[Svrilist] SVRI Update 06 03 07

'Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed Mar 7 10:11:28 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 SVRI visit www.svri.org.  

Today's SVRI Update includes the following:

1.  Resources and Publications 
2.  Website Profiles
3.  Call for Applications
4.  Online Survey:  
5.  International Women's Day 2007
6.  Conferences / Meetings / Courses
7.  Vacancies

1.  Resources and Publications 

The health of women, Editorial, Lancet, March 3: 369-715, 2007:  March 8, 2007, marks International Women's Day - a day widely recognised as an annual opportunity to focus on the predicaments facing women around the world. The day can be viewed as a celebration of progress made so far towards women achieving equality with men, but it can also act as a reminder of all that still needs to be done. Although there has undoubtedly been major progress to date, in no country in the world can women claim to have the same rights and opportunities as men. This is especially so in the context of health. [Source: Pacwin] Editorial can be viewed online at http://www.global-sisterhood-network.org/content/view/1625/59

Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects to Combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children:  GTZ, 2007: This manual aims at making monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children projects and programmes more tangible. It provides basic theoretical information and practical advice to practitioners in order to facilitate M&E processes. [Source: ENDVAW #70].  Online at:  http://www2.gtz.de/dokumente/bib/07-0068.pdf

UNFPA Web Film <http://www.unfpa.org/emergencies/psa/>  on War and Women's Health in Multiple Languages:  A three minute web-film showing ways in which war impacts on women.  Online at:  http://www.unfpa.org/emergencies/psa

Debt and Women, ActionAid, Jubilee Debt Campaign, Oxfam, and Womankind Worldwide, 2007:  Globally, women and girls are more likely to be poor and disadvantaged. They are routinely excluded from decision-making at all levels, and have almost no independent control over resources: only 1% of the world's land and property belongs to women. Less likely to be educated than men, many women are totally dependent on their husbands, and live with the daily threat of socially-condoned violence. http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/issues/debt_aid/jubilee_debt_women.htm?searchterm=Debt+%26+wOMEN

Turning Outrage Into Action To Address Trafficking For The Purpose Of Sexual Exploitation In Canada, Report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, House of Commons Canada, 2007:  Between 700,000 and 4 million people a year are affected by trafficking in persons. The vast majority of people who are trafficked are women and children, and 92% of victims are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. While the Standing Committee on the Status of Women acknowledges that Canada has taken steps to combat trafficking, both within and outside of its borders, the Committee's attention was drawn to the urgency of the situation, an urgency which requires that Canada do more to prevent the victimization of innocent women and children. For that reason, the Committee agreed to increase both parliamentary and Canadian attention to the issue by undertaking a study on trafficking in persons. Online at:  http://cmte.parl.gc.ca/Content/HOC/committee/391/fewo/reports/rp2738918/391_FEWO_Rpt12_PDF/391_FEWO_Rpt12-e.pdf

Feminization of HIV and violence against women in the Dominican Republic, Alba W, DVCN Bulletin, Vol 1 (1), March 2007 (Spanish):  Una de las tendencias sobresalientes de la epidemia mundial del VIH es su feminización. En el Caribe, el 51% de los adultos que viven con el VIH son mujeres, y en la República Dominicana, las mujeres entre 15-24 años tienen casi el doble de posibilidad de ser VIH positivas que los varones de la misma edad.  Download online at:  http://www.dvcn.org/Documents/VIHVBGRD5.pdf

Sexual violence against female domestic workers in Lima, Peru, Ojeda T DVCN Bulletin, Vol 1 (1), March 2007 (Spanish):  This study refers to experiences of sexual violence suffered by active domestic workers (adult women) in Lima City, Peru.  Download full report online at:  http://www.dvcn.org/Documents/VSTrDom3.pdf

2.  Website Profiles:

The Virtual Global Taskforce, To Fight Child Abuse Online:  The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world working together to fight child abuse online. The aim of the VGT is to build an effective, international partnership of law enforcement agencies that helps to protect children from online child abuse.   More information online at:  http://www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/what_we_do.asp

Development Connections, Connecting resources for sustainable development:  Development Connections (DVCN) offers technical support for development initiatives advancing social equity and human rights. Their mission is to improve the conditions of life in communities via public policies, capacity-building and exchange between organizations and individuals. They work to fulfill this mission through the provision of services and the implementation of joint initiatives with governments, civil society groups, universities, mass media, regional networks, and international agencies. For more information or to subscribe to their monthly bulletin visit them online at:  http://www.dvcn.org <http://www.dvcn.org/> 

All-China Women's Federation: Founded on April 3, 1949, the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) is a mass organization dedicated to the advancement of Chinese women of all ethnic groups in all walks of life. Online link:  http://www.women.org.cn <http://www.women.org.cn/> 

