[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 03 04 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Apr 3 10:06:53 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence
related research and resources. Please email svri at mrc.ac.za if you would
like us to include relevant sexual violence resources and materials in
the SVRI Updates. For more information and resources on sexual violence
and the SVRI visit www.svri.org.  

Today's SVRI Update includes the following:

1.  Resources and Publications 
2.  Information Request from SVRI Member
3.  Meetings/Conferences
4.  Call for Papers/Reviewers 
5.  Awards
6.  Vacancies

1.  Resources and Publications 

Ending Violence Against Women in Eastern Congo: Preparing Men to
Advocate for Women's Rights, Women for Women International, 2007:  In
response to horrific reports of rampant sexual violence from the
international NGO community and Congolese women themselves, Women for
Women International launched a multi-tiered programme of direct aid and
emotional support, rights awareness and leadership education, vocational
skills training and income-generation support in the DRC in May 2004 to
provide services to the socially excluded Congolese women who endured,
witnessed and survived these atrocities. [Summary adapted from Women for
Women International website].  Read full report on this programme online

Women's experiences with violence: A national study, Moracco, Kathryn E;
Runyan, Carol W.; Bowling, J. Michael; and Earp, Jo Anne L., Women's
Health Issues, vol. 17, pgs. 3-12, 2007:  "Using a population-based
national sample of noninstitutionalized women ages =18 (n = 1,800), the
researchers conducted a telephone survey on women's experiences with 6
types of violence, including being followed and repeatedly contacted, as
well as physical and sexual assault by intimate partners and others.
Sixty percent of the respondents experienced at least 1 form of violence
since age 18; 10% reported violence in the previous year. To accurately
reflect the chronic nature of partner violence, point estimates should
be supplemented with adult lifetime estimates of victimization,
including stalking behaviors. Ensuring adequate numbers of women from
diverse backgrounds and developing measures that more completely assess
the patterns and consequences of women's experiences with violence are
important next steps.  [summary adapted from abstract]  Full abstract
available online at:  http://www.pire.org/detail.asp?core=38877

Department of Defense Annual Report on Military Services Sexual Assault
for Calendar Year, 2006, USA, March 2007:  National Defense
Authorization Act requires the Department of Defense to submit the
Military Services Sexual Assault Annual Report. The report provides an
annual summary of the number of alleged sexual assaults against and by
members of the Armed Forces. 2006 was the first full year of restricted
reporting data collection and will be considered the baseline for any
trend observation. The military counts rape, nonconsensual sodomy,
indecent assault and attempts to commit any of those as sexual assault.
[Source:  FVPF's Speaking Up Volume 13, Issue 5]  To see the report,
visit www.sapr.mil/contents/references/2006%20Annual%20Report.pdf

Physical and sexual assault of women with disabilities, Martin, S. L.;
Moracco, K. E.; Sotres-Alvarez, D.; Kupper, L. L.; Scandlin, D.; Ray,
N.; Gizlice, Z.; and Dickens, P. A. Violence Against Women, 2006:
'North Carolina women were surveyed to examine whether women's
disability status was associated with their risk of being assaulted
within the past year. Women's violence experiences were classified into
three groups: no violence, physical assault only (without sexual
assault), and sexual assault (with or without physical assault).
Multivariable analysis revealed that women with disabilities were not
significantly more likely than women without disabilities to have
experienced physical assault alone within the past year (odds ratio [OR]
= 1.18, 95% Confidence Interval [CI] = 0.62 to 2.27); however, women
with disabilities had more than 4 times the odds of experiencing sexual
assault in the past year compared to women without disabilities (OR =
4.89, 95% CI = 2.21 to 10.83).'  Abstract online at:

Stolen Sisters:  A Human Rights Response To Discrimination And Violence
Against Indigenous Women In Canada, Amnesty International, 2004:  This
report examines the role of discrimination in acts of violence carried
out against Indigenous women in Canadian towns and cities. Download full
report online at:

Trafficking In Humanity, Citizen Shift:  Shutting down brothels hasn't
helped control the unstoppable sex trade and trafficking of people in
southeast Asia. The police don't offer support, the courts decide in
favour of traffickers in a corrupt system, and the society itself has
somehow accepted that survival depends on pedophile tourists, as mothers
send their young daughters off to earn a living for the family. As
Teprine Baldo and her company BleuRouge travel through the region
working on their film, they discover a desperate situation. Read the
BleuRouge blog as they travel, watch clips as the film evolves, and
learn about the enormity of this issue through a filmmaker's process.

