[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 07 05 08

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Wed May 7 08:54:11 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. Vacancies
VII. SVRI Online Discussion Forum

I. Webpages/Sites

Lawyers Collective Women's Rights Initiative (LCWRI): LCWRI aims to empower women through law. Law is an instrument of social change and can be used in different ways to further the constitutional and human rights of women. Website: http://www.lawyerscollective.org/

Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights: Founded in 1996, the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights is an independent, non-governmental organization that is committed to improving the political and legal status of women and confronting all forms of gender-related discrimination. Website: http://ecwronline.org/english/index.htm

La Strada Czech Republic: La Strada Česká Republika, is a non-governmental organization active in area of combating trafficking in human beings. Website: http://www.strada.cz/en/

II. Online Publications and Resources

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women: Country Visit Reports, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: In accordance with paragraph 10 of the Commission on Human Rights resolution 1994/45, the Special Rapporteur is mandated to carry out field missions, either separately or jointly, with other special rapporteurs and working groups, as well as to consult periodically with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. [Source: AWID Announcements: Week of 30 April 2008] For further information and to access country reports visit: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/women/rapporteur/visits.htm

The state of female youth in Northern Uganda: Findings from the Survey of War Affected Youth. Survey of War-Affected Youth (SWAY). 2008: The SWAY is a research program dedicated to evidence-based humanitarian aid and development. SWAY employs new data, tools, and analysis to improve the design and targeting of protection, assistance, and reintegration programs for youth in northern Uganda. [Source: AWID Announcements: Week of 30 April 2008] For further information and to access this report, please visit: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/AMMF-7E6GFY?OpenDocument

An Introduction to Human Trafficking: Vulnerability, Impact and Action. United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking. 2008: At the same time as summarizing major responses to trafficking in persons initiated over the past decade, this paper also points to numerous ways in which these anti-trafficking policies and initiatives could be made more effective. In particular, it emphasizes the vital role of collecting evidence about the numbers of people being trafficked and the forms of exploitation to which they are being subjected, so that prevention initiatives and virtually all other anti-trafficking efforts are tailored to meet the task before them. [Source: WUNRN] Full paper online at:  http://www.ungift.org/docs/ungift/pdf/knowledge/background_paper.pdf

Implementation of the Bulgarian Law on Protection against Domestic Violence: A Human Rights Report, The Advocates for Human Rights and the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation. 2008: On March 16, 2005, Bulgaria passed a new law to combat domestic violence. Throughout 2007, The Advocates' Women's Human Rights Program and Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation conducted human rights monitoring to investigate implementation of the law by all principals, including the state, police, judges, prosecutors, media and NGOs. This report presents the findings and makes recommendations to improve implementation of the law. [Source: WUNRN] Full report: http://www.advrights.org/sites/608a3887-dd53-4796-8904-997a0131ca54/uploads/FINAL_REPORT_2.pdf

Strengthening Family Planning Services Through Operations Research: Lessons Learned and Future Directions, a forum sponsored by USAID's Bureau for Global Health, the Population Council's FRONTIERS Program, and ACCESS-FP. Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 April 2008: This two-day forum synthesized and communicated the lessons learned from ten years of global operations research on increasing access, quality, and use of family planning (FP) services. The forum reviewed a wide range of evidence drawn from the experiences of FRONTIERS and its many partners in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Presentations are available online at: http://www.popcouncil.org/frontiers/meetings/agenda_fp08.asp

Report on Forum 11. Equitable access: research challenges for health in developing countries. Global Forum for Health Research, 2008: The annual Forum meetings of the Global Forum are premier international events for stakeholders in health research for development. This Forum 11 report provides an overview and synthesis of the key issues discussed and conclusions reached. Full report: http://www.globalforumhealth.org/filesupld/forum11/Forum11_Report.pdf

Brazil: Picking Up the Pieces: Women's Experience of Urban Violence in Brazil, Amnesty International, 2008: This report is based on interviews with women in six states – Bahia, Sergipe, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul – carried out in 2006 and 2007. This report focuses on the largely untold stories of women struggling to live their lives, to bring up their children and to fight for justice amid police and criminal violence. Full report: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/AMR19/001/2008/en/989c93b9-057a-11dd-aef9-cb72426d610c/amr190012008eng.pdf

