[Svrilist] SV in the News 26 06 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Jun 26 14:49:29 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:

Recession Fuels Dating Violence, Curbs Prevention
Women's E-News, 26 June 2009
A recent study finds intimate-partner abuse rising among teens and their parents during the recession. At the same time, tighter school budgets hamper efforts to teach prevention in health class.

Cote D'Ivoire: Children selling sex, having babies 
IRIN News, 25 June 2009
The baby was born and 12 days later died on a dilapidated upper floor of the Adjamé market in Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital Abidjan. The mother, Aminata*, is barely 15. She does not know who the father is. Aminata exchanges sex for money - so she can eat, she said.

Child charity worker admits rape 
BBC News, 25 June 2009
A Save the Children worker who belonged to an international paedophile ring has been told to expect a prison term after admitting sexually abusing a child.

Denied the right to a dignified life: The forgotten women of Africa
Pambazuka News, 25 June 2009
With a quarter of African women left widowed by mounting conflict, disease and poverty, Sehmi explores abuse of and discrimination against elderly women in the light of cultural practices such as widow-inheritance and land ownership.

Namibia: Women take legal action over alleged sterilisations 
IRIN News, 25 June 2009
Two HIV-positive Namibian women who allege they were sterilised 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). 

South African rapist: 'Forgive me' 
BBC News, 25 June 2009
Dumisani Rebombo and his friend raped a young girl in their village in South Africa when they were teenagers.Years later, he returned to the same village to find the woman he attacked and begged for her forgiveness.

Mennonites accused of mass rape in Bolivia
Reuters India, 24 June 2009
Eight men from a Mennonite community in Bolivia have been arrested and accused of raping at least 60 women from their farming settlement in the eastern Santa Cruz region, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.

UN experts tackle 'conspiracy of silence' over sexual violence in wartime
UN News Centre, 24 June 2009
Women's rights activists, senior military figures and top United Nations officials met in New York this week to discuss what the world body's former humanitarian chief Jan Egeland described as "one of the biggest conspiracies of silence in history" - the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Egyptian Women Try Karate, Lawsuits to Curb Sexual Harassment 
Bloomberg, 23 June 2009
At the Embaba Youth Center in Cairo, teenage girls in headscarves that signify Islamic modesty whack at each other with deft karate moves. It's fun, they say, but also a defense against nasty boys and men on the Egyptian capital's mean streets. 

Iran: Stoning to be omitted from penal laws
AWID, 23 June 2009
Head of the Majlis judiciary commission Ali Shahrokhi says stoning, heresy and cutting hands will be omitted from Iran's penal laws. 

Initiation schools aiding spread of rape, HIV 
Independent Online, 22 June 2009
A distorted teaching in some initiation schools is leading to increased incidents of rape and the spread of HIV, say activist groups working with traditional leaders to stop what they fear is encouraging ritual sexual violence. "This is not part of our tradition; this is crime," said Mbulelo Dyasi of Masimanyane, a women's support centre in East London.

Police suspended in Kashmir case
BBC News, 22 June 2009
The suspension of four police officers has been ordered in Indian-administered Kashmir in connection with the alleged rape and murder of two women there.

China police rescue trafficked children
International Planned Parenthood Federation News, 22 June 2009
Police across China have rescued 23 children in a nationwide crackdown on child trafficking from poor provinces, state media said Sunday.

An international abortion underground
International Planned Parenthood Federation News, 19 June 2009
"Criminalizing abortion does not decrease the number of women who need terminations but only adds to their predicament."

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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