[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 11 04 2013

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Apr 11 16:52:21 SAST 2013


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Dear SVRI List Members

This SVRI Update contains a variety of sexual violence related research and resources. If you would like to have your sexual violence related resources included in the Update, please send your materials to svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za> by close of business Wednesday. For more information and resources on sexual violence and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative visit www.svri.org<http://www.svri.org>.
Please note that all of our Updates are also accessible on our Facebook Notes<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sexual-Violence-Research-Initiative/71822396561> page.

Today’s SVRI Update includes the following:
[Summaries directly taken or adapted from source].

I. SVRI Members Requests
II. Sexual Violence in the News
III. Websites
IV. Online Publications/Resources
V. Journal Articles
VI. Events
VII. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities
VIII. Vacancies

I. SVRI Members Requests

1) Request for Information: Prevention of Rape through Applications

Andrew Siwabessy is a college freshman in the United States who is working on a team that is competing in an engineering design competition. They are working on a design for a device that is analogous in purpose to the rape whistle and are researching potential applications in countries outside the United States.

Their team is in need of resources that could help them gauge how useful their device--a necklace designed with a purpose analogous to that of a rape whistle--will be in the context of countries outside of the United States. Published sources on how rape can directly be prevented by methods like these would be effective, but personal correspondence and relevant and recently produced grey literature on these issues is also highly valued and welcome. Their team has intended for their project to be applicable in a South African context but would not be opposed to considering its applications in countries outside of this scope. If you are able to assist Andrew in his request, kindly contact him at: Andrew.Siwabessy at student.csulb.edu<mailto:Andrew.Siwabessy at student.csulb.edu>.

2) Call for Input:16 Days Campaign 2013

As the global coordinator of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) seeks your support as we begin preparations for the 2013 Campaign cycle. This year, based on feedback received during the 16 Days Open Forum held during the 57th  Commission on the Status of Women in March, you highlighted that economic and social rights (ESR) are imperative and intricately woven into the greater struggle to end violence against women and the realization of a more just and peaceful world for all.

CWGL would like to invite you to share your experiences on working for economic and social rights as a means to achieving women’s rights and ending gender-based violence, including challenges affecting your work. Your feedback will contribute to the development of the theme. Please, also share any resources or fact sheets you have on this issue. Email: 16days at cwgl.rutgers.edu<mailto:16days at cwgl.rutgers.edu> or visit: http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/ for more information. Kindly send your feedback by Monday, 30 April 2013.

II. Sexual Violence in the News

Somalia Acknowledges Rape by Soldiers, Al Jazeera News, 10 April 2013<http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/04/201341014264454936.html>: After months of denial, Somalia's government has for the first time acknowledged that its security forces were involved in rape cases that drew an international outcry by human rights groups.

'The Culture of Rape' and a Smart Phone App: Activism Meets Technology in India, Forbes, 10 April 2013<http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2013/04/10/the-culture-of-rape-and-a-smart-phone-app-activism-meets-technology-in-india/>: The other day at the annual Women in the World conference in New York, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to the stage to speak bluntly and directly about what she called a “culture of rape.”

Egyptian Women Reject Blame for Upsurge in Sexual Harrassment, Voice of America, 8 April 2013<http://www.voanews.com/content/egyptian-women-reject-blame-for-attacks/1636834.html>: In Egypt, women's rights groups are pushing back against some Islamists' attempts to blame women for an upsurge in sexual harassment.

Exclusive: How My Brother Tried to Kill Me in 'Honor Attack', CNN, 4 April 2013:<http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/afghanistan-honor-killing-survivor/index.html?iref=allsearch> It's cold and raining in Kabul and the pothole-filled dirt roads have turned into a sea of mud. We drive up to the gateway of a high-walled compound. A soldier brandishing an AK-47 stands guard outside the building. We've come to a women's shelter to meet Gul Meena -- a 17-year-old girl from Pakistan who shouldn't be alive.

