[Svrilist] SVRI Resources and Publications 01 07

Sexual Violence Research Institute svri at mrc.ac.za
Mon Jan 29 11:03:59 SAST 2007


Dear SVRI list members, 

Approximately once a month we send a longer list of publications, websites, resources & upcoming meetings which may be of interest to those working on issues of sexual violence. If you would like to suggest resources to be included on upcoming lists or on the SVRI website, please email svri at mrc.ac.za. For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

CONTENTS:

I. JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
II. WEBSITE PROFILES
III. CALL FOR PAPERS/CONTRIBUTORS
IV. SEMINARS/CONFERENCES
V. GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS
VI. VACANCIES
VII. WEB-BASED RESOURCES

I. JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
(Source: PubMed. Following search terms were used - rape, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual abuse, forced sex, coerced sex, trafficking, female genital cutting; female genital mutilation)

1:  Shevlin M, Dorahy M, Adamson G.  Childhood traumas and hallucinations: An analysis of the National Comorbidity Survey. J Psychiatr Res. 2007 Apr-Jun;41(3-4):222-8. PMID: 16643948 [PubMed - in process]

2:  Bengtsson-Tops A, Tops D.  Self-reported consequences and needs for support associated with abuse in female users of psychiatric care. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2007 Mar;16(1):35-43. PMID: 17229273 [PubMed - in process]

3:  Pezdek K, Lam S.  What research paradigms have cognitive psychologists used to study "False memory," and what are the implications of these choices? Conscious Cogn. 2007 Mar;16(1):2-17. PMID: 16157490 [PubMed - in process]

4:  Villela WV, Lago T.  [Advances and challenges in treatment for female victims of sexual violence.] Cad Saude Publica. 2007 Feb;23(2):471-5. Portuguese.  PMID: 17221098 [PubMed - in process]

5:  Bedone AJ, Faundes A.  [Comprehensive healthcare for female victims of sexual violence: the experience of the Women's Comprehensive Healthcare Center, State University in Campinas, Brazil.] Cad Saude Publica. 2007 Feb;23(2):465-9. Portuguese.  PMID: 17221097 [PubMed - in process]

6:  Mattar R, Abrahao AR, Andalaft Neto J, Colas OR, Schroeder I, Machado SJ, Mancini S, Vieira Bde A, Bertolani GB.   [Multidisciplinary care for victims of sexual assault: the experience at the Federal University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.] Cad Saude Publica. 2007 Feb;23(2):459-64. Portuguese.  PMID: 17221096 [PubMed - in process]

7:  Oliveira EM.  [Forum: Sexual violence and health. Introduction.] Cad Saude Publica. 2007 Feb;23(2):455-8. Portuguese.  PMID: 17221095 [PubMed - in process]

8:  Roland ME.  Postexposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure to HIV. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2007 Feb;20(1):39-46.  PMID: 17197880 [PubMed - in process]

9:  Woodhams J, Gillett R, Grant T.  Understanding the factors that affect the severity of juvenile stranger sex offenses: the effect of victim characteristics and number of suspects. J Interpers Violence. 2007 Feb;22(2):218-37.  PMID: 17202577 [PubMed - in process]

10:  Otis MD.  Perceptions of victimization risk and fear of crime among lesbians and gay men. J Interpers Violence. 2007 Feb;22(2):198-217. PMID: 17202576 [PubMed - in process]

11:  Suris A, Lind L, Kashner TM, Borman PD.  Mental health, quality of life, and health functioning in women veterans: differential outcomes associated with military and civilian sexual assault. J Interpers Violence. 2007 Feb;22(2):179-97.  PMID: 17202575 [PubMed - in process]

12:  Madea B.  Case histories in forensic medicine.Forensic Sci Int. 2007 Jan 17;165(2-3):111-4. PMID: 16793230 [PubMed - in process]

13:  Finkelhor D, Ormrod RK, Turner HA.  Poly-victimization: A neglected component in child victimization. Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jan 13; [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 17224181 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

