[Svrilist] SV in the News: 12 02 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Feb 12 10:20:47 SAST 2010


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/> .

Sexual Violence in the News:

Rwanda: Empowering Genocide Widows 
IRIN News, 11 February 2010
Sixteen years after the Rwandan genocide, many women are struggling to
come to terms with the violence they endured. 

Female Circumcision Ban Urged
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 11 February 2010
n Iraq, the practice mainly occurs in Kurdish areas. According to
interviews with 1,690 women and girls over the age of 14, the average
rate of FGM across Kurdistan is 74 per cent.

Child Trafficking Concern in Haiti
The Press Association, 11 February 2010
The head of Unicef has warned that people may still be trying to smuggle
children out of Haiti and said protecting youngsters who survived the
earthquake is the top concern of the UN children's agency.

Sexual Violence in Democratic Republic of Congo exacerbates national
AIDS epidemic
MediaGlobal, 11 February 2010
The conflicts in DRC have exacerbated the country's HIV/AIDS problem,
and have limited the government's response to the epidemic.

New approach to Sex Work
Mail and Guardian, 10 February 2010
Sweden has chosen a different path, which serves as an example to South
Africa and other countries attempting to end violence against women.

Yemen: New Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Law Possible "Within Four
Years" - Minister 
IRIN News, 10 February 2010
Nearly a decade after a ban on health workers performing female genital
mutilation/cutting in Yemen, the harmful practice continues unabated,
with the government saying more research is needed before an outright
ban can be imposed.

Liberia's Children Face Exploitation, Sexual Violence: Report
AFP, 10 February 2010
Liberian children are vulnerable to exploitation, partly because of
poverty and sexual violence that remain rife in the west African nation,
the UN peacekeeping mission said Wednesday.

Children Most at Risk in a Disaster Zone 
Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February 2010
During the first days of an emergency, children are at heightened risk
of being separated from their families and then subjected to violence
and abuse.

Chile's Women's Ministry Calls for Harsher Measures against Femicide
The Santiago Times, 10 February 2010
In the wake of the nation's sixth femicide case this year, Chile's
National Service for Women is calling for stiffer measures to combat the
escalating femicide phenomena.  

Report: Hundreds Forced into Labor, Sex in Ohio
The Washington Post, 10 February 2010
About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio
every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed
into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state
said Wednesday.

Kenya: Poverty Hinders the Fight against Nyanza's Fishy Sex Trade 
IRIN News, 9 February 2010
If you were a fishmonger in Kisumu, a city on Lake Victoria in western
Kenya, you would have to sleep with the fishermen to get stock to sell
so you could make a living.

Video: Woman Reveals Online Grooming Ordeal
BBC News, 9 February 2010
A woman, who is now 17, explains how she was groomed online by a man
when she was 12/13-years-old.

Police 'Ignore' Rights of Sex Trafficking Victims
The Guardian, 9 February 2010
The police and immigration services may be illegally ignoring the human
rights of foreign women who have been forced into prostitution, the
Equalities and Human Rights Commission has alleged.

Investigation into Human Trafficking in Scotland 
BBC News, 9 February 2010
An inquiry is to begin to discover how many victims of human trafficking
there are in Scotland.

United Nations Agency Says 3 Million Girls Risk Genital Mutilation each
Afrique en ligne, 8 February 2010
In a message to mark International Day against Female Genital
Mutilation, the UNFPA called for change of perception on the practice.

Saudi Rights Commission Seeks Divorce For Child Bride
Reuters, 8 February 2010
Saudi Arabia's human rights commission has hired a lawyer to help a
12-year-old girl divorce her 80-year-old husband, the lawyer said, a
move activists hope will lead to a ban on child marriages.

Pakistan: Constant Violence against Women in 2009
Asian Human Rights Commission, 5 February 2010
2009 has been another tragic year for women rights in Pakistan. Many
cases have been reported, in which women were abducted, assaulted,
raped, murdered, forced to marriage or traded to resolve disputes.

12 Percent of Adjudicated Youth Experience Unwanted Sexual Activity
Family Violence Prevention Fund, 4 February 2010
About 12 percent of young people in juvenile facilities experienced at
least one episode of unwanted sexual activity in 2008 and 2009,
according to a study released in January by the U.S. Department of

Gene Variation Makes Alcoholism Less Likely In Some Survivors Of Sexual
Medical News Today, 3 February 2010
Exposure to severe stress early in life increases the risk of alcohol
and drug addiction. Yet surprisingly, some adults sexually abused as
children - and therefore at high risk for alcohol problems - carry gene
variants that protect them from heavy drinking and its effects.

Egypt's Veil Wearers See it as Barrier to Harassment
AFP, 29 January 2010
Female students at Cairo University are defying religious and state
efforts to ban the controversial niqab from schools and colleges, saying
that wearing the controversial face veil is a religious obligation that
also protects against sexual harassment.


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

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