Naming Femicide to Fight Violence against Women in Ecuador, Inter Press Service News Agency, 25 March 2013<http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/naming-femicide-to-fight-violence-against-women-in-ecuador/>: Ecuador hopes to move forward in the fight against violence against women by typifying femicide – gender-motivated killings – as a specific crime in the new penal code.

III. Websites

Migration and Child Welfare National Network (MCWNN)<http://research.jacsw.uic.edu/icwnn/>: The network serves as a resource to learn from the knowledge and strategies of colleagues, and participates in collaborative efforts to improve services for immigrant families in the child welfare system. [Source: Friendsnrc].

Plan International – Because I Am a Girl<http://plan-international.org/girls/about-the-campaign/index.php?lang=en>: Through the Because I am a Girl campaign, Plan‘s projects will address the barriers to girls completing a quality education of at least 9 years, as well as equip them with the assets they need to safe guard their future, promote gender equality and improve their lives. [Source: WUNRN].

IV. Online Publications/Resources

Prevention, Expanding Services, Responding to Violence. UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, Annual Report 2012<http://www.unwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/UNTF_Annual-Report_2012.pdf>: This UN Trust Fund Annual Report reviews the accomplishments of 2012 and offers perspectives on the questions confronted by grantees in every country. [Source: UN Women].

Organizations as the Front Line of Prevention. Bengis S, Prescott D, Tabachnick J and Rich P. Neari News, 6 (4), April 2013<http://www.nearipress.org/images/PDF/nearinewsletterapril2013.pdf>: To help increase our knowledge about what we know as well as what we don't know in 2013, this month's issue highlights the work of Michael Caldwell on risk prediction with teens. [Source: Neari Press].

Informal Justice Systems: Charting a Course for Human Rights-Based Engagement. UNDP, 2013<http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/access_to_justiceandruleoflaw/informal-justice-systems.html>: This study seeks to identify how engagement with informal justice systems can build greater respect and protection for human rights. It highlights the considerations that development partners should have when assessing whether to implement programmes involving informal justice systems. [Source: The Soul Beat].

Decision Making among Community-Based Volunteers Working in Vulnerable Children Programs: Child Status Index Usage Assessment Phase 2. MEASURE Evaluation, 2013<http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/SR-13-78?utm_campaign=New%20Pubs%20-%20April%202013&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Decision%20Making>: This tool has been designed to be implemented periodically by low-literate community caregivers to capture children’s status across the six domains of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programming for children who are orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. [Source: Afro-nets].

V. Journal Articles

Expert Witness Evidence in Sexual Assault Trials: Questions, Answers and Law Reform in Australia and England. Cossins A. Int. J. Evid. Proof, 17(1): 74-113, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_394720_37>: This article investigates whether or not educative information ought to be admitted in these trials via an expert witness or a judicial direction. [Source: SafetyLit].

Repercussions of the Maria da Penha Law in Tackling Gender Violence. Meneghel S.N, Mueller B, Collaziol M.E, Quadros M.M. Cien. Saude Colet, 18(3): 691-700, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_394907_37>: This paper presents the declarations about the Maria da Penha law made by a sample of women victims and care workers who handle situations of gender violence in the city of Porto Alegre. [Source: SafetyLit].

The Response to Gender Violence among Brazilian Health Care Professionals. Vieira E.M, Ford N.J, De Ferrante F.G, Almeida A.M, Daltoso D, Santos M.A. Cien. Saude Colet, 18(3): 681-690, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_394908_20>: The scope of this paper is to identify the experience, attitudes and impressions of health care professionals (HCPs) in addressing the needs of women patients suffering from intimate partner violence (IPV). [Source: SafetyLit].

Fear of Property, Violent, and Gang Crime: Examining the Shadow of Sexual Assault Thesis among Male and Female Offenders. Lane J, Fox K.A. Crim. Justice Behav, 40(5): 472-496, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_395060_14>: This article examines the impact of perceived risk and fear of sexual assault on male and female offenders' fear of (a) property crime, (b) violent crime, and (c) gang crime. [Source: SafetyLit].

