[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 22 07 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Tue Jul 22 09:08:52 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/>  

Please note there will be no News Updates for the next few weeks.

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

Rape: Weapon of war, UN Human Rights: Is rape really a matter for the United Nations? The Security Council has answered that question with a resounding yes by voting unanimously for a resolution describing rape as a tactic of war and a threat to international security. But perhaps the more important question is: Will the resolution give teeth to efforts to stem sexual violence against women in conflict situations? Webpage: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/RapeWeaponWar.aspx

Women's Funding Network: The Women's Funding Network is 128 organizations that fund women's solutions across the globe. We give women the money and tools to transform their ideas into lasting change - in every critical area from combating poverty to achieving advances in healthcare, education and human rights. Website: http://www.wfnet.org/about

Hot Peach Pages - International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies: Hot Peach Pages goals are to make contact information for the nearest shelter available to every woman in the world (see http://www.hotpeachpages.net/); and to make abuse information available to every shelter in the world, in the language of every woman in the world (information is available in 79 languages;( see http://www.hotpeachpages.net/a/index.html#lang). Visit them online at: http://www.hotpeachpages.net/

AWID - Launches new website: AWID's new website provides streamlined access to information in English, Spanish and French including thousands of articles on a wide range of women's human rights issues, in-depth analysis, practical tools to support women's rights activism, and daily news on women's rights around the world. Visit them at: www.awid.org

Violence Prevention Alliance unveils new web site: The Violence Prevention Alliance has also extensively revamped its web site, adding a number of new features. [Source: ENDVAW] Website: http://www.who.int/violenceprevention/en/index.html

CDC Injury Research Agenda - Preventing Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence, and Child Maltreatment: Many leaders in the field are calling for greater attention to primary prevention of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child maltreatment. To prevent these types of violence from occurring in the first place, researchers and practitioners must place greater emphasis on approaches directed at perpetrators and potential perpetrators. More details on the section of the CDC Injury Research Agenda in this area are available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/research_agenda/07_violence.htm

National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA): NOTA is the only professional multi-discplinary organisation in the UK and Ireland, dedicated to work with sexual abusers. Website: http://www.nota.co.uk/

For more links visit our Links page: http://www.svri.org/genlinks.htm 

II. Online Publications

Numbers of women circumcised in Africa: The production of a total, Yoder PS | Khan S. Calverton, Maryland, Macro International, MEASURE DHS, 2008: The text provides a total number and accounts of its derivation for women 15 years old and older in African countries who have been circumcised. [Source: End Violence against Women - www.endvaw.org / What's New for June-July 2008] Full Text: http://www.measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/WP39/WP39.pdf

Sexual Violence in Disasters: A Planning Guide for Prevention and Response. Alisa Klein, NSVRC, 2008: This guide offers readers important information about sexual violence and disasters that will help communities to understand the connection and develop better disaster responses. It presents a range of recommendations from suggesting small changes to developing comprehensive plans, making preparations, and coordinating far-reaching policy change. [Source: Prevent-Connect] Full document: http://www.nsvrc.org/_cms/fileUpload/Projects/NSVRCPUB_SV_Disaster_web.pdf

"The law is there, let's use it" Ending domestic violence in Venezuela, Amnesty International, 2008: The introduction in 2007 of the Organic law on the right of women to a life free of violence has helped strengthen women's access to their human rights in Venezuela. However, there has been a gap between what the law has promised and its implementation in practice. This report focuses on the 2007 law. Although the law covers many different aspects and manifestations of violence against women, this report concentrates on the specific issue of violence against women in the family. Download report online at: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/AMR53/001/2008/en

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence in Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities: CDC's Demonstration Projects, CDC, 2008: The purpose of the document is to describe approaches and highlight challenges and lessons learned in the development, implementation, and evaluation of IPV/SV prevention programs for racial/ethnic minority populations. [Source: Prevent-Connect] Hard copies of this publication can be ordered on-line at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncipc.aspx. 

Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Programs Evaluation Guide, CDC, 2008: The Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Programs Evaluation Guide presents an overview of the importance of evaluation and provides evaluation approaches and strategies that can be applied to SV and IPV programs. [Source: Prevent-Connect] Hard copies of this publication can be ordered on-line at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncipc.aspx. 

Human Trafficking: A Crime That Shames Us All - The Vienna Forum Report: A Way Forward to Combat Human Trafficking. Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, 2008: The present report describes the discussions, activities and accomplishments of the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking, held in Vienna from 13 to 15 February 2008. [Source: WUNRN] Direct Link to Report: http://www.ungift.org/docs/ungift/pdf/vf/ebook2.pdf

'As If I Am Not Human': Abuses against Asian Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International, 2008: This report concludes two years of research and is based on 142 interviews with domestic workers, senior government officials, and labor recruiters in Saudi Arabia and labor-sending countries. [Source: WUNRN] Download document online at: http://hrw.org/reports/2008/saudiarabia0708/

Engaging Men and Boys in Changing Gender-Based Inequity in Health: Evidence from Programme Interventions, Gary Barker, Christine Ricardo, Marcos Nascimento. World Health Organization, Instituto Promundo, 2007: This review assesses the effectiveness of programmes seeking to engage men and boys in achieving gender equality and equity in health. The review analysed data from 58 evaluation studies of interventions with men and boys. [Source: The Soul Beat Issue 110: Involving Boys and Men] Online at: http://www.who.int/gender/documents/Engaging_men_boys.pdf

Young Men and the Construction of Masculinity in Sub-Saharan Africa: Implications for HIV/AIDS, Conflict, and Violence. Gary Barker and Christine Ricardo, Social Development Papers. Conflict Prevention & Reconstruction. World Bank, Paper No. 26 / June 2005: This working paper from the World Bank examines the role of gender for young men in Africa, particularly as it relates to HIV/AIDS, conflict, and violence. [Source: The Soul Beat Issue 110: Involving Boys and Men] Full document: http://www.promundo.org.br/Pesquisa/Young%20Men%20SubSaharan_Web.pdf

Working With Men, Responding to AIDS: Gender, Sexuality and HIV - a Case Study Collection, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance, 2003: This publication is designed to help projects carry out their HIV/AIDS work with men, presenting experiences and lessons from a range of projects (some supported by the Alliance and some not) involved in working with men. [Source: The Soul Beat Issue 110: Involving Boys and Men] Online at: http://www.aidsalliance.org/graphics/secretariat/publications/wwm1103_working_with_men.pdf

Men As Partners: A Program for Supplementing the Training of Life Skills Educators. Andrew Levack, EngenderHealth and Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa 2001: Published by EngenderHealth and Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa (PPASA), this manual was produced to be used within EngenderHealth's Men As Partners (MAP) programme, a global initiative designed to work with men on reproductive health issues within a gender framework. PPASA MAP facilitators use the manual to lead workshops with groups of men and mixed-gender groups. [Source: The Soul Beat Issue 110: Involving Boys and Men] Manual online at: http://www.engenderhealth.org/files/pubs/gender/ppasamanual.pdf

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

III. Journal Articles

Sexual coercion within marriage in Quang Tri, Vietnam. Hien PT, Culture, Health and Sexuality. Jun;10 Suupl 1:S177-S187. 2008: The present study aimed to describe how and why non-consensual sex in marital settings occurs in a rural community in Vietnam. [Source: End Violence against Women - www.endvaw.org / What's New for June-July 2008] Full abstract online at: http://www.infoforhealth.org/short_url/?8h5e5 

A review of research on women's use of violence with male intimate partners. Swan SC, Gambone LJ, Caldwell JE, Sullivan TP, Snow DL. Violence Vict; 23(3): 301-14. 2008: This article provides a review of research literature on women who use violence with intimate partners. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88813_20

