[Svrilist] Call for expressions of interest: 2008 Medico-legal convening in response to sexual violence

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Mar 20 09:50:37 SAST 2008


Venue: The Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

Dates: 2nd June - 5th June 2008



Sexual violence is a profound human rights violation and public health
problem. Patriarchy, anti-woman attitudes and rape myths fuel this
epidemic and the way in which survivors are treated by the health,
justice and police services. Criminal justice and heath systems globally
often are unable or unwilling to effectively respond to the legal and
emotional needs of survivors. A review commissioned by Sexual Violence
Research Initiative on the uses and impacts of medico-legal evidence in
cases of sexual assault of adolescents and adults found that survivors
of sexual violence frequently choose not to report their assaults or are
filtered out of criminal justice systems, resulting in low charge filing
and conviction rates. Download this review online at:
http://www.svri.org/medico.pdf. Appropriate management of survivors of
sexual violence requires a standardized clinical evaluation, an
effective interface with law enforcement for the handling of forensic
evidence, and coordination for delivering of evidentiary requirements
between a range of partners. The SVRI review highlights the striking
lack of information and evaluative studies from which to assess the
impact of medico-legal evidence on sexual assault cases. By using the
findings of the SVRI desk review and sharing regional experiences and
models this workshop aims to strengthen the way in which the health and
criminal justice systems intersect and respond to sexual violence.


This workshop is a collaborative activity between Liverpool VCT Care &
Treatment, Sexual Violence Research Initiative and Gender Based Violence
Prevention Network with support from the Hewlett Foundation.



This workshop aims at strengthening the medico-legal response to sexual
violence through multi-disciplinary collaboration among organisations
and partners in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa



a)      To share findings of the SVRI desk review, highlight regional
innovation, share experiences, research findings and lessons learned in
integrating medical and legal services in response to sexual violence.

b)      Identify gaps and opportunities in research, policy and service

c)      Examine alternative measures for enhancing justice for victims
of sexual violence;. 

d)      Provide a platform to promote the creation of regional research
networks, and advocacy programmes on strengthening medico-legal
responses to sexual violence



50 people from sub-Saharan Africa involved or interested in working on
medico-legal responses to sexual violence


Criteria for participation:

i.        The participant should be undertaking research, responding to,
or with the mandate to respond to (such as government/policy makers)
medical and legal aspects of sexual violence and/or HIV/AIDS

ii.      The participant should be located in Eastern, Central or
Southern Africa


There will be a limited number of places per region. To gain an
extensive understanding on this topic from we seek to invite people with
a diversity of experience and knowledge in this field. If you think you
meet these criteria and are available and interested in attending the
workshop, please send us your CV along with a general expression of
interest to attend by 22nd April 2008. The expression of interest should
be no longer than one page and should include your contact details, area
of work and experience. Participation will be by invitation only.


Participant registration costs will be covered, but where possible
travel and accommodation costs should be sponsored by your organisation
or yourself.  Full or partial scholarships are available. Please
indicate in your covering letter whether your
organisation/employer/yourself will arrange your funding; if you require
a full scholarship or if you will cover your travel costs if awarded a
bursary for tuition and accommodation. Funding to attend this convening
will be considered on a case to case basis.


Contact person:

All communication and online submission of required documentation should
be done through Jessica Kizungu   (jessicah at liverpoolvct.org). 



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