an anonymous Pakistani villager - but that was 
before she was gang-raped, apparently on the orders of local elders in a 
neighbouring village.

*Congo-Kinshasa: More Punishment for Sexual Violence, Egeland Says
*AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 8 September 2006
Sexual violence must end and its perpetrators be punished, Jan Egeland, 
the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said...

*Sexy Dressing Blamed for Harassment in China
*Yahoo News, 7 September 2006
China - Sexual harassment is widespread at workplaces in China and women 
who are provocatively dressed are to blame, state media has said, citing 
an online survey. According to a survey of more than 4,000 professionals 
conducted by a job-hunting company, 43 percent of the respondents think 
sexual harassment is "widespread" and 54 percent say it happens 
occasionally, the China Daily said.

*States must do more to tackle rights violations against women, 
trafficking: UN
*UN News, 6 September2006
Governments must do more to address the human rights violations and lack 
of opportunities that force women and girls, who make up half the 
world’s 95 million migrants, to leave their homes, while countries need 
to work together to make migration safer and in particular stamp out 
human trafficking, according to new reports issued today by the United 
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

*Rape Law Rankles Some Pakistan Lawmakers
*The Associated Press from The LaGrande Observer, 5 September 2006
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Lawmakers from a coalition of six Islamic 
groups threatened on Tuesday to vacate their parliamentary seats if 
Pakistan's government changes a rape law criticized by human rights 

*Ghana: Increased Penalties for Female Genital Cutting Proposed
*UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, September 5, 2006
When 45-year-old farmer Fefe Dari decided to perform genital excision on 
three girls in 2003, with the consent of their parents, little did she 
know that the tradition would land her a five-year jail sentence.

*Kenya - Over 250 Girls Rescued From Early Marriage
*The Nation (Nairobi), September 3, 2006
More than 250 girls in Malindi District have been rescued from forced 
marriage and sent back to school this year, a lobby group said yesterday.

*Bride Trade
*Weekend Review, 31 August 2006
India - As girls become a rarity in an Indian state, men buy women from 
outside. Onu has two husbands. On paper, she's only married to Ram Phal, 
an ageing widower. But, his younger brother, Kripal Singh, 45, also 
shares her - as his 'sexual bride'.

*Religious leaders endorse UNICEF-backed declaration on violence against 
*UNNews, 30 August 2006
Senior religious leaders from across the globe today endorsed the 
Declaration on Violence against Children, an instrument aimed at 
combating violence against society’s youngest members that was developed 
with the help of the United Nations Children’s Fund.

*BBC Special Broadcast: The Special Rapporteurs: Part Three - Violence 
Against Women:
*In this final programme on Special Rapporteurs, Gemma Mortensen meets 
Yakin Erturk, the Special Rapporteur for violence against women. 
Mortensen visits Erturk in The Netherlands, where they discuss violence 
against women as a universal issue, relevant on all continents, no 
matter how developed a country is. For more information visit: 

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