14:  Sartor CE, Lynskey MT, Bucholz KK, McCutcheon VV, Nelson EC, Waldron M, Heath AC.  Childhood sexual abuse and the course of alcohol dependence development: Findings from a female twin sample. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2007 Jan 13; [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 17227698 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

15:  Jenkins G, Schuller RA.  The Impact of Negative Forensic Evidence on Mock Jurors' Perceptions of a Trial of Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault. Law Hum Behav. 2007 Jan 9; [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 17211690 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

16:  Foubert JD, Perry BC.  Creating lasting attitude and behavior change in fraternity members and male student athletes: the qualitative impact of an empathy-based rape prevention program. Violence Against Women. 2007 Jan;13(1):70-86.  PMID: 17179405 [PubMed - in process]

17:  Rosenthal MZ, Follette VM. The effects of sexual assault-related intrusion suppression in the laboratory and natural environment. Behav Res Ther. 2007 Jan;45(1):73-87 PMID: 16580627 [PubMed - in process]

18:  McLean I.  Climatic effects on incidence of sexual assault. J Clin Forensic Med. 2007 Jan;14(1):16-9.  PMID: 16442330 [PubMed - in process]

19:  Oliver BE.   Preventing female-perpetrated sexual abuse. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2007 Jan;8(1):19-32.  PMID: 17204598 [PubMed - in process]

20:  Martin SL, Young SK, Billings DL, Bross CC.  Health care-based interventions for women who have experienced sexual violence: a review of the literature. Trauma Violence Abuse. 2007 Jan;8(1):3-18.  PMID: 17204597 [PubMed - in process]

21:  Cole J, Logan TK, Shannon L.  Risky sexual behavior among women with protective orders against violent male partners. AIDS Behav. 2007 Jan;11(1):103-12. PMID: 16673157 [PubMed - in process]

22:  Dietiker J, Dittmann V, Graf M.  [Risk assessment of sex offenders in a German-speaking sample : Applicability of PCL-SV, HCR-20+3, and SVR-20.] Nervenarzt. 2007 Jan;78(1):53-61. German. PMID: 16955314 [PubMed - in process]

23:  Savitz J, van der Merwe L, Stein DJ, Solms M, Ramesar R.  Genotype and Childhood Sexual Trauma Moderate Neurocognitive Performance: A Possible Role for Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor and Apolipoprotein E Variants. Biol Psychiatry. 2007 Jan 6; [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 17210134 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

24:  Sikkema KJ, Hansen NB, Kochman A, Tarakeshwar N, Neufeld S, Meade CS, Fox AM.   Outcomes from a Group Intervention for Coping with HIV/AIDS and Childhood Sexual Abuse: Reductions in Traumatic Stress. AIDS Behav. 2007 Jan;11(1):49-60.  PMID: 16858634 [PubMed - in process]

25:  Widom CS, DuMont K, Czaja SJ.  A prospective investigation of major depressive disorder and comorbidity in abused and neglected children grown up. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007 Jan;64(1):49-56.  PMID: 17199054 [PubMed - in process]

26:  Gagnon AJ, Wahoush O, Dougherty G, Saucier JF, Dennis CL, Merry L, Stanger E, Stewart DE.  The childbearing health and related service needs of newcomers (CHARSNN) study protocol. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2006 Dec 26;6(1):31 [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 17190589 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

27:  Borja SE, Callahan JL, Long PJ.  Positive and negative adjustment and social support of sexual assault survivors. J Trauma Stress. 2006 Dec;19(6):905-14. PMID: 17195986 [PubMed - in process]

28:  Koss MP.  Restoring rape survivors: justice, advocacy, and a call to action. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2006 Nov;1087:206-34. PMID: 17189507 [PubMed - in process]

II. WEBSITE PROFILES

Canadian Women's Foundation:  The Canadian Women's Foundation raises money and makes grants to help stop violence against women and build economic independence for women and their children.  For more information visit them online at:  http://www.canadianwomen.org/

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation:  The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation funds scholarly research in the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. The Foundation has two grant programs: one for holders of a Ph.D., MD, or the equivalent, to conduct scholarly investigations; another, for graduate students to fund the final writing phase of their Ph.D. dissertations. Online at:  www.hfg.org

