[Svrilist] SV in the News: 11 12 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Dec 11 09:26:19 SAST 2009


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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: Men brought on board in efforts to fight gender violence
Daily Star, 11 December 2009
Regional efforts to include men in the fight against gender-based violence got under way this week with the conclusion of a pioneering workshop.

Group claims evidence of Mugabe-led rape campaign, urges prosecution 
Globe and Mail, 10 December 2009
Armed with 70 sworn affidavits from rape victims, an advocacy group says it has enough evidence to warrant the prosecution of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his ruling party for crimes against humanity.

Poverty in South Africa: 3 cows and a forced marriage
AFP, 10 December 2009
Nolizwi Sinama was 14 years old when her family swapped her for three cows and forced her into marrying a man three times her age.

Violent rapist ordered to pay
The Morning Bulletin, 10 December 2009
A violent Rockhampton rapist, who was jailed for 10 years, was yesterday ordered to pay $48,000 compensation to his victim.

Ground-breaking report documents forced prostitution in Palestinian society 
Haaretz, 10 December 2009
Palestinian women are being forced into prostitution in both Ramallah and Jerusalem - including in Jewish neighborhoods of the city, according to a report prepared by the Palestinian organization SAWA, which fights violence against women.

Uganda bans female genital mutilation 
BBC News, 10 December 2009
Ugandan MPs have voted to outlaw female genital mutilation - also known as female circumcision.

Sierra Leone: Compensating war victims 
IRIN News, 9 December 2009
Sierra Leone has made a strong start in compensating war victims but these are early days: Long-term government commitment and funding is needed, says an NGO which monitors progress in this area.

Sexual abuse prompts Senegalese legal reforms
BBC News, 9 December 2009
Growing numbers of girls in Senegal are being raped, with abuse often happening while they are at school. 

Boys at church 'paid to act as wives'
Independent Online, 9 December 2009
Boys are being taken as "wives" by men in the Central Methodist Church in exchange for cash and the promise of a better life.

Girl, 11, endured 'horrific' sex trafficking ordeal
BBC News, 9 December 2009
A woman whose 11-year-old daughter was targeted by a human trafficking ring in South Yorkshire has spoken of her family's "absolutely horrific" ordeal.

Inter Press Service Africa launches Reporting Gender-based Violence handbook
Bizcommunity, 8 December 2009
Inter Press Service Africa has launched a new handbook for reporters to support sustained media coverage of gender-based violence beyond 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children.

Child sex offenders to face 25 years jail
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 December 2009
Legislation that would see child sex offenders face up to 25 years' jail is to be introduced into the Victorian parliament.

In Liberia rape is still a weapon of choice 
Telegraph.co.uk, 8 December 2009
Weeping as she speaks, the teenager said that she was raped while selling peanuts to help pay for her school fees. 

Jordan woman killed over 'bad behaviour': police
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 December 2009
A Jordanian man has been charged with premeditated murder after stabbing to death his 30-year-old married sister over her alleged "bad behaviour," police say.

Shelter from the storm: Escaping from gender violence in Ethiopia
United Nations Population Fund, 7 December 2009
The safe house for victims of gender-based violence hides behind tall, grey walls in a nondescript neighbourhood of the capital. Run by Tsotawi Tekat Tekelakay Mahiber - the Organization Against Gender-based Violence -- is known only to the police.

Afghanistan: Keep promises to Afghan women 
Human Rights Watch, 6 December 2009
Eight years after the fall of the Taliban, women and girls suffer high levels of violence and discrimination and have poor access to justice and education, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.  

Cote D'Ivoire: Give them shelter
IRIN News, 4 December 2009
In Côte d'Ivoire destitute children - particularly girls selling sex to survive - urgently need shelters where they can receive care and support, says a local NGO monitoring girls who sell vegetables by day, sex by night. 

Activists in Honduras tell Amnesty International of hidden human rights crisis
Amnesty International, 4 December 2009
As Honduras' president elect Porfirio Lobo prepares to take power, new questions arise about events that have taken place since the coup d'etat last June.

"Bride-price' in Uganda has negative impact on women 
Media-Newswire, 4 December 2009
A common practice in African countries, whereby material goods or money are paid by a groom to a bride's family upon their marriage, bride-price operated beneficially in the past to give formal recognition to marriages and to stabilise partnerships.

Women at risk of sexual assault on college campuses
Medical News Today, 3 December 2009
The statistics for sexual assault are unsettling; the US Department of Justice reports that one in five college women will be the victim of attempted or actual sexual assault during their college years.

Honour based violence is biggest problem facing women
Telegraph.co.uk, 26 November 2009
Children must be taught about the dangers of forced marriages, campaigners said yesterday as ministers were warned that honour-based violence is the biggest problem facing women. 

Protecting the children
Mail and Guardian, 20 November 2009
Children who have been sexually abused might feel like their world is falling apart when testifying in a criminal court against an alleged perpetrator, who is often known to the child.


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