[Svrilist] SV in the News: 16 03 07

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Fri Mar 16 09:10:19 SAST 2007

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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:

Ivorian women 'forgotten victims'
The Statesman Online - Accra,Ghana, 16 March 2007
Sexual violence against women in Ivory Coast's conflict has been ignored, says Amnesty International in a new report. 

COTE D IVOIRE: Rights group calls attention to sexual violence
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK, 15 March 2007
Five years ago a group of fighters marched into Alice Bébo's village, set it on fire and gave the women and girls a choice: submit to rape or die.

Child, 9, sexually assaulted in Myer store
Sydney Morning Herald 15 March 2007
Police fear that the man responsible for a sexual assault on a nine-year-old girl in a Melbourne department store may attack again if he is not caught soon.

Cruelty to Children
Washington Post, 15 March 2007
IT WAS 1874, and the only way a New York City social worker could rescue a 9-year-old girl who was being horribly abused was to get help from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. There were no laws on the books dealing with the protection of children. One has to wonder how far we've come: Today in Maryland there still are harsher penalties for neglecting a dog than for neglecting a child.

Niger's traditional chiefs condemn child marriage
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK, 15 March 2007
Niger's influential traditional chiefs have urged the government to draw up legislation which would stop girls being married off as young children, breaking ranks with Islamic groups in the mostly Muslim nation.

Analysis: Israel has stepped up the fight against human trafficking
ginsc.net 15 march 2007
Israel has taken two key steps over the past year to improve its rating in the US State Department's annual report on the fight against international human trafficking, Rahel Gershuni, Government Coordinator of the Battle against Trafficking in Persons, told The Jerusalem Post recently. 

AFGHANISTAN: New contract to curb child marriages 
IRIN News, 14 March 2007
The Supreme Court of Afghanistan has approved a new marriage contract which is expected to help stop child and forced marriages in the country. 

Proposed UN women's agency gains powerful ally
Mail and Guardian, 14 March 2007
A coalition of more than 140 international NGOs and women's groups is gratified that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expressing public support for the creation of a new UN agency for women. The proposal for a new UN women's agency was made last November by a 15-member "High-Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence".

Poverty, low women's status driving Aids
Mail and Guardian, 14 March 2007
Underdevelopment, poverty and the low status of women remained the main "drivers" of HIV/Aids in South Africa, the Health Department said on Wednesday. An estimated 55% of those living with HIV in South Africa were women, according to the draft National Strategic Plan on HIV/Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Human Services Ministry starts rape law reform process
Stabroek News - Georgetown,Guyana, 14 March 2007
A white paper on sexual offences legislation is currently being drafted and should be presented to the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security by the end of next month.

South Africa: New 365-Day Action Plan to Protect Women
AllAfrica.com - Washington,USA, 14 March 2007
As Sebenzile and Busi wander up a dusty street in rural Mpumalanga, a drunk approaches them and takes hold of one girl's wrist.

SUDAN: Living with the threat of rape in Darfur
IRIN News, 14 March 2007
The convoy of African Union trucks was driving up a hillside overlooking a small valley near Otash in South Darfur State, western Sudan, when the two women gathering firewood spotted the vehicles and instinctively took to their heels. 

Bill Would Make Young Sex Offenders Join Registry
Washington Post 14 March 2007
Prompted by the case of a 13-year-old Bethesda boy who sexually abused two young boys in his care, Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation that would remove the protection of privacy for juvenile sex offenders.

European Parliament Passes Report Critical of Women's Rights in Turkey
ABHaber Strasbourg, 14 March 2007
The European Parliament yesterday adopted a report on women's role in social, economic and political life in Turkey, saying Turkish legislation on women's rights has greatly improved, but the Turkish woman in the street often does not felt the effects.

Unsafe Abortions Have Dropped By 91% In South Africa Since Enactment Of Law Allowing Some Abortions, Ipas Data Says
Medical News Today, 14 March 2007
Nearly 530,000 women and girls in South Africa have had abortions since a law passed in 1996 that allows the procedure until 12 weeks' gestation, and deaths related to unsafe abortions have dropped by 91% during the time period, according to data presented on Thursday by the reproductive rights group Ipas, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports.

UNICEF Welcomes Moldovan Law Aimed at Combating Domestic Violence 
UN News, 13 March 2007
With more than a quarter of Moldova's women over 15 years of age having experienced domestic violence, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed parliament's decision to adopt a law aimed at preventing and combating the problem, along with setting up rehabilitation centres and providing other support services for the victims. 

Little done on violence against females
Solomon News, <http://www.solomonstarnews.com/?q=node/13133> 13 March, 2007
THE government, churches, traditional norms and the civil society have not been doing enough to curb the increasing violence against girls and women in the country.

Bill seeks life terms in spousal killings
DetNews.com - Detroit,MI,USA, 13 March 2007
On the heels of several high-profile murders, a state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill today that would put people convicted of killing their domestic partner behind bars for life.

Sexual violence afflicts the lives of children at a school in central Kenya
UNICEF (press release) - New York,NY,USA, 13 March 2007
UNICEF's recently appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, the hip-hop star Zola, thought he had seen it all. Born as Bonginkonsi Dlamini in Zola, a crime-ridden neighbourhood in Soweto, South Africa, he grew up surrounded by hunger, poverty, violence and guns.

Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report Summarizes Editorials, Opinion Pieces On International Women's Day
Medical News Today 13 March 2007
Several newspapers this week published editorials and opinion pieces related to International Women's Day 2007 on March 8. Summaries provided online at:  

Domestic Violence Amidst Palestine's Poverty
Reuters AlertNet - London,England,UK, 13 March 2007
Their men are ashamed at not being able to provide for their families. The women are fearful of what their husbands will do in their frustration. Kirstie Campbell looks at the fate of women in the poverty-stricken occupied Palestinian territories.

End violence against Dalits, says UN body
Monsters and Critics.com - Glasgow,UK, 12 March 2007
Expressing concern at the alarming growth of sexual violence against Dalit women and caste discrimination, a UN committee has recommended immediate remedial and legal actions to ensure justice to victims. 

Sterilised Roma Accuse Czechs
BBC News, 12 March 2007
She is one of 80 Roma women in this pretty and quiet Czech town who claim they were coerced into sterilisation in the Czech health system.

'Women Are Silent Victims of Gender Violence'
IRIN News, 12 March 2007
Two cases of assault or rape are reported on average every day to the Kilimani police station's gender violence desk in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. About 95 incidents of assault and 24 rape or attempted rape cases were reported to the station in 2006, according to Beatrice Sayo, the police inspector in charge of the desk. Survivors receive counselling while investigations are carried out, are referred to hospital for treatment and advised to seek help from non-governmental agencies that target the problem.

Advocates On International Women's Day Highlight Discrimination, Need To End Impunity For Sexual Violence
Medical News Today, 12 March 2007
Advocates worldwide on International Women's Day on Thursday highlighted issues such as gender equality, discrimination and the need for justice for survivors of sexual violence, Reuters reports (Nichols, Reuters, 3/7).

Many Older Women Also Victims Of Partner Violence, Study Finds
Medical News Today, 12 March 2007
About one in four women older than 65 has been the victim of physical, sexual or psychological violence at the hands of a spouse or other intimate partner, according to a study done in two northwestern states.

Many women still do not report rape because of the stigma attached
Black Britain, 12 March 2007
Two cases of assault or rape are reported on average every day to the Kilimani police station's gender violence desk in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. 

Broadening the scope of sexual offences legislation
Jamaica Observer 11 March 2007
A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has been considering An Act to Amend the Incest (Punishment) Act and An Act to Amend the Offences Against the Person Act, and in so doing has deliberated on, among other things, the definition to be accorded to the offence of rape.

JORDAN: Honour Killings Still Tolerated 
IRIN News, 11 March 2007
Jordanian law continues to be lenient on those who kill their female relatives in the name of protecting family honour. Last year, between 15 and 20 women were stabbed, beaten or strangled to death by family members, sometimes women themselves. 

UN Urges Ban on Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriages
Daily Times, Pakistan, 11 March 2007
A UN women's forum urged the world on Friday to ban female genital mutilation and forced marriages. 

U.N. Impugns Impunity; Saudi Raped Teen Faces Lash
WeNews, 10 March 2007
The United Nations marked International Women's Day, designated in many countries as a national holiday, with a resolution to prevent perpetrators of violence against girls and women from escaping with impunity, a U.N. press release reported March 8.

Struggle for equality and freedom in developing countries
ginsc.net 9 March 2007
Rosa Franca wants justice for her daughter. Five years ago, 15-year old Maria Isabel left home in Guatemala City for work and never returned. Her rape and murder was not an isolated case: in the past five years, 2,700 women and girls have been the victims of targeted killings in Guatemala, with the number rising each year. http://www.ginsc.net/members/news_details_en.php?id=3404&sub=international&stat=active

Canada-BBC Documentary Tells Wrenching Story of Thousands of Women Murdered in Guatemala
Canadian Press, 8 March 2007
Canadian filmmaker Giselle Portenier hopes her documentary about the sky-high murder rates of women and girls in Guatemala will attract international attention, thereby shaming the government of the central American country to act. 

Muslim women struggling for their basic human rights
The Star, 8 March 2007
As women globally celebrate International Women's Day today and rejoice in the strides they've taken in leadership, technology, education and employment, where do we stand as Muslim women? 

PAKISTAN: Honour killings continue, despite law
IRIN News, 8 March 2007
In January 2007 alone, at least 36 women were murdered across Pakistan in the name of 'honour'. The tradition is known as karo-kari - literally meaning black man-black woman. In some parts of Pakistan it is called kalo-kali 

OPT: 'Femicide' on the rise in conflict zone
IRIN News, 7 March 2007
Three Palestinian women were shot dead in the northern Gaza Strip last month - rumours say it had to do with 'honour'. 

Mental And Physical Torture Do The Same Psychological Harm Say Researchers
Medical News Today, 6 March 2007
A team of UK and Serbian scientists has conducted a study that suggests mental and physical torture cause the same amount of harm and are indistinguishable in their long term impact on psychological health.

Saudi Kidnap, Rape Victim Faces Lashing for 'Crime' of Being Alone With Man Not Related to Her
Fox News, 6 March 2007
A 19-year-old Saudi woman who was kidnapped, beaten and gang raped by seven men who then took photos of their victim and threatened to kill her, was sentenced under the country's Islamic-based law to 90 lashes for the "crime" of being alone with a man not related to her.

The Stark Reality of Human Trafficking in the Philippines
Khaleej Times,1 March 2007 
MANILA - The modus operandi is almost always the same - sweet-talking recruiters entice parents to allow their young daughters to leave the provinces and work in Manila as domestic helpers with promises of huge salaries. 


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