[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 19 07 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jul 17 11:22:37 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.  Events
IV.  Funding Opportunities
V.  Vacancies:

I. Websites:

The Hague Domestic Violence Project:  This study aims to better understand the experiences of women who have fled from domestic violence situations to the U.S. and have been charged under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.  Read more: http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb/haguedv

Global Violence Against Women: Resources for Education and Prevention, Women Make Movies:  This website provides you with collection of video resources for violence prevention and education, available through Women Make Movies at deeply discounted rates for community-based organizations.  The films in this culturally relevant collection range from inspirational accounts of survivor strength to powerful calls for awareness that reframe violence against women as a global human rights issue. Addressing social and legal reforms needed to protect women's rights, these resources will be invaluable to victim advocates, social workers, law enforcement, policy makers, lawyers, health workers and survivors alike.  Link:  http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/subjects/sub92.shtml 

Women News Network: A comprehensive and expanding film library covering current and historic conditions for women across the globe.  This website provides you with videos that can be used in advocacy campaigns and educational programmes. Website:  http://womennewsnetwork.vodpod.com <http://womennewsnetwork.vodpod.com/> 

II.  Online Resources and Publications:

"Ripple effects" of sexual assault. Zoë Morrison, Antonia Quadara and Cameron Boyd ACSSA Issues No. 7,  Australian Institute of Family Studies. 2007:  This paper discusses some of the widespread effects of sexual assault on families, professionals and society as a whole, demonstrating the significance of sexual assault as a social issue. Download paper online at:  http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/pubs/issue/i7.html

Framing HIV Prevention Discourse to Encompass the Complexities of War in Northern Uganda. Westerhaus, M. J., A. C. Finnegan, et al.  American Journal of Public Health. 97: 1184-1186. 2007:  In northern Uganda, physical and structural violence (political repression, economic inequality, and gender-based discrimination) increase vulnerability to HIV infection. In settings of war, traditional HIV prevention that solely promotes risk avoidance and risk reduction and assumes the existence of personal choice inadequately addresses the realities of HIV transmission. The design of HIV prevention strategies in northern must recognize how HIV transmission occurs and the factors that put people at risk for infection. A human rights approach provides a viable model for achieving this aim.  Read more: http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/97/7/1184

'Stateless and Vulnerable to Human Trafficking in Thailand.'Vital Voices Global Partnership, 2007:  This report examines the legal obstacles to obtaining citizenship for tribal people in northern Thailand and their subsequent vulnerability to human trafficking. Read more:

Report Submitted By The Special Rapporteur On The Sale Of Children, Child Prostitution And Child Pornography, Juan Miguel Petit, A/HRC/4/31, 2007:  This report is submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council decision 2/102. In its resolution 2005/44, the Commission on Human Rights called upon all States, inter alia, to take the necessary measures to eliminate the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography by adopting a holistic approach and addressing the contributing factors, including underdevelopment, poverty, economic disparities, inequitable socio-economic structures, dysfunctional families, lack of education, urban-rural migration, gender discrimination, irresponsible adult sexual behaviour, harmful traditional practices, armed conflicts and trafficking in children.  Download full report online at:  http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/children/rapporteur/annual.htm

Child maltreatment, revictimization, and violent behavior. Hosser D, Raddatz S, Windzio M. Violence Vict; 22(3): 318-33. 2007: The study investigates the cumulative impact of child maltreatment and victimization in adolescence on violent behavior in young adulthood in a nonclinical high-risk sample. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Abstract online at:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65915_24

The factors affecting sexual assaults committed by strangers and acquaintances. Pazzani LM. Violence Against Women; 13(7): 717-49. 2007: Research on the causes of sexual assault typically analyzes rape committed by acquaintances and strangers together, despite the fact that the characteristics of the assault in these two circumstances are very different. Thus, this work examines whether the causes of each type of sexual assault-stranger and acquaintance rape-differ. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65697_20

Violencia de pareja en mujeres embarazadas en la Ciudad de México; Partner Violence against Pregnant Women in Mexico City, Svetlana Vladislavovna Doubova, Verónica Pámanes-González, Deborah L Billings, Laura del Pilar Torres-Arreola, Rev Saúde Pública;41(4):582-90, 2007: The aim of this study was to assess factors related to partner violence against pregnant women in Mexico. Full abstract online at:  http://www.scielosp.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0034-89102007000400012&lng=&nrm=iso 

Domestic violence against women in their childbearing years; A review of the literature. O'Reilly R. Contemp Nurse; 25(1-2): 13-21. 2007:  This paper examines the literature around domestic violence in the childbearing years specifically the prevalence of domestic violence in the childbearing years, the associated factors, the implications for both mother and baby and the health professionals' role in addressing domestic violence. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65980_25

