[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 18 04 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed Apr 18 09:19:30 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 Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org
<http://www.svri.org/>  

Today's SVRI Update includes the following:

1.  Online Resources and Publications
2.  Online Questionnaire, Ritual Abuse and Torture (RAT)
3.  Information request - SVRI List Member [Re-posting]
4.  Messages - SVRI List Members
5.  Vacancies

1.  Online Resources and Publications:
[Summaries taken/adapted from source documents]

Sexual Assault During and After Separation/Divorce: An Exploratory
Study, DeKeseredy, W.S., Criminology, Justice & Policy Studies
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, submitted to Violence and
Victimization Research Division, National Institute of Justice,  2007:
Since the 1970s, social scientists have greatly enhanced an empirical
and theoretical understanding of various types of woman abuse in ongoing
heterosexual relationships. However, although we know that breaking up
with a violent man greatly increases a woman's risk of experiencing
lethal and non-lethal violence, relatively little empirical and
theoretical attention has been paid to the victimization of women who
want to leave, are in the process of leaving, or who have left their
marital/cohabiting partners. Furthermore, the limited work that has been
done on this topic focuses primarily on physical violence, such as
beatings and homicide. Abuse, of course, is multidimensional in nature
and a few studies show that women are also at high risk of being
sexually assaulted during and after separation/divorce. Still, almost
all of the research on this problem, regardless of whether it is
qualitative or quantitative, was conducted in urban areas. Thus, the
main objective of this report is to help fill two major research gaps by
presenting the results of a qualitative, exploratory study of
separation/divorce sexual assault in rural Ohio. Download full report
online at:  http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/217591.pdf 

"With Intent to Destroy?" Rape As Genocide Under International Criminal
Law. The Case Of Bangladesh, Lundstrom, J, Global Human Rights Defence,
University of Lund, 2007:  This paper analyses the concept of genocidal
rape as a crime under substantial international criminal law. There is
yet no consensus in the debate and jurisprudence of contemporary
substantial international criminal law as to the definition and scope of
rape as a genocidal act but as this paper will illustrate, there is a
discrepancy particularly between traditional defenders of fundamental
legal principles like nullum crimen sine lege and the heterogeneous
feminist critique. Another objective is to discuss whether or not the
rapes that have been taking place in Bangladesh post the 2001 elections,
when the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) came to power, may be
classified as acts of genocide under substantial international criminal
law.  Full document online at:
http://www.hrtribune.com/report/Thesis_Jenny3.pdf

Change, choice and power: young women, livelihoods and HIV prevention,
Urdang, S., United Nations Population Fund, 2007:  The urgency of
addressing the vulnerability of young women and adolescent girls of all
backgrounds, but particularly the poor, cannot be over stated.
Innovative, far-reaching and rapid responses are needed to impact whole
generations so that the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty
can be within reach. This paper sets out to explore the relationship
between economic independence, vulnerability to HIV infection, the level
of sexual and reproductive health among women and adolescent girls, and
gender-based violence. [Source: Eldis Gender Reporter].  Full document:
http://www.unfpa.org/upload/lib_pub_file/674_filename_change.pdf

"As if They Were Watching My Body": Pornography and the Development of
Attitudes Towards Sex and Sexual Behaviour among Cambodian Youth, World
Vision, Cambodia, 2006:  Pornography can influence gender-based
violence, the use of commercial sex workers, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and
the rape of children. This report explores how representation of sexual
practices in pornographic media affects Cambodian children and their
gender identities. [Source: Youth InfoNet 32]  Online at:
http://www.crin.org/docs/wv_watching_my_body.pdf

Honoring the Killers: Justice Denied For "Honor" Crimes In Jordan, Human
Rights Watch, 2007:  This report first describes the social context in
which "honor" crimes take place, including the second-class status
accorded to girls and women in law and custom, systematic underreporting
of domestic violence, the lack of shelters or other places of refuge for
women who have been threatened, and the deference often accorded men who
admit to killing their female relatives. The report presents four case
studies of women under threat from male family members, demonstrating
the destructive, paralyzing effect of Jordan's continued weak responses
to "honor" crimes on women's lives.
http://hrw.org/reports/2004/jordan0404

Unsafe State: State-sanctioned sexual violence against Chin women in
Burma, Women's League of Chinland, 2007:  The Women's League of Chinland
recently released the report entitled, "Unsafe State: State-sanctioned
sexual violence against Chin women in Burma".  The report goes into
great detail, accounting for the sytematic use of rape by the Burmese
military.  Read more:  http://www.freesuukyi.org/blog/UnsafeState.pdf