3.  Call for Applications

Global Forum for Health Research / Lancet Under 30s Essay Competition, Young voices in research for health 2007: The Global Forum for Health Research and The Lancet are sponsoring their second joint essay competition on the occasion of Forum 11 the 2007 annual meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research in Beijing, People's Republic of China, 29 October to 2 November 2007.  Entries relating to some aspect of the overall theme of Forum 11: Equitable access, research challenges for health in developing countries are invited from young professionals working in or interested in the broad spectrum of health research for development.. Closing date 20 April.  For more information visit:  http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/004__Annual%20meeting/001__Forum%2011/005__Essay%20competition.php

CODESRIA GENDER INSTITUTE 2007,  Theme: African Female Elites: Origins, Ideologies, and Practices:   Each year, since 1994, CODESRIA has organised a Gender Institute which brings together 12 to 15 researchers for between four to six weeks of concentrated debate, experience-sharing and knowledge- building. The theme that has been selected for the 2007 Institute is: African Female Elites.  The deadline for the submission of applications is set for 16 April, 2007. The Institute will be held from 04 to 29 June, 2007 in Dakar, Senegal. For more information email codesria@ <mailto:codesria at codesria.sn> codesria.sn <mailto:codesria at sentoo.sn>  or visit them online at:  www.codesria.org

Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalisation:  The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies, Carleton University and the Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa are now seeking applicants for the Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalisation. The closing date for submitting applications is March 15, 2007.  For more details visit the University of Ottawa, Institute of Women's Studies http://www.socialsciences.uottawa.ca/womenst/index.asp or the Carleton College Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's Studies http://www.carleton.ca/womensstudies

Changemakers Collaborative Competition:  "No Private Matter! Ending Abuse in Intimate and Family Relations" in partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Competition entries are posted online and are available for anyone to view and collaborate with by providing new ideas, asking questions, and providing connections to new resources. The collaboration provides the competitor information to be used in refining their entry until the entry deadline. Deadline: March 28, 2007. For further information visit:  www.changemakers.org <http://www.changemakers.org/> 

4.  Online Survey:  

Territory Technical Assistance Survey: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) enhanced its outreach and work in the territories with a two year grant from the Office on Violence Against Women which concluded on January 31st 2007. The NSVRC will continue to provide customized assistance to U.S. Territories in the years to come and would like take this opportunity to get your input as they shape our future efforts.  If you have any questions or comments please contact: Tatiana Diaz * tdiaz at nsvrc.org * 1-877-739-3895 x 122 * 717-909-0710 x 122.  The following 5 question survey will help us in this objective, (it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete).  Click here to complete the survey online:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=66643222513

5.  International Women's Day 2007:

International Women's Day 2007:  Celebrated on 8 March, International Women's Day (IWD) is the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential. Key Resource Pages:  http://www.internationalwomensday.com <http://www.internationalwomensday.com/> , or http://www.un.org/events/women/iwd/2007/index.html

6.  Conferences / Meetings / Courses:

5th African Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect:  "HIV/AIDS and children: The challenges of the care for and protection of children in Africa", 27-29th March 2007, Hotel Africana, Kampala, UGANDA: The 5TH African Conference on child abuse and neglect will take place from the 27th to 29th March, 2007 in the city of Kampala in Uganda. This conference is being organized by the African Network for Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Uganda Chapter in conjunction with ANPPCAN Head Office-Nairobi and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). [Posted by Laure Maitrejean, Children's Section Co-ordinator, WWSF Women's World Summit Foundation] Please register at: www.anppcanug.org <http://www.anppcanug.org/> 

Conference invitation and Call for Abstracts:  Afrihealth 2007 - Africa's development through Public Health Education, Centurion Lake Hotel, South Africa, 13 to 15 June 2007:  The School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH) at the University of Pretoria will be hosting another conference on public health education in 2007. This conference is a culmination of the Afrihealth project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The SHSPH was the secretariat of this project for the past three years. The conference's theme is 'Sustaining Africa's development through Public Health Education' and will be held at the Centurion Lake Hotel from 13 to 15 June 2007.  For any enquiries, please contact Afrihealth at info at afrihealth2007.co.za.  For more information visit the web site at www.afrihealth2007.co.za <http://www.afrihealth2007.co.za/> 

Course:  "Empowerment, HIV and Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean":  This course aims to develop competencies of human resources from governmental and non-governmental organizations to integrate HIV and VAW in prevention, treatment and care interception as well as to respond to emerging policy issues regarding both problems.  It includes an integral prevention strategy for primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care, guidelines on HIV post-exposure prophylaxis and specific interventions on VAW for women living with HIV/AIDS. [Source:  DVCN Bulletin, Vol 1(1)March 2007], More information online at:  http://www.dvcn.org/Documents/HIVVAWLAC2.pdf