Ignorance of the Law as a Defence to Rape: The Destruction of a Maxim. Arenson K.J. J. Crim. Law, 76(4): 336-347, 2012<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_394719_37>: This article endeavours to explain how the accused could be aware of such circumstances at the time of penetration, yet still entertain such a belief. [Source: SafetyLit].

Rape in Victoria as a Crime of Absolute Liability: A Departure from both Precedent and Progressivism. Arenson K.J. J. Crim. Law, 76(5): 399-420, 2012<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_394715_37>: This article examines not only the manifestations of such treatment in the form of Victorian crime legislation, but the means by which the statutory crime of rape in Victoria has been transformed into an offence which, though technically one of mens rea, can effectively be prosecuted as an offence of absolute liability. [Source: SafetyLit].

The Duplicity of Protection--Prosecuting Frightened Victims: An Act of Gender-Based Violence. Edwards S. J. Crim. Law, 76(1): 29-52, 2012<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_394713_37>: This article considers the recent developments in the prosecution of perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, and focuses on domestic and European Court of Human Rights' jurisdiction. [Source: SafetyLit].

Please note, to obtain a full copy of a journal article you may write to the author given as the contact person by the respective publishing house to request a copy.

VI. Events

How do We Theorise Rape: Panel Discussion Hosted by WISER, 11 April 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa.<http://www.wits.ac.za/newsroom/eventitems/201305/19689/event_item_19689.html> This panel takes off from activist energies and legal investigative work witnessed at WITS all through February and March, energies and activism resonating with similar outrage and activism across South Africa. [Source: MRC SA].

Web Conference: Indicators of Change- Meaningful Ways to Measure Success in Preventing Sexual and Domestic Violence, 23 April 2013.<http://www.preventconnect.org/2013/03/indicators_of_change/> This web conference will look at why short term measures are important to long term success, how these indicators can be used to show your progress and ensure your initiative is on the path to prevention and will explore a process for developing indicators for your project including sample indicators developed for the most common strategies in the field. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

The Links between Problematic Substance Use and Sexual Violence, 30 April - 1 May 2013, London, United Kingdom.<http://www.avaproject.org.uk/our-training--events/open-training/stella-project-training/the-links-between-problematic-substance-use-and-sexual-violence,-30-april-and-1-may-2013.aspx> This two-day course will look at all forms of sexual violence (including child sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape) and the links to problematic substance use  (including illegal drugs, prescription medicines and alcohol), within a context of post-trauma responses and coping mechanisms. [Source: AVA].

Training Course: Preventing Violence against Women and Girls: Engaging Men through Accountable Practice -A Field-Tested Approach for Post-Conflict Communities, 1 – 10 July 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.<mailto:Sarabeth.harrelson at rescue.org> This eight day training course organised by International Rescue Committee is intended for staff designing, implementing and/or providing oversight to GBV programming and/or GBV prevention activities in humanitarian/post-conflict settings. Applications close: 22 April 2013. For more information, contact Sarabeth Harrelson at: Sarabeth.harrelson at rescue.org<mailto:Sarabeth.harrelson at rescue.org>. [Source: IRC].

National Certification for Parent Leaders, 22 – 25 July 2013, Ontario, USA.<https://www.strengthening-families.org/leadershipcertification/home.aspx> The mission of the National Certification for Parent Leaders is to enhance the lives of families and communities worldwide by inspiring and empowering Parent and Shared Leadership®. This National Certification is comprised of research-based and results-oriented learning competencies on leadership for Parents in any role dedicated to strengthening families. [Source: Friendsnrc].

For more events visit: http://www.svri.org/calendar.htm

VII. Funding Links / Scholarships / Research Opportunities

Call for Submissions: Al Jazeera Articles<http://awid.org/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Al-Jazeera-Article-Submissions>: Generally for unsolicited articles Al Jazeera don't pay an honorarium, however in light of the gender flip 80:20 they will. After the article is published Al Jazeera will ask for your wire details. Topics of interest are available online. [Source: AWID].