Femicide, the Killing of Women and Girls, Citizen Shift:  Femicide is
the systematic and deliberate killing of women and girls and it's
happening worldwide. Read More:

Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) International Clearinghouse for
Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence Against Children:  This section
of the WWSF site provides you with a selection of good practices and
organizational online links on the prevention of child abuse and
violence against children.  Visit:

2.  Information Request from SVRI Member:
(Please send responses direct to SVRI Member)

From: Luis Gutierrez [mailto:luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com] 
Sent: 31 March 2007 06:17 AM
To: svrilist at mrc.ac.za
Subject: Research on Religious Gender Violence


I am a new member, currently doing research on religious sexual/gender
violence, both physical and psychological.  My focus is on sexual
violence *within religious institutions*. For example, sexual abuse of
women by male clergy, or exclusion of women from roles of religious
authority simply because they are women.

Religious institutions are not very forthcoming is sharing this kind of
information (in fact, they tend to cover it up) so I wonder if someone
in the SVRILIST could suggest how to find and access that kind of
information.  This is not an anti-religion project; in fact, I am a
religious person myself.

The damage that has been done by sexual abuse of children within
religious institutions is incalculable.  So is the damage being done by
sexual abuse of women, and another problem is that most of the victims
are not willing to share their stories.  Painful as it is, these stories
need to be exposed, and the sooner the better.

I would be grateful for any suggestions or pointers.


Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Editor, "Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence"
luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com or LTG214B at verizon.net

3.  Meetings/Conferences:

Women & Public Life: Empowerment & Participation in Social Studies &
Research, July 2007:  The Middle East Research Competition (MERC)
program in Tunis and the Organization of Arab Women in Cairo will
organize jointly a round- table on < Women and the Public Life :
Empowerment and Participation in Social Studies and Research >. The
seminar scheduled for July 2007 in Syria falls within a topic of
interest to the two organizations, focusing on research in the area of
empowerment of Arab women and developing ideas on the public sphere.
Deadline for sending abstracts by email is end April 2007.  For more
information write to:  Please write to, Organization of Arab Women,
Cairo, Info at arabwomenorg.net, or MERC, Tunis, contact at mercprogram.org

4.  Call for Papers/Reviewers:

Call for articles focusing on HIV and gender, culture, sexual health or
sexuality Exchange on HIV/AIDS, Sexuality and Gender, Deadline: 15 May
2007:  Call for articles Exchange on HIV/AIDS, Sexuality and Gender is
looking for contributions for its forthcoming issues. The contributions
we would like to receive should preferably focus on HIV in relation to
gender, culture, sexual health or sexuality. Please contact the editor
before you start writing to prevent unnecessary article rejection.
Editor:  Nel van Beelen, email: n.v.beelen at kit.nl.  Guidelines, PDFs of
back issues and more information about submitting an article:

Call For Papers: Women's Narratives, War, And Peace-Building, Critical
Half, Deadline: May 21, 2007:  Women for Women International, a
non-profit humanitarian organization, seeks submissions for the Summer
2007 issue of its bi-annual academic journal, Critical Half. The journal
is intended to raise awareness and spark debate among a variety of
audiences by presenting various perspectives on economic,social, and
political issues as they relate to women in international development
and conflict and postconflict societies.  Critical Half targets the
international development and post-conflict reconstruction community,
including government policymakers, the United Nations, non-governmental
organizations, U.S. foundations, academics, and philanthropists, as well
as our 166,000 grassroots supporters. This issue of the journal will
focus on the function of women's individual and collective narratives
during and after war and civil conflict. We hope to examine how stories
can unite and heal women and their societies.   Articles should be
2,000-2,500 words long. For more information visit:

Call for Authors and Reviewers: Security Sector Reform and Gender,  The
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF):  The
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the
United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the
Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and the OSCE Office for Democratic
Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) are initiating a joint project
entitled "Gender and Security Sector Reform: Creating Knowledge and
Building Capacities." The project will:

*  Commission new research to produce twelve gender and security sector
reform tools. From these tools, shorter briefs will be produced. The
full set of resources will be developed into a 'Gender and Security
Sector Reform Toolkit'.
*  Hold e-discussions, an expert workshop and a launch/workshop to
review, promote and operationalise the Gender and Security Sector Reform
Toolkit, and to strengthen the capacity of project beneficiaries to
integrate gender in security sector reform policy and processes.  