Intimate partner homicide: review and implications of research and policy. Campbell JC, Glass N, Sharps PW, Laughon K, Bloom T. Trauma Violence Abuse; 8(3): 246-69. 2007:  Current rates of intimate partner homicide of females are approximately 4 to 5 times the rate for male victims, although the rates for both have decreased during the past 25 years. The major risk factor for intimate partner homicide, no matter if a female or male partner is killed, is prior domestic violence. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65775_12

Conceptualizing the "wantedness" of women's consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences: implications for how women label their experiences with rape. Peterson ZD, Muehlenhard CL. J Sex Res; 44(1): 72-88. 2007: Sex is often conceptualized either as wanted and consensual or as unwanted and nonconsensual, reflecting an implicit model of wanting that is unidimensional and dichotomous and that conflates wanting and consenting. This study had three objectives: developing a multidimensional model for conceptualizing the wantedness of a sexual act, using this model to compare women's experiences with rape and consensual sex, and assessing whether wantedness is related to rape acknowledgement. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65754_20

Domestic violence against women attending gynecologic outpatient clinics. Nojomi M, Agaee S, Eslami S. Arch Iran Med; 10(3): 309-15. 2007:  The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of domestic violence in women attending three obstetric and gynecologic clinics in Tehran, and to determine the association between domestic violence and demographic factors. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65781_20

Intimate Partner Abuse among Gay and Bisexual Men: Risk Correlates and Health Outcomes. Houston E, Mckirnan DJ. J Urban Health 2007: Little is known about the patterns and types of intimate partner abuse in same-sex male couples, and few studies have examined the psychosocial characteristics and health problems of gay and bisexual men who experience such abuse. Using a cross-sectional survey sample of 817 men who have sex with men (MSM) in the Chicago area, this study tested the effect of psychological and demographic factors generally associated with intimate partner abuse and examined their relationship to various health problems. [Source:  http://www.safetylit.org/week/2007/070716.pdf] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_65705_20

Ideas on Working with Girls: Materials on Violence Against Women, Rights, Health and Sexuality, Advocacy and More, ITWC, 2007:  This CD contains a resource collection of free games, training manuals, workshop guides etc. for teachers, trainers and development workers who are working for and with girls. It includes interactive and participatory training guides and resources on rights, empowerment, violence against women and girls, HIV/AIDS, sexuality and reproductive health and leadership development.  More details:  http://www.iwtc.org/6774.html

Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, 2007:  (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 12 July 2007
at the 1002nd meeting of the Ministers' Deputies). Online at:  https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?Ref=CM/Del/Dec(2007)1002/10.1&Language=lanEnglish&Ver=annexe13&BackColorInternet=9999CC&BackColorIntranet=FFBB55&BackColorLogged=FFAC75

Substance use, sexual risk, and violence: HIV prevention intervention with sex workers in Pretoria. Wechsberg, W.M., Luseno, W.K., Lam, W.K., Parry, C.D., & Morojele, N.K. AIDS and Behavior, 10 (2):131-137. 2006:  This study demonstrates the feasibility of implementing cross-cultural behavioral HIV prevention interventions, and supports the need for future studies of women's contextual issues and the effectiveness of targeted interventions. Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=16482408

 'Don't Forget Us': The Education and Gender-Based Violence Protection Needs of Adolescent Girls from Darfur in Chad, Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, 2005:  This report describes the following situations of women and girls, including what has happened to them before departure from Sudan and at the refugee camps: violence including rapes that may result in unwanted births, trauma that can develop after rape, lack of access to education both before becoming refugees and in the camps. [Source:  Human Rights & Development - DB Click - July 12 2007] Full report:  http://www.womenscommission.org/pdf/Td_ed2.pdf 

'In Their Own Words': The formulation of sexual and reproductive health behaviour among young men in Bangladesh, Summary Report. Shivannanda Khan, Shariful Islam Khan and Paula E. Hollerbach, Naz Foundation International, Bandhu Social Welfare Society and CATALYST Consortium, 2005:  This study generated qualitative data to better understand the scripts through which sexual attitudes and sexual and health-related behaviours among 252 young men aged 10-24 are influenced and formulated from early adolescence on, based upon the perspective of John Gagnon. Read more:  http://www.synergyaids.com/documents/Bangladeshsummaryrprt06.pdf 

III.  Events

12th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma, Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma, 15-20 September 2007, San Diego, USA: A premiere, cost-effective, multidisciplinary conference that brings over 1,500 people and agencies together to make a significant positive impact on creating violence and abuse-free homes, communities, and societies.  For more information visit: http://www.ivatcenters.org/conference/index.html 

