[Svrilist] SV in the News: 07 12 07

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Fri Dec 7 11:24:50 SAST 2007

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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 <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Child-trafficking guidance issued 
BBC News, 07 December 2007
Guidance to raise awareness of child trafficking, including of UK children, has been issued by the government.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7132083.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7132083.stm> 

Rape in US prisons underreported: experts
AFP, 07 December 2007
While it is difficult to get a true picture of how often inmates suffer assaults from their fellow criminals and by prison staff members, anecdotal evidence shows that the rape is an all-too common experience in the growing US prison complex.
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5httRABBieDTIP3-acMl_m-9NaKjQ <http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5httRABBieDTIP3-acMl_m-9NaKjQ> 

War's other victims
Economist, 06 December 2007
FROM Bosnia's rape camps and the horrors of Rwanda's genocide in the 1990s to the atrocities being perpetrated daily in northern Congo and Sudan's Darfur region, the tally of body bags runs alongside another grim body count: the numbers of women and girls, but in some places men and boys too, subjected to rape and other forms of sexual violence.
http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10253410 <http://www.economist.com/world/international/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10253410> 

Dubai Police Crack Prostitution Ring
The Associated Press, 06 December 2007
Dubai police have announced a crackdown on a large prostitution ring, which human rights activists welcomed on Wednesday as a long-awaited move against the human trafficking rampant in this wealthy Gulf city.
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ij-RYV6Ls8BSTzJlYtcgYbqqdd8AD8TBLEAO0 <http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ij-RYV6Ls8BSTzJlYtcgYbqqdd8AD8TBLEAO0> 

NIGER: Rape and beatings of women "normal" in Niger 
IRIN News, 06 December 2007
The news that 70 percent of women in parts of Niger find it normal that their husbands, fathers and brothers regularly beat, rape and humiliate them came as no surprise to human rights experts in Niger. 
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75720 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75720> 

Women urged to act against abuse 
Independent Online, 06 December 2007
Campaigns such as the 16 Days of Activism to end violence against women and children had no significant impact as they concentrated on the symptoms of abuse while ignoring the root causes, says Premier Ebrahim Rasool.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_South%20Africa&set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20071206041120983C556576 <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_South%20Africa&set_id=1&click_id=13&art_id=vn20071206041120983C556576> 

Human trafficking cases in E. Visayas 'alarming'
Inquirer.net, 06 December 2007
TACLOBAN CITY-Eastern Visayas continues to be a source of women and children being sent to Metro Manila brothels and sweatshops, and the number of trafficking cases is alarming, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the region.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view_article.php?article_id=105096 <http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view_article.php?article_id=105096> 

IRAQ: "Honour killings" persist in Kurdish north 
IRIN News, 06 December 2007
At least 27 Iraqi Kurdish women have been murdered for having illicit affairs in so-called "honour killings" in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan over the past four months, an official from the regional government said on 4 December.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75714 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75714> 

Saudi rape lawyer threatened 
CNN International, 05 December 2007
The Saudi lawyer who represented a victim of gang rape faces a disciplinary hearing Wednesday for "insulting the Supreme Judicial Council and disobeying the rules and regulations" of the judiciary.
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/12/04/saudi.lawyer/ <http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/12/04/saudi.lawyer/> 

Group targets grooming of girls 
BBC News, 05 December 2007
The scale of the problem of British girls being lured into prostitution in their own country is being examined by the Home Office.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7092401.stm <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7092401.stm> 

WEST AFRICA: Groups call on governments to tackle violence against schoolgirls 
IRIN News, 05 December 2007
To improve girls' education, West African governments must adopt national policies addressing all aspects of violence against schoolgirls - who face rape by teachers, verbal abuse by male students and forced early marriage by parents - a grouping of policy makers, teachers' unions and civil society organisations has said.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75695 <http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75695> 

Police probe rape of girl, 4
Trinidad & Tobago Express, 05 December 2007
Police are investigating the rape of a four-year-old girl born blind and mute.
http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161245950 <http://www.trinidadexpress.com/index.pl/article_news?id=161245950> 

