[Svrilist] SV in the News: 05 03 10

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Fri Mar 5 13:03:21 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. 

Sexual Violence in the News:

Sexual Assaults on Female Soldiers: Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Time.com, 8 March 2010 Edition
What does it tell us that female soldiers deployed overseas stop drinking water after 7 p.m. to reduce the odds of being raped if they have to use the bathroom at night? 

Sweden's Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn't Anyone Tried This Before? 
Women's Justice Centre: Criminal Justice Article
In a centuries deep sea of clichés despairing that 'prostitution will always be with us', one country's success stands out as a solitary beacon lighting the way.

$10 Million 'a Start' to Investigate Women's Deaths, Disappearances
Vancouver Sun, 5 March 2010
There was cautious optimism Thursday in response to the federal government's promise of $10 million over two years to address the issue of hundreds of missing and murdered native women in Canada.

Women's Rights Improving in Middle East: Study
AFP, 4 March 2010
Women's rights have improved in 15 of 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa over the past five years, although violence against women remains widespread throughout the region.

Criminalising Homosexuality: A Threat to Human Rights
Pambazuka News, 4 March 2010
Urgency is required at this very moment as the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 is pending before the Ugandan parliament.

Forced Marriages Driving Human Trafficking, United Nations Says
Myanmar Times, 4 March 2010
Two-thirds of human trafficking cases uncovered by the Myanmar Police Force's anti-trafficking units in 2009 involved women being trafficked into China for the purpose of forced marriage.

Philippines: Children's Charities Feel Economic Crunch
Inter Press Service News Agency, 3 March 2010
NGOs, including faith-based groups, have had to grapple with fewer aid funds in recent years for programmes for children - ranging from those working with blind children, sexual exploitation or anti-poverty efforts in this South-east Asian country.

Activists: Uzbekistan Orders Forced Sterilizations
The Associated Press, 3 March 2010
A human rights group and a think-tank alleged Tuesday that Uzbekistan's government has instructed health workers to surgically sterilize women as part of a campaign to reduce the birth rate of the authoritarian ex-Soviet nation.

Haitian Women Refuse to Be Sidelined
IPS-Terraviva Beijing +15, 3 March 2010
Women in Haiti are more vulnerable than ever to attacks on their dignity and gender-based violence after the massive January 12 earthquake crippled the already struggling nation.

Drink 'Link' to Trauma Flashbacks
The Press Association, 3 March 2010
People who have drunk a moderate amount of alcohol before a traumatic event report more flashbacks than those who have had none, according to new research.

United Nations Warns HIV/Aids Leading Cause of Death in Women 
BBC News, 3 March 2010
One of the key issues, it says, is that up to 70% of women worldwide have been forced to have unprotected sex.

German Woman Breaks Taboo on Soviet rapes 
The Age, 2 March 2010
An 80-year-old German woman has smashed a decades-long taboo by going public about the rapes she endured at the hands of Soviet soldiers during World War II in a searing book about the Red Army's crimes as it marched on Berlin.

Indian Women Peacekeepers Hailed in Liberia
CNN International, 2 March 2010
Most of them are also mothers and form an all-women unit from India, policing in a country where a 15-year conflict was characterized by sexual violence.

Rise and Fall of Gender Empowerment
Inter Press Service News Agency, 1 March 2010
The 45-member Commission on the Status of Women, listened Monday to dozens of speakers spelling out the successes and failures of gender empowerment worldwide.

Yoga Stretches Terrain for Sex-Trauma Therapy
Women's eNews, 28 February 2010
In and around the Rwandan capital of Kigali, Deirdre Summerbell teaches an athletic and vigorous form of yoga to about 250 to 300 girls and women; most have survived assault or abuse. Many contracted HIV during the genocide.

Rise Of Sexual Predators In Oil And Gas Boomtowns Highlights Social Problems Of Large Scale Energy Projects
Medical News Today, 27 February 2010
The research, published in Conservation Biology, revealed that over a nine year period the number of registered sex offenders in energy 'boomtowns' was two to three times higher than towns dependent on other industries.

No More Parole for Rapists
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, 26 February 2010
In response to concerns raised by womens' groups, prosecutors in the Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have pledged to end the early release of convicted rapists.

Mali: "Reality Check" Needed in Proposed Changes to Family Code
IRIN News, 26 February 2010
Legislative efforts to update a decades-old family code sparked nationwide protests from Muslim associations, which said the new code would threaten religious values.

Church Child Abuse Review Completed
BBC News, 24 February 2010
Thirteen cases which needed formal action have been identified following a Church of England review into child abuse in the church.


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