[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 22 01 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jan 22 09:22:33 SAST 2008

Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is the SVRI Update which contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. Cut and paste links directly into your internet browser. 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. SVRI Discussion Forum
II. SVRI List Member Request: a response
III. Websites
IV. Online Resources and Publications
V. Journal Articles
VI. Funding Opportunities / Scholarships
VII. Events 
VIII. Call for Papers - Gender & Development Journal
IX. Vacancies

I. SVRI Discussion Forum

SVRI Discussion Forum:  the SVRI online discussion forum is now available on the SVRI website.  The Forum provides you with a platform to interact online with other members of the SVRI who have registered with the Forum.  To post a thread, ask a question, and or share resources you first need to register.  To register go to:  http://www.svri.org/forums/

Click to accept the Forum's Terms and Conditions (once you have read and agree to them) and then complete the short form to create your user-name and password.  Once you are logged on click on 'SVRI Discussions" to view, create and / or comment on threads.  

II. SVRI List Member Request: a response 

Please visit the SVRI Discussion Forum for a summary of the comments received from SVRI list members in response to Roxy's information request. To view the thread, logon and visit: http://www.svri.org/svriforums/thread.jspa?forumID=1&threadID=11

III. Websites

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Technical Assistance (SAFE TA):  The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Technical Assistance (SAFE TA) project is designed to provide technical guidance for individuals and agencies utilizing the USA national protocol for sexual assault medical forensic examinations from the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women. Website:  http://www.safeta.org/ta/taHome.cfm

Female Genital Mutilation Webpage, Medical Advocates:  this webpage on the Medical Advocates website provides you with research articles and publications on Female Genital Mutilation.  Webpage: http://www.medadvocates.org/marg/women/battered/fgm/genital_mutilation.html

Ending Men's Violence:  A comprehensive resource for exploring alternatives to violence. Website: http://www.nomas.org/taskgroups/emv/

Violence Against Women, Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations: the United Nations General Assembly provides critical leadership in the global effort to combat violence against women.  Their VAW webpage has links to the Secretary-General's in-depth study on all forms of violence against women and other useful resources.  Website: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/vaw/index.htm

A Long Walk Home, Inc: A Long Walk Home is a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performance arts to document, to educate and to bring about social change. We use the testimonies, poetry, music, photographs, and videos of and by women and children to provide safe and entertaining forums through which the public learns about healing from trauma. [Source: Prevent Connect] Website:  http://alongwalkhome.org/

IV. Online Resources and Publications

Safe Schools Program. A Qualitative Study to Examine School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Malawi, Centre for Educational Research and Training and DevTech Systems, Inc., 2008: The Safe Schools Program has just released A Qualitative Study to Examine School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Malawi which summarizes the results of a participatory learning and action (PLA) research activity conducted in Malawi's Machinga District to help raise awareness, involvement, and accountability at national, institutional, community and individual levels of school-related gender-based violence. [Source: dgCommunities] Full report: http://devtechsys.com/services/activities/documents/SafeSchoolsMalawi_PLAReport_January82008.pdf

Japan: Culture & Crime Promote Commercial Markets of Sexual Exploitation, Shared Hope International, 2008:  Japan is a destination country for a large number of women and children trafficked from Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. They are brought in to service the massive Japanese commercial sex industry. Shared Hope International (SHI) examined the marketplaces of exploitation in Japan as part of DEMAND. [Source: WUNRN] Full document: http://www.sharedhope.org/files/demand_japan.pdf

Iraq Family Health Survey 2006/7, Ministry of Health / Iraq, Central Organization for Statistics & Information Technology, Ministry of Health/Kurdistan, Kurdistan Regional Statistics Office, World Health Organisation, 2007/8:  The principle objective of the survey is to provide critical information for policy-makers and programme managers working in health and development. The report presents data on a wide range of indicators related to women's and family health, including domestic violence.  [Source: WUNRN] Full report:  http://www.emro.who.int/iraq/pdf/ifhs_report_en.pdf

