[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 10 07 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jul 10 09:36:13 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:
[Summaries directly taken or adapted from source]

I.  Websites
II.  Online Resources and Publications
III.  Call for Papers
IV.  Research Awards
V.  Events
VI. Vacancies 

I.  Websites:

DENMARK – KVINFO:  KVINFO is the Danish Centre for Research on Women and Gender. Its primary goal is to inform the general public of the results of women’s studies and gender research in Denmark and internationally. KVINFO’s core activity is its library with over 20.000 books and journals, political publications on equal opportunities and women's issues. Read more:  http://www.kvinfo.dk/side/715

Interagency Youth Working Group:  The Interagency Youth Working Group recently launched the Web site, which provides resources for people who provide HIV and reproductive health education to youth in developing countries. Website: http://www.infoforhealth.org/youthwg

International Centre for Crime Prevention: A unique network of policy makers, practitioners and academics from all around the world who value personal and community safety as a common good. It helps to bridge the gap between knowledge and action by focusing on the WHAT and the HOW for effective and sustainable crime prevention. Website:  http://www.crime-prevention-intl.org/?PHPSESSID=37a20a83aa617bb64b09090f12f48e9a

II.  Online Resources and Publications

WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies, WHO, 2007:  This document is designed to inform those involved in planning, conducting, funding, reviewing protocols for, approving or support­ing information collection on sexual violence in humanitarian settings. Full document: http://www.who.int/gender/documents/EthicsSafety_web.pdf

Special Guest Editorial by Health Economist: Alison Snow Jones, PhD, Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice, Issue 5, Summer 2007:  This issue of Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice is devoted to economic aspects of intimate partner violence (IPV).  This is an important topic because IPV represents very real monetary costs, not just for victims and their children, but for society.  IPV annual costs in the United States have been estimated at $8 billion (in 2003 dollars) with 70% of these costs attributed to physical violence. Read more:  http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-5/editor_comments.php

Measuring and addressing the burden of disease associated with intimate partner violence in Victoria, Australia, Vos T, PhD MSc; Astbury J, PhD; Piers L S, MBBS, MD, PhD, MPH; Magnus A, BEc. Ed. G.; Heenan M, PhD; Walker L, MSW; Webster K, BSW, Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice, Issue 5, Summer 2007:  This article reports an Australian study designed to assess the prevalence and health consequences of intimate partner violence and its contribution to total disease and disability burden in women.  Finding that this form of violence contributes a burden greater than any other risk factor included in contemporary burden of disease measures, the need for a greater emphasis on primary prevention is proposed.  Read more:  http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-5/australia_disease.php

Cost-Effective Analysis: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask. Richard Norman BA MSc; Anne Spencer BA MSc PhD; Gene Feder BSc MB BS MD, , Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice, Issue 5, Summer 2007:  As society’s investment in health care increases, appropriate and transparent decision-making by policy makers becomes increasingly important.  Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), part of the discipline of health economics, plays a crucial role in helping decision-makers allocate scarce funds efficiently, to health interventions that yield the most improvement in outcome for the least amount of expenditure.  This paper outlines some key points for health care professionals and others when interpreting the results of cost-effectiveness analyses. Read more:  http://endabuse.org/health/ejournal/archive/1-5/cost_effective_analysis.php

The Business Case for Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings, The Family Violence Prevention Fund and Physicians for A Violence Free Society, 2007:  The Business Case for Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings includes:
i)  A PowerPoint presentation: targeted at health care decision-makers and administrators that makes the case for domestic violence intervention programs. This presentation provides information about the health impact of abuse and the related health care costs, and makes a persuasive argument about the potential to cut these costs with domestic violence intervention programs. 
ii) Return on Investment Tool: An Excel-based Return on Investment Tool helps analyze the cost and potential benefits of implementing a comprehensive domestic violence response program within health settings. The program promotes quality of care by using evidence to support key changes in infrastructure to care for victims of violence and promotes future outcomes research by offering a model to track and assess clinical improvement goals based on improved patient health and safety. 
Download these resources online at: http://www.endabuse.org/programs/display.php3?DocID=9932

Violence against Native women in substance abuse treatment.  Saylors K, Daliparthy N. Am Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res; 13(1): 32-51. 2006:  Many mental health problems among substance abusing populations are directly linked to high rates of abuse and trauma. … Significant relationships were found among childhood abuse, trauma, substance abuse, and high-risk sexual behavior among urban Native women. Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65146_1