Course:  LLM Human Rights Law:  The Transitional Justice Institute (with the School of Law) at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland invites applications for its LLM in Human Rights Law commencing September 2007.  Building on Northern Ireland experiences, this innovative Masters programme offers students a unique opportunity to examine the role of human rights law in post-conflict transitions - both locally and internationally. See www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk for more details on TJI and the LLM programme. For information on Northern Ireland see www.discovernorthernireland.com.  The deadline for applications is Friday June 29 2007.  However, all prospective students, especially international candidates, are strongly urged to submit applications by Thursday 29 March 2007 in order to enhance the possibility of successful applicants securing funding to enable their participation.  [Posted by Sorcha McKenna] To apply online please go to: www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline 

Students interested in applying for a place in the programme are encouraged to consult the following links to find out more about possible sources of funding to support their participation in the LLM programme: 

The Women's Leadership Scholarship (Pre-Application Deadline: March 23 2007) http://www.nativeleaders.org/  - The Women's Leadership Scholarship (WLS) program (formerly the Native Leadership Scholarship) creates educational opportunities for women activists, grassroots leaders, and organizers 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 in many places around the world. 

British Chevening Scholarships Programme (Open deadline) http://www.chevening.com/  - Chevening scholarships are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council. The programme provides around 2,300 new scholarships each year for postgraduate studies or research at UK Institutions of Higher Education.

George Mitchell Scholarship (For 2008/09), http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=34 - The US-Ireland Alliance sponsors a competitive, national scholarship for graduate study by American citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 at institutions of higher learning on the island of Ireland.

Transitional Justice Institute - Postgraduate Funding Opportunities page http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk//events_news/llmfundingopportunities.html <http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/events_news/llmfundingopportunities.html> 

Funding for International Students (Official UK Graduate Careers Website) http://www.prospects.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/Funding_my_further_study/Funding_for_international_students/p!eaLdigf

7.  Vacancies:

Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Opportunities / JPO Service Centre (JPOSC).  [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354].  For more information about the JPO Programme and how to apply, visit: http://www.jposc.org/TorOnline/Public/UNIFEM.asp, or http://www.unifem.org/about/jobs.php

Researcher on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights / Human Rights Watch (HRW) / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: March 15, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354] For more information, please visit:  http://www.hrw.org/jobs/lgbt_researcher_2007-02-28.htm

Policy Officer (16h) / Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) / Amsterdam, the Netherlands / Closing date: March 19, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], See detailed job description on line at:  http://www.wgnrr.org/pdf/Policy_Officer_web.pdf

Program Associate / Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF) / Boulder, CO, USA / Closing date: March 31, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354] Website: http://www.urgentactionfund.org

Program Analyst, Global Development, Financial Services for the Poor / Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation / Seattle, WA, USA / Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], Details online at: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/AboutUs/WorkingWithUs/Jobs

National Human Rights Adviser / Progressio / Hargeisa, Somaliland/ Closing date: March 11, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], For further information and an application form visit: www.progressio.org.uk (see section "jobs at Progressio").

International Directors East/Southern and West/Central Africa / ActionAid International / Nairobi, Kenya // Closing date: March 16, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], Application form online at: http://www.actionaid.org/index.asp?page_id=1557

Medical Officer, Maternal and Child Health / World Health Organization (WHO) / Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / Closing date: March 29, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], Website: http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en/

Technical Officer (Clinical Trial Manager - Sexual and Reproductive Health) / World Health Organization (WHO) / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: March 23, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], For more information visit: http://www.who.int/employment/vacancies/en

Research Fellow, Nutrition, Gender and Poverty in South Asia / The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) / New Delhi, India / Closing date: March 31, 2007 or until filled. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], For more information and to apply ONLINE, go to: http://careers.ifpri.org/DetailIFPRI.asp?ifpri07-108

International Expert (GBV) / United Nations Resident Coordinator (UN RC) / Home-based (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) / Closing date: March 15, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354], Detailed job description available online at: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/res.nsf/db900SID/OCHA-6YSDX9

Director, Crimes Against Humanity Program / Human Rights First / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: March 15, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354].  Details online at:  http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/about_us/jobs/dir_cah.htm

European Policy Advisor / Stop Aids Alliance / Brussels, Belgium/ Closing date: March 18, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs - Issue 354].  Full details online at:  http://www.aidsalliance.org/sw45827.asp

