[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 09 01 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jan 9 11:03:17 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

Happy New Year!

To follow is our first SVRI Update for 2007. It 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
2.  Calls for Papers/Meetings
3.  Fellowships

4.  Vacancies

1.  Resources:

Violence against Women: Do the Governments Care? NGO Facts Sheets on the
State Response, Open Society Institute, 2006: The VAW Monitoring Program
of the Open Society Institute invited the 24 National VAW Monitors of
StopVAW (NGOs working in the field of violence against women) to map the
situation in their countries on violence against women, with special
regard to the state response to it.  The monitoring methodology was
based on Recommendation (2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers of the
Council of Europe on the protection of women against violence.  As a
result of the monitoring, 22 Country Fact Sheets have been prepared.
These Fact Sheets issue clear recommendations to governments, serving as
effective tools for advocacy at national and international levels.
Online at:

ECPAT Global Monitoring Report on the Status of Action against the
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC):  Detailed reports on
who is doing what to protect children from sexual exploitation in
countries from the following regions:  Americas; East Asia and the
Pacific; Europe and CIS and South Asia, are available online at:

Human Rights Violations in Tajikistan, Alternative Report to the United
Nations Committee Against Torture, 37th Session, OMCT, 2006:  This
report outlines human rights violations in Tajikistan and has a
dedicated chapter on violence against women.  The report can be accessed
online at:

Elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl
child. Report of the Expert Group Meeting, Organized by The Division for
the Advancement of Women in collaboration with UNICEF Innocenti Research
Centre Florence, Italy 25-28 September 2006:  The final report of the
Expert Group Meeting on the theme of "The elimination of all forms of
discrimination and violence against the girl child" is now available for
download. The EGM was organized by the Division for the Advancement of
Women in collaboration with UNICEF, and hosted by UNICEF Innocenti
Research Centre in Florence, Italy, from 25 to 28 September 2006.  Link
to full report:

E-Gender Bumper Bulletin, Dec 2006:  The Pacific Island Forum
Secretariat's overview of Pacific gender issues, the E-Gender Bumper
Bulletin, is out now. It highlights the key initiatives in 2006 and
gives a quick look at what is coming up in 2007. [Source: pacwin].  Read
it at this link:

The Dutch Women's Thesaurus:  The Dutch Women's Thesaurus has been
constructed as a professional tool for students, researchers and
librarians to describe and locate women's information in the collections
of libraries, documentation centres and archives. The Dutch Women's
Thesaurus is a standarized list of about 2400 semantically and
generically related terms with detailed instructions for use. It can be
seen as a reflection of developments within women's movements and
women's studies. The Dutch Women's Thesaurus has been used since 1993.
Online link:

The health risks and consequences of trafficking in women and
adolescents. Findings from a European study. Zimmerman, C., Yun, K.,
Shvab, I., Watts, C., Trappolin, L., Treppete, M., Bimbi, F., Adams, B.,
Jiraporn, S., Beci, L., Albrecht, M., Bindel, J., and Regan, L.  London:
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2003: This report
represents the findings of a two-year multi-country study on women's
health and trafficking to the European Union. It is an initial inquiry
into an area about which little research has previously been conducted.
Interviews were conducted by researchers in Albania, Italy, the
Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom with women who had been
trafficked, health care and other service providers, NGOs working
against trafficking, law enforcement officials, and policymakers.
Download full report at:

Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health: A
Distance Learning Module:   The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and
Children is pleased to announce the publication of the Minimum Initial
Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health: A Distance Learning
Module. The Module was developed to meet the need for increased
awareness and knowledge about the priority reproductive health services
of the MISP among donors, policy makers and actors working in complex
humanitarian emergencies. When implemented in the early days of an
emergency, the MISP saves lives and prevents illness, especially among
women and girls.  Access online at:  http://www.rhrc.org/misp/

MONUC: DDRRR, DDR, military and rule of law reform - reducing violence
against women (Recommendations for change),  Actionaid,  ActionAid
International, 2006: This paper presents ActionAid's five core
recommendations for change in the mandate of the United Nations
Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC)
reflecting what is possible in the current reality and the needs of the
civilian population in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It looks
at the different processes of Demobilisation, Disarmament, Repatriation,
Reinsertion, and Reintegration (DDRRR), Disarmament, Demobilisation and
Reintegration (DDR), and military, police, and judicial reform in the
DRC conducted by MONUC and emphasises that these processes are crucial
in alleviating, reducing, and ultimately stopping, violence against
women, particularly sexual violence and rape. Although progress has been
made in some areas of reform, violence against women has yet to be
reduced. ActionAid undertook this paper in the context of the upcoming
change in mandate for MONUC.  [Source: Eldis Gender Reporter] Online
link:  http://www.actionaidusa.org/pdf/MONUC-DRC.pdf