Gender-Based Sexual Violence Against Teenage Girls in the Middle East: A comparative situation analysis of honour violence, early marriages and sexual abuse in Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen. Pernilla Ouis and Tove Myhrman, Save the Children, Sweden, 2008: This report analytically compares the situation of violence towards the girl child --such as honor killings, child marriage, and sexual abuse -- in Yemen, Lebanon, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. [Source: The VAW Monitor - May 2008] Full report online at: http://www.scsmena.org/Gender%20Viol%20ag%20Girls%20MENA%20study%202007.pdf

Five Years On - No Justice for Sexual Violence in Darfur, Human Rights Watch, 2008: Five years into the Darfur conflict, women and girls need protection from rape and brutal attacks still being committed by government forces and armed groups throughout Darfur, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. [Source: The VAW Monitor - May 2008] Download full report online at: http://hrw.org/reports/2008/darfur0408/index.htm

Indicators to Measure Violence Against Women." Slyvia Walby, UN Expert Group Meeting, October 2007: A 2007 report prepared for a UN Expert Group Meeting (which assists the Commission on the Status of Women) outlines a number of possible indicators of violence against women, so as to aid states in creating evidence-based policy. [Source: The VAW Monitor - May 2008] Download full report online at: http://stopvaw.org/Paper_on_Indicators_to_Measure_Violence_Against_Women.html

Hungary - Cries Unheard: The Failure to Protect Women from Rape and Sexual Violence in the Home. Amnesty International, 2007: This report demonstrates -- including through interviews with women who have been raped and subjected to domestic violence, with police officers, judges and human rights organizations -- the widespread silence and denial about sexual violence in general and violence by intimate partners in particular. Full report: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/EUR27/002/2007/en/dom-EUR270022007en.html

India - Staying Alive: First Monitoring & Evaluation Report 2007 on the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. Lawyers Collective Women's Rights Initiative, UNIFEM South Asia Office, 2007:  This report is an exploratory study into the workings of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005. It is hoped the findings of this report will be used as a basis for developing indicators that can be used to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of this law. [Source: WUNRN] Full report: http://www.unifem.org.in/PDF/Complete.pdf

Indicators to Measure Violence Against Women." Slyvia Walby, UN Expert Group Meeting, October 2007: A 2007 report prepared for a UN Expert Group Meeting (which assists the Commission on the Status of Women) outlines a number of possible indicators of violence against women, so as to aid states in creating evidence-based policy. [Source: The VAW Monitor - May 2008] Download full report online at: http://stopvaw.org/Paper_on_Indicators_to_Measure_Violence_Against_Women.html

Policy Briefing Paper: Gender Sensitive Police Reform in Post Conflict Societies, UNIFEM & UNDP 2007: This briefing note outlines key elements of gender-sensitive police reform, based on findings from this inter-agency study and lessons emerging from UNIFEM and UNDP programming in other countries.  [Source: WUNRN] Full report: http://www.unifem.org/attachments/products/GenderSensitivePoliceReform_PolicyBrief_2007_eng.pdf

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children:  The United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children which was presented to the Third Committee of the General Assembly in New York on 11 October 2006. It is now available in English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Italian, Korean, Russian and Spanish. To access the report visit: http://www.violencestudy.org/a555

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

III. Journal Articles

The epidemiology and the pathology of suspected rape homicide in South Africa. Abrahams N, Martin LJ, Jewkes R, Mathews S, Vetten L, Lombard C. Forensic Sci Int 2008: The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiology and forensic management of suspected rape homicide in South Africa, with the aim of promoting the recognition of this form of violence against women amongst forensic pathologists during post-mortem examination. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86841_20

Nonfatal Maltreatment of Infants. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 4, 2008: In 2006, 91,278 infants under a year old experienced nonfatal abuse or neglect, including nearly 30,000 who experienced maltreatment in their first week of life. [Source: Family Violence Prevention Fund NewsFlash April 22, 2008] To read the entire article, visit www.cdc.gov/mmwR/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5713a2.htm.

