[Svrilist] SVRI Update 21 12 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Dec 21 08:46:42 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

Welcome to our last posting for 2007.  The SVRI would like to take this
opportunity to wish all our members a very happy and restful holiday
season, and to thank you for your support and contributions to the work
of the SVRI throughout 2007.  

To follow is a quick reminder of just some our key achievements for

*	We published the following publications and factsheets:

	*	The uses and impacts of medico-legal evidence in sexual
assault cases: a global review. Du Mont, J. & White, D., Sexual Violence
Research Initiative, World Health Organisation, 2007: Online at:
http://www.svri.org/en/medico.pdf <http://www.svri.org/en/medico.pdf> 

o        Research Brief:  The uses and impacts of medico-legal evidence
in sexual assault cases - a global review, Janice Du Mont and Deborah
White, Sexual Violence Research Initiative, 2007. Online link:

	*	Sexual Violence against Women and Children in China. K.L
Chan, Sexual Violence Research Initiative, 2007: Full document available
in English: http://www.svri.org/en/chinese.pdf. The executive summary is
available in Chinese <http://www.svri.org/en/chinesesummary.pdf> :
	*	Sexual Violence and HIV: Factsheet
<http://www.svri.org/en/factsheet.pdf> :

*	We successfully held our first workshop entitled Promoting and
Strengthening Research Skills/Networks On Sexual Violence, New Delhi,
India, 24-28 September 2007: The workshop agenda and associated
presentations can be accessed online at:
http://www.svri.org/workshop.htm <http://www.svri.org/workshop.htm> 
*	We also entered into partnerships and expanded the membership of
our Coordinating Group who provides strategic direction to the work of
the SVRI.  More information online at:  http://www.svri.org/group.htm
*	We held a roundtable, market place stall, poster session and
satellite meeting on various aspects related to sexual violence at Forum
11 in Beijing. 
*	The SVRI website and list-serve which form the heart of our
global exchange were significantly strengthened through the following:

	*	Creation of a webpage for assessment instruments used to
study healthcare-based interventions for women who have experienced
sexual violence (http://www.svri.org/evaluation.htm
<http://www.svri.org/evaluation.htm> )
	*	Creation of WebPages on key issues such as restorative
justice, and medico-legal responses.
	*	Expansion and strengthening of the number of country
	*	The SVRI website was awarded Health on the Net (HON)
accreditation which assures visitors that we comply with the HONcode
standard <http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Conduct.html>  for health
trustworthy information. See:

We are also delighted to report that the SVRI list-serve now has over
1020 members from around the world, with the majority of our members
coming from developing country regions.

2008 will see the launch of our new revamped website which will make it
easier for you to navigate so that you are able to find the information
faster.  Included in the new version of the site will be an online
discussion forum.  Watch this space for more information!

The SVRI will be closed from 21st December 2007 to 8th January 2008.

And now to today's SVRI Update!  Today's Update includes the following:
[Summaries directly taken or adapted from source]

I. Websites
II.  Online Resources and Publications
III.  Advocacy and Media Campaigns
IV.  Events
V.  Awards and Funding Opportunities
VI.  Vacancies

I.  Websites

Sexual Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC):  The CDC has recently launched this website on Sexual Violence
Prevention.  Website:  http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/SV/default.htm

International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW):  ICRW and its
partners undertake innovative research to explore the complex roots of
gender-based violence and develop promising solutions.  Website:

Free the Slaves:  Free the Slaves is a not for profit organization made
up of people who don't want to live in a world with slavery. And they're
willing to do something about it.  Read more:  Website:
http://www.freetheslaves.net/ <http://www.freetheslaves.net/>  

CREA:  CREA is a women's human rights organization. CREA empowers women
to articulate, demand and access their human rights by enhancing women's
leadership and focuses on issues of sexuality, sexual and reproductive
rights, violence against women, human rights and social justice.
Website: http://web.creaworld.org/ <http://web.creaworld.org/>  

II.  Online Resources and Publications

ISOFI Toolkit: Tools For Action and Learning On Gender and Sexuality,
Care, ICRW, 2007:  CARE and the International Center for Research on
Woman (ICRW) are pleased to announce the publication of a new toolkit
for learning and action on gender and sexuality, called the "Inner
Spaces Outer Faces (ISOFI) Toolkit." The toolkit is designed for use by
staff of development and health organizations, and is made up of
participatory group activities to help program staff identify, explore
and challenge their own understanding of gender and sexuality in their
lives, the lives of project participants and within the organizations in
which they work. The toolkit includes a range of training, reflection
and monitoring activities, with exercises that were tested during the
first phase of ISOFI. The final results from Phase 1 are documented in
the report entitled, "Walking the Talk". Phase two of ISOFI currently
focuses on testing the hypothesis that the systematic integration of
gender and sexuality into programs leads to measurable improvements in
the sexual and reproductive health status of populations. [Source:
Deepmala Mahla, ICRW, India]  The toolkit can be downloaded in printable
format or navigated in HTML format on Care's Web site at
www.care.org/reprohealth  or in printable format on ICRW's Web site at
www.icrw.org <http://www.icrw.org/>   

