[Svrilist] SV in the News: 24 07 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jul 24 11:51:12 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/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Urgent Action: Violence Against Women, UN Trust Fund Alert : Drastic Shortfall in Resources Threatens Women's Safety
Due to the global economic and financial crisis, the UN Trust Fund is facing a dramatic shortfall in donor contributions. This year, the Fund has received more than 1600 proposals from all over the world. But there's only $9 million available. Not even half of the $22 million granted last year. Please help us raise another $18 million! Violence against women and girls is an emergency. In order to maintain vital support, we need an urgent infusion of funds and your support. For more information or to donate to the UN Trust Fund, please visit http://www.unfoundation.org/donate/un-trust-fund.html 

South Africa: Pretoria musicians proclaim WAR on abuse 
Steak & Ale, the popular original live music venue in Centurion has adopted WoMan Against Rape (WAR) as it's exclusive charity project and Friday 31 July 2009, for the 3rd year running, hosts an evening of sublime music to raise desperately needed funds for the project to continue. Music fans will be treated to Folk, Rock and Blues by Riku Lätti, Andra, Southern Gypsey Queen and Laurie Levine. 

Family shuns girl, 8, after sex attack
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2009
US prosecutors have filed sexual assault charges against four boys aged nine to 14, alleging they brutally attacked an eight-year-old girl in Phoenix, Arizona, after luring her to a shed with chewing gum.

New law on child marriage under consideration 
Saudi Gazette, 24 July 2009
A new law on child marriage from the Ministry of Justice which currently has the issue under study may set the legal age of marriage at 18 while also imposing greater restrictions on persons permitted to authorize the marriage of minors.

Judge raises 'technical rape' problem
Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2009
Another Australian judge has expressed difficulty with sentencing and the issue of consent in a rape case.

Refugees and the Risk of Rape
The Women's International Perspective (The WIP), 23 July 2009
Encompassing all forms of physical and sexual violence, gender violence plagues women around the world. It is a crime that strips women of their human rights and disproportionately affects refugees.

Haiti: Women "More Protected" to Report Sexual Violence
Inter Press Service News Agency, 22 July 2009
The country while not in a state of war is one of the world's most unstable. Kidnappings, criminal violence, gang warfare and violent armed confrontation with the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has increased the number of reported cases of sexual violence against women and girls.

Philippines: Legal system falls short on human trafficking
IRIN News, 22 July 2009
Like many Filipinos, 20-year-old Analyn dreamed of a brighter future for her family abroad, but instead of a well-paying job, she was forced to marry a man more than twice her age from South Korea to get an entry visa to that country.

Bosnia and Herzegovina war crimes trial: still no justice for rape victims
Amnesty International, 21 July 2009
The conviction of Milan and Sredoje Lukiæ for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Tribunal) brings justice for the killing of scores of people during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but ignores the suffering of victims of sexual violence, Amnesty International said today (21 July). 

Rapes by children under spotlight
BBC News, 21 July 2009
Police in Scotland have brought almost 500 rape charges against children and teenagers under the age of 18 in the past five years.

United Nations committee discusses new forms of discrimination against women
UN News Centre, 21 July 2009
The United Nations committee which monitors compliance with the international convention on eliminating discrimination against women is 30 years old this year, but as it meets this week at UN Headquarters in New York, it is considering some very modern problems. 

Sudanese Journalist Who Invited Press to Attend Her Court Hearing and Flogging: I Am Fighting for All Women
The Middle East Media Research Institute, 20 July 2009
The issue of abuse of women by Sudan's public order police recently gained prominence in the Sudanese and other media, after Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmad Hussein and 12 other women were arrested in Khartoum on July 3, 2009, for wearing trousers. 

Patient's Story: "They told me I am brave because I spoke while many didn't"
Médecins Sans Frontières, 20 July 2009
Sexual violence affects thousands of people every year in Guatemala. However, there has been little assistance provided to survivors of sexual violence by the national health care system.

Doctors asked to stop female cut operations
Daily Nation, 20 July 2009
Doctors and nurses were on Monday asked to desist from carrying out female genital mutilation in their clinics. Health experts and human rights activists said the doctors' performing of "the cut" was making the harmful practice more acceptable.

Speech of Stephen Lewis at 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention
Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service, July 19, 2009
Speech by Stephen Lewis, co-Director, AIDS-Free World - delivered at the opening of the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention Cape Town, South Africa: July 19, 2009

Girl's Refusal to Be Child Bride Inspires Nation
ABC News, 17 July 2009
She's been called a leader and an icon, and her actions are considered revolutionary - all because 13-year-old Rekha Kalindi refused to be married off and wanted to attend school instead.

A child is raped every 2nd day in Tamil Nadu
Times of India, 10 July 2009
Every alternate day, a new child is raped in Tamil Nadu. That is according to the yet-to-be released 2008 statistics of the State Crime Records Bureau. If those cases that go unreported are to be counted, it could well be a child rape a day.

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

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