"Show Us the Money: Is Violence Against Women on the HIV and AIDS
Funding Agenda?", Fried, T.S., Women Won't Wait, Action Aid Women Won't
Wait Campaign, 2007: The new study finds that leaders in the fight
against AIDS have failed to consistently and adequately address the
relationship between violence against women and HIV. The report
evaluates the funding streams, policies, and patterns of the major
international agencies engaged in responding to the global AIDS
epidemic, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria (GFATM); the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
(PEPFAR); the United Kingdom Department for International Development
(DFID); the World Bank; and UNAIDS (The Joint U.N. Programme on
HIV/AIDS). [Source:  AWID Resource Net Announcements: Issue 358] For
more information, the full summary and to download the complete study,
please go to
http://www.womenwontwait.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2
7&Itemid=1

Men & The Challenges For Gender Equality & Women's Rights, AWID Resource
Net Friday File, Association for Women's Rights in Development, Friday
January 19, 2007:  Part of the problem but part of the solution: what
role can men play in the challenge for gender equality? How can men be
allies in the fight for gender equality and women's rights? This article
canvasses the issues, the debate and ways that men can (and whether they
should) join the battle.  Read more:
http://www.awid.org/go.php?list=analysis&prefix=analysis&item=00361

Domestic Violence And Dowry: Evidence From A South Indian Village,
Working Paper Series, 429, Srinivasan, S.; Bedi, A.S. / Institute of
Social Studies, Netherlands , 2006: In South India there has been an
increase in the amount of dowry, a spread in its incidence and changes
in the nature of dowry. What impact has this trend had on inter-spousal
violence? This study examines the link between the spread of dowry and
its consequences for women, it discusses the various channels through
which dowry may influence domestic violence. [Source: Eldis Gender
Reporter], Read more:  http://adlib.iss.nl/adlib/uploads/wp/wp429.pdf

Breaking the chains - eliminating slavery, ending poverty,  Department
for International Development, UK, 2006:  Today people are still
suffering from forms of slavery and human trafficking. This brochure,
launched by International Development Secretary Hilary Benn, illustrates
the shocking issue of contemporary slavery, how it relates to poverty,
and what the Department for International Development (DFID) and the UK
Government are doing to address the problem.  [Source: Eldis Gender
Reporter]. Full report:
http://www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/files/slavery-brochure.pdf

Gaining Ground: a tool for advancing reproductive rights law reform,
Centre for Reproductive Rights, New York, 2006:  This paper provides a
thematic analysis of advances in law reform with a view to further
stimulate ideas for reform and offer an assessment of what can be
realistically achieved. The author seeks to provide advocates of law
reform advancement with tools to advance reproductive rights at home.
Discussion is built around nine key reproductive concerns which are
presented together with findings and recommendations. These include:
Safe pregnancy and childbirth; contraception; abortion; harmful
practices; and violence against women.  [Source: Eldis Gender Reporter].
Available online at:
http://www.reproductiverights.org/pdf/media_bo_GG_121306.pdf

Gender and Conflict Analysis, UNIFEM Policy Briefing Paper, 2006:  This
briefing note outlines basic elements of gender-sensitive conflict
analysis. It shares findings from three pilot projects on
gender-sensitive conflict monitoring conducted by UNIFEM in 2004 - 2005:
in the Ferghana Valley, in Colombia, and in the Solomon Islands.
Briefing note is available online at:
http://www.womenwarpeace.org/UNIFEM_Conflict_Prevention.pdf

Strategic plan of the Office of the Special Representative of the
Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, 2006:  The key
objectives of the strategic plan are: (i) supporting global initiatives
to end grave violations; (ii) promoting rights-based protection for
children affected by armed conflict; (iii) making children and armed
conflict concerns an integral aspect of peacekeeping and peacebuilding;
and (iv) raising awareness with regard to all issues relating to
children and armed conflict.  Read more:
http://www.un.org/children/conflict/english/strategicplan114.html

Ending Men's Violence - Working Paper Series, INSTRAW, 2003:  Why work
with men to end gender-based violence? By focusing on men's
responsibilities we move beyond seeing men as simply part of the
problem, and begin to envision them as part of the solution.  In 2003,
INSTRAW commissioned a series of working papers and held a virtual
seminar on men's role in ending gender-based violence.  Read Working
Page Series online at:
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/index.php?option=content&task=blogcategory&
id=122&Itemid=187

Gender Resource Guide, INSTRAW:  INSTRAW, in collaboration with other
organizations, promotes and produces knowledge and information on gender
equality and the empowerment of women. The Institute encourages people
and organizations to carry out action-oriented research on
gender-related issues, particularly in developing countries, that will
have a concrete impact on policies and programmes. This Gender Research
Guide is intended to help both researchers and development practitioners
integrate gender issues into their work.  Website:
http://www.un-instraw.org/en/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1051&
Itemid=247

