[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 13 03 07

'Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Mar 13 10:22:19 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.  Call For Proposals / Funding Opportunities
3.  Vacancies

1.  Resources and Publications:

Violence Against Girls, 3 Research Papers, Human Rights Watch, 2007:  The 51st UN Commission on the Status of Women, which began February 27, 2007, focused on the elimination of discrimination and violence against the girl child. Human Rights Watch background papers prepared for this session summarize recent research on violence against girls in more than 15 countries, with a focus on violence against school girlst (http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/02/15/global15342.htm); violence against domestic workers (http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/02/20/global15343.htm) and violence against girls in conflict with the law, (http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/02/20/global15345.htm).  More information online at:  http://hrw.org/english/docs/2007/02/20/global15357.htm

A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, Hesperian, 2007:  Women with disabilities often discover that the social stigma of disability and inadequate care are greater barriers to health than the disabilities themselves. A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities will help women with disabilities overcome these barriers and improve their general health, self-esteem, and abilities to care for themselves and participate in their communities.  Download chapter by chapter as Adobe PDF files (384 pages): http://www.hesperian.org/publications_download.php#wwd

Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, A quick guide through the key issues, Eldis, PANOS Relay Programme, Rights Consortium 2007:  In September 2006, as a result of advocacy by international and national NGOs, the UN General Assembly finally adopted the target of universal access to reproductive health. This guide explores issues relating to universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services using a rights-based approach. The guide examines factors that inhibit access to and use of SRH services, and discusses methods for removing barriers to care and improving access. The guide is based on a literature review written by Sally Griffin for the PANOS Relay Programme in association with the Realising Rights Consortium.  To access the guide for free go to: http://www.eldis.org/health/Universal/index.htm

The Shame of War: sexual violence against women and girls in conflict', IRIN, 2007: A reference book and photo essay of portraits and testimonies of the sexual violence women suffer when men go to war. It examines the scope and nature of this violence and looks at the different ways the international community is addressing sexual violence against women and girls during and after conflict. Online at:  http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=70548

Global AIDS Link: Girls and HIV: A New Epidemic in the Women of Tomorrow? Global AIDS Council / Global AIDS Alliance 2007: This issue of Global AIDS Link from the Global AIDS Council examines the impact which HIV and AIDS are having on young girls. It examines the factors, such as poverty, gender norms and cultural practices, which are making girls particularly vulnerable to HIV. The publication includes reports from a range of countries and regions, including Zimbabwe, China, East Africa and Latin America.  [Source: AWID Resource Net #354].  Download at:  http://www.globalhealth.org/publications/contents.php3?id=1

A Life Free of Violence Is Our Right! The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, UNIFEM, 2007: This booklet outlines examples of promising approaches that grantees of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women from different regions of the world have used to eliminate all forms of violence from women's lives. It seeks to demonstrate how grantees have succeeded in breaking intergenerational cycles of violence, in empowering survivors to make changes in their own lives, in transforming communities and institutions into advocates for change, and in advocating for enabling policies and legislation.  Download online at:  http://www.unifem.org/resources/item_detail.php?ProductID=83

Advancing Gender Equality - Using CEDAW and UN Security Council Resolution 1325, UNIFEM 2007: This training module is a tool to build the capacity and awareness of gender equality advocates in government and civil society in the Southern Caucasus to advocate for and support the implementation of the Convention on the Elmination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and UN Security Council resolu tion 1325 on women, peace and security.  Full document can be downloaded online at:  http://www.unifem.org/resources/item_detail.php?ProductID=84

"¡Ver y atender!: Guía práctica para conocer cómo funcionan los servicios de salud para mujeres víctimas y sobrevivientes de violencia sexual", IPAS, 2007:  Ipas has released a Spanish-language toolkit to help health services and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) evaluate the quality of care they extend to sexual-assault victims.  "¡Ver y atender!: Guía práctica para conocer cómo funcionan los servicios de salud para mujeres víctimas y sobrevivientes de violencia sexual" is a practical guide to aid health facilities gauge how well they respond to sexual violence. Based on global research and Ipas experience across Latin America, the toolkit compiles information about the best practices for assisting sexual-assault victims and uses that data to develop user-friendly evaluations of services in a variety of professional and country settings.  Online at:  http://www.ipas.org/publications/es/VERyATENDER.pdf

Sex Trafficking in Asia and Australia, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Volume 15 Number 4 2006:  The Asian and Pacific Migration Journal recently published a special issue on sex trafficking in Asia and Australia. Titles of articles in this issue are: Sex Work in Cambodia: Beyond the Voluntary/Forced Dichotomy, Larissa Sandy; Migration and Sexual Exploitation in Vietnam, Rosanne Rushing; Foreign Women Trafficked to United States Military Areas in South Korea: Trafficking Processes and Victim Profiles in a Different Context, Sallie Yea; A Shadow Report on Human Trafficking in Lao PDR: The US Approach vs. International Law, Anne Gallagher; Trafficking and Slavery in Australia: An Evaluation of Victim Support Strategies, Jennifer Burn and Frances Simmons.  Article abstracts can be found online at:  http://www.smc.org.ph/apmj15-4.htm

The Safe Schools Program, Quantitative Research Instrument to Measure School-Related Gender- Based Violence:  Assessing the Knowledge, attitudes, practices and experiences of boys, girls and teachers which physical, psychological and sexual violence,  Centre for Educational Research and Training / DevTech Systems, 2006:  This paper presents quantitative research instruments developed for a study examining gender-based violence in schools in Malawi. (Source: Eldis Development Reporter].  Download full report at:  http://devtechsys.com/services/activities/documents/SRGBV_SafeSchoolsProgram_StudentTeacherBaselineSurveyMethodology_Dec2006_000.pdf

