[Svrilist] SV in the News: 18 09 09

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Sep 18 13:15:04 SAST 2009


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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:

United Nations women's agency: Guys, what took you so long? 
Reuters Alertnet, 17 September 2009
After years of foot-dragging, the U.N. General Assembly has finally
approved a resolution to create a high-level agency for women's rights,
which supporters have hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Kenya: Giving young people the skills to say "No" 
IRIN News, 17 September 2009
Carrying placards that read, "Huwezi Die Uki Abstain", Swahili slang for
"You won't die if you abstain [from sex]", more than 3,000 young people
recently marched through Nairobi in an effort to re-energize the
campaign to keep teens from having sex too early. But beyond the
placard-waving and slogan-chanting, march organizers were also trying to
give young people the skills to avoid being pushed into sex before they
are ready. 

Post-Conflict Security in Need of Women
Inter Press Service News Agency, 17 September 2009
Active participation of women in the Security Sector Reform (SSR) is
"essential to increase the protection of women and girls from all forms
violence and discrimination, including sexual and gender-based
violence", says Ecoma Alaga, a Gender and SSR expert of the Women Peace
and Security Network Africa.. 

United States man jailed for Russian orphans' rape
Sydney Morning Herald, 17 September 2009
A wealthy Russian-American car exporter in Philadelphia has been
sentenced to eight years in prison for having sex with girls from a St
Petersburg orphanage in Russia.Andrew Mogilyansky received the maximum
under terms of his "sex tourism" plea.

Man charged with raping daughter for 30 years
Independent Online, 17 September 2009
An Australian man has been charged with sexually abusing his daughter
for 30 years and fathering her four children, local media said on

Italy: Moroccan man accused of 'honour killing'
AKI-Adnkronos International, 16 September 2009
Moroccan man is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing his
18-year-old daughter to death for falling in love with an older man in a
small northern Italian town. Sanaa Dafani was stabbed in the throat
while she was sitting in a car with her 31-year-old boyfriend in
Montereale Valcellina, northwest of Trieste, late Tuesday.

Police knew slain teen might have been raped
Charlotte Observer, 16 September 2009
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police knew for more than seven weeks that
15-year-old Tiffany Wright might have been the victim of statutory rape,
but they didn't charge her alleged assailant until the pregnant teen was
shot dead Monday.

Indian Women Find New Peace in Rail Commute 
New York Times, 15 September 2009
As the morning commuter train rattled down the track, Chinu Sharma, an
office worker, enjoyed the absence of men. Some of them pinch and grope
women on trains, or shout insults and catcalls, she said. Her friend
Vandana Rohile agreed and widened her eyes in mock imitation.

In Uganda, Rioters Strip Women Wearing Trousers
Women's eNews, 15 September 2009
Rioters attacked and stripped about 20 Ugandan women who were wearing
trousers last week during deadly riots in Kampala. The humiliations were
part of a major confrontation between a traditional kingdom and
President Yoweri Museveni's government.

Committee on Rights of Child examines report of the Philippines
ReliefWeb, 15 September 2009
The Committee on the Rights of the Child today reviewed the combined
third and fourth periodic reports of the Philippines on how that country
is implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the

Yemeni girl, 12, dies in painful childbirth
CNN, 14 September 2009
12-year-old Yemeni girl, who was forced into marriage, died during a
painful childbirth that also killed her baby, a children's rights group
said Monday.

Violence Against Afghan Women 
Voice of America, 14 September 2009
Early in July, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
published a joint report, entitled "Silence is Violence," which found
that in Afghanistan, "violence against women is being ignored in a
culture of impunity that neither challenges nor condemns this violence."

Survey for gender-based violence 
The Zimbabwean, 14 September 2009
A countrywide exercise to map the organizations working in the area of
gender-based violence is now underway. This exercise is on behalf of the
Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, and is
being supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Aceh passes adultery stoning law
BBC News, 14 September 2009
Indonesia's province of Aceh has passed a new law making adultery
punishable by stoning to death, a member of the province's parliament
has said.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime tool to help prevent people
IRIN News, 11 September 2009
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released a manual to help
build capacity among criminal justice practitioners to prevent and
combat human trafficking.

Trafficking From Nigeria Rises Sharply
Inter Press Service News Agency, 11 September 2009
An alarming rise has been recorded in the number of Nigerian girls
trafficked to Italy.

Bangladesh: Dowry violence continues unabated 
IRIN News, 11 September 2009
When parents in Bangladesh fail to come up with a promised dowry for
their newly married daughters things can get nasty.

Morocco uses torture to silence Sahrawi activists
Pambazuka News, 10 September 2009
Moroccan security agents abducted and tortured a 19 year-old Sahrawi
woman on 27 August for being a human rights activist, Konstantina
Isidoros tells Pambazuka News. Nguia El Haouassi's ordeal is just 'one
of many episodes of Moroccan police brutality' that occur every year',
says Isidoros, but thanks to 'an increasing number of Sahrawi
student-led internet blogs', records of human rights abuses against
Sahrawi in the Occupied Territories are breaking through Morocco's
'propaganda wall' to reach a global audience.Nguia states that she was
also threatened with rape if she did not answer questions, and one of
the high-ranking officers, part of the Moroccan DIAG secret service,
threatened to kill her next time they caught her.

Ugandan Court Asked to Declare Bride Price Unconstitutional
Inter Press Service News Agency, 8 September 2009
Deborah Awori could not stop her husband from selling their 14-year-old
daughter away in marriage using the time-honoured tradition of asking
for a "bride price".

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

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