[Svrilist] SV in the News: 19 06 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jun 19 12:00:08 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: An Update - Conference Programme and Workshops

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 2009.

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)

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 http://svriforum2009.svri.org/workshops.htm.

Sexual Violence in the News:

Iran's women march against discrimination
CNN International, 19 June 2009
The young Iranian woman eyed the crowd and pondered the possibility that the rest of her life might be different from her mother's. She could see glimmers of a future free from discrimination - and all the symbols of it, including the head-covering the government requires her to wear every day.

Boy, 12, who raped child faces sentence
Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 2009
A 12-year-old boy who raped a young child will be sentenced after failing to convince a court he was wrongly convicted.

Medical Research Council: Quarter of men in South Africa admit rape
Mail and Guardian, 18 June 2009
One in four men in South Africa have admitted to rape and many confess to attacking more than one victim, according to a study that exposes the country's endemic culture of sexual violence.

Human Trafficking Rises in Recession
Time, 18 June 2009
According to the State Department, at least 12.3 million adults and children worldwide are subjected to forced labor, sexual servitude and stolen organs, with the global financial crisis heightening the problem through the increased demand for cheap labor, services - and even body parts.

India drops a peg on trafficking watchlist
Times of India, 18 June 2009
Saying that New Delhi is not doing enough to curb human smuggling, the US has placed India in the second-worst category in a blacklist of countries not meeting the minimum standard of combating trafficking.

Gambia: Reaching the Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) tipping point
IRIN News, 18 June 2009
"In politics and sociology you reach a tipping point and once you've reached it, things change," says Min-whee Kang of the UN Children's Fund. "This is what we're aiming at to stop female genital mutilation and cutting in The Gambia."

Burundi: After Six Years Treating Rape Victims, MSF Hands Over Bujumbura Project
MSF Field News, 18 June  2009
On June 19, 2009, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will hand over operation of the Seruka Center in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura, to a local association. The center has been specializing in the treatment of victims of sexual violence for the past six years.

Israel: Still a destination for human trafficking
IRIN News, 18 June 2009
The latest US State Department report on trafficked persons, released on 16 June, says Israel is still a destination for men and women trafficked for forced labour and sexual exploitation.

Italy and African Countries Working Together on United Nations Ban on Female Genital Mutilation
IPPF News, 17 June 2009
Italy is working closely with a number of African nations to prepare a United Nations initiative which would ban Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna said.

1-year rape sentence raises concerns
USA Today, 17 June 2009
Two state lawmakers are questioning a plea agreement that will allow a man to serve only one year in jail on a conviction for raping a 4-year-old girl.

Lebanon: Law to Stop Violence Against Women Takes Time
Inter Press Service News Agency, 16 June 2009
The government met to discuss a new law criminalising spousal abuse - a giant step forward in a campaign by women's groups for equal rights.

Sexual Violence in War Hauled Out of the Shadows
Inter Press Service News Agency, 16 June 2009
On Jun. 19, 2008, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1820, expressly addressing the problems of sexual violence in conflict situations. One year later, three experts in the field gathered to speak at the United States Institute of Peace to evaluate the implementation of 1820 and consider how it might better prevent this widespread crime.

Craigslist helps cops second rape arrest
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 June 2009
A man has been arrested and charged with raping a North Carolina woman in an attack allegedly arranged by the victim's husband on a classified ad website, police say.

Member of Parliament demands law against dowries 
BBC News, 11 June 2009
The dowry system in the UK should be banned, urges a Labour MP who says it leaves women vulnerable to domestic violence and is open to abuse.

Victory for gang-rape survivor
The Times, 10 June 2009
Shouts of joy rang out in the South Gauteng High Court, Johannesburg, yesterday when seven men who gang-raped a woman four years ago were convicted of the crime.

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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