[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 01 07 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jul 1 09:53:58 SAST 2008

Dear SVRI List Members

This week's SVRI Update 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. Webpages/Sites
II. Online Publications
III. Journal Articles
IV. Events
V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities
VI. SVRI Online Discussion Forum
VII. Vacancies

I. Webpages/Sites

End Child Prostitution, Abuse and Trafficking in Cambodia (ECPAT-Cambodia): ECPAT-Cambodia is a NGO network established in 1995. It is a network of national and international organizations working to prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. It consists of 26 member organizations working together to ensure that children everywhere in the country enjoy their fundamental rights, and are free and secure from all kinds of sexual abuse and exploitation. Website: http://www.ecpatcambodia.org/index1.php?pn=1

II. Online Publications and Resources

United Nations Security Resolution 1820 (adopted by the Security Council at its 5916th meeting on 19 June 2008): Capping a day-long ministerial-level meeting on "women, peace and security", the 15-member Council unanimously adopted resolution 1820 (2008), which noted that "rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity or a constitutive act with respect to genocide". It also affirmed the Council's intention, when establishing and renewing State-specific sanction regimes, to consider imposing "targeted and graduated" measures against warring factions who committed rape and other forms of violence against women and girls. Online at: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sc9364.doc.htm

Selling Sex in Cape Town. Sex Work and Human Trafficking in a South African City, Chandré Gould in collaboration with Nicole Fick (SWEAT), Institute for Security Studies, 2008: This book examines the sex work industry in South Africa and the evidence for human trafficking into the industry. The study found very little trafficking into the sex work industry in Cape Town. [Source: ISS E-Lert: 27 June] Research tools and full report are available for download online at: http://www.issafrica.org/index.php?link_id=&slink_id=6167&link_type=&slink_type=12&tmpl_id=3

Model National Plan of Action Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, ECPAT, 2008:  This Model National Plan of Action focuses on all factors which may lead to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) such as low self esteem among girls and boys, sexual abuse in the family, drug and substance abuse, consumerism, deteriorating family values and poverty. It provides a framework for others to develop a National Plan of Action against Commercial Exploitation of Children. [Source: WUNRN] Access this Model Plan online at: http://www.ecpat.net/eng/Ecpat_inter/projects/monitoring/model_plan2.asp

Gender-Based Violence in Iraq: The Effects Of Violence - Real And Perceived - On The Lives Of Women, Girls, Men And Boys In Iraq, Inter-agency Information and Analysis Unit. 2008: The purpose of this report is to set out the landscape in Iraq for gender equality, gender relations and systems of gendered power in order to understand and then explore the issue of GBV in Iraq and to make recommendations to the UNCT and its operational partners for moving forward on the issue. [Source: WUNRN] Full document: http://www.ncciraq.org/IMG/doc_Iraq_Gender_Report_Final_020608.doc

Database Report On Trafficking & Rape In Cambodia, 2005-2006, NGO Joint Statistics Project, 2008: The NGO Joint Statistics Project collected information on commercial sexual exploitation from 25 NGO's representing 63 shelters, referral agencies and legal aid NGO's in 17 Provinces of Cambodia. Full report online at: http://www.ecpatcambodia.org/documents/NGO%20Joint%20Statistics%20Database%20Report%20on%20Trafficking%20and%20Rape%20in%20Cambodia%202005-2006.pdf

Justice Denied: How Family Courts in NYC Endanger Battered Women and Children Voices of Women Organizing Project, 2008: More than half the women surveyed said that reports of child abuse or child sexual abuse against their ex-partners were not taken seriously in court proceedings. Women were also often instructed by lawyers and court personnel not to mention domestic violence in the court proceedings because, they said, it would hurt their case or was irrelevant. Ultimately, more than one-third of women surveyed lost custody of their children in spite of being the primary caregiver. [Source: NewsFlash - June 26, 2008] Full report: http://www.vowbwrc.org/pdf/justiceDenied.pdf

Violence Against Women in Finland. Minna Piispa, Markku Heiskanen,  Juha Kääriäinen & Reino Sirén National Research Institute of Legal Policy; The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) Helsinki Publication No. 225(51), 2006: This report draws on a nationally representative victimisation survey of Finnish women. It contains information about the prevalence, patterns and trends of violence committed by men against women. There are also separate chapters about fear of violence and how victims have sought and received help from different agencies. Full report: http://www.optula.om.fi/uploads/ghfj8w76dgibw_1.pdf

Hidden Crimes Against Chin Women: A Preliminary Report: A Preliminary Report. Women's League of Chinland 2007: This report details state sexual violence against Chin women by the military regime of Burma. [Source: WE! June 2008, Issue 2: UNSCR 1820: A long overdue measure] Full report: http://www.chinwomen.org/pages/publications.php