Research Ethics Training Curriculum, Family Health International:  This
curriculum is for international scientists who conduct research that
includes human participants and who want to incorporate fundamental
ethical considerations in the design and implementation of their
studies.  Also available in Spanish, French and Portuguese.  Online at:
http://www.fhi.org/training/en/Retc

The SexEdLibrary. The SexEdLibrary has been put together by SIECUS (the
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States). It is
a comprehensive online sexual education resource, containing information
and tools that are up-to-date and relevant. SIECUS has analysed hundreds
of lesson plans from multiple sources to offer easy access to the very
best on such topics as sexual and reproductive health, puberty,
abstinence, relationships, sexual orientation, body image, self-esteem,
sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancy, and more.
Please visit this resource at: http://www.sexedlibrary.org
<http://www.sexedlibrary.org/> 

2. Online Questionnaire, Ritual Abuse and Torture (RAT):

Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald are relationship educators working
since 1993 with persons who have experienced relationship violence,
including ritual abuse-torture. They are currently conducting an
anonymous online participatory research project.  They are asking for
survivors of ritual abuse to volunteer to complete a questionnaire on
ritual abuse.  To access the online questionnaire visit:
http://pub25.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=2120596064&amp;cpv=2
To view findings to date go to:
http://pub25.bravenet.com/vote/stats.php?usernum=2120596064

For more information on RAT visit their website,
http://www.ritualabusetorture.org <http://www.ritualabusetorture.org/> ,
or read, Ritual abuse/torture, Sarson, J., & MacDonald, L., Gazette,
Vol. 67, Issue 1 2005:
http://www.gazette.rcmp.gc.ca/article-en.html?category_id=1&article_id=1
05

3.  Information request - SVRI List Member [Re-posting]
(Please send responses direct to Kelli by email
Kelli.Mitchell at dcd.wa.gov.au)

Hi

My name is Kelli Mitchell. I am a fourth year Honours social work
student at a Western Australian university. I am currently on student
placement at the Office for Women's policy for the WA government, and as
part of my learning I am undertaking a project with the office I am
working at.

I am researching for a women's group of survivors of sexual assault and
abuse called Reclaiming Voices. I am researching established advocacy
models for survivors of sexual assault and abuse with focus on support
and advocacy for women who are going through legal processes, accessing
the police, health and justice systems. I am also interested in services
that provide more long term counselling. We have identified some gaps in
these vital services in Western Australia, and are looking to address
these issues by implementing a more comprehensive model of advocacy and
support. The aim is to strengthen current support services. 

I have had the opportunity to have a brief look at your website and was
impressed with the information you have. I was wondering if you have any
additional information or research on successful advocacy
models/frameworks for sexual assault/abuse survivors, or if you have any
relevant literature and articles within this context.

I would be very interested to hear from support services. My questions
would be; do you have an advocacy model/framework, and if so, how do you
run it? Do you provide long term counseling services? 

I would also be very interested in talking with anyone or any support
services involved in research. Any information would be greatly
appreciated.

Thank you very much for your time

Kelli Mitchell
(08) 6217 8209
Kelli.Mitchell at dcd.wa.gov.au

4.  Messages - SVRI List Members:

Message i):
[Note from moderator:  The following message is in response to the
scrapping of the discriminatory adultery law in Uganda. See following
news article for more details: 
Uganda scraps "sexist" adultery law, Reuters, 4 April 2007: Uganda
scrapped an adultery law Thursday that campaigners said discriminated
against women.  Uganda's Constitutional Court ordered the changes to the
Penal Code, under which it was legal for a married man to have an affair
with an unmarried woman but against the law for a married woman to have
an affair with an unmarried man.
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL0510814320070405

From: Turyasingura Hope [mailto:turyasingurahope at yahoo.com] 
Sent: 10 April 2007 01:11 PM
To: Sexual violence research initiative.
Subject: Re: Constitutional Court ruling on the law of adultery in
Uganda

Dear SVRI list members,

This is good news for Ugandan women in particular and women of all walks
of life world over. The constitutional court declared null and void the
law on adultery, Guardianship of children, law of inheritance which have
been not only unconstitutional but also gender insensitive and
oppressive to women in Uganda. What this means is that now women of
Uganda have an opportunity to lobby and advocate for a gender sensitive,
fair and just law.

Celebrate with us

Hope 
Center for domestic Violence Prevention
Kamapla Uganda

Message ii):
From: Luis Gutierrez [mailto:luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com] 
Sent: 02 April 2007 06:43 AM
To: svrilist
Subject: Adoro te supplex, latens deitas

For those who observe "holy week" in the various Christian traditions, a
short meditation on the legendary "mother pelican" symbol ....

Adoro te supplex, latens deitas

     O thou our reminder
     of Christ crucified,
     Living Bread the life
     of us for whom he died,
     Lend this life to me then:
     feed and feast my mind,
     There be thou the sweetness
     man was meant to find.