4th International Gender Conference, 17-21 September 2007, Ghana [re-posting]:  This international conference is being sponsored by the Gender Development Institute (GDI) in Ghana and will be held on 17-21 September 2007 at Elmina Beach Resort, Elmina, Ghana. Participants to the conference will debate the issue of "Sexual land Gender-Based Violence: A Social Nightmare Provoking Action". Participants to the conference will meet to create a forum, share experiences and dialogue on gender issues in relation to human rights, sexual and gender-based violence and equality. For objectives, conference format, partners and participants, fees, please visit:  http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/courses/41529

Global Consultation on FGM/FGC. 30th July to 3rd August, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:  The Global Forum will bring together development partners, donors, UN Agencies, Civil Society organizations, Law Enforcement Agencies, Human Rights Activists and research Organizations to develop a Consensus Document on a global Strategy to eliminate FGM/FGC.  For more information email:  morah at unfpa.org, toure at unfpa.org, and thuo at unfpa.org

IV.  Funding Opportunities:

IFUW Fellowships and Grants:  The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) 2008-2009 Fellowships Competition is now open. IFUW and its national affiliates help to build the future by offering fellowships and grants to enable women and girls to achieve their educational goals.  More details online at: http://www.ifuw.org/fellowships/index.htm

Roma Initiatives Fellowship:  The Open Society Institute (OSI) invites proposals from Roma activists to support work on questions of social policy, human rights protection, employment policy, culture, education, health policy, and other topics important for the inclusion of Roma in society. Fellows' projects and initiatives should also contribute to advancing the goals of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005 - 2015. Deadline: Rolling deadline. [Source:  Human Rights & Development - DB Click - July 12 2007] Read more: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/roma/focus/fellowship/grants/roma_initiatives

African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) Small Grants Programme (SGP):  This awards programme supports small, community/rural based grassroots women's groups that would otherwise not be able to access AWDF'S main funding programme. Beneficiaries should be running projects which fall within AWDF's 5 thematic areas: Women's Human Rights, Political Participation, Peace Building, Health, Reproductive Rights and HIV/AIDS, and Economic Empowerment. [Source:  Human Rights & Development - DB Click - July 12 2007] Deadline: Rolling deadline. Website:  http://www.awdf.org/pages/index.php?pid=2&sid=25 

Call for Papers:

Call for Papers: The Politics of Human Trafficking:  St Antony's International Review (STAIR) invites academics, young researchers, and policy experts to submit abstracts of papers that explore one or more of the following lines of enquiry for the forthcoming issue on 'The Politics of Human Trafficking.': Agency and 'Victimhood'; Economics of Trafficking; Politics and Policy Making; and Methodology: Trafficking in International Affairs.  Deadlines:  Abstracts due August 30, 2007 and Papers due December 30, 2007. More information online at:  http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/jcr/stair/contributors.html

Action: Call for papers - intervention outcomes in international settings to prevent the spread of HIV among at-risk women and young girls:  Women are rapidly becoming the face of HIV worldwide, especially poor women of childbearing age who are disempowered because of cultural norms and inequities in sexual relationships with male partners. Many of these women are forced into the sex trade because they have no other options for survival.  This is a call for original intervention outcomes manuscripts in international settings to prevent the spread of HIV among at-risk women and young girls around the world.  If you are conducting empirically based outcomes research in this area and are interested in contributing to a special issue of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, please submit a structured or unstructured abstract (maximum 200 words) that succinctly describes your research to Dr. Wendee Wechsberg at wmw at rti.org by August 15, 2007.  For more information contact: Dr. Wechsberg or Winnie Luseno at wluseno at rti.org.

V.  Vacancies:

Executive Director / The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) / Brussels, Belgium / Closing date: July 27, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372] More details:  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] More details: 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] More details:  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] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=2078

International Consultant, UN Trust Fund project / UNIFEM / Dushanbe, Tajikistan / Closing date: July 23, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372] More details: http://www.neww.org.pl/mailman/listinfo/women-east-west

Counter-Trafficking Programme Manager / International Organization for Migration (IOM) / Yangon, Myanmar / Closing date: July 13, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372] More details:  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] More details:  http://www.iglhrc.org/site/iglhrc/content.php?type=1=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] More details:  http://www.iglhrc.org/site/iglhrc/content.php?type=1=169

Gender Advisor, HIV/AIDS / UNDP / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: July 16, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 372] More details:  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] More details:  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] More details:  http://www.afard.org

International Development Jobs and Consultancies:  DevNetJobs.org lists jobs and consultancy opportunities in the International Development Sector within UN Agencies, NGOs, Non-Profits and Management consultancies. It runs a free fortnightly jobs newsletter. More details online at:  http://www.devnetjobs.net


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