Working towards the elimination of crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honor. United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/C.3/59/L.25: 15 October 2004: In October 2004 the United Nations General Assembly passed an historic Resolution on the elimination of crimes against women and girls committed in the name of honor. The importance of this General Assembly Resolution has been translated into the 19 languages. [Source: WUNRN] Online at: http://www.wunrn.com/reference/crimes_honor.htm

For more country specific resources on sexual violence visit our country pages:  http://www.svri.org/countries.htm

III. Journal Articles

Genetic effects on male sexual coercion. Ada Johansson, Pekka Santtila, Nicole Harlaar, Bettina von der Pahlen, Katarina Witting, Monica lgars, Katarina Alanko, Patrick Jern, Markus Varjonen, N Kenneth Sandnabba Aggress Behav. Mar-Apr;34(2):190-202. 2008: The genetic and environmental influences on sexual coercion, and to what extent its associations with alcohol use and psychopathy depend on shared genetic and environmental effects, were explored in a Finnish population-based sample of 938 men, aged 33-43 years, using the classical twin study design. Full abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17828754

Lifetime family violence exposure is associated with current symptoms of eating disorders among both young men and women. Brady SS. J Traum Stress; 21(3): 347-351. 2008: Findings suggest that depression and anxiety may play a role in the development and maintenance of eating disorder symptoms subsequent to repeated incidents of family violence exposure. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88219_20

Parents Who Abuse: What Are They Thinking? Seng AC, Prinz RJ. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev 2008; ePub: This article brings together research on the cognitive variables associated with abusive or high-risk parenting. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88175_20

Partner aggression among men and women in substance use disorder treatment: Correlates of psychological and physical aggression and injury. Chermack ST, Murray RL, Walton MA, Booth BA, Wryobeck J, Blow FC. Drug Alcohol Depend 2008; ePub: This study examined intimate partner aggression in a sample of 489 participants enrolled in substance use disorder treatment, and expands on prior research by including measures of various forms of aggression, a mixed gender sample (76% men, 24% women), and measurement of several potential risk domains. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88180_20

The prevalence of domestic violence in volunteers for abortion and contraceptive research studies. Kazi S, Reeves MF, Creinin MD. Contraception; 78(1): 79-83. 2008: The prevalence of domestic violence (DV) in research subjects has not been evaluated. In the general population, about 25% of women report DV. We hypothesize that participants in research studies would report similar rates of abuse to women in the general population and that subjects in abortion studies would report higher rates of abuse than women in other gynecologic studies. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88216_20

Violence, Abuse, and Asthma in Puerto Rican Children. Cohen RT, Canino GJ, Bird HR, Celedon JC. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2008; ePub: Puerto Ricans have the highest prevalence of and morbidity from asthma of all ethnic groups in the U.S. One potential contributor to the high burden of asthma in Puerto Rican children is exposure to stress and violence. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88213_20

Lifetime family violence exposure is associated with current symptoms of eating disorders among both young men and women. Brady SS. J Traum Stress; 21(3): 347-351. 2008: Population-based perception studies on potential causes and triggers of intimate partner violence against women (IPVAW) may enlighten context-relevant primary preventive actions in settings where data are limited. This study, conducted in one specific city, deals with married women's opinions concerning potential causes and triggers of IPVAW and seeks to highlight areas of consensus and divergence in the views. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88222_20

Age and Meanings of Violence: Women's Experiences of Partner Violence in Finland, Minna Piispa; Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 19, No. 1, 30-48, 2004: The first survey carried out in Finland specifically to study men's violence against women showed that partner violence is quite common in Finland and it is directed especially toward young women.  Download full article online at: http://jiv.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/19/1/30?ck=nck

For additional issues related resources and articles on sexual violence visit our issues pages:  http://www.svri.org/issues.htm

IV. Events

Advancing Primary Prevention: Challenges and Opportunities for Working within Service-Delivery Organizations, Thursday, July 10, 2008: This web conference will describe ways in which service-delivery organizations could benefit from a primary prevention approach to VAW prevention. The challenges of adopting a primary prevention approach within service-delivery organizations will also be discussed. Panelists and audience members will be able to share strategies that have been effective, and brainstorm on ways to work in partnership with service-delivery organizations. To register visit: http://www.preventconnect.org/display/displayTextItems.cfm?itemID=172&sectionID=248

The 1st conference on Strengthening Linkages Between Sexual and Reproductive Health And HIV/AIDS Services - The Sexual Violence Nexus, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, 29th September - 1st October 2008: This conference aims to utilize sexual violence as a nexus for interrogating and strengthening existing response and the inter-linkages between HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. For more details and to register go to: http://www.svconference2008.org/

International Conference on Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Reproductive Health,  February 15-18, 2009, Mumbai, India: The organizers of this international conference invite researchers, activists and practitioners to attend and provide insight into how gender-based violence is compromising the sexual and reproductive health of women, men and children. The abstracts must include: paper title; author; author affiliation; and study objectives, methods, results, conclusions and recommendations. Abstracts of 300 words can be submitted to Dr. Balaiah Donta at gbv2009 at yahoo.co.in or bdonta2007 at yahoo.co.in.

