[Svrilist] SV in the News: 12 06 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jun 12 13:08:02 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 <mailto: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:

Deadline dates: Please take note of the following SVRI Forum 2009 deadlines

Registration deadline:    

29 June 2009

Registration cancellation:

26 June 2009

Exhibitions registration deadline: 

19 June 2009

Workshop registration deadline:

19 June 2009

Workshop registration cancellation: 

19 June 2009

For more information on registration, exhibitions and pre-conference workshops, please visit http://svriforum2009.svri.org/index.htm or contact Ms Mandy Salomo at mandy.salomo at mrc.ac.za <mailto:mandy.salomo at mrc.ac.za>   

Sexual Violence in the News:

Thousands of Indonesian children exploited for sex trade: International Labor Organization
Jakarta Post, 12 June 2009
The global economic crisis has forced a greater number of children into the workforce, particularly girls, many of whom are exploited for commercial sex, the International Labor Organization said Thursday.

United Kingdom: Postcode lottery in rape convictions 'getting worse' 
International Planned Parenthood Federation, 12 June 2009
The postcode lottery faced by rape victims seeking justice has worsened despite huge government efforts, with women in some areas 11 times more likely to see assailants found guilty than in others, official figures show today.

MTV uses anime to fight human trafficking in China 
Reuters India, 12 June 2009
One of China's most sought-after actors is starring in an animated short film about human trafficking and sexual exploitation, issues that have plagued the country, and the rest of Asia, for decades.

Gender-based violence fuels HIV/AIDS pandemic 
Fiji Daily Post, 12 June 2009
Those working to eliminate violence against women must also have an understanding of sexual health risks including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS. They need to understand how violence against women increases the risk of STI and HIV infection. HIV and AIDS workers also need to understand and address gender-based violence and people working in these all of these programmes need to work together.

Surge in violence creates new wave of Somali refugees
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 June 2009
Somalis are experiencing near-daily atrocities, including rape, the shelling of civilian areas and fighting that has forced more than 100,000 to flee their homes since May, the UN refugee agency said.

Teacher charged with raping girl 
BBC News, 11 June 2009
A teacher from Greater Manchester has been charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

HIV, the silent partner in emergencies 
IRIN News, 10 June 2009
The displacement of people into highly congested camps, increased idleness, coupled with poverty, leads to risky sexual behaviour," he said. "There was a breakdown in the community social norms that protected women, girls and other young people from risky behaviour; this was also associated with rape and other forms of gender-based violence.

'When a Man Hurts a Woman, There's Nothing She Can Do'
Inter Press Service News Agency, 10 June 2009
Mary Atimango left the war-ravaged Gulu district to come and live in Kampala during the peak of the northern Ugandan conflict over fifteen years ago.

Teen Dating Violence Up In Recession
CBS News, 10 June 2009
Study: Teens In Households Suffering From Economic Downturn Increasingly Facing Violence In Relationships

Trafficking Victims' Ordeal Never Over
Inter Press Service News Agency, 10 June 2009
A mixture of rage, impotence and terror is evident behind the sadness in María's* eyes. It's been five months since she escaped from her captors in the United States, where she was taken under a false job contract, and she still can't shake off her fear.

Domestic abuse plagues India's upper crust 
Reuters, 7 June 2009
Domestic violence has long been in the public eye and the media regularly features cases of wife-beating over issues such as dowry, as well as torture and killings of women, especially in poorer households.

Burkina Faso: President launches bid to reduce Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)
IRIN News, 5 June 2009
Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré has launched a campaign to reduce female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 30 percent by 2013.

UN says 3-year-old rape victim dies in Congo
Reuters Africa, 5 June 2009
three-year-old girl has died after being raped by a rebel fighter in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where armed forces are committing increasing numbers of sexual attacks, a United Nations spokeswoman said on Friday.

Two United Nations agencies partner to make world's cities safer for women 
UN News Centre, 4 June 2009
Two United Nations agencies have teamed up to combat violence against women and girls in the world's cities, including by proposing measures such as improved street lighting and female-only modes of transportation.

Whistleblower 'beaten up by relatives'
Independent Online, 3 June 2009
A teenage rape victim who blew the whistle on teachers allegedly raping and sexually assaulting pupils at an Umlazi school has been beaten by a fellow pupil and four of her relatives.

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 svri at mrc.ac.za. To unsubscribe from the list, email svri at mrc.ac.za

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