STEPS Toolkit: Steps to Transforming Evaluation Practice for Social
Change, Margaret Sanger Center International and International Planned
Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, 2007: The STEPS
Toolkit helps health program staff to evaluate and monitor their
programs. It is designed specifically with sexual and reproductive
health and rights programs in mind, but is applicable to many other
kinds of programs. It is based on the idea that all programs -
regardless of their resources - can and should carry out monitoring and
evaluation as part of their program planning process. Access it online
at [login required]:  http://www.stepstoolkit.org/en/login.asp

Prosecuting Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault, Teresa P. Scalzo,
American Prosecutors Research Institute, 2007:  This monograph discusses
the prosecution of AFSA with a specific focus on AFSA when the victim is
voluntarily intoxicated. It begins with a basic overview of toxicology.
Next, it suggests a three-step process for prosecuting AFSA cases: (1)
making the charging decision; (2) analyzing credibility and
corroboration; and (3) trying the case. Finally, the monograph provides
techniques for overcoming common defenses.  [Source: Prevent Connect]
Download online at:

Hidden in the Mealie Meal: Gender-Based Abuses and Women's HIV Treatment
in Zambia, Human Rights Watch, 2007:  This report documents how the
Zambian government has fallen short of its international legal
obligations to combat violence and discrimination against women. The
report details abuses that obstruct women's ability to start and adhere
to HIV treatment regimens, including violence against women and insecure
property rights that often force women into poverty and dependent,
abusive relationships.  Full report online at:

Compendium on Best Practices On Anti Human Trafficking By Law
Enforcement Agencies, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, United
Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for South Asia,
Government of India and the 2007:  Project IND/S16 of the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime, is focused on "Strengthening the law
enforcement response in India against trafficking in persons, through
training and capacity building". This document is an effort to record
and acknowledge the positive actions undertaken by the state police
officials in preventing and combating human trafficking.  [Source:
WUNRN] Online at:  http://www.ungift.org/pdf/compendium_practices.pdf

Exploring Dimensions of Masculinity & Violence, Eckman et al., Western
Balkan Gender-Based Violence Prevention Initiative, ICRW, Care NW
Balkans, 2007:  This report on young men between the ages of 13 and 19
to deconstruct masculinity in their cultures and determine how gender
norms and male socialization lead to inequitable attitudes and behaviors
toward women and girls.  Online at:

List of Research, Data & Information Related to Child Sexual
Exploitation Prevention, Prepared by the National Coalition to Prevent
Child Sexual Exploitation - Coalition Supported by the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children, [Source: Prevent Connect] Online at:

Reaching Migrant Farm Workers: A Technical Assistance Bulletin for
Sexual Violence Advocates and Counselors. Pennsylvania Coalition Against
Rape. Technical Assistance Bulletin. 4(1) 2007:  Sexual violence against
migrant workers is a pervasive problem in the United States. This
bulletin focuses solely on the farming industry. [Source: Prevent
Connect] Online at:

Violence Against Women and HIV, Eldis key issues guide:  This guide
examines the links between violence against women (VAW) and HIV and
AIDS, highlighting key issues, research and resources. It outlines how
HIV and AIDS is a consequence of VAW, how VAW is precipitated by HIV,
the economic factors that increase women's vulnerability and the
interaction between VAW and conflict. It also offers strategies and
actions for ending VAW and reducing HIV and AIDS infection.  [Source:
HIV and AIDS reporter: Focus on violence against women] Webpage:

Zero tolerance: stop the violence against women and children, stop
HIV/AIDS. What is needed to break the link between HIV/AIDS and
violence? L. Schechtman,  Global AIDS Alliance, 2006:  This document
describes a framework for a comprehensive response to violence against
women and children, including the resources that would be needed,
political and financial, for full implementation. [Source:  Eldis HIV
and AIDS reporter: Focus on violence against women] Download document
online at:

Gender-based violence, relationship power, and risk of HIV infection in
women attending antenatal clinics in South Africa, K. L. Dunkle; R. K.
Jewkes; H. C Brown; G. E. Gray; J. A. McIntyre; S. D. Harlow. The
Lancet, 2004:  This article, published in the Lancet, reports on one of
the few empirical studies examining the connections between women's HIV
risk and gender-based violence. [Source:  Eldis HIV and AIDS reporter:
Focus on violence against women] Access document online at:
ulltext>  (short registration required) 

How does violence against women increase female vulnerability to HIV?
UNAIDS, 2004:  This fact sheet analyses the issue of violence against
women and its relationship with AIDS. It argues that besides being a
major human rights and public health problem worldwide, violence against
women increases female vulnerability to HIV. [Source:  Eldis HIV and
AIDS reporter: Focus on violence against women] Download document online
at: http://www.who.int/gender/violence/VAWhiv.pdf

Just die quietly: domestic violence and women's vulnerability to HIV in
Uganda,  Human Rights Watch, 2003: This paper argues that women are
becoming infected with HIV because the state is failing to protect them
from domestic violence. It bases the report on 120 interviews with
Ugandan women. [Source:  Eldis HIV and AIDS reporter: Focus on violence
against women] Download document online at:

III.  Advocacy and Media Campaigns

First-Hand Accounts Of Gender-Based Violence, Gender Links Opinion and
Commentary Service, 2007: Women across Southern Africa discussed their
experiences with gender violence in first-hand accounts.  These accounts
were compiled and launched as a book in Johannesburg on 25 November at
the Take Back the Night Campaign. [Source:  IWTC Women's GlobalNet #329:
Groups use Media to Combat Violence Against Women] For more information,
see: http://www.genderlinks.org.za/item.php?i_id=185

IV.  Events

VIIth Annual ISPCAN/ OJJDP Global Institute:  "Global Initiatives on
Cross-Border Child Trafficking", Monday, January 28, 2008, 8:00 AM to
4:30 PM, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA,
USA. Please pre-register by Thursday, January 10th 2008. The
registration form can be found online at www.ispcan.org/gi2008, and
submitted via e-mail to events at ispcan.org <mailto:events at ispcan.org> . 

The Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, 13 - 15 February 2008, The
Austria Center Vienna:  To find detailed information the background,
objective and aim regarding the Vienna Forum visit:

3rd African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights: Sexuality, Poverty
and Accountability in Africa, February 04-07, 2008, Abuja, Nigeria: The
conference seeks to bring together key actors in the field of Sexual
Health and Rights to explore how sexuality has affected and can improve
development in Africa, especially when working with women and youth.
[Source: AWID via Eldis] More information online at:

Call for applications from South Asia for CREA's Institute for Rights,
Activism and Development training programme, March 2008, Nepal: The
Institute for Rights, Activism and Development (IRAD), which began in
2004, is an annual week-long residential training program designed by
CREA for women in development in South Asia to examine concepts of human
rights and learn about different approaches. National and international
resources persons conduct sessions using a variety of teaching methods
including lectures, discussions, readings, case studies, films, and
group exercises. The medium of instruction and discussion is English.
Applications due Dec 31, 2007. More information online at:

Sexuality and development workshop, 3rd-5th April 2008, Institute of
Development Studies, Brighton, UK, Theme: Sexuality and the Development
Industry:  The goal of this workshop is to examine international aid's
connections with sexuality, and look for more creative and constructive
means of engagement. For more information and application forms please
contact me off-list by email svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> 

V.  Awards and Funding Opportunities

Freedom Awards:  The Freedom Awards celebrate the heroes of the
anti-slavery movement from around the world. These awards are open to
organizations and individuals working to eradicate human trafficking and
modern-day slavery. The deadline for all nominations is December 31,
2007. More information online at:

Call for Applications: Women's Leadership Scholarship:  The Women's
Leadership Scholarship (WLS) (formerly the Native Leadership
Scholarship) program creates educational opportunities for women who are
grassroots leaders, organizers and activists from the Global South
and/or from indigenous groups. WLS invests in women's leadership by
supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable
development, and public health.  Pre-applications for the 2008-09
academic year will be available on their website beginning January 1,
2008.  For more information please visit www.nativeleaders.org
st-Serve\www.nativeleaders.org>  (in English, Spanish and French).

Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights:   In order to
highlight the vital link between health and human rights, the Jonathan
Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights was established in 1999 by
the Global Health Council.  The award is presented annually to a leading
practitioner in health and human rights and comes with a substantial
financial reward to allow its recipients a measure of freedom to pursue
their work in the important area of global health and human rights. The
deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, January 15, 2008.
[Source:  IWTC Women's GlobalNet #330] Please go online to submit your
nomination(s) at:

The 2008 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award:  Those involved in
human rights work throughout the world are encouraged to nominate
individuals or organizations who have demonstrated an exceptional
commitment to international human rights advocacy for the 2008 Roger N.
Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award.  The award will be presented in May 2008
in the amount of $25,000.  Nominations are due no later than January 31,
2008. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. [Source:  IWTC Women's
GlobalNet #330] For more information and a nomination form, please
visit: http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/defenders/baldwin/index.asp

Wellcome Trust initiative on Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa:
An initiative that aims to build a critical mass of sustainable local
research capacity across Africa, through strengthening African
universities and research institutions.  Preliminary applications are
due by 14 February 2008. Read more:

Research for Preventing Violence and Violence-Related Injury, US
Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control:
The purpose of the program is to expand and advance the understanding of
violence, its causes, and prevention strategies. Total available
funding: $1,800,000; 5 to 6 awards with a maximum amount of $300,000.
Eligibility: Public and private nonprofit organizations; for profit
organizations; small, minority, and women-owned businesses;
universities; colleges; research institutions; hospitals; community- and
faith-based organizations; federally recognized or state recognized
American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments; American Indian/Alaska
Native tribally designated organizations; Alaska Native health
corporations; urban Indian health organizations; tribal epidemiology
centers; state and local governments or their Bona Fide Agents.
Deadline: Letter of Intent (LOI) due: January 17, 2008; Application
Deadline: February 15, 2008. [Source:  Funding Alert Volume 3, Issue 5,
National Sexual Violence Resource Center] Application
Guidelines/Submission: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/CE08-003.htm

Solicitation: Research on Human Trafficking, US Department of Justice,
National Institute of Justice:  Interest is focused on research projects
to address knowledge gaps related to trafficking in persons in the
United States, especially research related to labor trafficking, demand
reduction for sex trafficking and commercial sex acts, and identifying
and addressing issues faced by trafficking victims. Total available
funding is anticipated at $1 million; 1 to 4 awards depending upon funds
available and the number of high-quality applications.  Eligibility:
States, territories, local governments, Native American tribal
governments that perform law enforcement functions (federally
recognized), nonprofit and profit organizations, institutions of higher
education, and certain qualified individuals. Deadline: February 12,
2008.  [Source:  Funding Alert Volume 3, Issue 5, National Sexual
Violence Resource Center] Application Guidelines/Submission online at:

VI.  Vacancies

Gender Based Violence Coordinator / Division for the Arab States Europe
and Central Asia (DASECA) UNFPA / Darfur, Sudan / Job ID No.: 1031 /
Closing Date: 18 January 2007 / For more information visit:
<http://www.unfpa.org/about/employment/index.htm>  nd click on "Current

Director of Programmes / Mama Cash / Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
[Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More information:
www.mamacash.org, http://www.mamacash.org/page.php?id=1623

Director, Gender, Women and Health (GWH) / World Health Organization
(WHO) / Geneva, Switzerland / VACANCY NOTICE NO: HQ/07/FCH/FT1267 /
Closing date: January 03, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December
2007] / More information:  www.who.int/employment

Regional HIV Officer - Horn of Africa / Oxfam International / Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia / Closing date: December 24, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs:
Week of 17 December 2007] / More information:

Policy and Research Coordinator / Oxfam GB / Johannesburg, South
Africa / Closing date: January 10, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17
December 2007] / More information:

Junior Policy Analyst / Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) / Paris, France / REF.: 002416 / Closing date:
December 30, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More
information:  www.oecd.org/hrm/vacancies

Freelance Opportunity: Translators / Human Rights Watch / Apply
Immediately. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More
information:  http://www.hrw.org/jobs

Senior Advisor, Gender and Power / CARE / Atlanta, GA, USA. [Source:
AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More information:

Internship / Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
(PWESCR) / New Delhi, India. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December
2007] / More information:  http://www.pwescr.org

Gender Law Program Officer / The International Rescue Committee (IRC) /
Sierra Leone. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More
information:  http://ircjobs.org => Sierra Leone jobs.

GBV Manager, North Kivu / The International Rescue Committee (IRC) /
Goma, DR Congo. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More
information:  http://ircjobs.org => DR Congo jobs

Knowledge Management Specialist / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing
date: December 25, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] /
More information:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3217

Country Programme Manager / UNIFEM / Dili, Timor Leste / Closing date:
December 26, 2007. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 17 December 2007] / More
information:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=3239


Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated
evidence-based responses.

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global
Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council,
South Africa.  The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and
generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a
priority public health problem.  To learn more about the SVRI visit our
website www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or contact us at
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