[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 13 11 07

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Nov 13 09:39:18 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. Tools
IV. Journal Articles
V.  Funding Calls / Opportunities
VI. Call for Papers 
VII.  Events
VIII. Scholarships

I.  Websites:

Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), Cambodia: APLE is a non-governmental human rights organization established to combat the sexual exploitation of children. APLE seeks to monitor the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Cambodia and denounce such abuse to the relevant authorities. Website:  http://www.aplecambodia.org/

Foundation Rwanda:  Foundation Rwanda was established to provide funding for secondary school education of children born from rape during the genocide. Website:  www.foundationrwanda.org

Broken Bodies - Broken Dreams: Violence Against Women Exposed - Abuse of Older Women:  All over the world, women live longer than their partners. Some forms of violence against older women are based on cultural practices that specifically target widows, who are often regarded as insignificant without their husbands. While widows of all ages are subjected to mistreatment, older widows can be particularly vulnerable.  For more information visit:  http://brokendreams.wordpress.com/category/widow-cleansing/

Facts and Figures on Violence Against Women, Sexual Violence, UNIFEM:  This webpage was developed by UNIFEM and provides you with facts and figures relating to sexual violence and violence against women more generally. Website:  http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/violence_against_women/facts_figures.php?page=3 

II.  Online Resources and Publications:

UN General Assembly, Violence against women migrant workers : report of the Secretary-General, A/62/177.  1 August 2007: This report provides information on the legal and policy measures introduced by Member States and the activities undertaken by entities of the United Nations system and other organizations to address violence against women migrant workers. The report concludes with a series of recommendations for future action. Online at: http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refworld/rwmain?docid=47306f212

Body as Site, Body as Space - Bodily Integrity and Women's Empowerment in India, Mathur, Kanchan, Institute for Development Studies, 2007:  This paper explores the connections between body and rights and the complex and complimentary relationship between bodily integrity and women's empowerment specifically in the Indian context.  Full document online at:  http://www.idsj.org/wp-148.pdf 

Imbalanced Sex Ratio at Birth and Comprehensive Intervention in China, Shuzhuo Li, Institute for Population and Development Studies, School of Public Policy and Administration, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2007:  This paper reviews studies on survival rates of girls in China, as well as the corresponding intervention activities of the Government of China.  Full report:  http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/studies/china.pdf

Characteristics of Sex-Ratio Imbalances in India and Future Scenarios, Christophe Z. Guilmoto, LPED/IRD, Paris, UNFPA, 2007: This case-study analysis looks into demographic trends observed in India since 1981, and examines the evolution of the sex ratio over the last decades.  Full report: http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/studies/india.pdf

<http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/studies/nepal.pdf> Sex Selection: Pervasiveness and Preparedness in Nepal, Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities, UNFPA, 2007: This study is aimed at identifying the incidences, causes and determinants of pre-natal sex selection in four of the eight districts of Nepal (as well as Kathmandu) that had high sex ratios for the population below 1 year of age in the 2001 census. Full report:  http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/studies/nepal.pdf

New "Common Sense": Family-Planning Policy and Sex Ratio in Viet Nam Findings from a qualitative study in Bac Ninh, Ha Tay and Binh Dinh The Institute for Social Development Studies, UNFPA, 2007: The primary purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the issue of pre-natal sex selection in Viet Nam, including the causes and influencing factors.  Full report: http://www.unfpa.org/gender/docs/studies/vietnam.pdf

Sixth issue of Perspectives on Prevention newsletter, GBV Prevention Network, 2007:  The latest issue of the GBV Prevention Network newsletter features an important topic in project planning and management specifically for GBV Prevention programs: monitoring and evaluation. Read the newsletter here:  http://e2ma.net/go/802959672/695175/24764760/goto:http:/www.preventgbvafrica.org/network_newsletter/index.html

Stop Violence Against Women, Rape as a Tool of War: A Fact Sheet, Amnesty International. Webpage:  http://www.amnestyusa.org/women/rapeinwartime.html

Stop Violence Against Women, A Fact Sheet on Sexual Violence: A Human Rights Violation, Amnesty International: Website:  http://www.amnestyusa.org/women/sexualviolence.html

Policy on the criminal justice system response to violence against women and children: violence against women in relationships policy, by the British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria, BC: the Ministry, 2004: The Violence Against Women in Relationships component of the policy on the Criminal Justice Response to Violence Against Women deals the abuse of women by their husbands or men with whom they have or have had relationships.  Full document:  http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victim_services/publications/policy/vawir.pdf

III. Tools

The development of the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the evaluation of risk (B-SAFER): a tool for criminal justice professionals, by P. Randall Kropp & Stephen D. Hart, Ottawa: Dept of Justice Canada, 2004: The B-SAFER is a guide for the assessment and management of risk for spousal assault. It helps users to exercise their best judgement. The administration procedures and risk factors included in the B-SAFER were determined from a review of hundreds of scientific and professional publications on spousal violence.  Full report and tool online at:  http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/rs/rep/2005/rr05fv-1/index.html

