[Svrilist] SV in the News: 04 12 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Dec 4 09:10:50 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. For additional resources and information on sexual
violence, visit us at www.svri.org. 

Sexual Violence in the News:

Lebanon's hidden problem of domestic abuse 
BBC News, 3 December 2009
"On the outside Lebanon seems like a very liberal place. Women here
party, many dress as they like, they work. But if you dig deeper and if
you look at the issue of marriage, women have no rights," says Ghida
Anani, programmes coordinator at KAFA
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8392475.stm

Despite tough laws, few are arrested for sex trafficking 
New York Times, 3 December 2009
Despite a highly trumpeted New York State law in 2007 that enacted tough
penalties for sex or labor trafficking, very few people have been
prosecuted since it went into effect, according to state statistics.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/04/nyregion/04trafficking.html

Police question teens over alleged rapes
Sydney Morning Herald, 3 December 2009
Three teenagers have been released without charge but two are still
helping detectives investigating the gang rape of two 15-year-old girls
in a Melbourne park.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/police-question-teens-over
-alleged-rapes-20091203-k7za.html

Theologian: Bishops named in abuse report should quit 
BBC News, 3 December 2009
A leading Catholic theologian in Ireland has said all bishops criticised
in a report on clerical sexual abuse in Dublin should resign
immediately.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8393060.stm

Dominican Republic: Women facing increased risk
Inter Press Service News Agency, 2 December 2009
Dominican organisations focused on the rights of women are bringing in
assistance from all over Latin America to aid them in their fight
against Article 30 in the recently approved constitution which states
that the right to life is inviolable from conception until death.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49500

Is child marriage a neglected problem?
Daily News, 2 December 2009
MARY looks down at the floor while she is speaking, her big brown eyes
focused on the pattern of the linoleum, her voice a low monotone that
almost betrays no emotion.
http://dailynews.co.tz/feature/?n=5777

Woman in compo battle over 500 rapes
Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2009
A NSW woman who was raped about 500 times from the age of five to 16
when in foster care has won the latest round of her battle for
appropriate compensation.
http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/woman-in-compo-battle-over
-500-rapes-20091202-k5fw.html

United Nations-backed report urges Pacific nations to scale up response
to HIV/AIDS
United Nations News Centre, 2 December 2009
new United Nations-backed report calls on countries in the Pacific Ocean
region to scale up their response to HIV and AIDS, which is being
fuelled in the region by violence against women, stigma and unprotected
sex.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=33129&Cr=AIDS&Cr1=

Afghanistan: Public space "shrinking" for women - United Nations
official 
IRIN News, 1 December 2009
Eight years after the formal end of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, women
are facing growing challenges in public life and have limited access to
justice, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=87275

Analysis: HIV progress blunted by discrimination and sexual violence
Amnesty International, 1 December 2009
Gender discrimination, sexual violence and poverty are undermining
global progress in tackling HIV/Aids, Amnesty International said on
World Aids Day. 
http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/analysis-hiv-progress-blunted
-discrimination-and-sexual-violence-20091201

'Women Won't Wait Campaign': Universal access won't be achieved if women
do not have access to services
Women Won't Wait. End HIV & Violence NOW, 1 December 2009
Statistics show that at least one out of every three women around the
world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her
lifetime.  NOW Campaign urges all to advocate for an essential package
of services to be part of the integrated response to HIV and violence
against women and girls.
http://www.womenwontwait.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1
84&Itemid=1

Anti-female genital mutilation Bill ready for debate
New Vision Online, 1 December 2009
A Bill outlawing female genital mutilation is ready to be presented to
the House for the second reading and be passed into law, MPs have been
told.
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/702980

Victims of sexual violence first to receive compensation 
Columbia Reports, 30 November 2009
Victims of rape perpetrated by paramilitaries demobilized in Colombia's
Justice and Peace process will be first to receive reparations (COP15
million each).
http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/7106-victims-of-sexual-vio
lence-first-to-receive-compensation.html

Canadian sex workers challenge criminal code
Women's eNews, 30 November 2009
Sex workers in Canada are challenging the country's ban on activities
associated with prostitution, arguing it conflicts with their
constitutional rights. Opponents say decriminalization of sex work would
increase sex trafficking.
http://www.womensenews.org/story/prostitution-and-trafficking/091125/can
adian-sex-workers-challenge-criminal-code

Do rape survivors know their rights?
Independent Online, 30 November 2009
Rape victims should be encouraged to apply for compulsory HIV testing of
alleged rapists, the minister of for women, children and persons with
disabilities said on Sunday.
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=15&art_id=nw20091129233
738811C635826

Kenyan TV journalists expose cultural practices that spread HIV/AIDS 
Internews, 30 November 2009 [Source: WUNRN],
As Kenya continues to intensify its efforts against the spread of HIV,
some elements of traditional cultural practices in various parts of the
country such as Coast Province continue to hinder the success of these
efforts. 
http://www.internews.org/prs/2009/20091130_kenya.shtm

Professor urges more translations to Arabic
Women's eNews, 29 November 2009
A Saudi academic and a Moroccan politician outline what Arab women need.
The list includes more translations of Western research to overcome
regional isolation and longer careers.
http://www.womensenews.org/story/the-world/091125/professor-urges-more-t
ranslations-arabic

Balkans: Apologising to sterilised Roma women - Slovakia's turn
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 November 2009
Rights activists are hoping a landmark announcement by the Czech
government regretting forced sterilisation of Roma women in the past
will push politicians in neighbouring Slovakia to follow suit.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49444

South Africa: Legal victory offers little relief for sex workers
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 November 2009
More than seven months after the Cape High Court ruled in favour of the
Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce, interdicting the police
for harassment and arrests, sex workers are losing the daily battles
against police and criminal elements on the streets.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49452


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