The People's Movement for Human Rights Education:  A site dedicated to human rights learning for social and economic transformation.  For more information go to:  http://www.pdhre.org/index.html

Asia-Japan Women's Resource Centre (AJWRC):  Standing on feminist perspective that links gender, North-South relations and environment, the AJWRC works for democratic Japanese society based on respect for human rights and gender equality, and for fair and sustainable global society.  Website address:  http://www.ajwrc.org/english/sub/aboutus.html

Women, Ink.:  Women, Ink is  a project of the International Women's Tribune Centre IWTC), started in 1992 with a small collection of 22 books from the United Nations Fund for Women (Unifem). Over the years, our collection has been steadily growing to become a "one-stop-shop" for books on women and development. We are proud to say that we now have over 200 titles from 60 publishers worldwide.  For more information visit them at:  http://www.womenink.org/

III. CALL FOR PAPERS/CONTRIBUTORS

Call For Papers:  Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Women in Violent Conflict, Symposium, June 17-19, 2007 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands:  The Netherlands Defence Academy and Emory University Law School's Feminism & Legal Theory Project have joined together to sponsor a symposium regarding the sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in violent conflict. Since the 1995 UN World Conference on Women in Beijing there have been many conferences and political debates, yet a need for systematic investigations of the causes and consequences of violence remains. This conference will serve to provide a series of comprehensive perspectives on the problems arising from the sexual abuse and exploitation of women and girls in violent conflict. For more details visit:  http://www.law.emory.edu/cms/site/index.php?id=1274

Call for Participation:  Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development Planned for October 2007:  The Council of Science Editors is organizing a Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development in October 2007. Science journals throughout the world will simultaneously publish papers on this topic of worldwide interest - to raise awareness, stimulate interest, and stimulate research into poverty and human development. This is an international collaboration with journals from developed and developing countries. For more information visit:  http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/globalthemeissue.cfm

Call for Papers:  Engendering Policy and Politics International and comparative challenges and perspectives:  An international, interdisciplinary conferences hosted by the Gender Research Network, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, Chancellor's Conference Centre, 21-22 June 2007, supported by the Social Policy Association, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Manchester and the Political Studies Association Women and Politics Specialist Group. This interdisciplinary conference will address key debates around the theme of engendering politics and policy. Panels will take a comparative and international perspective on what it means to engender the political process and policy outcomes. For more details visit:  http://www.socialsciences.man.ac.uk/gendernetwork/conference/default.htm

Call for Papers:  6th IASSCS  International Conference Dis/organised Pleasures, Changing bodies, rights and cultures:  The International Association for the Study of Sexuality and Culture in Society, invites academics, activists and all persons interested in sexuality and human rights to submit abstracts, session proposals or poster presentation abstracts (posters will be displayed at the conference) for its 6th Conference to be held in Lima, Perú, between 27 -29 June, 2007. The conference host is Cayetano Heredia University. Abstracts must be received by February 28th, 2007.  For more information go to:  http://www.iasscs.org/2007conference/home_english.htm

Call for papers: Equitable Access: Research challenges for health in developing countries, Forum 11, 29 October - 2 November 2007, Beijing, China:  The Global Forum for Health Research invites you to submit an abstract for Forum 11 in any area of health research relevant to the overarching theme of Equitable Access: Research challenges for health in developing countries. For more information visit:  http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/004__Annual%20meeting/001__Forum%2011/002__Call%20for%20abstracts.php 

IV. SEMINARS/CONFERENCES

Workshop Announcement:  'Gender-based Violence: Communicating Information and Good Practice Interventions to Policymakers', 23 April - 4 May, 2007, Kampala, Uganda:  The Institute of Public Health (IPH), at Makerere University, and the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), are pleased to inform you of an upcoming sub-Saharan Africa regional workshop dedicated toward developing policy communication and advocacy skills among program officials, researchers, and advocates working in the area of gender-based violence. The workshop is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Bureau and Bureau for Africa.The two-week workshop is designed to increase skills in using data and information to improve policies and programs to combat GBV. Sessions focus on identifying the policy implications of survey data and research results, creating a dissemination strategy, and developing written and oral presentation skills for effectively communicating with policy audiences and the news media. All sessions will be conducted in English. For more information and application forms visit: www.prb.org, (see link on the home page or in the Training section), or go to: www.iph.ac.ug ,

V. GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/AWARDS

Internship, International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW):  ICRW proudly announces the second year of the Sally Yudelman Internship Program.  The Yudelman Internship is for undergraduate and graduate students committed to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.  Applications due in 8 March 2007.  For more information visit:  http://www.icrw.org/html/jobs/yudelmaninternship.htm

Study Opportunity:  We would like to inform you that the Department of Gender Studies at the Central European University (CEU), as a member of the newly-created GEMMA consortium, has been granted an Erasmus Mundus (EU funding) in Women's Studies and Gender Studies starting in 2007/08. Both students and scholars from third countries' are eligible to apply for scholarships within the program. Third country scholars can apply for a study period at CEU, or any other member of the GEMMA consortium, for 3 months in 2007/08. Visit the GEMMA website at: www.ugr.es/~gemma and see details under applications/applications for scholars. Each consortium has a limited number of scholarships to distribute among potential applicants, and they are awarded on a competitive basis. Deadline for application is January 31st 2007, and the documents should arrive in Granada no later than February 9th 2007.

Study Opportunity: 4th Summer Institute for New Global Health Researchers, 13-20 August 2007, Kerala, India:  The Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 4th Summer Institute for New Global Health Researchers, to be held in partnership with the Centre for Development Studies in Trivandrum, Kerala, India from August 13-20, 2007. Please visit the CCGHR website www.ccghr.ca for more information, including the guidelines and application.

Study Opportunity: 2008-2010 Rotary World Peace Fellowships:  The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2008-10 Rotary World Peace Fellowship. All applications are due to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July 2007.  Applicants must be committed to peace and have three years of proven professional experience. More information about the program and application information can be found on the Rotary web site atwww.rotary.org/foundation/educational or email rotarycenters at rotary.org. 

Funding Alert: Volume 2, Issue 6, January 19, 2007, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center:  The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) have collaborated to provide a redesigned FUNDING ALERT. Issued twice monthly, or whenever warranted, this new FUNDING ALERT will provide asynopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  The current FUNDING ALERT can be accessed at: http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/FundingAlert-V2N6.pdf

Call for Project Proposals:  The International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) calls for project proposals for the 2006/2007 financial year. Please note only limited funds are available, and are restricted to Aus$15 000 in the first year. Proposals need to be received by the office no later than 15 February 2007. Please check the website for the online funding application process, which stipulates further criteria for project proposals, as well as the proposal format, www.iwda.org.au <http://www.iwda.org.au/> 

Call for Entries:  "No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate and Family Relations" Collaborative Competition:  This is the ninth Changemakers competition that "open sources social solutions," connecting your innovations for ending abuse with key decision-makers and investors. This is the first in a series of Changemakers Collaborative Competitions in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Your organization can enter the competition up to March 28, 2007 by documenting your innovative activities and solutions on the Changemakers site where it will be posted, judged by leading philanthropists, reviewed by peers, and voted on by a community of changemakers like you. For competition details, please visit:  http://involve-ashoka.org/ct/GpzK0uY1yR7T/

Women's Leadership Scholarship Program:  The Women's Leadership Scholarship (WLS) programme (formerly the Native Leadership Scholarship) creates educational opportunities for women who are grassroots leaders, organisers 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. The awards help the recipients meet the costs of tuition, fees, books, educational supplies, housing, maintenance, and travel to and from the home country and the educational institution.  Application Deadline: March 23, 2007.  More information is available in English, Spanish and French at www.nativeleaders.org/index.html