IV. Journal Articles

Protective factors and suicide risk in adolescents with a history of sexual abuse. Eisenberg ME, Ackard DM, Resnick MD. J Pediatr; 151(5): 482-7. 2007: This study aims to test the hypothesis that certain protective factors will reduce the risk of suicide behaviors in youth who are sexually abused.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78016_20

Childhood experiences of violence in perpetrators as a risk factor of intimate partner violence: a systematic review. Gil-González D, Vives-Cases C, Ruiz MT, Carrasco-Portiño M, Alvarez-Dardet C. J Public Health 2007:  The objective of this study is to systematically review the characteristics and quality of papers which analyse the association between being battered during childhood, witnessing marital violence as a child within the family of origin and having an absent or rejecting father and the occurrence of IPV. [Source: SafetyLit]  Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78147_20

The Role of Race/Ethnicity in the Relationship Between Emergency Department Use and Intimate Partner Violence: Findings From the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Lipsky S, Caetano R. Am J Public Health 2007:  We examined the relationship between intimate partner violence victimization among women in the general population and emergency department use. We sought to discern whether race/ethnicity moderates this relationship and to explore these relationships in race/ethnic-specific models. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78038_20

Violence against children: a challenge for public health in Pakistan. Hyder AA, Malik FA. J Health Popul Nutr; 25(2): 168-78. 2007: This paper explored violence against children as a challenge in the developing world using Pakistan as a case study. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_78146_20

V.  Funding Calls / Opportunities:

2007 Horowitz Foundation Grants:  The Horowitz Foundation, as of the 2007 distribution, approves approximately ten grants each year, in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 per grant. The Foundation awards grants for work in major areas of the social sciences and also provides six special awards that may be granted for certain projects. Deadline: January 31, 2008.  Visit the website for complete application guidelines/submission. Website: http://www.horowitz-foundation.org/grant.htm

Call for Proposals: Development on the Move - Measuring and Optimizing the Economic and Social Impacts of Migration:  This global project in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr), United Kingdom aims to contribute to research and policymaking by providing a better understanding of the impacts of migration on development. Six commissioned research teams will each undertake a study examining the impacts of international migration on development in their chosen country of study. Each study involves two key components: Household survey examining developmental impacts of international migration on the country in question and; 50-100 page country report analyzing both the developmental impacts and the role of policy in enhancing the positive effects of migration while minimizing negative impacts Budget: US $500,000 (inclusive of all six country studies). Deadline: November 26, 2007. Visit the website for complete application guidelines/submission. Website: http://www.gdnet.org/pdf/global_research_projects/migration/GDN_IPPR_Expression_of_Interest.pdf

VI.  Call for Papers: 

WID Working Papers Special Edition on Sexual Violence and Conflict:  The Working Papers on Women and International Development series features article-length manuscripts by scholars from a broad range of disciplines.  WID is calling for manuscripts for a special WID Working Papers edition on Sexual Violence and Conflict. In this special issue, the WID Working Papers is looking for submissions that advance knowledge on the complexity of sexual violence during violent conflict and post-conflict situations. The deadline for submissions is January 25, 2008. Read more online at:  http://www.aidworkers.net/?q=node/1153

Birds Eye View is looking for documentaries, features, short films and more to screen at our 2008 Festival, London, UK:  The Birds Eye View Film Festival 2008 will open on March 6th with 6 days of shorts, features, documentaries and special events, panels and parties. They are dedicating a strand of the festival to films made by women from developing countries and are looking for a variety of material to raise awareness of international issues affecting these countries and to showcase the artistic vision of female filmmakers living and working in these underrepresented corners of the world.  For an overview of the 2007 festival programme, pictures etc please visit - http://www.birds-eye-view.co.uk/festival.htm

VII. Events

Two day UGC sponsored National Seminar on Harmful Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children in India, Bharathidasan University, India, 7& 8 December 2007: This workshop aims to identify and analyze the background to harmful traditional practices, their causes, and their consequences for the health of women and the girl child and the scientific basis if any and the reasons for imposing them on women and children. Deadline for abstracts: 25 November 2007.  For more information contact: Dr. N.Manimekalai Seminar Co-coordinator &Director, Centre for Women's Studies, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu, e-mail: manimekalaidr at yahoo.com or seminarwscentre at gmail.com

2008 Joining Together: Changes and Challenges in Child Maltreatment, Calgary, AB, May 12 - 14, 2008: http://www.csicainfo.com/index.cfm?pageid=51

8th International Looking After Children Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom,  July 7 - 9, 2008:  http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/ccfr/Transforminglivesconference/

VIII. Scholarships:

Call for Applications for Scholarships for UN Commission on the Status of Women 2008:  Eight (8) Yvonne Hibbard scholarships will be awarded by the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) to attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women in 2008 - CSW 52. Deadline for submission is 19 November. Contact: CSW52 at UN.org


Sexual violence is a global issue that requires coordinated evidence-based responses.

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