     Bring the tender tale
     true of the Pelican;
     Bathe me, Jesus Lord,
     in what thy bosom ran -
     Blood that but one drop of
     has the worth to win
     All the world forgiveness
     of its world of sin.

St. Thomas Aquinas, 13th century,
tr. Gerard Hopkins, 19th century.

Luis T. Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Editor, "Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence"
Home page: http://pelicanweb.org/solisust.html
Current issue: http://pelicanweb.org/solisustv03n04.html
luisgutierrez at peoplepc.com

5.  Vacancies:

Senior UN vacancy announcement list - April 2007: The UN vacancy
announcements for April 2007 is now available. For a copy please contact
me off-list at: svri at mrc.ac.za. For requirements, eligibility and
application deadlines, please visit the United Nations website at UN
Human Resources 'Galaxy' e-Staffing System at http://jobs.un.org
<http://jobs.un.org/> 

Senior Gender Officer (ref 196) / BRIDGE gender and development
programme / United Kingdom / Closing Date: 15th May 2007 / For further
information and to download an application form please log on to:
http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/recruit/196_SGO_Bridge_Ad.html

International Expert on Women Enterprise Development / International
Labour Organization (ILO) / Band Aceh, Indonesia / Closing date: April
18, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 359].  More
information online at:  https://erecruit.ilo.org/public/index.asp

Technical Advisor - Human Trafficking / UNDP / Bangkok, Thailand /
Closing date: April 19, 2007.  [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
359].  More information online at:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=1536

Gender and Crisis Prevention and Recovery Specialist / UNDP / New York,
NY, USA / Closing date: April 19, 2007.  [Source: AWID Resource Net:
Jobs, Issue 359].  More information online at:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=1535

Consultant: Evaluation Team Leader / UNIFEM / Kabul, Afghanistan /
Closing date: April 20, 2007.  [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
359].  More information online at:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=1533

Consultant: Evaluation Team Member (2 positions) / UNIFEM / Kabul,
Afghanistan / Closing date: April 20, 2007.  [Source: AWID Resource Net:
Jobs, Issue 359].  More information online at:
http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=1534

Country Programme Manager / UNIFEM / Hanoi, Vietnam / Closing date:
April 17, 2007.  [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 359].  More
information online at:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=1514

Gender Based Violence (GBV) Advisor / Concern Worldwide / Dublin,
Republic of Ireland / Closing date: April 20, 2007. [Source: AWID
Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 359].  More information online at:
http://www.concern.net/getinvolved/jobs.ds2

Program and Development Advocate Positions / FAIR Fund / Washington, DC,
USA or In-country site locations. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs,
Issue 359].  More information online at:  http://fairfund.org
<http://fairfund.org/> 

Lobbyist/Policy Advisor Gender and Development / Oxfam Novib / The
Hague, The Netherlands / Closing date: April 16, 2007.  [Source: AWID
Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 359].  More information online at:
http://oxfamnovib.nl <http://oxfamnovib.nl/> 

GBV Program Manager, Thailand, International Rescue Committee:  The GBV
Program Manager will be based in Mae Sot and will be responsible for
setting up a new GBV Program for the IRC in Mae La Camp in Tak Province
together with camp based organizations. The Program Manager will be
supervising a team of at least two staff and working closely with a team
of in camp partners.   In partnership with the refugee community, CBOs,
NGOs and UNHCR, the Program Manager will improve and expand community
based services addressing gender based violence in the camps. This
position's primary responsibilities are to set up systems and build
capacity of camp based staff and organisations to provide comprehensive
support for survivors, with services that are clearly defined,
appropriate and accessible. In addition, the GBV Manager will guide the
program to implement an effective prevention campaign designed to reduce
the incidence of GBV over the long term. IRC does not set closing
dates/deadline dates for applications, recruitment is ongoing until the
position is filled.  The IRC reviews all applications and you will be
contacted directly if you are selected as a candidate.  Please indicate
in your cover letter how you initially became aware of this vacancy. All
applications to be completed on line at www.IRCjobs.org.  

GBV Program Manager, Mae Hong Son, International Rescue Committee:  The
GBV Program Manager will be based in Mae Hong Son and will be
responsible for supervising a team of eight staff. In partnership with
the refugee community, NGOs and UNHCR, the Program Manager will improve
and expand community based services addressing gender based violence in
the camps. This position's primary responsibilities are to ensure that
the program provides comprehensive support for survivors, that the
services are clearly defined, appropriate and accessible. In addition,
the GBV Manager will guide the program to implement an effective
prevention campaign designed to reduce the incidence of GBV over the
long term.  IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for
applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.  The
IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if you
are selected as a candidate. Please indicate in your cover letter how
you initially became aware of this vacancy. All applications to be
completed on line at www.IRCjobs.org.  




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