Rape myths among Appalachian [USA] college students. Haywood H, Swank E. Violence Vict; 23(3): 373-89. 2008: Rape myths regularly admonish victims for supposedly provoking the violence done against them. While rape attitudes have been studied in national and urban samples, the support of rape myths in rural populations is seldom investigated. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88827_20

Understanding intimate partner violence against women in the rural South. Shuman RD, McCauley J, Waltermaurer E, Roche WP, Hollis H, Gibbons AK, Dever A, Jones S, McNutt LA. Violence Vict; 23(3): 390-405. 2008: Most U.S. intimate partner violence research to date has been limited to women residing in urban areas, with the small body of research focusing on rural populations being primarily qualitative. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88853_20

Violence against refugees, non-refugees and host populations in southern Sudan and northern Uganda. Nagai, M., U. Karunakara, et al. Global Public Health, Routledge. 3: 249 - 270. 2008: We carried out a cross-sectional household survey among Sudanese refugees and Ugandan nationals in Arua district, Uganda and Sudanese non-refugees in Yei county Sudan. The objective of was to document and compare, across population groups, violent events experienced or witnessed, both to document the frequency and nature of violent events and to assess the potential burden of psychological trauma. [Source: RAISE Initiative Literature Review for 18 July 2008] Full article: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/17441690701768904

A review of the ethics in research on child abuse. Veena AS, Chandra PS. Indian J Med Ethics; 4(3): 113-5. 2007: This paper reviews Child Abuse: India 2007, a study conducted by the ministry of women and child development, government of India. The review highlights the need for conducting an ethical inquiry in this area. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_88788_24

Innovations in sex offender treatment, Ruth E. Mann. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 10(2) <http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713723837~db=all~tab=issueslist~branches=10#v10> 141 - 152, 2004: This article is concerned with defining some of the more recent innovative ideas in sex offender treatment. Full article: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ftinterface~content=a713745654~fulltext=713240930

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

IV. Events

Five-Day Project To Examine Women's Roles In Conflict-Affected Countries. Deadline: August 1, 2008: What special role do or can women play in reconstructing their homes and their communities after devastating conflicts? What makes them different from men and what problems do they face in these often unstable environments? What role can Dutch development aid play and how should it take women into account? Thirty-five participants from conflict-affected countries in the Global South will be selected to attend a five-day event, from October 20 to 26, 2008, to examine these questions with the Dutch development community, including politicians, journalists and interested citizens. The goal of the VoiceOver Project is to provide a space where those working with women in conflict-affected countries can share and discuss the often insurmountable challenges that women face and the kind of support and foreign aid that is required to meet and manage these challenges. Applications are invited from people who have experienced life and work in conflict-affected areas and are willing to share their personal stories and experiences. [Source: Women's GlobalNet #337] Forms can be filled out at http://www.politiek2015.nl/voice-over/index.php and further information is available from Jurjen de Waal (j.dewaal at ncdo.nl; +31.20.5682119) or Klaar Mous (k.mous at ncdo.nl; +31.20.5688743)

Conference: Violence Against Women with Disabilities. European Parliament, Brussels, August 28, 2008: Member of European Parliament (MEP) Eva-Britt Svensson from the GUE/NGL-Group, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) in co-operation with Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)  invites you to a conference on "Violence Against Women with Disabilities" on August 28, 2008 at 09.00-12.30 in the European Parliament. The last day for application is August 15. For more information, contact: Berit Dahlström phone: 0032 496 23 36 85 or e-mail: eva-britt.svensson-assistant2 at europarl.europa.eu 

HealthDev.net: HealthDev.net - is a social networking and TB/HIV news aggregator web 2.0 tool. If you are already registered on HealthDev.net, GREAT! Please participate in the discussion! If not, then to register, go to: www.HealthDev.net/site/registration.php. To participate, you need to be logged in. To login, go to: http://www.healthdev.net/site/login.php. For more information go to: www.healthdev.net