Ending Sexual Violence in Darfur: An Advocacy Agenda, Martin S, Refugees International, 2007: this report summarizes Refugees Internationals work on sexual violence in Darfur through 2006 and includes recommendations for improvement in the international community's response. The only solution to ending rape in Darfur is to find a political solution to end the conflict. Until such a solution is reached, the international community must continue to bear witness to the suffering of the women, provide what care and support they can, and renew efforts to provide protection. The newly deployed peacekeeping force must prioritize and devote resources to the issue of sexual violence, Sudanese activists working to change the laws related to rape should receive discrete international support, and international donor governments should increase funding for programs that address sexual violence. [Source: S Martin] Download full document online at:  http://www.refugeesinternational.org/content/publication/detail/10331/

Girls' Adolescence in Burkina Faso: A Pivot Point for Social Change, Martha Brady, Lydia Saloucou, and Erica Chong, Population Council, September 2007: This report aims to fill gaps in our knowledge regarding adolescent Burkinabé girls so as better serve the needs of this most vulnerable population. Full document:  http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/BurkinaFaso_Girls.pdf

Violence, vengeance and gender: a preliminary investigation into the links between violence against women and HIV/AIDS in South Africa, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa, 2001: This report from the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) details research into the activities of civil society bodies and government departments focusing on the links between violence against women (VAW) and HIV/AIDS in South Africa. [Source: Eldis] Full document: http://www.csvr.org.za/docs/gender/violence.pdf 

V. Journal Articles

Violence against women by their intimate partner and common mental disorders. Ludermir AB, Schraiber LB, D'Oliveira AF, et al Soc Sci Med. 2008: This study investigated the association between violence committed against women by their intimate partners, defined by psychologically, physically and sexually abusive acts, and common mental disorders, assessed by using the Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20).  [Source: Medical Advocates] Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18178299?ordinalpos=19&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Intimate partner violence is as important as client violence in increasing street-based female sex workers' vulnerability to HIV in India. Panchanadeswaran S, Johnson SC, Sivaram S, et al Int J Drug Policy. 2008: This study documents street-based female sex workers' experiences of client and intimate partners, examines the intersections of violence, alcohol use in condom use, and highlights survival strategies used to avert harm. [Source: Medical Advocates] Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18187314?ordinalpos=30&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Advances in understanding and treating childhood sexual abuse: implications for research and policy.  Johnson RJ. Fam Community Health; 31(1): S24-31. 2008: The purpose of this article is to explore advances that have been made in understanding and treating child sexual abuse, to look at the implications for further research, and to address the public health policies that exist for preventing child sexual abuse. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_83576_20

Prevalence of and risk factors for sexual victimization in college women in Chile. Lehrer JA, Lehrer VL, Lehrer EL, Oyarzún PB. Int Fam Plan Perspect. Dec;33(4):168-75, 2007: An anonymous survey with questions on gender-based violence, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, and childhood experiences with violence was administered to students at a major public university in Santiago.  [Source: Medical Advocates] Full abstract:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18178541?ordinalpos=17&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

Measuring the effect of intimate partner violence on health-related quality of life: a qualitative focus group study. Wittenberg E, Joshi M, Thomas KA, McCloskey LA. Health Qual Life Outcomes. Dec 19;5(1):67, 2007: This study investigated the usefulness of such instruments in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV), a public health concern that that can seriously affect quality of life.  [Source: Medical Advocates] Full article:  http://www.hqlo.com/content/pdf/1477-7525-5-67.pdf

A new experimental method assessing attitudes toward adolescent dating and sibling violence using observations of violent interactions. J Adolesc 2007: The present study provides experimental data comparing emerging adults' attitudes toward dating and sibling violence in adolescence using a new methodology in which participants observe a violent interaction between adolescents. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_83438_20