DCAF, UN-INSTRAW and ODIHR are looking for potential authors and expert
reviewers by 16 April 2007 on these topics:  Introductory Tools:
Introduction to Gender and SSR;  Police Reform and Gender;  Defence
Reform and Gender;  Justice Reform and Gender;  Penal Reform and Gender;
Border Management and Gender;  Parliamentarians: Security Sector
Oversight and Gender;  National Security Policy and Gender;  Civil
Society Oversight of the Security Sector and Gender; Privatisation of
Security and Gender.  Cross-Cutting Tools:  Gendering SSR Assessments:
indicators, monitoring and evaluation;  Gender Training for Security
Sector Personnel: lessons learned and good practices.

For more information, please contact Kristin Valasek, DCAF:
k.valasek at dcaf.ch

5.  Awards

John Humphrey Freedom Award 2007:  Rights & Democracy is currently
accepting nominations for the John Humphrey Freedom  Award,  which is
presented every year to an organization or person who  has  made an
outstanding contribution to the promotion of human rights and
democratic  development.  The  award consists of a grant of $25,000 as
well  as  a  speaking tour of Canadian cities to help increase awareness
of the  recipient's  human  rights work. The deadline for nominations is
April 15,  2007.  To  obtain  information  on  eligibility  criteria,
consult Website: www.dd-rd.ca

6.  Vacancies

Women's Human Rights Programme Officer / Asia Pacific Forum on Women,
Law and Development (APWLD) / Chiangmai, Thailand / Deadline (first
round): April 15, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]
Read more:  www.apwld.org

Gender and Security Project Manager / International Alert / London, UK /
Closing date: April 27, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
358]  Read more:  www.international-alert.org.

General Secretary / World YWCA / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date:
April 15, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]  Read
more:  http://www.worldywca.info <http://www.worldywca.info/> 

Regional Reproductive Health Coordinator / UNFPA / Nairobi,
Kenya/Closing date: April 06, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs,
Issue 358]  Read more:

Development and Human Rights Coordinator / Amnesty International (AI) /
London, UK / Closing date: May 04, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net:
Jobs, Issue 358]  Read more:

Gender and Governance (GG) Program Coordinator / WEDO / New York, NY,
USA / Closing date: April 27, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs,
Issue 358]  Read more:  http://www.wedo.org/aboutus.aspx?mode=jobs#Jobs

Medical Officer (Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health) / World
Health Organization (WHO) / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: April
28, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]  Read more:

National Rule of Law Officer - SGBV Section / UNDP / AlFashir,Sudan /
Closing date: April 11, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
358]  Read more:  http://www.sudanjob.net/undp.php

HIV/AIDS Advisor: South Sudan // The International HIV/AIDS Alliance //
Juba, South Sudan // Closing date: April 06, 2007. [Source:  AWID
Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]  Read more:

Gender-Based Violence Program Manager / The International Rescue
Committee (IRC) / Mae Sot, Thailand. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs,
Issue 358]  Read more:  http://ircjobs.org <http://ircjobs.org/> 

Gender-Based Violence Coordinator / The American Refugee Committee
International / Thailand. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]
Read more:  http://www.arcemployment.org/arc_hr_1.php?country=16

Reproductive Health Program Manager / The American Refugee Committee
International / South Sudan. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
358]  Read more:  http://www.arcemployment.org/arc_hr_1.php?country=29

Sub-Office Manager / Pact / Ethiopia / Closing date: April 17, 2007.
[Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]  Read more:

Advocacy Adviser, Global Coalition on Women and AIDS / UNAIDS / Geneva,
Switzerland / Closing date: April 11, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net:
Jobs, Issue 358]  Read more:

Director, Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division (ESW) / Food and
Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) / Rome, Italy / Closing date:
April 12, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 358]  Read
more:  http://www.fao.org/VA/Senior/ES136_07e.htm


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