Contested Innocence-Sexual Agency In Public And Private Space, 16 to18 April 2009, Hanoi, Vietnam: The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS) is organising its 7th biennial meeting, titled "Contested Innocence - Sexual Agency in Public and Private Space" from 16 to18 April 2009 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The 2009 Conference theme will focus on socio-cultural analyses of issues surrounding sexual agency in public and private spaces. For more information, visit http://www.iasscs.org/2009conference

Visit our events / calendar pages for event information: http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Carleton University-University of Ottawa School Year 2008-2009 - Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization: This two-year (2008-2010) programme offers highly qualified researchers working on issues of globalization from a feminist perspective, from developing countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, the opportunity to spend a research term in Ottawa. The Visiting Scholar in Feminist Perspectives on Globalization will contribute to gender and development research at both universities and provide a unique opportunity for collaboration between feminist scholars in Canada and the developing world and between North and South.  The position is open to scholars from developing countries (both tenured and untenured faculty, as well as post-doctoral or independent scholars) who are pursuing critical feminist research. Applicants must be fluent in English have a completed PhD, a record of scholarly publications, and a current and established research project in relation to one or more of the research fields listed below. Individuals currently pursuing a university doctoral degree are not eligible. The closing date for submitting applications is July 15, 2008. For more information visit: http://www.carleton.ca/womensstudies/visiting_scholar_2008_2010.html 

FUNDING ALERT Volume 3, Issue 14, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center June 27, 2008: The FUNDING ALERT provides a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault. This issue of the FUNDING ALERT highlights the significant number of private grants currently open to support community-based domestic violence programs. The current FUNDING ALERT can be accessed at: http://new.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/FundingAlert-V3N14.pdf

SVRI Funding Links Page: For details on funders who have funding sources available for research on sexual violence visit: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm

VI. SVRI Online Discussion Forum: current discussions

The SVRI provides you with a platform to interact online with other members of the SVRI who have registered with the Forum. The following discussions are currently taking place on the Forum. 

* Strengthening sexual violence advocacy initiatives through research
* Initiation Schools and Violence
* What Campus Rape Crisis? Mary Koss's Response
* Medico-legal care for sexual assault survivors

To view these discussions, comment or create your own please visit: http://www.svri.org/activities.htm#svri

VII. Vacancies

Research Associate - Building Feminist Movements and Organizations (BFEMO) / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Cape Town, South Africa or Mexico City, Mexico / Closing date: July 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: www.awid.org

Program Assistant / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Mexico City, Mexico / Closing date: July 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: www.awid.org

Economist / Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist / Wellesley Centers for Women / Wellesley, MA, USA / Open until filled. [Source: AWID Jobs] To apply ONLINE, please use the following link: https://career.wellesley.edu ("Administrative Positions" section).

Supervising Social Worker, Anti-Trafficking Program / Safe Horizon / New York, NY, USA. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://www.safehorizon.org

National Project Coordinator / The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) / Pretoria, South Africa / Closing date: July 06, 2008. For more information email: wiesje.zikkenheiner at unodc.org

Researcher on the Middle East and North Africa / Human Rights Watch (HRW) / Cairo, Egypt or Beirut, Lebanon / Closing date: September 01, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://hrw.org/jobs/docs/2008/06/20/19169_txt.htm

Technical Specialist, Reproductive Health Commodity Security (RHCS), ICS 11 (L-4) / UNFPA / Antananarivo, Madagascar / Closing date: July 18, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://www.unfpa.org/employment/vacancy.html

Country Programme Manager / UNIFEM / Yaounde, Cameroon / Closingdate: July 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5501

Resource Mobilization Specialist - Governments / UNIFEM / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: July 12, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5471

Regional Programme Director - South Asia / UNIFEM / New Delhi, India / Closing date: July 10, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5298

Programme Assistant - CEDAW / UNIFEM / Dhaka, Bangladesh / Closing date: July 05, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5415

Programme Associate - Migration / UNIFEM / Dhaka, Bangladesh / Closing date: July 05, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5416

Programme Specialist, Gender and Environment / UNDP / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: July 02, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5237

Programme Assistant, Gender / UNDP / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: July 09, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5474

Practice Leader, Gender / UNDP / Bratislava, Slovak Republic / Closing date: July 16, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=5470

Briquette Feasibility Study Consultant: Sudan / Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children / Location: Any, with Field Work in Sudan. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://www.womenscommission.org/about/employment/index.php

Program Associate for MENA / The Global Fund for Women / San Francisco, CA, USA / Closing date: July 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs] More details: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/cms/about-gfw/jobs

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

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