"I thought . . . maybe this is my chance": sexual abuse against girls and women with disabilities in Malawi. Kvam MH, Braathen SH. Sex Abuse; 20(1): 5-24. 2008: This article is based on a pilot study conducted in Malawi in 2006 that intended to uncover episodes of violence and abuse against women and girls with disabilities and furthermore to explore the mechanisms behind such acts. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86879_20

An exploratory evaluation of the contribution of personality and childhood sexual victimization to the development of sexually abusive behavior. Burton DL. Sex Abuse; 20(1): 102-15. 2008: Scores on the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI) and the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) were collected from two samples of incarcerated delinquent males: 74 adjudicated sexual abusers and 53 nonsexual abusers. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86856_20

Development and Preliminary Psychometric Evaluation of the Domestic Violence-Related Financial Issues Scale (DV-FI). Weaver TL, Sanders CK, Campbell CL, Schnabel M. J Interpers Violence 2008: The current study developed a comprehensive assessment of the unique financial issues facing female victims of IPV using a sheltered sample (N = 113). [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86975_20

Sexual assault, mental health, and service use among male and female veterans seen in Veterans Affairs primary care clinics: A multi-site study. Zinzow HM, Grubaugh AL, Frueh BC, Magruder KM. Psychiatry Res 2008: This study examined the nature and prevalence of sexual assault, as well as its relationship to psychiatric sequelae and service use, among the veteran population. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86810_20

The high risk of IPV against Canadian women with disabilities. Brownridge DA, Ristock J, Hiebert-Murphy D. Med Sci Monit; 14(5): PH27-32. 2008: Mounting evidence suggests that women with disabilities have a particularly high risk of experiencing violence by an intimate partner. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_87017_20

The relationship between victim age and gender crossover among sex offenders. - Levenson JS, Becker J, Morin JW. Sex Abuse; 20(1): 43-60. 2008: Some child molesters abuse children of both genders. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between gender crossover and victim age. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86822_20

Women's perceptions and experiences of sexual violence in marital relationships and its effect on reproductive health. Hussain R, Khan A. Health Care Women Int; 29(5): 468-83. 2008: In this article we explore women's perceptions and experiences of sexual violence in marital relationships and its effects on reproductive health.  [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_87019_20

Intimate partner violence among pregnant Thai women. Thananowan N, Heidrich SM. Violence Against Women; 14(5): 509-27; 2008: The purposes of this study are to describe intimate partner violence (IPV) among pregnant women in Thailand and compare maternal characteristics, health practices during pregnancy, and maternal health between abused and nonabused pregnant women. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86732_20

Intimate partner violence theoretical considerations: Moving towards a contextual framework. Bell KM, Naugle AE. Clin Psychol Rev 2008: The current paper provides a review and critique of current IPV theories and highlights strategies for improving upon these theories [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86869_20

Predicting child abuse and neglect: ethical, theoretical and methodological challenges. Taylor J, Baldwin N, Spencer N. J Clin Nurs; 17(9): 1193-200. 2008: This paper explores the ethical, theoretical and methodological implications of predictive testing in studies of child abuse, neglect and harm. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86824_20

Sexual violence among pregnant women in India. Chhabra S. J Obstet Gynaecol Res; 34(2): 238-41. 2008: This study aims to discover the extent of sexual violence during pregnancy, its correlation to various variables and effects, and to consider future possibilities for creating awareness in health providers, health seekers and communities for prevention. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86700_20

Violence during pregnancy among public health care users in the Greater Sao Paulo area: prevalence and associated factors. Durand JG, Schraiber LB. Rev Bras Epidemiol; 10(3): 310-322. 2007: To examine the prevalence of IPV (intimate partner violence) during pregnancy and its association with demographic and reproductive, sexual and mental health factors among public health care users in Sao Paulo, Brazil. [Source: SafetyLit] Full abstract: http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5b%5d=citjournalarticle_86919_20

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

IV. Events

Save the Date! SVRI Forum 2009: research for advocacy and interventions to end sexual violence, Johannesburg, South Africa, 8-11th March 2009: This global event will bring together 200 participants working on sexual violence as researchers, gender activists, funders, policy makers, service providers, survivors and others. A call for abstracts will be issued in September 2008. Please put this event in your diaries. More information: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/

Web Conference: Turf is Not a Four Letter Word: Advancing Violence Against Women Prevention Partnerships, Wednesday, May 14, 2008: Effective prevention efforts involve many partners from different sectors, disciplines and organizations. While these partners agree on the end goal of preventing violence against women, many conflicts may arise, including those associated with "turf." As part of Prevention Connection's focus on building coalitions and networks, this web conference will explore how to overcome challenges in struggles over turf in violence against women partnerships. For more information and to register visit: http://www.preventconnect.org/display/displayTextItems.cfm?itemID=165&sectionID=248

Challenges of Reducing HIV-Related Stigma in the Targeted Interventions Context in India: A Call to Action, 20th May 2008, New Delhi: The consultation will aim to look at how HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and gender and sexuality intersect and influence each other in the context of targeted interventions for HIV and AIDS in India. It also will serve a platform to learn from experiences in reducing HIV-related stigma and discrimination with different populations and in diverse settings. For more information contact: Chitra Deepak (9910483556) at dchitra at icrw.org with a copy to Dr. Deepmala Mahla at dmahla at icrw.org.

