[Svrilist] SV in the News: 18 12 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Dec 18 08:26:13 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:

Russian outrage at Goa rape probe, fear for nationals
AFP, 18 December 2009
Russia has voiced strong concerns for the safety of its citizens in the
Indian resort state of Goa, slamming police for botching a probe into
the alleged rape of one of its nationals.

Tell us where she's buried, honour killing sister pleads
Times Online, 18 December 2009
The sister of a teenage girl who was murdered by her father to protect
his family's "honour" pleaded with him to reveal the whereabouts of her
body after he was jailed for life yesterday.

India court admits plea to end life of rape victim 
BBC News, 17 December 2009 
India's Supreme Court has admitted a plea to end the life of a woman who
has been in a vegetative state since 1973.

Guinea: Stadium massacre, rape likely crimes against humanity 
Human Rights Watch, 17 December 2009
The killing and rape of hundreds of opposition supporters on September
28, 2009, by Guinean security forces are likely to amount to crimes
against humanity, Human Rights Watch said in a comprehensive report
issued today.

Arizona judge tosses rape case against Liberian boy
The Associated Press, 17 December 2009
Sexual assault charges against a 9-year-old Liberian boy accused in the
gang-rape of an 8-year-old girl were dismissed on Wednesday by a
juvenile court judge in Phoenix.

Harassment across Arab world drives women inside
The Associated Press, 16 December 2009
The sexual harassment of women in the streets, schools and work places
of the Arab world is driving them to cover up and confine themselves to
their homes, said activists at the first-ever regional conference
addressing the once taboo topic.

Somalia: Rape "a major problem" for Bosasso internally displaced persons
IRIN News, 16 December 2009
The number of reported rapes in camps for internally displaced persons
in Bosasso, in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, is
increasing and rape has become "a major problem", says a civil society

Australia defends controversial web filter
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 2009
Australia on Wednesday dismissed as "baseless" claims it was proposing a
China-style plan for mandatory filtering of the internet and denied the
system could be abused to silence free speech.

Courtship rape still rampant in Karamoja
New Vision Online, 16th December, 2009
Women in Karamoja are suffering all types of gender violence, including
courtship rape, the UN has said in a report. 

'My child is alive'
Independent Online, 15 December 2009
To the mother of the teenager who was apparently kidnapped and raped,
nothing else mattered the moment she heard her daughter was safe.

Malawi: Women fight harmful cultural practices 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 14 December 2009
An experience which Belita Simpokolwe went through in December last year
remains deeply etched in her memory. "Sometimes I fail to concentrate in
class when these things come back to my mind," laments Simpokolwe, a
grade six pupil at Kawale Primary School, in the northern Malawi
district of Chitipa.

Somali communities say 'No' to female genital cutting
UNICEF, 14 December 2009
Last month, hundreds of men, women and children gathered in a Somali
stadium in the early morning heat to witness a historic declaration: the
collective abandonment of female genital mutilation and cutting by
representatives from 20 communities.

South Africa tackles World Cup child trafficking fears
AFP, 14 December 2009
Lesotho-born Thato was brought to South Africa at age three, by a woman
she knew simply as "granny". Five years later, her "granny" sold her
into sexual slavery. 

The evil in Congo
The Washington Post, 12 December 2009
I was just raped. Not just, as in recently, though sometimes it feels
like yesterday, but just as in only. I was only raped, not mutilated. I
was left intact, though far from whole.

Tanzania: 'I feel like less of a woman'
Inter Press Service News Agency, 12 December 2009
In the darkest corner of the room, under the clamour of twelve women's
voices, sits Ghati Chacha*, she can barely be heard. Her newborn suckles
as she speaks softly about how she refused female circumcision.

Afghanistan: The tribulations of child-bearing children 
IRIN News, 11 December 2009
Rabia, 14, is expecting her first child almost a year after getting
married to Haji Obaidullah, aged 49, as his second wife.

Pope 'deeply disturbed' over abuse by Irish clergy
CNN International, 11 December 2009
Pope Benedict XVI is "deeply disturbed and distressed" by a recent
report showing the Irish Catholic Church covered up child sex abuse by
clergy for decades, the Vatican said Friday.

Uganda bans female genital mutilation
Voice of America, 11 December 2009
The Ugandan parliament has banned the controversial practice known as
female genital mutilation. The traditional rite - which critics decry as
inhumane - is still carried out across much of the region.

The quest for gender-just peace: from impunity to accountability
Open Democracy, 10 December 2009
Yakin Erturk reflects on the six years she spent working as the UN
Special Rapporteur on violence against women, and argues that in order
to build a gender- just peace, dis-empowering patriarchy and engaging
with the feminist agenda of empowering women must be the guiding
principle for all peace initiatives.

Zimbabwe blasted for condoning "sexual terror"
Inter Press Service News Agency, 10 December 2009
Zimbabwe's ruling political party has been accused of launching a
"widespread and systematic campaign of rape and sexual terror" aimed at
intimidating opponents and voters in the troubled African nation,
according to a new report released here.

Europol announces arrests of 115 'child sex offenders'
BBC News, 10 December 2009
Europol says 115 alleged child sex offenders have been arrested in raids
across 18 EU nations and Canada.


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evidence-based responses.

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