[Svrilist] SV in the News 02 03 07

'Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 2 10:17:33 SAST 2007

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual violence from across the globe. If you would like to suggest resources to be included on the SVRI Updates 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/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Sexual assault of girl: four men arrested
Sydney Morning Herald, 1 March 2007
Four men have been arrested over the sexual assault of a girl on the NSW south coast, police say

Empowering women key to eliminating poverty, UN rights official tells committee 
UN News, 1 March 2007
Women's empowerment and gender mainstreaming are key to tackling challenges, such as poverty, discrimination, educational gaps, high maternal mortality, disease and other ills, a senior United Nations official has told the world body's Commission on the Status of Women.

Solidarity unlimited
Al-Ahram Weekly - Cairo,Egypt,  1-7 March 2007
Much fun attended on puppet shows, musical performances and colour at the Sayeda Zeinab Park on 23 February, the day set aside for street children by some 25 NGOs under the slogan "Street children: society's responsibility".

Opportunity to include the highest standards of international
Amnesty International USA - USA, March 2007
A Joint Select Committee (JSC) of the Jamaican Parliament is discussing reforms to the Offences Against the Person Act and the Incest (Punishment) Act. In this framework, the definition of rape is being revised and marital rape will explicitly be included as a criminal offence.

Sexual violence ignored in Côte d'Ivoire
Bay Area Indymedia - San Francisco,CA,USA, 1 March 2007
In an effort to overcome the current political stalemate, in January government representatives and members of the armed opposition group, the New Forces, agreed to resume direct talks. However, impunity for rape and sexual violence committed by all parties to the ongoing armed conflict remained firmly off the agenda.

State wants special car plates for sex offenders
Reuters, 1 March 2007
Lawmakers in Ohio said on Wednesday they want to force convicted sex offenders to use a fluorescent-green license plate on their cars so they can be easily identified.

Govt puts nearly $1m into sexual violence research
Stuff.co.nz - Wellington,New Zealand, 28 February 2007
The Government is going to spend nearly $1 million on research into sexual violence, conviction rates and victim support. 

UN rights chief calls for action to tackle 'plague' of violence against women
UN News, 28 February 2007 
Progress has been made already this year in protecting human rights worldwide, such as the recent adoption of a convention against enforced disappearances and other legislation, the top United Nations rights officer said today, but she stressed that more must be done in other areas, particularly to curb the "plague" of violence against women.

Cop to spend life in jail for raping daughters
Mail and Guardian Online, 27 February 2007
A police officer who raped his teenage daughters has been sentenced to life in prison by the Johannesburg High Court, the Sowetan reported on Tuesday. The officer was on Monday sentenced to three life terms and got a further two years for assaulting one of his daughters with a stick.

GREAT LAKES: 'Child sexual abuse widespread in camps'
IRIN News, 27 February 2007
At least half the estimated 1.4 million children displaced by conflicts in Africa's volatile Great Lakes region have experienced some form of sexual abuse in camps, according to a report by the international charity, World Vision.

UNFPA Says Violence Against Women And Girls Can Be Stopped - And Shows How
Medical News Today, 27 February 2007
Rape in Mauritania, domestic violence in Mexico and Romania, child marriage in Bangladesh, and female genital mutilation/cutting in Kenya are just a few of the abuses visited on women and girls explored in a new United Nations Population Fund report released today in New York.

Zimbabwe: Womens' Lives Cut Short
IWPR Net, 27 February 2007
AIDS epidemic and failed government policies are blamed for women's plummeting life expectancy.

Zero tolerance policy for combating gender-based violence
Gorkhapatra - Kathmandu,Nepal, 27 February 2007
As the country awaits the day when the draft of zero tolerance policy against all forms of violence against women including sexual harassment at work places will be enacted, a sense of jubilation and empowerment is prevailing among Nepalese women.

Girl lost in poker game
Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2007
A teenage girl in southern Pakistan, whose late father lost her in a poker game when she was two years old, has asked authorities to save her from being handed over to a middle-aged relative.

Guilty usually known to victims
Nation Multimedia - Bangkok,Thailand
A report on sexual violence released yesterday reveals homes are the most common site of attacks and the most perpetrators know the victims. 

More Needed to Achieve Goals of Gender Equality, Warns Deputy Secretary-General
UN News, 26 February 2007
Much work remains to be done before goals of gender equality - and their resulting positive impact on primary-school enrolment, maternal mortality rates and women's economic independence - are reached, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General told the opening of the 51st session of the UN's women's commission today.

'Rape' girl's plea to president
BBC News Online, 26 February 2007
An Indian girl of 14 who was allegedly raped writes to President Kalam seeking justice and protection.

Commission Proposed to Protect Women and Children in Saudi Arabia
Arab News, 26 February, 2007
Saudi Arabia is studying the establishment of a nationwide system under which a supreme commission would be established to protect women and children from violence.

5,000 Child Sex Slaves In UK 
Independent on Sunday, 25 February 2007
More than 5,000 children are being forced to work as sex slaves in the UK, including thousands trafficked to this country by criminal gangs, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. 

Abuse Victims Demand More Than a Check From the Church
Washington Post, 24 February 2007
In life, Neal and Jean Evans were very close to their parish priest. In death, less than 20 feet of gently sloping grass separated their graves from his in the Roman Catholic section of Forest Lawn cemetery, just outside of Asheville, N.C.

AIDS and sexual violence stalk a landscape of beauty and colour
Irish Medical Times - Dublin,Ireland, 24 February 2007
Emer Mullins, who works with Trócaire, describes the healthcare challenges facing Kenya, where a number of voluntary organisations are helping the government to deal with the problems.

Strong Local Organizations Key To Ending Female Genital Cutting, Editorial Says
Medical News Today, 22 February 2007
Building "strong organizations at the village level" has proven to be the best way to curb the practice of female genital cutting -- "one of the world's most entrenched and pervasive violations of human rights," a Los Angeles Times editorial says.

CAR: Living with rape, harassment in the northwest 
IRIN News, 22 February 2007
The insurgency against the government of Gen François Bozize has brought untold suffering to civilians in the northwestern Ouham-Pende province of Central African Republic (CAR).

Turkey Firm in Fighting Violence Against Women 
Today's Zaman, 23 February 2007
A UN and European Commission supported a Turkish project entitled "Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Women," unveiled by Nimet Çubukçu, Minister of Women and Family in Ankara.

Japan anger at US sex slave bill 
BBC News, 19 February 2007
Japan has expressed its displeasure at a resolution before the US Congress calling on Tokyo to apologise for the country's use of sex slaves in wartime.

Pakistan's Ruling Party Introduces Bill to Prohibit Forced Marriages
Associated Press 13 February, 2007 
<http://www.startribune.com/722/story/1006571.html> ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's ruling party on Tuesday introduced a bill to outlaw forced marriages, including under an ancient tribal custom in which women are married off in order to settle feuds.

CAMBODIA: Wives at Risk of HIV Infection 
IRIN News,  3 January 2007
 "I don't know how my husband contracted HIV - he just did," said Phary, 27, staring blankly out the window of the two-room apartment she shares with her parents and two children in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Answering that question has never been easy.


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