GBV Program Manager, Zalengei, International Rescue Committee: The GBV Program Managers will be the focal point for IRC's Gender-based violence program in their specific location. With technical support from the GBV Coordinator and Sr. GBV Coordinator, the GBV Managers will be responsible for implementing the program in the location assigned, and ensuring that the goals and objectives of the program are met. They will provide technical oversight to field-based health staff in the area of GBV (and the affects of the conflict on women and girls in general), with an emphasis on coaching national staff to build their capacity. The IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.  The IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if you are selected as a candidate.  All applications need to be completed on line at www.ircjobs.org <http://www.ircjobs.org/> 

GBV Coordinator, Liberia, International Rescue Committee (IRC): The GBV Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and overall technical and management assistance to IRC's Liberia program, developing new initiatives and liaising with key donors and stakeholders in transitioning the program from an emergency response program to one implemented within a community development framework. A successful candidate will have previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting; a Masters degree or equivalent work experience in social work, international development, international affairs, gender studies or related field; experience in program management, including in a developing/ post-conflict setting, preferably in Africa; a thorough understanding of gender-based violence theory and practice; demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills; good coordination and networking skills; the ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines; and excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills and flexibility. The IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.  The IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if you are selected as a candidate.  All applications need to be completed on line at www.ircjobs.org <http://www.ircjobs.org/> 

GBV Information Management System Manager, New York, International Rescue Committee (IRC): The GBV Information Management System Manager will work directly with IRC's GBV Technical Team in New York to develop an information management system.  This will include designing the software tool and the protocols and guidelines to ensure that information about GBV is managed safely.  The Manager will work closely with UNHCR staff and may travel to Geneva for consultative meetings.  The manager will also ensure that the input of a wide variety of stakeholders is captured at key points in the process.  Will also be responsible for making improvements and adjustments to the information management system based on field testing. A successful candidate will have a MA/S health (MPH), social work, humanities or other related degree; or equivalent programming 2 years of program management experience, preferably including at least 1 year implementing GBV programs in emergency and post-conflict contexts; Experience in database usage and management; Experience coordinating efforts with UN agencies and NGOs preferred; Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, and database software. The IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.  The IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if you are selected as a candidate.  All applications need to be completed on line at www.ircjobs.org <http://www.ircjobs.org/> 

GBV Prevention and Advocacy Consultant, DRC,  International Rescue Committee (IRC):  The activities of this component aim to: promote community awareness of Congolese laws pertaining to women and children; the human rights of women and children; and opportunities to analyze national legal frameworks; provide training and support to community groups to facilitate activities geared towards developing practical strategies for applying rights and improving protection of women and girls at the family and community levels. Responsibilities: Strategy Development: Develop further the strategy, detailed implementation, expenditure and monitoring plan for the GBV prevention and advocacy component of the IRC-DRC GBV program strategy. Staff training: Assist in the recruitment of staff as necessary. Provide the necessary training to staff to implement the activities outlined in the component strategy. Oversee Start-Up of the Component Activities: Carefully monitor initial start-up of activities to ensure that activities are carried out appropriately while fulfilling the objective of raising awareness and mobilizing communities to better protect women and children from violence in the family and community. Linkages with existing human rights organizations: In close collaboration with the GBV Program Manager, ensure that the GBV program strengthens existing linkages with legal or human rights organizations. Requirements: Fluent in written and spoken French and English; Expertise in Congolese legal frameworks and international law pertaining to women and children's rights with direct field experience in DRC strongly preferred; In-depth understanding of gender-based violence and prevention strategies; Demonstrated ability to develop appropriate training and awareness-raising on complex subjects at a grassroots level; Ability to work in a participatory manner and in close collaboration with program staff. The IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled. The IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if you are selected as a candidate.  All applications need to be completed on line at www.ircjobs.org <http://www.ircjobs.org/> 

GBV Program Coordinator, DR Congo, International Rescue Committee (IRC):  The GBV Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that project implementation and monitoring systems support the IRC's strategic objectives; Directly supervising national staff; Designing, conducting and/or supervising trainings; Ensuring that the local partners provide appropriate services; Overseeing the review of proposals submitted by local NGOs as well as the  selection, support and monitoring of women's associations; Ensuring that all sub-grant projects are adequately monitored; Actively developing collaboration with IRC health programs. Candidates for this position must speak and write French fluently; have academic and/or practical experience in gender-based violence issues as well as experience in designing and implementing trainings; a strong interest and ability to work with local NGOs; experience supervising staff in an international setting; strong management, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; must be able to work independently while being a strong team player; have the ability and interest to work with a multi-ethnic team and have strong computer skills.  The IRC does not set closing dates/deadline dates for applications, recruitment is ongoing until the position is filled.  The IRC reviews all applications and you will be contacted directly if you are selected as a candidate.  All applications need to be completed on line at www.ircjobs.org <http://www.ircjobs.org/> 


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