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/

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

V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Urgent Call For New Publications On Gender And Development: Have you or your organization recently produced a book on women and socio-economic and political change in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central and Eastern Europe? Are you in interested in marketing and selling your publication?  Women, Ink., a project of the International Women's Tribune Centre, is urgently seeking new publications about various gender and development issues - with a special focus on those produced in the last three years by small independent and women's presses and information-producing groups in the Global South. Both practical and academic, the Women, Ink. collection seeks books on various aspects of gender and development, including women's human rights; conflict and peace processes; training; economics and globalization; health, sexuality and reproductive rights; political process; information communication; policy and political process an women organizing. Please visit www.womenink.org to explore the collection further. If you are interested in having your book considered for this opportunity, please send a review copy to Joeyta Bose, Women, Ink., 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017.  In addition, please write to reviewbooks at womenink.org so that we are aware that you will be sending us the publication. The book MUST reach us by August 30, 2008.

Call for papers: a special issue of the Journal of LGBT Health Research: The Journal of LGBT Health Research, an interdisciplinary quarterly of community and clinical practice, provides an innovative forum for LGBT health issues and highlights the best of social-, psychobehavioral- and biologically-based public health research and health services access/utilization evaluation - Seth L. Welles, Editor in Chief. Jeffrey V. Lazarus and Srdan Matic of the World Health Organization will be guest editing a special issue of the Journal of LGBT Health Research for publication in the autumn of 2009. The issue will focus on MSM and HIV epidemiology, literacy, access to prevention, treatment and care, and psychosocial factors associated with heightened HIV risk in the 53 countries of the WHO European Region, with a focus on eastern Europe and central Asia. Articles should be under 5000 words and will need to be submitted to the journal by 15 December 2008. However, please note that all papers will undergo a peer review process and there is no guarantee that submitted or commissioned papers will be published. Comments on papers will be returned to you, by March 2009. Final articles will need to be submitted by the end of May 2009. Authors should follow the journal's submission guidelines at: www.haworthpress.com. If you are considering submitting a paper, or if you would like to discuss your planned contribution before submission, please do contact us on: jla at euro.who.int

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

Call For Applications - The Journal Of Sexual Aggression - Associate Editors / Book Review Editor / Editorial Board Members: NOTA and The Journal of Sexual Aggression Editorial Board are seeking to make a number of appointments. All posts will be appointed from 1st Janurary 2009 for a term of three years. Closing date for the receipt of applications: 15th August 2008. More details online at: http://www.nota.co.uk/index.php?id=journal_sexual_aggression

Programme Analyst - Gender Equality, Human Rights and Justice / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) / Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Application Deadline: July 27, 2008. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Programme-Analyst-Gender-Equality-Human-Rights-and-Justice

Director of Programs / The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice/ New York, New York, U.S.A. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-of-Programs

Funded Internship on Women's Human Rights for a Visiting Lawyer / Interights' Europe Programme / London, U.K. / Deadline: July 31, 2008. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Funded-Internship-on-Women-s-Human-Rights-for-a-Visiting-Lawyer

Resident Advisor / The American Bar Association (ABA) Rule of Law Initiative / Rabat, Morocco. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Resident-Advisor

Researcher - Stop Violence Against Women Team / Amnesty International / London, U.K. / Closing date: August 06, 2008. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Researcher-Stop-Violence-Against-Women-Team

Program Officer / Equality Now / Nairobi, Kenya / Closing Date: July 31, 2008. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Program-Officer

Executive / Programs Assistant (Part-Time) / Gender Action / Washington, DC, U.S.A. / Open until filled. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Executive-Programs-Assistant-Part-Time

Event Coordinator / The Nobel Women's Initiative / Houston, Texas, U.S.A. / Open until filled. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Event-Coordinator

Executive Director / Center for Women's Global Leadership / Rutgers University / New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A. / Review of applications will begin on October 01, 2008 and continue until the position has been filled. [Source: AWID] More details: http://awid.org/eng/Jobs/Jobs-Around-the-World/Executive-Director


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

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