VI. VACANCIES/CONSULTANCIES

UN Vacancies:  The UN Senior vacancy announcement list - January 2007 is now available.  Please email me off-list at svri at mrc.ac.za if you would like me to send you the full listing of jobs.  In addition, to find more information on vacancies in the UN common system, please visit the following websites for instructions on how to apply (if you are not able to open directly, please type the corresponding website):
International Atomic Energy Agency : http://www.iaea.org/About/Jobs/index.html
Inter-American Development Bank:  http://www.iadb.org/hrd/800x600i.asp?go=jobs
Food and Agriculture Organization: http://www.fao.org/VA/Employ.htm
High Commissioner for Human Rights: http://www.ohchr.org/english/about/vacancies/index.htm
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Job Opportunities:  http://www.unaids.org/EN/about+unaids/human+resources/unaids+professional+vacancies.asp
United Nations Development Programme Job Shop:   www.undp.org/women
United Nations Population Fund:  http://www.unfpa.org/about/employment/index.htm
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Employment homepage:  http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.html
World Food Programme:  http://www.wfp.org/contact_wfp/vacancies/index.asp?section=8&sub_section=5
International Civil Service Commission: http://icsc.un.org/resources/?query=vacancies
United Nations Development Group: http://www.undg.org/search.cfm?by=keywords&q=vacancies&country=&section=1

RTI International:  RTI International has worked for more than 30 years in over 120 countries. Their work focuses on policy support, applied research and analysis, strategic planning, institutional development, and training in International health, International education policy and systems, Democratic governance, Financial systems, Information and communication technology and International environmental management.  For a list of vacancies visit their website at:  http://rti.developmenthire.com/dhire/job_opportunities/opp_summary.jsp

VII. WEB-BASED RESOURCES

Services for victim/survivors of sexual assault, Identifying needs, interventions and provision of services in Australia, Issues Paper No. 6, Astbury, J., Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2006:  Services for victim/survivors of sexual assault - Identifying needs, interventions and provision of services in Australia. This paper summarises the international and national literature that exists on sexual assault services. It focuses on the needs of victim/survivors, on existing interventions, and data on the services that currently provide these interventions. Online link at:  http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i6.html

The Demand for Victims Of Sex Trafficking,  Hughes, M.  Women's Studies Programme, University of Rhode Island, 2007:  "To date, discussion of the "demand side" of sex trafficking has focused on the men who purchase sex acts.1 This report will expand the conceptualization of "the demand" to include two additional components: the exploiters - the traffickers and pimps - and the state. The purpose is to bring a better understanding to the factors that lead to the exploitation and sexual enslavement of women and children around the world. Download document at:  http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/demand_for_victims.pdf

Women and Conflict, An Introductory Guide to Programming,  DCHA/CMM (2007): DCHA/CMM develops packages of technical assistance in a number of critical focus areas that are related to conflict, fragility, instability and extremism. These "Guides" explain the connections between the focus area and conflict, fragility, etc, and aim to provide USAID missions with access to concrete, practical program options, lessons learned, and information about potential partners, mechanisms and monitoring and evaluation tools for implementing more effective conflict programs. The latest is Women and Conflict: An Introductory Guide to Programming- details and download link is:  http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/cross-cutting_programs/conflict/in_the_spotlight.html

Sexual violence: weapon of war, impediment to peace, Forced Migration Review, Issue 27, January 2007:  FMR 27 explores the challenges and opportunities for combating sexual violence in conflict, post-conflict and development recovery contexts. Produced in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), it builds on momentum generated by the June 2006 International Symposium on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond jointly convened by UNFPA, the European Commission and the Government of Belgium. Practice-oriented submissions from 40 specialists from a wide range of humanitarian agencies highlight key issues and challenges, best practices, innovative programmes and recommendations.  Download at:  http://www.fmreview.org/sexualviolence.htm

The Impact of Harmful Traditional Practices on The Girl Child, Prepared by Berhane Ras-Work for Expert Group Meeting Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination & Violence Against The Girl Child, UN Division for the Advancement of Women, Italy, (2006):  An attempt is made in this paper to give examples of socially construed forms of violence which have been long accepted as tradition. Some measures taken by governments, institutions, and NGOs to deal with few of the traditionally condoned forms of most brutal forms of violence and discrimination against girls are also contained. The paper includes examples of best practices as well as recommendations to accelerate the eradication of harmful traditional practices which violate the basic human rights of girls.  Download at:  http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/egm/elim-disc-viol-girlchild/ExpertPapers/EP.4%20%20%20Raswork.pdf