Gender, Sexuality and the Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North
Africa: A Comparative Study, Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, Women for Women's Human
Rights-New Ways, 2005: This paper examines the common aspects of
criminal laws in the Middle East and North Africa related to sexuality
and provides a historical perspective on the amalgamation of tribal,
religious, colonial laws and their impact on modern codes. Providing a
thematic comparative study of constructs of honor, adultery, honor
crimes, rape, sexual abuse, abortion, marital rape, homosexuality, sex
work, FGM and similar issues, the article explores how human rights
violations in the domain of sexuality are legitimized by law in the
region and how oppression of sexuality in perpetrated by the existing
penal systems. The article is both a unique resource and a powerful
advocacy tool for ongoing reform initiatives in the region.  Online link
at:  http://www.wwhr.org/images/GenderSexualityandCriminalLaws.pdf

2. Call for Papers/Meetings:

Call for Papers:  Symposium, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Women in
Violent Conflict, June 17-19, 2007, Amsterdam, the Netherlands:  The
Netherlands Defense Academy and the Feminism & Legal Theory Project have
joined together in order to sponsor a symposium regarding the sexual
exploitation and abuse of women in violent conflict. Experts from the
military, politics and the sciences will be brought together to realize
the comprehensiveness that the organization is seeking. Military and
politicians will be able to gain insight in contexts and consequences of
sexual exploitation and abuse in order to create awareness and better
address these offences. Academics can verify information on contexts and
consequences of sexual exploitation and abuse, learn about problems that
have not been taken up by academics thus far, and discuss the
feasibility of various approaches to the offences.  Papers from all
disciplines are welcome. Abstracts of 200-300 words are due by January
15, 2007. For more information visit:

Gender, Development and the Media - Gender & Development Journal -
Oxfam:  The November 2007 issue of Gender & Development journal will
look at gender, development and the media. For more information about
Gender & Development, including guidelines for contributors, please
visit http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/issues/gender/gad/index.htm . 

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women and the 51st Session of the
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women:  In accordance with
its multi-year programme of work for 2007-2009, the Commission will
consider "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence
against the girl child" as its priority theme at the 51st session.  The
active participation of NGOs is a critical element in the work of the
Commission on the Status of Women. NGOs were influential in shaping the
current global policy framework on women's empowerment and gender
equality -the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. They continue
to play an important role in holding international and national leaders
accountable for the commitments they made in the Platform for Action.
For more information on how NGOs may participate in the 51st session of
the CSW, please visit:

3.  Fellowships

Robert Bosch Fellowships: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS now open:   The IWM
awards four six-month research fellowships to Ph.D. candidates or
post-doctoral researchers during the academic year 2007/08. The
programme is focused on South-Eastern Europe. Eligible to apply are
researchers from the region and, independent of the country of origin,
persons who are either affiliated to universities and research
institutions in or pursuing research on South-Eastern Europe.  For more
information go to:

4.  Vacancies:

Internal and Programme Gender Consultant, DACAAR / Kabul, Afghanistan /
Closing date: 31 January 2007 [Source Eldis Gender Reporter] More
details online at:  http://www.dacaar.org/dacaar.asp?id=419

Gender Experts / UNDP / Location: Various Duty Stations / Application
Deadline: January 31, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
345] For more information on this post go to:

GVB Coordinator / UNFPA / Khartoum, Sudan / Closing date: January 15,
2007.  VACANCY NO: VA/FPA/126/2006  [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs,
Issue 345] More information available at:

Gender and Post Conflict Resolution Adviser / UNFPA / Kathmandu,

Nepal / Closing date: January 15, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net:
Jobs, Issue 345] Full job description online at:

Internal and Programme Gender Consultant / DACAAR / Location: Kabul with
travel inside Afghanistan / Closing date: January 31, 2007. [Source:
AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 345]

For detailed job description visit:
http://www.dacaar.org/dacaar.asp?id=3D419, or

Vice President of Development / The Global Fund for Women / San
Francisco, CA, USA / Open until filled. [Source:  AWID Resource Net:
Jobs, Issue 345] Job description online at:

Project Manager: Code of Good Practice for NGOs Responding to HIV/AIDS
// Hosted by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies // Geneva, Switzerland // Closing date: January 19,
2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 345]  For full details of
position visit: www.ifrc.org/jobs/geneva.asp

Senior Gender Advisor, P-5 / The United Nations (UN) / Nairobi, Kenya /
Closing date: February 11, 2007. Vacancy Announcement Number:
06-SOC-UNEP-412565-R-NAIROBI=20  [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs,
Issue 345] see full position description at: http://jobs.un.org
<http://jobs.un.org/>  =3D> "Social Affairs."

Program Development Officer/Gender Adviser // CARE // Afghanistan //
Closing date: January 15, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue
345] Apply online at: http://www.care.org/careers/index.asp =3D> "View
Positions and Apply" =3D> "Asia."


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
legitimate public health problem.  If you want to know more about the
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