The health risks and consequences of trafficking in women and adolescents: Findings from a European study, Zimmerman, C., Yun, K., Shvab, I., Watts, C., Trappolin, L., Treppete, M., Bimbi, F., Adams, B., Jiraporn, S., Beci, L., Albrecht, M., Bindel, J., and Regan, L. ISRRC, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2003:  This report represents the findings of a two-year multi-country study on women's health and trafficking to the European Union. It is an initial inquiry into an area about which little research has previously been conducted. Interviews were conducted by researchers in Albania, Italy, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United Kingdom with women who had been trafficked, health care and other service providers, NGOs working against trafficking, law enforcement officials, and policymakers. [Source: AWID Resource Net #354] For more information and to download the full text, please go to: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/hpu/docs/traffickingfinal.pdf

2.  Call for Proposals / Funding Opportunities:

Call for Proposals - Women and Multiple Discrimination:  The Women's Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI) works to promote women's human rights and gender equality as central to building open societies. OSI's Women's Program invites proposals to support innovative initiatives that link women's rights strategies with other rights strategies, raising awareness about women's multiple discrimination. Deadline for applications, 15 May 2007.  For more information, please visit the Open Society Institute's website at http://www.soros.org/initiatives/women/news/multiple_20070302

Request for Proposals for Projects to be Funded by the U.S. Department of State's Trafficking-in-Persons Office (G/TIP) and Administered by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam:  The United States Embassy in Hanoi invites project proposals that address critical trafficking-in-persons (TIP) issues in Vietnam. The deadline for submission of proposals to the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi is April 10, 2007, per instruction at the end of this document.  Further information on this solicitation may also be found on www.state.gov/g/tip

Expanded Health Policy Fellowships and Internships Directory, Kaiser Family Foundation:  This database summarizes and links to fellowships and internships in health policy and related fields. The database includes fellowships located across the United States that are available to undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. To access the database visit:  http://www.kaiseredu.org/fellowships

3.  Vacancies:

Consultant: Evaluation Expert for Sub-Regional Gender Equality Project / UNDP / Sarajeva, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Closing date: March 22, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  See job description at: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=1369

Deputy Director / Astraea / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  More information online at: http://www.astraea.org/PHP/AboutUs/DeputyDirector.php4

Project Manager, Accelerating the Private Sector Response to HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean / The International HIV/AIDS Alliance / Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (Involves extensive travel) // Closing date: March 16, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  See job description at:  http://www.aidsalliance.org/sw45981.asp

Programme Associate / CIVICUS / Johannesurg, South Africa / Closing date: March 26, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  More information at: http://www.civicus.org/new/jobs_info.asp?id=930  

Communications Assistant / International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355], See detailed description of responsibilities at: http://www.iwhc.org/jobs.cfm 

Foundation Relations Manager / Center for Reproductive Rights / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355], See job description at: http://www.crlp.org/ab_employment.html#foundation

Chief Writer/Editor // The Center for Reproductive Rights // New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  See job description at:  http://www.crlp.org/ab_employment.html#chiefwriter

Prospect Research and Management Coordinator / Women for Women International (WWI) / Washington, DC, USA / Closing date: March 20, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355], For more information, please visit: http://www.womenforwomen.org/jobsoppor.htm#prmc

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 355],  For more information, please visit:

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 355],  See job description at:  http://www.wgnrr.org/pdf/Policy_Officer_web.pdf

Watchlist Officer / Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: April 02, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355], More details online at: http://www.womenscommission.org/about/employment/wlofficer.php

Senior HIV Adviser, China / UNAIDS / Beijing, China / Closing date: April 04, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  More details available:  http://www.unaids.org/en/Careers/Professionalvacancies/default.asp

Research Associate / Population Action International (PAI) / Washington, DC, USA / Closing date: March 12, 2007. [Source: AWID Resource Net: Jobs, Issue 355],  Visit for more details: http://www.populationaction.org/about/jobs/index.htm

Research Assistant/Fellow in Social Epidemiology;  Department of Public Health and Policy, Health Policy Unit, London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine, May - October 2007:  The newly established Centre on Gender Violence and Health (GVH) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is recruiting a research assistant / fellow to help implement a study to assess the impact of the Raising Voices Community Domestic Violence Prevention Intervention in Kampala, Uganda. Raising Voices is a small, results-oriented organization based in Kampala, Uganda that is recognized regionally and internationally as a pioneer in implementing preventative approaches to domestic violence. Raising Voices works to prevent violence against women by addressing the root causes such as traditional gender roles and the imbalance of power between women and men. Its projects focus on primary prevention approaches that attempt to change the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence against women.  Using seed money from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, GVH is seeking to recruit a research assistant / fellow to work with Raising Voices and GVH to design and lead the implementation of an evaluation to assess the impact of community intervention activities.   The research assistant / fellow will work closely with staff at Raising Voices, Uganda and members of the Gender Violence and Health Centre to design and initiate a study to assess the impact of a community focused prevention intervention in Kampala, Uganda. Applications for continued funding will also be submitted over this time.  The person appointed will be responsible to Prof Charlotte Watts, head of the Gender Violence and Health Centre, and to Lori Michau of Raising Voices. The position will be based in the Health Policy Unit at LSHTM, with extended periods of time being spent in Kampala, Uganda.  Salary range:  Academic Pathway scale, grades 5-6 : (£27504- - £35,898 pa inc London allowance, rates as at 1st Feb 2007).  For further particulars and an application form, please contact The Personnel Office, LSHTM (telephone 020 7927 2203 (24 hour answer phone) or e-mail personnel at lshtm.ac.uk), quoting reference CWSR-1.  Only applications in the format outlined in the recruitment pack will be considered. Closing date for applications is 23 March 2007.

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/> 


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