[Svrilist] SVRI Update

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Sep 26 10:58:42 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 <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 <http://www.svri.org/>

This SVRI Update includes resources information under the following headings

1. Expression of Interest: Peer Reviewers and Workshop, Gender, Health 
and Justice Research Unit, University of Cape Town
2. Resources and Publications
3. Call For Applications / Grants
4. Vacancies

*1. Expression of Interest: Peer Reviewers and Workshop, Gender, Health 
and Justice Research Unit, University of Cape Town:
The Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape 
Town is currently editing a peer-reviewed volume on rape law reform in 
South Africa, to be published by Juta in early 2007. We would like to 
invite those who have an interest and expertise in this area to review 
chapters. Details are set out below. Expressions of interest should be 
directed to Dee Smythe via email (dsmythe at curie.uct.ac.za 
<mailto:dsmythe at curie.uct.ac.za>) by the end of September, as should any 
related queries.

*Background: *For the past ten years activists in South Africa have been 
intensively engaged in a process aimed at reforming South Africa’s laws 
on sexual offences. Since 1996 much of that activism has focused on the 
South African Law Reform Commission’s investigation into sexual 
offences, which culminated at the end of 2002 in the “Sexual Offences 
Bill”. At each stage of this process those involved in the law reform 
effort (whether inside or outside the process) have been forced to make 
strategic decisions about aspects of the proposed reforms. They have 
asked hard questions about how instrumentally useful various reforms 
would be in achieving envisaged ends; and at times they have disagreed 
about what those ends are. (Why, for example, do we need a 
gender-neutral definition of rape? What difference does it make if 
consent is a defense or an element of the crime?). Often outcomes have 
been a product of compromise; sometimes of attrition. For answers to 
these difficult questions those involved in this process have drawn on 
experiences in the field, on the empirical data that they and others 
have generated on these questions in relation to victims, service 
providers, and criminal justice agencies, on the comparative experiences 
of other jurisdictions with similar reforms enacted over the past 30 
years, and on their own expert knowledge in the field.

Our authors attempt to trace this process and capture these debates, 
while reflecting critically on what we have achieved and where it will 
take us. We also need to prepare ourselves for inevitable difficulties 
in the practical implementation of this legislation, and to start 
developing a well considered literature that will inform the evolving 
South African jurisprudence on sexual offences. By taking a 
process-tracing approach, the book will also provide an important 
reflection on the engagement of civil society with government in 
precipitating and sustaining this important law reform process.

Specific issues covered include: Defining Rape & Issues of Consent; 
Harmful HIV-Related Sexual Conduct & Compulsory Testing of Alleged Sex 
Offenders; Special Issues relating to the youthfulness of victims and 
offenders; Evidence & Procedure: Caution, Corroboration, Previous Sexual 
History, Character & Admissibility of Personal Records, Disclosure of 
Personal Records, Delays in Reporting, Vulnerable Witnesses and 
Protective Measures; Expert Evidence; Sentencing, Treatment & 
Supervision of offenders; Medico-Legal Issues, including provision of 
PEP, treatment & counselling; Psycho-Social Issues; Investigating & 
prosecuting rape; Managing Rape Case Attrition

Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in reviewing a chapter. 
Please also note that we will be hosting a workshop dealing with the 
contents of the chapters in early December. Reviewers will be invited. 
If anyone else is interested in attending the workshop please contact 
Dee Smythe dsmythe at curie.uct.ac.za <mailto:dsmythe at curie.uct.ac.za> to 
confirm attendance.

*2. Resources and Publications
*‘Investigating Nonconsensual Sex: Silence Threatens Adolescents' Health 
and Rights’* Publications/Resources, Population Council: Online at: 

*World Bank World Development Report 2007, Development and the next 
generation:* “With 1.3 billion young people now living in the developing 
world-the largest-ever youth group in history-the report says there has 
never been a better time to invest in youth because they are healthier 
and better educated than previous generations, and they will join the 
workforce with fewer dependents because of changing demographics. 
However, failure to seize this opportunity to train them more 
effectively for the workplace, and to be active citizens, could lead to 
widespread disillusionment and social tensions.” Link: 

*Building Peace through Gender Equality, UN-INSTRAW Guide on Women, 
Peace and Security [Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic]: * To commemorate 
the International Day of Peace, September 21st 2006, the United Nations 
International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of 
Women (UN-INSTRAW) offers a new manual on how to create a successful 
action plan on women, peace and security. Designed as a resource for 
governments, international and regional agencies and civil society 
organizations, the guide -“Securing Equality, Engendering Peace: A guide 
to policy and planning on women, peace and security”- provides good 
practices, specific recommendations and a practical six-step model 
process. Online at http://www.un-instraw.org/en/docs/1325/1325-Guide-ENG.pdf