An estimate of the proportion of drug-facilitation of sexual assault in four U.S. localities. J Forensic Sci; 52(6): 1396-400. 2007: In recent years, drugs including flunitrazepam, gamma-hydroxybutyrate, ketamine, and ethanol, have become popularly associated with drug-facilitated sexual assault. Other drugs are also candidates as factors in "drug facilitated sexual assault" (DFSA). The true extent of DFSA is not known, and is difficult to estimate. [Source: SafetyLit] Abstract:  http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_83317_20

VI. Funding Opportunities / Scholarships

IAC Mexico 2008 Awards for Young women and young researchers:  World YWCA The International AIDS Society and partners have established awards recognizing young scientists involved in innovative HIV and AIDS research throughout the world at the International AIDS Conference. There are 3 different awards this year: The Young Investigator Prize: Women, Girls and HIV and AIDS. Full details: http://www.aids2008.org/subpage.aspx?pageId=367

Call for Nominations: Human Rights First: The 2008 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award:  Human Rights First is currently accepting nominations for the 2008 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award. Those involved in human rights throughout the world are encouraged to nominate individuals or organizations who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to international human rights advocacy. The award will be presented during a ceremony in New York City in May of 2008 and the winner will receive a $25,000 prize. Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2008. [Source: AWID] Read more:  http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/defenders/baldwin/index.asp

Request for Letters of Interest - Mainstreaming Emergency Contraception In Africa:  On behalf of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ECafrique is pleased to award USD$100,000 for work on mainstreaming emergency contraception (EC) in Africa in 2008.  These grants are intended to: 1) increase access to EC across Africa by supporting projects intended to introduce, scale-up or mainstream the method; and 2) build the capacity of African non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to design, implement and evaluate successful mainstreaming projects. Successful applicants will receive technical and financial support from ECafrique throughout the life of their project, typically one year in duration.  Grantees will be invited to attend an international proposal-development workshop (in April or May 2008), where letters of interest will be expanded into full project proposals.  Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to this pool in July. Grants will range from $25,000 to $30,000 with approximately 3-4 awards distributed in 2008. Letters of interest are welcomed from all African NGOs.  Priority will be given to organizations without a direct international affiliation and applicants from Francophone Africa. Please submit a 1-2 page letter of interest which includes the following:
*       Organizational contact information
*       Name and contacts of the Executive Director or President of the organization
*       Name and contacts of the project director
*       Project objectives
*       Proposed activities
*       Anticipated budget 
*       Institutional capacity statement, including overall budget

Letters can be submitted in either English or French.  No formal proposals will be accepted. Submissions will be accepted by email, courier or post and must be received by ECafrique no later than February 15, 2008.  Invitations to the proposal development workshop will be issued by March 30, 2008. Please send letters of interest to: ECafrique, Population Council, PO Box 17643, 00500, Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: +254 (0) 20271-3480/3

Call for Applications - Domestic Violence Fellowship At The University At Buffalo, Fall 2008: An exciting educational and practice-oriented opportunity for a young practicing lawyer from Central Eastern Europe, the CIS, the Balkans, the Caucasus or the Central Asian Republics with a deep interest in domestic violence (primarily against women and children) legal issues who works with or in a Non-Governmental Organization concerned with domestic violence in her country.  The fellowship will bring the successful applicant to the Law Faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo (www.law.buffalo.edu <http://www.law.buffalo.edu/> ) for four months - the Fall 2008 term (beginning September - middle of December 2007).  The successful applicant will receive a round-trip airplane ticket, a room and private bathroom in the apartment of Professor Marcus, $500 per month for food and other living expenses and books, and complete access to law faculty and university libraries.  To apply for this fellowship, send as attachments:
- a letter of interest describing yourself including your actual work on domestic violence issues; 
- a description of your NGO and its work and a letter of recommendation from your NGO or employer;
- two additional letters of recommendation (if possible from a law school professor and from practicing lawyers or judges who are familiar with your work);
- evidence of a high level of fluency in English
send to: isabelmarcus at yahoo.com no later than March 20, 2008

VII. Events 

Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008 June 18-20 2008 in Kampala, Uganda: The Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008 is now accepting abstracts. The submission deadline is January 31, 2008. RH in Emergencies Conference 2008 will take place from June 18-20 2008 in Kampala, Uganda. For more information, please visit http://www.rhinemergenciesconference.org/2008.

The Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute, New York, 7-14 April 2008:  This is an annual, week-long, residential course that focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality. It examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues.  Participants will critically analyze policy, research and program interventions using a rights-based approach. Individuals who work on sexuality, rights, gender or health are eligible to apply. Applications are due by February 10, 2008. Website: http://www.sexualityinstitute.org/

 "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: Men's Role in Ending Violence Against Women", Pacific  Lutheran University, Tacoma WA, USA. April 10 & 11, 2008:  This conference will showcase best practice models for effectively engaging communities in addressing violence against women. One of few conferences like it in the nation, professionals, college and university staff, faculty and students from all over the Northwest region will attend.  Read more:  http://www.plu.edu/~mav/mav-conference/home.html

Manchester Women's Conference, Hulme Hall, Oxford Place, Victoria Park, Manchester, 8th and 9th May 2008:  for more information please email me off-list: svri at mrc.ac.za

Women's Health Across the Life Span: The Girl Child, Safety, Health and Development, International Council of Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) 2008 Congress, University of Botswana, July 9-11, 2008:  http://www.ub.bw/icowhi2008/

VIII. Call for Papers - Gender & Development Journal

Oxfam - Gender & Development Journal: Call for Papers on Leadership:  In November 2008, a special issue of the international journal, Gender & Development, will focus on Gender, Development and Leadership. Gender & Development provides a opportunity for all involved in development which upholds gender equality and women's rights to reflect on their work and share learning. Published three times each year, each journal issue focuses on a particular 'hot topic' in gender and development. In addition there are resources listings and non-thematic reviews of recent publications in the field, as well as a section on Views, Events and Debates. [Source: WUNRN] Read more: http://www.genderanddevelopment.org/

IX. Vacancies

Research Associate -Resisting and Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Toronto, Canada / Closing date: January 23, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: www.awid.org

Program Assistants (2 positions available)/ The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Cape Town, South Africa or Mexico City, Mexico or Toronto, Canada/ Closing date: January 23, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: www.awid.org

Research Associate - Young Feminist Activism Program / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Cape Town, South Africa or Mexico City, Mexico or Toronto, Canada / Closing date: January 23, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: www.awid.org

Researcher on LGBT Rights / Human Rights Watch (HRW) / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: February 25, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.hrw.org

Women's Economic Leadership Programme Manager / Oxfam GB / Colombo, Sri Lanka / Closing date: January 25, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_oxfam.asp?newms=jj&id=26693

Research Associate (3 vacancies) and Senior Research Associate (1 vacancy) / IT for Change / Bangalore, India / Closing date: February 25, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.itforchange.net

Development Officer / Abortion Access Project, Inc. / Cambridge,MA, USA / Closing date: February 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.abortionaccess.org/images/stories/development_officer_posting.pdf

Project Coordinator / Engender / Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: January 23, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.engender.org.za

Program Officer for Asia / The Fund for Global Human Rights / Washington, DC, USA or London, UK / Closing date: February 11, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.globalhumanrights.org/about-fghr/organization-profile/employment-opportunities

Public Policy Assistant / SIECUS / Washington, DC, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.siecus.org/news/news0002.html

Internship Programme / PWESCR / New Delhi, India. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.pwescr.org

Programme Officer (Research, ICPD+15) / Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: February 04, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.arrow.org.my

Programme Officer (Information & Documentation Centre) / Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: February 04, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.arrow.org.my

Programme Officer (Women's Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership/WHRAP - China) / Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: February 04, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.arrow.org.my

Assistant Programme Officer (Publications & Marketing) / Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: February 04, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.arrow.org.my

Assistant Programme Officer (Information & Documentation) / Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) / Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Closing date: February 04, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs: Week of 21 January 2008] More information: http://www.arrow.org.my


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