A study on direct costs of domestic violence against women in legal medicine centers of Tehran (2002). Fourozan AS, Dejman M, Baradaran-Eftekhari M, Bagheri-Yazdi A. Arch Iran Med; 10(3): 295-300. 2007:  The current study seeks to determine the direct costs of domestic violence by looking into the wife abuse files in Legal Medicine Centers of Tehran. Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65753_28

Early predictors of chronic post-traumatic stress disorder in assault survivors.  Kleim B, Ehlers A, Glucksman E. Psychol Med 2007:  Some studies suggest that early psychological treatment is effective in preventing chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it is as yet unclear how best to identify trauma survivors who need such intervention. This prospective longitudinal study investigated the prognostic validity of acute stress disorder (ASD), of variables derived from a meta-analysis of risk factors for PTSD, and of candidate cognitive and biological variables in predicting chronic PTSD following assault. Abstract:   http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65071_28

Safety and Security: A Proposal for Internationally Comparable Indicators of Violence. Diprose R. Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. Oxford: University of Oxford, 2007:  This paper proposes a survey module which can be incorporated to multi-dimensional poverty survey questionnaires so that data on violence is collected in conjunction with data on health, income and employment, education, vulnerability and risk, shame and humiliation, eudemonia and well being. http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citreport_87_20

Gender and Indicators Cutting Edge Pack (CEP), Bridge, 2007:  Gender-sensitive measurements are critical for building the case for taking gender (in)equality seriously, for enabling better planning and actions by gender and non-gender specialists, and for holding institutions accountable to their commitments on gender. Yet measurement techniques and data remain limited and poorly utilised, making it difficult to know if efforts are on track to achieve gender equality goals and commitments. This Overview Report examines conceptual and methodological approaches to gender and measurements of change with a focus on indicators, examining current debates and good practice from the grassroots to the international levels.  Download full report online at:  http://www.bridge.ids.ac.uk/reports_gend_CEP.html#Indicators

International and Regional Databases of Gender Statistics, BRIDGE, July 2007:  This document contains an annotated list of international and regional gender statistics databases. It has been extracted and amended from the BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Indicators.  Download online at:  http://www.siyanda.org/static/BRIDGE_gender_statistics.htm?em=0707&tag=QG <https://bagend.mrc.ac.za/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.siyanda.org/static/BRIDGE_gender_statistics.htm?em=0707%26tag=QG> 

New South Wales, Interagency Plan To Tackle Child Sexual Assault in Aboriginal Communities, 2006 – 2011, New South Wales Government, Australia, 2007:  This document details a plan to put in place strategic programming initiatives for community, police, legal system, and agency-based work on child sexual assault. The plan includes many proposals centred around 4 strategic directions to achieve these goals: law enforcement, child protection, early intervention and prevention, and community leadership and support. [Source:  The Communication Initiative] Read more:  http://www.nsw.gov.au/PDF/NSWInterPlanTackleChildSexualAssAborigComs.pdf

Safety And Prevention In Quebec: First Attempt At An Overarching Approach Stock Taking And Analysis Of Available Information On Compromises Of Security In Quebec, International Centre for Crime Prevention, 2007:  For three years, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime in collaboration with its partners, gathered and analysed main sources of available data in Quebec on safety and crime prevention. This work assisted ICPC in producing a first global approach on safety for the province of Quebec, Canada. This preliminary report Quebec Observatory on Safety and Prevention: Taking Stock also provides access to local actors in prevention and decision makers to important information on different themes related to safety, such as: Domestic Violence, Family Violence: abuse and negligence of children, School Violence, Violence in the Workplace, Violence in Institutions and Violence in Public Spaces.  Report overview online at:  http://www.crime-prevention-intl.org/publications/pub_185_2.pdf

