[Svrilist] SV in the News 03 04 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Apr 3 09:05:33 SAST 2009







Dear SVRI List Members

To follow is a list of newspaper articles and other stories on sexual violence from across the globe. If you would like to suggest resources to be included on the SVRI Updates or on the SVRI website, please email svri at mrc.ac.za <mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> . For additional resources and information on sexual violence, visit us at www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Law for Afghan Shi'ites stirs anger and concern
Reuters, 2 April 2009
British media have reported that the law, which affects only Shi'ite Muslims who make up some 15 percent of Afghanistan's population, could legalise marital rape and prohibit women from leaving the home without the permission of their husbands.

Rape witness jailing criticised 
BBC News, 2 April 2009
The jailing of a woman who ran from the witness box while giving evidence in a rape trial has been criticised by Scotland's most senior judge.

Virginia Military Institute cadet charged with rape
CNN International, 2 April 2009
A Virginia Military Institute cadet has been charged with rape and sodomy after a female cadet reported she was the victim of sexual assault.

Electronics Firms Urged to Boycott "Blood Minerals" 
InterPress Service News Agency, 1 April 2009
The world's mass consumption of cell phones, laptops and other electronics fuels widespread sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a new study released Wednesday by the non-profit Enough Project that echoes what many human rights activists and humanitarian workers have been saying for years.

'Bandana Project' to Spotlight Sexual Exploitation of Farmworker Women
PR Newswire, 1 April 2009
Residents of 25 states and three other countries will take a stand against the sexual exploitation of farmworker women and other low-wage female immigrant workers in April as part of the "Bandana Project," a partnership between the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and community groups, universities and other advocacy organizations to raise awareness and educate these women about their rights.

New hope for trafficked children as Convention comes into force
UNICEF, 1 April 2009
The Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CECT) comes into force for the UK today. In response, UNICEF stated that the change should bring new hope in the form of better protection and care for children trafficked into, out and within this country.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: United Nations to push ahead with efforts to curb abuse allegations for blue helmets
UN News Centre, 1 April 2009
Although the number of misconduct allegations for blue helmets serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on the decline, the top United Nations envoy to the country today vowed to press ahead with efforts to prevent and act on accusations of sexual exploitation and abuse.

'No success' in trafficking cases 
BBC News, 1 April 2009
Almost 80 people have been victims of human trafficking in Scotland but there has never been a successful criminal prosecution, a new report has revealed. 

US: Los Angeles County Should Test Thousands of Rape Kits
Human Rights Watch, 31 March 2009
Los Angeles County officials should move urgently to test a backlog of more than 12,000 rape kits - the physical evidence collected after a sexual assault - to ensure justice for rape victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

Payout for lottery rapist victim 
BBC News, 31 March 2009
A woman who won a legal battle to claim compensation from a serial rapist who went on to win £7m on the lottery has reached an out-of-court settlement.

Kenya police abuse Somali refugees: rights group
Reuters, 30 March 2009
Corrupt and violent Kenyan police abuse and extort money from hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled volatile Somalia, a human rights watchdog said on Monday.

COTE D'IVOIRE: Rape a daily menace for rural women 
IRIN News, 30 March 2009
Women in villages around Korhogo, northern Côte d'Ivoire, dare not walk to their fields alone for fear of rape.

In Bangladesh, Disasters Widen the Road to Slavery 
The New York Times, 30 March 2009
"The poorer people are, the more vulnerable they are to trafficking," Amin explained. "With all this flooding, people can approach poor families and say, 'Look, you have nothing here,'" luring women and girls off with visions of a financially secure marriage or a well-paying job in Dhaka's garment industry.

'Economic crisis affects women, children' 
Independent Online, 30 March 2009
It was widely acknowledged that economic inequality was a cause of violence against women and children, she told a Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women seminar in Pretoria.

16-year-old burnt in Ghaziabad honour killing
Times of India, 25 March 2009
A 16-year-old girl, Imrana, was set on fire inside her house on Monday in a case of what the police called 'moral vigilantism'.

The Great Shame
The New York Times, Open Ed, 20 March 2009
I had a conversation several weeks ago with a former Army officer, a woman, who had been attacked in her bed a few years ago by a superior officer, a man, who was intent on raping her.

Election Campaign Silent on Violence Against Women
InterPress Service News Agency, 18 March 2009
With its emphasis on gender equality, the South African constitution is regarded as a great example for many other developing countries. Yet, despite laws intended to protect the rights of women like the Sexual Abuse Act and the Domestic Violence Act, women in the country still suffer indignities at the hands of police and in court.

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

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