Funding Opportunity: Project Inspire 2013. <http://www.5minutestochangetheworld.org/get_involved.acv>  Project Inspire, 5 Minutes to Change the World, a joint initiative by the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, is once again calling on youth between 18-35 years old from all over the world to submit a short project proposal on how they would help empower women and girls in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Applications close: 30 June 2013. [Source:MRC SA].

Funding Opportunity: NRCDV NSVRC Funding Alert, Vol 8 (5), April 2013.<http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5d45d478d3ae7b3c97fc5b56f&id=765ef62927&e=c72b795573> This latest Funding Alert reports current government and private funding opportunities available on domestic violence, sexual violence and victim services. [Source: Funding Alert].

SVRI Funding Links Page: For details on funders who have funding sources available for research on sexual violence visit: http://www.svri.org/funding.htm

VIII. Vacancies

Researcher (Gender Equality and HIV)<http://www.heard.org.za/vacancies> / HEARD, University of KwaZulu Natal / Durban, South Africa / Closing date: April 19, 2013 / Contact: Ms Samantha Willan samantha.willan at gmail.com<mailto:samantha.willan at gmail.com> or Mr Andy Gibbs gibbs at ukzn.ac.za<mailto:gibbs at ukzn.ac.za> for more information. [Source: HEARD].

Assistant Representative<mailto:jobs.esaro at unfpa.org> / UNFPA / Pretoria, South Africa / Closing date: April 12,  2013. [Source: 60percent].

Programme Specialist: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights<mailto:jobs.esaro at unfpa.org> / UNFPA / Pretoria, South Africa / Closing date: April 12,  2013. [Source: UNFPA].

Women’s Protection & Empowerment (GBV) Program Manager<http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=9091> / International Rescue Committee / Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan / Closing date: June 4, 2013. [Source: IRC].

Regional Chief of Operations, P-5<https://careers.unicef.org/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/hrrcf_a_posting_apply?PARAM=cG9zdF9pbnN0X2d1aWQ9NTE1QjVDMEZGNjA1NjAzNUUxMDAwMDAwOUU3MTBGMEYmY2FuZF90eXBlPUVYVA%3d%3d&sap-client=100&sap-language=EN&sap-accessibility=X> / UNICEF / Amman, Jordan / Closing date April 17, 2013. [Source: UN].

Regional Family Violence Integration Coordinator<http://bethany.org.au/jobs.cfm> / Bethany / Victoria, Australia / Period: May 27 - September 20, 2013. [Source: Bethany].

MENA Intern<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/MENA-Intern> / Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: April 14, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

EOI: Experts to be Included in the Roster for UN Women<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/EOI-Experts-to-be-included-in-the-Roster-for-UN-Women> / UN Women / Closing date: April 29, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Temporary Programme Officer (Gender Mainstreaming)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Temporary-Programme-Officer-Gender-Mainstreaming> / The Commonwealth Secretariat / London, UK / Closing date: April 15, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

REDD+ Gender Specialists<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/REDD-Gender-Specialists> / Gender Resources, Inc. / Location: Africa. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Senior Gender Justice Specialist<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Justice-Specialist2> / Gender Resources, Inc. / Location: Palestine. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Senior Gender Justice Specialist<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Justice-Specialist2> / Gender Resources, Inc. / Location: Liberia. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Policy Internship<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Policy-Internship> / Girls Not Brides / London, UK / Closing date: April 26, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Social Media Intern<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Social-Media-Intern> / Make Every Woman Count / Location: Home-based / Closing date: April 25, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Research Specialist, MDGs and Post-2015 Framework<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Research-Specialist-MDGs-and-Post-2015-Framework> / UN Women / New York, NY, USA / Closing date: April 10, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Director of Resource Mobilization<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-of-Resource-Mobilization> / Akili Dada / Nairobi, Kenya / Closing date: April 15, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

Programme Officer DRC/CAR<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Programme-Officer-DRC-CAR> / The Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice / Kampala, Uganda / Closing date: May 3, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 8 April 2013].

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