A Duty To Protect - Justice for Child Soldiers in the DRC, Association des Jeunes pour le Developpement Integre Kalundu/Projet Enfants Soldats (AJEDI-Ka/PES) and WITNESS:  This is a documentary produced by Association des Jeunes pour le Developpement Integre Kalundu/Projet Enfants Soldats (AJEDI-Ka/PES) and WITNESS, an organisation using the power of video to expose human rights abuses. The film, which shares the experience of 2 girls who were recruited into the military and suffered violence and sexual exploitation, is meant to be a tool to advocate for accountability for crimes committed against children, including the use and recruitment of child soldiers...[Source:  Children and Development - DB Click - July 5 2007] Read more:  http://www.witness.org/index.php?option=com_rightsalert&Itemid=178&task=view&alert_id=41

Compendium of Research on Violence Against Women, 1993-2006, Rosen L and Fontaine J. (eds.), NIJ, 2007:  This compilation of NIJ-funded research includes a table of contents, index, and descriptions of projects available through the VAW&FV program. Last Updated March 5, 2007. Read more:  http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/vawprog/welcome.html, full document:  http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/vawprog/vaw_portfolio.pdf

Violence Against Young Children: A Painful Issue, Early Childhood Matters, No. 106, June 2006: This volume of Early Childhood Matters focuses on violence against young children. Topics include corporal punishment, supporting non-violent discipline in schools, and treatment and prevention for child victims of domestic violence. Several programmes are featured, such as those designed to protect children from violence and sexual abuse, as well as advocacy programmes in Kenya, El Salvador, Colombia, Israel, and Bulgaria... ...[Source:  Children and Development - DB Click - July 5 2007] Download publication:  http://www.bernardvanleer.org/publication_store/publication_store_publications/violence_against_young_children_a_painful_issue/file

Child Protection Information Sheet, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, UNICEF, 2006:  Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for cultural or other reasons that are not medical necessities. Read more:  http://www.unicef.org/protection/files/FGM.pdf

Positive Women Monitoring Change: A Monitoring Tool on Access to Care, Treatment and Support Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Violence Against Women, The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) and The Support to International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa Programme, May 2005:  Fed up with being approached by researchers but never seeing the results, HIV positive women in Lesotho and Swaziland devised this tool that they themselves could use with other HIV positive women.  Read more:  http://www.siyanda.org/static/ICW_monitoring_care.htm?em=0707&tag=QG <https://bagend.mrc.ac.za/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.siyanda.org/static/ICW_monitoring_care.htm?em=0707%26tag=QG> 

Integration of the Human Rights of Women and The Gender Perspective: Violence Against Women.  Mission to Occupied Palestinian Territory (in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian And Spanish), Ertϋrk, Y., February 2005:  This report highlights how conflict and occupation combine with gender inequality to produce multiple forms of violence against Palestinian women.  Read more:  http://www.siyanda.org/static/Erturk_integration_rights.htm?em=0707&tag=CF <https://bagend.mrc.ac.za/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.siyanda.org/static/Erturk_integration_rights.htm?em=0707%26tag=CF> 

Developing Trust. International Approaches to Women’s Safety, Shaw, M., & Capobianco, L, International Centre for Crime Prevention, 2004:  This report summarises recent developments in strategies and practices around the world concerning women and girls’ safety, including the prevention of violence against women.  Full report:  http://www.crime-prevention-intl.org/publications/pub_118_1.pdf

Operation Fine Girl. Rape Used as a Weapon of War in Sierra Leone, WITNESS, 2001:  Countless atrocities were committed during the course of Sierra Leone’s devastating, drawn-out conflict from 1991-2001. With civilians being the primary target of attack, women were particularly vulnerable to violence during the civil war. AFRC and RUF forces regularly kidnapped girls and young women, forcing them into sexual servitude for the forces, or into marriage with commanders. Women young and old were beaten, mutilated, raped, and killed by child soldiers and their adult commanders. For the rebels, sexual violence became a weapon to be used against the civilian populations, as a demonstration of its power and impunity. Read more:  http://www.witness.org/index.php?option=com_rightsalert&Itemid=178&task=view&alert_id=20

Contemporary Forms of Slavery. Systematic rape, sexual slavery and slavery-like practices during armed conflict.  Report of the Special Rapporteur on Systematic Rape in Armed Conflicts United Nations, June 1998:  The first purpose of this report is to reiterate the call for a response to the use of sexual violence and sexual slavery during armed conflict. It is imperative to acknowledge the immeasurable injury to body, mind and spirit that is inflicted by these acts. Read more:  http://www.hri.ca/fortherecord1998/documentation/commission/e-cn4-sub2-1998-13.htm