'I am fighting for you' 
Inquirer.net, Philippines, 04 December 2007
By this time, the CEDAW committee in New York would have received a petition filed by Karen Vertido and her counsel, lawyer Evalyn Ursua, with assistance from the Women's Legal Bureau, regarding the case of rape she filed in 1996.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view_article.php?article_id=104902 <http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/columns/view_article.php?article_id=104902> 

SUDAN: HIV, sexual violence messages struggle to penetrate 
IRIN PlusNews, 04 December 2007
A short skit on HIV grips the attention of the audience; the HI virus, dressed in bright red and wearing what is intended to be a horrifying mask, warns of the doom that is sure to follow anyone who dares to take sexual risks.
http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75682 <http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=75682> 

Aussie rape victim loses police lawsuit
Herald Sun, 04 December 2007
AN Australian woman who sued Japanese authorities for alleged police mistreatment after she was raped by a US military serviceman lost her case today, but said she would fight on in a higher court.
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22871729-5005961,00.html <http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22871729-5005961,00.html> 

UN helps launch nationwide anti-rape campaign in Liberia
UN News Centre, 03 December 2007
The United Nations has teamed up with the Government of Liberia to launch a nationwide campaign to prevent and punish the crime of rape, one of the most serious challenges the West African nation is grappling with as it emerges from years of conflict.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24899&Cr=liberia&Cr1 <http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24899&Cr=liberia&Cr1> =

Facing Up to Violence Against Women
Reproductive Health Reality Check, 03 December 2007
In recent years violence against women has received increased attention worldwide, but there's need to move beyond the clutches of rhetoric to action in order to stem this social scourge.
http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2007/11/28/facing-up-to-violence-against-women <http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2007/11/28/facing-up-to-violence-against-women> 

Man charged in sex assault, death of infant daughter
Detroit Free Press, 03 December 2007
21-year-old Lincoln Park man has been charged with murder, sexual misconduct and child abuse in the death of his severely-injured 8-day-old daughter.
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071203/NEWS02/71203049&imw=Y <http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071203/NEWS02/71203049&imw=Y> 

Honour killing claims 1,000 Pakistani women every year
Times of India, 02 December 2007
About 1,000 women are killed for "honour" in Pakistan each year, and a majority of the cases go unreported, a media report said on Saturday.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Honour_killing_claims_1000_Pak_women_every_year/articleshow/2588460.cms <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Honour_killing_claims_1000_Pak_women_every_year/articleshow/2588460.cms> 

A New Debate on Female Circumcision
The New York Times, 30 November 2007
Should African women be allowed to engage in the practice sometimes called female circumcision? Are critics of this practice, who call it female genital mutilation, justified in trying to outlaw it, or are they guilty of ignorance and cultural imperialism?
http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/30/a-new-debate-on-female-circumcision/?hp <http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/30/a-new-debate-on-female-circumcision/?hp> 

Responding to HIV and Gender Based Violence in Kenya
ReliefWeb, 30 November 2007
Kenya is one of Africa's foremost tourist destinations with a warm and gracious people, but away from the famous coastline of Mombasa and the game parks, most Kenyans live in poverty and its people face numerous challenges.
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/DPAL-79FHXZ?OpenDocument <http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/DPAL-79FHXZ?OpenDocument> 

Putting the teeth back in the SADC Gender Protocol
Pambazuka News, 29 November 2007
The journey just got tougher for civil society activists who have been spearheading efforts to ensure that Southern African Development Community (SADC) governments are legally bound to achieve gender equality, writes Pamela Mhlanga
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/44714 <http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/44714> 

Zimbabwean women forced to give sexual favours to survive
Pambazuka News, 29 November 2007
Miriam Madziwa writes that each time the Zimbabwe dollar tumbles, women's survival chances take a corresponding knock, as it means more sexual favours to seal deals with men, who by virtue of their jobs or connections are able to make or break women's survival attempts.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/44716 <http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/44716> 

Government leaders passive in the face of lesbian murders
Pambazuka News, 29 November 2007
Melanie Judge writes about the apparent passivity of government leaders in the face of lesbian attacks and murders in South Africa.
http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/44713 <http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/comment/44713> 


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