[Svrilist] SV in the News: 03 07 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 3 13:08:37 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 <http://www.svri.org/> .

SVRI Forum 2009: Three days to go! Please note that there will be no
SVRI Updates or News Postings in the week of 6 - 10 July.

SVRI Conference Programme: We are pleased to announce a preliminary
conference agenda is now available online. To view the programme please
visit: http://svriforum2009.svri.org/programme.htm 

SVRI Forum 2009 - Pre Conference Workshops: We take great pleasure in
inviting you to participate in our pre-conference workshops. The
workshops aim to support building capacity in various aspects of
research on sexual violence. Workshops will take place on Monday 6 July

Workshops 10:00 - 12:00:

Workshop 1: Demystifying research data for advocacy purposes -
Presenters: Ms Monique Widyono (PATH, USA) and Ms Shanaaz Mathews (MRC,
South Africa)

Workshop 2: Medico-legal responses to sexual violence - Presenter: Prof
Rachel Jewkes (MRC, South Africa)

Workshops 14:00 - 16:00:

Workshop 3: Challenges in Measuring Violence Against Women - Presenter:
Dr Claudia Garcia Moreno (WHO, Switzerland) and Dr. Henrica A.F.M.
(Henriette) Jansen (Senior Consultant, Switzerland).

Workshop 4: Evaluation of programmes and services from women's
perspectives - Presenters: Ms Alessandra Guedes (Freelance Consultant,
Brazil) and Prof Jill Astbury (Victoria University, Australia)

Workshop 5: A South-South Collaboration for Teaching Writing for
Academic Publication on Gender and Sexuality - The Ese:o Methodology and
Experience. Presenter: Dr Soledad Falabella (ESE:O, Chile) 

Workshops can be booked online by completing the registration form, or
contact Ms Mandy Salomo at Mandy.Salomo at mrc.ac.za for more information.
For more details on each workshop, please visit 

Sexual Violence in the News:

Girl, 14, says she was snatched and raped 
Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 2009
Police are appealing for help to track down four men who allegedly
abducted and raped a girl in inner-Sydney this week. The 14-year-old
told police she had been at the shops and was walking along Norton
Street in Leichhardt about 5pm on Tuesday when a black four-wheel-drive
containing four men pulled up alongside her.

Increase in rape on Garden Route - and victims younger
The Herald, 2 July 2009
The rape of both boys and girls between the ages of six and 16 is
increasing in the Southern Cape and police have enlisted the help of a
senior United States law enforcement official to help in their training.

Forced marriage plea to schools
BBC News, 2 July 2009
New guidance is being published urging schools to identify signs of
forced marriages ahead of the holidays.

Rwanda: Sugar daddies and mummies have bitter consequences 
IRIN News, 2 July 2009
A new HIV prevention campaign in Rwanda - "Sinigurisha" (I am not for
sale) - warns against cross-generational sex involving both older men
and older women.

Mount Elgon conflict affects women and children
Pambazuka News, 2 July 2009
It has been slightly over a year, and the guns have been silent in the
Mt Elgon region of Western Kenya, but the trauma remains etched in the
minds and bodies of the women from this region.

Spousal Rape Laws Continue to Evolve
Women's E-news, 1 July 2009
Remnants of the "marital rape exemption" still exist in many states'
laws, even though all 50 states now criminalize spousal rape. Plea
bargains can also lead to more lenient sentencing. Caroline Johnston
Polisi looks at how these laws have changed.

Slovakia: Barriers Go up for Abortion
AWID, 30 June 2009
Rights groups in Slovakia have attacked new abortion legislation they
say not only breaches women's rights to privacy and regulations on
medical confidentiality but could force some women into undergoing
risky, illegal abortions.

Lubanga Defence Warn New Charges Threaten Trial
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 29 June 2009
The request to include sexual slavery and cruel and inhumane treatment
to Lubanga's indictment came on May 22 from victims' lawyers. It stems
from the numerous witnesses who have testified about the rape and severe
abuse of young recruits to Lubanga's militia, the military wing of the
Union of Congolese Patriots,UPC.

Traffickers Prey on North Korean Women Fleeing to China 
VOA News, 29 June 2009
For thousands of North Korean women, the decision to flee their
impoverished, repressive homeland often puts them at the mercy of human
traffickers. In China, many are forced into prostitution or marriage
with Chinese men.

Namibia: Women take legal action over alleged sterilizations
International Planned Parenthood Federation News, 29 June 2009
Two HIV-positive Namibian women who allege they were sterilized against
their will in public hospitals are seeking redress through the courts,
the first of more than 20 known cases, according to the International
Community for Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW). 

Dubai, New Destination on Trafficking Map 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 29 June 2009
On May 26, the U.S.-based Center for Investigative Reporting published
'The Price of Sex', a vast multi-media project by photojournalist Mimi
Chakarova who spent nearly seven years doggedly unraveling the web of
sex trafficking.

Saudi working on child marriage curbs: rights chief
ABC-CBN News, 28 June 2009
The Saudi government is working on new regulations to impose a minimum
age for marrying to prevent child weddings, the head of the official
Human Rights Commission said on Sunday.

Rape is cheaper than bullets: Sexual Warfare in the Democratic Republic
of Congo
Sydney Morning Herald, Video News, 27 June 2009
Sexual violence is a devastating weapon in the war-torn North Kivu
province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese army and
rebel groups systematically use brutal gang rape against their enemies,
causing crippling injuries and spreading HIV.
http://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2009/congo/index.html and 

Justice System Tackles Gender Violence 
Inter Press Service News Agency, 27 June 2009
Paraguay's justice system is seeking to address a major pending issue:
eliminating the hurdles and inequalities in cases of violence against
women. When victims turn to the police and the courts, instead of
finding a solution, they are often only revictimised.

'He Thought a Baby Would Keep Me in His Life Forever': When Partner
Abuse Isn't a Bruise But a Pregnant Belly
Alternet, 26 June 2009
Intimate partner violence doesn't always show up in police photos as
swollen bruises. Instead, the evidence might be the victim's pregnant

Mass rape in Goma prison
IRIN News, 24 June 2009
Twenty female detainees in the central prison in Goma, a large town in
northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were raped during a
recent riot, officials have said.

Panel to Issue Standards to Reduce Prison Rapes
New York Times, 22 June 2009
A Congressional commission plans to issue recommendations on Tuesday for
standards to reduce sexual assaults in the nation's jails and prisons. 

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

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an initiative of the Global
Forum for Health Research, is hosted by the Medical Research Council,
South Africa. The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and
generate empirical data to ensure sexual violence is recognized as a
priority public health problem. If you want to know more about the SVRI
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