Call for Applications: First AMANET Workshop on Advanced Health Research Ethics for Investigators, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 23 - 27 June 2008: Over the next three years, and through a grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, AMANET will organize a series of 5 workshops on Advanced Health Research Ethics (HRE) primarily for health investigators and secondarily for Ethics Committee members and policy makers. Since the workshops will be at an advanced level, basic HRE training will be a pre-requisite. The first workshop will be held in Dar es Salaam from 23 to 27 June 2008. Deadline for applications: 30 May 2008. For more information visit: http://www.amanet-trust.org/ext/news/AHRECall2008.html  

Call for Papers - 7th European Feminist Research Conference, Utrecht June 4-7 2009: The 7th European Feminist Research Conference is an international event based on cutting-edge scholarship. The conference will reflect a diversity of feminist and gender studies research incorporating perspectives from across the broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. The focus is on the way in which knowledge, politics, and the imagination inform gendered cultures in contemporary Europe. The deadline for abstracts is September 19, 2008. More details on line at: http://www.genderstudies.nl/efrc/index.php?pageid=171

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

V. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Call For Applications - UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (VAW):  The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 13th grant cycle (2008) for projects that support the implementation of national policies, laws and action plans on ending violence against women. The deadline is May 26th 2008. For more information visit: http://www.unifem.org:80/gender_issues/violence_against_women/trust_fund_guidelines.php

For more funding links visit: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm

VI. Vacancies

Coordinator / The CGIAR System-wide Program on Participatory Research and Gender Analysis (PRGA) / Cali, Colombia / Application Deadline: May 31 2008 or until a suitable candidate is identified. [Source: Wigsat-l] More details online at: http://www.prgaprogram.org/Newsletter/Newsletter%202008/Position%20Announcement/position%20annoucement.htm

Program Officer / Abortion Access Project, Inc. / Cambridge, MA, USA / Closing date: May 30, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.abortionaccess.org/images/stories/aap_program_officer_posting.pdf) 

IT Operations Manager / The Global Fund for Women / San Francisco, CA, USA / Closing date: May 11, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/cms/about-gfw/jobs

Fundraising Coordinator / World YWCA / Geneva, Switzerland. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.worldywca.info/index.php/ywca/women_s_news/jobs

Senior Program Officer / Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice / San Diego, CA, USA / Open until filled. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://peace.sandiego.edu

Executive Coordinator / The Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) / Ottawa, ON, Canada / Closing date: May 28, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.youthcoalition.org/DEV/mambo2

OMC Project Co-ordinator / The Sonke Gender Justice Network / Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa / Closing date: [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/vacancies/index.php

Office Administrator / The Sonke Gender Justice Network / Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: May 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/vacancies/index.php

Western Cape OMC Prison Transformation Trainer / The Sonke Gender Justice Network / Cape Town, South Africa / Closing date: May 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/vacancies/index.php

National Programmes Manager / The Sonke Gender Justice Network / Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa / Closing date: May 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.genderjustice.org.za/vacancies/index.php

Social Development Specialist (Gender and Development) / The Asian Development Bank (ADB) / Manila, Philippines. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.adb.org/Employment/Professional/ps08-028-ga-rsgs.asp

Program Officer in Human Rights Sexuality and Reproductive Health-West Africa / Ford Foundation / Lagos, Nigeria / Closing date: May 15, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.fordfound.org/employment/jobs/195

Thematic Advocacy Coordinator (HIV and AIDS) / Progressio / London, UK / Closing date: May 21, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.ciir.org/progressio/News/89628/jobs

Chief Operating Officer / Heifer International / Little Rock, AR, USA / Closing date: June 16, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.heifer.org

Gender Training/Capacity-Building Advisor / UN-INSTRAW // Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic // Closing date: May 20, 2008. [Source: AWID Jobs-Monday, May 05, 2008] For further details visit: http://www.un-instraw.org/en/instraw/opportunities/13.html

VII. 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

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

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