III.  Call for Papers:

Call For Papers: "Refugee Women in the Arab World.":  The Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), based in the Lebanese American University, is soliciting articles for the forthcoming issue of the quarterly publication, Al–Raida. The central topic for this edition of the journal will be "Refugee Women in the Arab World."  They are interested in receiving papers based on academic studies or critical essays that address concerns related to refugee women in the Arab world. Within this issue, they will focus on understanding the gender-specific experiences of Arab women externally displaced from their countries of origin. The papers to be considered will explore womanhood and social, cultural, or religious identity within the context of a refugee situation and is open to a wide range issues, from life-giving opportunities to social exclusion. Deadline for abstracts: 15 August 2007 For more information visit: http://www.lau.edu.lb/centers-institutes/iwsaw/raida-call-for-papers.html

IV.  Research Awards:

The 2007 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition:   Global Development Network is accepting submissions for the 2007 Global Development Awards and Medals Competition.  Submissions are accepted for research proposals, completed research papers and proposals for expansion of development projects.  Deadline: August 20, 2007 for development projects; September 17, 2007 for research awards and medals For more information, please visit:  http://www.gdnet.org/middle.php?oid=1217

V.  Events:  

4th International Gender Conference Theme: Sexual And Gender-Based Violence: A Social Nightmare Provoking Action, 17th to 21st September, 2007, Elmina: The theme for this conference has been chosen because Sexual and Gender-Based Violence is a major Public Health and Human Rights problem throughout the world. This is a call for Governments and all Stakeholders to take concerted action for the Health, Education and Criminal Justice sectors of society to take the problem seriously. Sponsored by: Gender Development Institute, Ghana.  For more information email: gdighana at yahoo.com

For more information on up-coming events visit:  http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

VI.  Vacancies:

Moderator / The Association for Women's Rights in Development, (AWID) / Location: Home-based / Closing date: August 03, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372] For more information please visit: http://www.awid.org <http://www.awid.org/> 

Executive Director / The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) / Brussels, Belgium / Closing date: July 27, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372] To apply, please download relevant information online at: http://www.ilga.org/news.asp

Senior Technical Specialist on Gender Issues / International Labour Organization (ILO) / Dakar, Senegal / Closing date: August 03, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  Read more:  https://erecruit.ilo.org/public/index.asp

Junior Professional Officer, JPO - Reproductive Health/Gender-Based Violence / UNFPA / Bogotá, Colombia / Closing date: July 24, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  Read more:  http://www.unfpa.org/about/employment/va-fpa-069-2007.htm

Programme Specialist / UNIFEM / Darfur, Sudan / Closing date: July 16, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372]. Read more:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2078

Budget Specialist / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: July 16, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  More information online at: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2079

Counter-Trafficking Programme Manager / International Organization for Migration (IOM) / Yangon, Myanmar / Closing date: July 13, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  More detail: http://www.iom.int/jahia/page161.html => click on the position title.

Africa Research and Policy Associate (Horn, East, and Central Africa) / The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) / Johannesburg, South Africa / Deadline: Interviews begin on August 01, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372]. Read more:  http://www.iglhrc.org/site/iglhrc/content.php?type=1&id=170

Communications and Research Manager / International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) / New York, NY, USA / Open until filled. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  Read more:  http://www.iglhrc.org/site/iglhrc/content.php?type=1&id=169

Gender Advisor, HIV/AIDS / UNDP / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: July 16, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  Read more:  http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2082

Mainstreaming Gender Consultant / The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) / Cali, Colombia / Closing date: July 20, 2007, or until position is filled. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  Website:  http://www.ciat.cgiar.org/jobs/jobs.htm

Executive Secretary / The Association of African Women for Research & Development (AAWORD) / Dakar, Senegal / Closing date: July 20, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372]. Read more:  http://www.afard.org <http://www.afard.org/> 

Registrar (ASG) / The International Criminal Court (ICC) / The Hague, the Netherlands / Closing date: August 15, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372].  Read more:  http://www.icc-cpi.int/jobs/vacancies/742.html

Director of Operations / Kageno Worldwide, Inc. / Location: Kenya or Rwanda / Closing date: July 13, 2007. [Source:  AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372]. Website:  http://www.kageno.org <http://www.kageno.org/> 


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