Causes and Consequences of Early Marriage in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, Pathfinder International (2006): This study was conducted in the spring of 2006.  It gathered both quantitative and qualitative information on the practice of early marriage in the Amhara region of Ethiopia.  A wide range of data on socio-economic background characteristics and marriage patterns-including age at marriage, stability of marriage, and causes and consequences of early marriage-was collected and analyzed by the study.  The report provides information to guide the design, implementation, and monitoring of programs aimed at reducing the incidence of early marriage in Amhara and all of Ethiopia. Results and insights may prove helpful in contexts outside of Ethiopia as well.  The materials can be viewed and downloaded from the web at: http://www.pathfind.org/Publications_RH_Resources_ASRH.  Hard copies are available by contacting mailto:tech-comm at pathfind.org

Consent Dilemmas - Contextualising the Trafficking of African, Asian and Eastern European Women for Prostitution,  Opara, V. N., Migration Online, October (2006):  This analysis uses the stories of trafficked African, Asian and Eastern European women to illustrate the limitations of consent in trafficking discourses. The paper explores the potential ramifications of consent in order to illustrate the factors that in reality visibly negate consent in trafficking transactions. In other words, in trafficking transactions, what appears to be consent ex ante is actually not consent ex post.  The full text of the article is available at: http://www.migrationonline.cz/article_f.shtml?x=1927631

Razor's Edge:  - The Controversy of Female Genital Mutilation, IRIN Web Special on Female Genital Mutilation.  Online at:  http://www.irinnews.org/webspecials/FGM/default.asp

The State of the World's Children 2007: Women and Children: The double dividend of gender equality, The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), 2006:  The 2007 State of the World's Children report examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives, and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls.  Available online as PDF file [160p.] at: http://www.unicef.org/sowc07/docs/sowc07.pdf 

The Global Gender Gap Report 2006, World Economic Forum,  December 2006:  The report measures the size of the gender gap in four critical areas of inequality between men and women: 1) Economic participation and opportunity - outcomes on salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment; 2) Educational attainment - outcomes on access to basic and higher level education; 3) Political empowerment - outcomes on representation in decision-making structures; and 4) Health and survival - outcomes on life expectancy and sex ratio.  The report and individual country profiles are available online at http://www.weforum.org/gendergap 

Africa's Children:  The Struggles of Youth:  Multimedia presentation from NYTimes.com, which includes a section on child sexual abuse.  Download at:  http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/world/20060308_AFRICACHILD_FEATURE/blocker.html 

Strengthening Resistance: Confronting Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS, Rothschild, C., Reilly M A & Nordstrom, S A.,  Center for Womens Global Leadership (2006):  Strengthening Resistance focuses on the points of intersection in the social, political and public health crises of violence against women and HIV/AIDS. The report uses a human rights lens to focus on critical political challenges and on innovative strategies used by activists worldwide as they respond to the links between violence and HIV/AIDS. Strengthening Resistance is designed as an overview of the most salient issues, and is meant for activists and policy makers alike who may be familiar with HIV/AIDS, violence against women or human rights but not necessarily the nexus across all of these areas. The report highlights nine creative advocacy initiatives from different countries and regions, offers recommendations to a range of actors and contains a resource section for further study.  Download document online at:  http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu/globalcenter/publications/strengthening.htm

Health Consequences of Child Marriage in Africa, Nour, N.M., Perspective Volume 12, Number 11-November 2006:  Despite international agreements and national laws, marriage of girls <18 years of age is common worldwide and affects millions. Child marriage is a human rights violation that prevents girls from obtaining an education, enjoying optimal health, bonding with others their own age, maturing, and ultimately choosing their own life partners. Child marriage is driven by poverty and has many effects on girls' health: increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer, malaria, death during childbirth, and obstetric fistulas. Girls' offspring are at increased risk for premature birth and death as neonates, infants, or children. To stop child marriage, policies and programs must educate communities, raise awareness, engage local and religious leaders, involve parents, and empower girls through education and employment.  Online at:  http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol12no11/06-0510.htm




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