*Child Trafficking Digital Library: *The child trafficking digital 
library, is a Nepal-based website focusing on South Asia and beyond. All 
forms of trafficking are addressed, including trafficking for labor 
purposes. The website focuses on children, and includes the latest 
information on strategies for trafficking prevention, as well as for the 
rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of trafficking. The digital 
library http://www.childtrafficking.com focuses on the outcomes of 
trafficking, such as the use of forced labour or slavery like practices, 
no matter how people arrive in these conditions. It has just been 
updated. The update includes 9 new documents dealing with child abuse. 
Online link to the library is: 

*3. Call For Applications / 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 refer to: 
Please direct any inquiries to harambee-sgf at dgroups.org 
<mailto:harambee-sgf at dgroups.org>

*Annual Agenda Online Writing Programme: *With the joint success of the 
Agenda Writing Programme and the Agenda Website, Agenda have decided to 
start the first annual Online Writing Programme. The Programme will 
begin in October 2006 and will run through to June 2007. Twelve writers 
will be selected from various African countries to write about a 
gendered topic, in a language they choose. All pieces will be published 
onto the Agenda website, and regular meetings will be taking place 
through the Agenda website's community section. Applications close on 
the 2 October 2006. For further information contact: Christine Davis, 
Writing Programme Co-ordinator, Agenda Feminist Media Project, tel: 031 
304 7001, fax: 031 304 7018, editorial at agenda.org.za 
<mailto:editorial at agenda.org.za>, www.agenda.org.za 

*4. Vacancies:
1) Translation of French to Portuguese short term work opportunity: IDA 
Solutions is looking for a health professional to translate some 
documents on supply chain management of ARVs from French to Portuguese. 
The deadline to send a cover setter and CV is Friday September 29th 
2006. We will contact the pre-selected candidates during the week of 
October 2nd to 6th 2006. A background in a health related area and more 
particularly in medicines management would be an added advantage. Send 
an email to the following address for more information: 
fsaintsauveur at idasolutions.org <mailto:fsaintsauveur at idasolutions.org>. 
(cross posting afro-nets)

2) Programme Specialist, Latin America and the Caribbean Section / 
UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: October 06, 2006. Post No. 
(cross-posting from AWID)

Project Manager / UNIFEM / Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro / Closing 
date: October 05, 2006. Please apply ONLINE at: 
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=591 (cross-posting from AWID)

3) Human Rights Officer, 3 posts (One post will focus on child 
rights/gender issues) / Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human 
Rights (OHCHR) / Nepal / Reference Number: 06/OHCHR/067/NEPAL / Closing 
date: October 05, 2006. SEE FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION AT: 
http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/vacancies/index.htm (cross-posting 
from AWID)

4) West Africa Regional Gender-Based Violence Manager / The 
International Rescue Committee (IRC) / Abdijan, Cote d'Ivoire. We 
request that all applications be completed ONLINE at: www.IRCjobs.org 
<http://www.IRCjobs.org>. (cross-posting from AWID)

5) Network Officer / WIDE / Brussels, Belgium / Closing date: October 
03, 2006. For more information go to: 
http://www.eurosur.org/wide/Structure/Job92006.htm (cross-posting from AWID)

6) Peacebuilding Associate / Refugees International (RI) / Washington, 
DC, USA / Deadline: September 29, 2006. More information available 
online at: http://www.refugeesinternational.org/section/aboutus/jobs 
(cross-posting from AWID)

7) Youth Worker / Foundation for Women's Health, Research and 
Development (FORWARD) / London, UK / Closing date: October 11, 2006. FOR 
http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/get-involved/vacancies (cross-posting from AWID)

8) Sudan Resident Senior Program Officer, Media and Civic Education/ 
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) / Nairobi, 
Kenya with travel into Southern Sudan.
Interested applicants can apply using the ONLINE resume tool: 
(cross-posting from AWID)

9) Internship Program / Women's Campaign International (WCI) / 
Philadelphia, PA, USA / Will accept application beginning November 15, 
2006. More information at: 
(cross-posting from AWID)

10) Technical Advisor / Population Services International / Bamako, 
Mali. Please apply ONLINE at: http://www.psi.org/employment 
(cross-posting from AWID)

11) Social Worker for the rehabilitation and reinsertion shelter for 
women and children victims of trafficking or of Domestic Violence (6 
posts). / Employer: Vietnam Women’s Union / Department: Centre for Women 
and Development / Hanoi, Vietnam / Deadline to apply: 10 October 2006. 
For more information email: Carine.colluard at laposte.net 
<mailto:Carine.colluard at laposte.net>; cwd at fmail.vnn.vn 
<mailto:cwd at fmail.vnn.vn>

12) UN Senior Level Vacancies: The UN Senior Level Vacancies list for 
September has just been released. Please contact me off-list at 
svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> for a copy.

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