[Svrilist] SV in the News: 05 06 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jun 5 13:34:43 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: Coordinated evidence based responses to end sexual
violence, Johannesburg, South Africa 6-9 July 2009 - an update:

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 2009. Workshop
times are 10:00 - 12:00 in the morning, and again from 14:00 - 16:00 in
the afternoon. Available workshops include:

Workshop 1: Challenges in Measuring Violence Against Women
Presenter: Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno
<http://www.svri.org/group.htm#moreno>  (WHO, Switzerland)
Workshop 2: Evaluation of programmes and services from women's
Presenters: Ms Alessandra Guedes <http://www.svri.org/group.htm#guedes>
(Freelance Consultant, Brazil) and Prof. Jill Astbury
<http://www.svri.org/group.htm#astbury>  (Victoria University,
Workshop 3: Demystifying research data for advocacy purposes
Presenters: Ms Monique Widyono (PATH, USA) and Ms Shanaaz Mathews
<http://www.mrc.ac.za/gender/contact.htm>  (MRC, South Africa)
Workshop 4: Medico-legal responses to sexual violence
Presenter: Prof. Rachel Jewkes <http://www.svri.org/group.htm#sec>
(MRC, South Africa)
Workshop 5: Using eHealth Technologies to Promote Research on Sexual
Presenters: Ms Hendra van Zyl (MRC, South Africa) and Ms Liz Dartnall
<http://www.svri.org/group.htm#sec>  (SVRI, South Africa) 
Workshop 6: A South-South Collaboration for Teaching Writing for
Academic Publication on Gender and Sexuality - The Ese:o Methodology and
Presenter: Dr. Soledad Falabella
<http://www.eseo.cl/index.cgi?wid_seccion=15&wid_item=20>  (ESE:O,

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:

Catholic orders plead poor in abuse compensation cases
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 2009
The Catholic orders responsible for abusing Ireland's poorest children
say they're struggling to come up with money to help their victims. 

'Rape victims' threatened 
Independent Online, 4 June 2009
Two pupils, including an alleged rape victim, from a troubled high
school in Umlazi were transferred to a new school after they were
intimidated, KwaZulu-Natal education officials said on Thursday.

Sex workers in Goa more likely to end life
Times of India, 4 June 2009
Young girls pushed into prostitution in Goa are more likely to think
about suicide or attempt to commit suicide as compared to their
counterparts from other states, as they feel extremely stigmatized and
live under the daily threat of disclosure and exclusion from their
communities, reveals a study.

US husband 'arranged wife's rape online'
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 June 2009
A man used the online advertising service Craigslist to enlist another
man to rape his wife in the couple's home, US police said on Wednesday.

Committee on Rights of Child examines report of Niger
ReliefWeb, 4 June 2009
The Committee on the Rights of the Child today reviewed the second
periodic report of Niger on how that country is implementing the
provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Child rape survivor saves 'virgin myth' victims
CNN, 4 June 2009
Betty Makoni has fought for nearly a decade to protect her country's
young girls from sexual abuse. And she's witnessed some of the worst
cases of the myth in action. "The youngest girl I ever came across was a
day-old baby who was raped," said Makoni, 37.

Indonesia: Trafficking fuels commercial sex work 
IRIN News, 3 June 2009
Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is
not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of
a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs).

Man beaten over girl's rape in stable condition
The Associated Press, 3 June 2009
A man sought for questioning in the rape of an 11-year-old girl was
upgraded to stable condition Wednesday, a day after he was severely
beaten by angry neighbors who recognized him from a photo distributed by

Girls 'sold' for lobola
Independent Online, 3 June 2009
Outrage has been expressed by many community leaders and politicians
about the re-emergence in parts of the country of "ukuthwala" - the
practice of forcing girls, some as young as 12, to marry older men.

Child raped every 3 min - report
News24, 3 June 2009
One child is raped in South Africa every three minutes, a report by
trade union Solidarity said on Wednesday.

Sexual violence
BBC News, audio interview, 2 June 2009
In the Darfur region of Sudan, it would seem since the expulsion of a
number of foreign aid groups, finding out what is going on there has
been difficult. 

Cameroon: Bringing rape out of the shadows
IRIN News, 2 June 2009
Talk openly about rape. That is the gist of a new campaign in Cameroon,
where according to a study an estimated 432,000 women and girls have
been raped in the past 20 years.

Rape Crisis in East Congo Tied to Mining Activity
Women's E-News, 1 June 2009
The acute crisis of sexual violence in eastern Congo is being tied to
illegal mining interests in the region, which help finance the warring
and competing factions that are perpetrating a worsening rape epidemic.

Ugandan Physician-Lawmaker Moves to Criminalize Female Genital
Mutilation (FGM)
Women's E-News, 31 May 2009
After 500 young women in Uganda endured genital mutilations in the most
recent season for the initiation rite, a physician lawmaker here is
optimistic about outlawing the practice this year and finding new income
for traditional surgeons.

Sexual harassment in Egypt: Ending the silence
AWID, 29 May 2009
The silence around sexual harassment in Egypt is beginning to lift.
Since 2008 when the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) published
a study, a number of developments have helped advance awareness and
bring redress closer to the many women who experience sexual harassment.

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
visit our website www.svri.org <http://www.svri.org/>  or contact us at 
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Please circulate these resources widely.






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