[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 03 10 13

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Oct 3 17:17:18 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>.

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

I. SVRI Forum 2013, 14 - 17 October, Bangkok, Thailand: GBV Science Fair contest
II. SVRI member requests
III. Sexual violence in the news
IV. Websites
V.  Online publications/resources
VI. Journal articles
VII. Events
VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
IX. Vacancies


I. SVRI Forum 2013, 14 - 17 October, Bangkok, Thailand: GBV Science Fair contest

[cid:image001.png at 01CEBE8E.88971800][cid:image002.jpg at 01CEBE8E.88971800]The Global Women's Institute (GWI) has partnered with SVRI on a global research contest the GBV Research Science Fair using WeShareScience.com<http://wesharescience.com/5-Minute-Science-Fair> - an innovative platform for sharing research.

At WeShareScience.com<http://wesharescience.com/5-Minute-Science-Fair> researchers and the public can browse through 5 min videos of researchers presenting upcoming or completed research. SVRI and the GWI invite you to enter the GBV Science Fair by posting a short - 5 minute video of your GBV research on WeShareScience.com<http://wesharescience.com/5-Minute-Science-Fair>. The research contest will be formally launched at the SVRI Forum 2013, Tuesday 1-230pm, Riverside I (room). On information on how to enter and how to create your video, please visit the GBV Science Fair webpage<http://www.svri.org/forum2013/sciencefair.htm> on the SVRI Forum website<http://www.svri.org/forum2013/index.htm>.

For any further questions, please contact us at svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>. We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok!

II. SVRI member requests

1) Call for expressions of interest: Open Knowledge Hub project partnerships

IDS Knowledge Services are looking for global partners based in developing countries to join with our Eldis<http://www.eldis.org/> team in an exciting new initiative - provisionally called the Open Knowledge Hub. The purpose of these partnerships will be to increase the availability and accessibility of international development research - particularly research being generated from the global south.

We are looking for organisations that offer online services providing access to research evidence on international development issues - for example web portals like Eldis, repositories or open access journal providers. By joining the Open Knowledge Hub project partners will have the opportunity to:


·         Collaborate in the development of shared approaches and systems for increasing the visibility and reach of development research.

·         Share learning, and collaborate on the delivery of our services in areas such as quality assurance, promotion, monitoring and evaluation and technical development.

We have some funding available to support these partnership activities. In the first instance we are inviting potential partners to join an inception event at IDS to be held in January 2014 for which costs and subsistence will be funded. A small amount of additional funding will then also be available to partners to cover the cost of ongoing partnership activities.

You can find more details on the project in this news story in the Eldis website at: http://bit.ly/eldisokmco. The full documentation and guidelines for submitting an expression of interest are available here: http://bit.ly/eldisokh1. [Source: Gain].

2) Call for applications: Independent UN experts of the HRC

The "special procedures" of the Human Rights Council (HRC) are independent human rights experts with mandates to report and advise on human rights from a thematic or country-specific perspective. Their specific functions are defined in the HRC resolutions creating or extending their mandate.

The HRC is currently accepting applications for 16 vacancies to be filled in March 2014 Deadline for applications: 31stOctober 2013 (midnight, GMT). Apply online at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/SP/Pages/HRC25.aspx

Those appointed serve in their personal capacities. They are not United Nations (UN) staff members, they are not based in UN offices in Geneva or at another UN location, and they do not receive salary or other financial compensation, except for travel expenses and daily subsistence allowance of "experts on mission". Vacancies to be filled during 2014. [Source: AWID].

3) Survey request: Women's health in South Africa

Her Rights Initiative (HRI) is currently drafting a paper which addresses women's health in South Africa - looking to see if National law, policy and practice are reflected in women's experiences of accessing health. HRI is also looking at the gaps in policy and practice in order to develop an advocacy agenda to ensure that all South African women, regardless of race, class, HIV status, sexual orientation etc.

HRI would like to hear the experiences of women. They have developed an online survey as one way to do this and would like to encourage as many women as possible to complete the survey. This will enable them to develop an advocacy agenda that has the voices of South African women reflected in what we want and need in order to have healthy lives. Access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/womenshealthSA. [Source: 60percent].

III. Sexual violence in the news

Sex trafficking and exploitation of minors in the U.S: A reminder that these people are victims not criminals, Medical News Today, 29 September 2013<http://preview.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/266670>: Commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors are serious problems in the United States with long-term adverse consequences for children and society as a whole, and federal agencies should work with state and local partners to raise awareness of these issues and train professionals who work with youths to recognize and assist those who are victimized or at risk.

Abused women often fear for pets left behind, Medical News Today, 28 September 2013<http://preview.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/266657>: Veterinarians and women's shelters can make it easier for abused women to decide to leave their homes, particularly when the abuser is using a beloved pet as part of a campaign to control his partner, reports a new University of Illinois study.

Nicaraguan law update 'piles pressure on women to face abusers', The Guardian, 27 September 2013<http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2013/sep/27/nicaraguan-law-reforms-women-face-abusers>: Thousands of women in Nicaragua have taken to the streets to protest against legal changes that could push female victims of crime to sit face-to-face with their abusers.

IV. Websites

Resources for parents and caregivers<http://www.nctsn.org/resources/audiences/parents-caregivers>: The National Child Traumatic Stress network has created webpages for parents and caregivers to learn about how traumatic events affect children in order to understand the reasons for children's behaviors, feelings, and emotions. [Source: NCTS].

Sexual violence and the workplace information packet<http://www.nsvrc.org/publications/nsvrc-publications-information-packets/sexual-violence-workplace-information-packet>: This webpage provides information on a a series of resources on the impact of sexual violence on work, within the workplace and current research related to this topic. It includes resources specifically for advocates as well as employers. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

V. Online publications/resources

Feasibility of routine screening for intimate partner violence in public health care settings in Kenya. Undie C, Maternowska C.M, Mak'anyengo M and Askew I. Population Council, 2013<http://www.popcouncil.org/pdfs/2013RH_IPV-FeasibilityReport.pdf>: The study used a descriptive case study design (involving semi-structured, in-depth interviews with clients, focus group discussions with providers, and service statistics) to determine the feasibility of routine screening for IPV. [Source: Population Council].

The missing 'C': Sexual violence against children in sub-Saharan Africa. Undie C, Mullick, S and Askew, I. Research Watch, UNICEF, 2013<http://www.unicef-irc.org/research-watch/Violence-against-children--a-silent-threat/987/>: With heightened attention to the issue, violence against women - 'VAW' - has become a commonly-used and easily-recognizable acronym. However, the acronym often is simply 'VAW' - with a 'C' (for 'children' aged under 14) sometimes appended, but often missing. [Source: Population Council].

Exploitation and trafficking of women: Critiquing narratives during the London Olympics 2012. Cooper K and Branford S. Central America Women's Network, 2013<http://www.cawn.org/assets/Exploitation%20and%20Trafficking%20of%20Women.pdf>: This report was commissioned by the Central American Women's Network (CAWN) to inform its work around the role of civil society and the media in shaping public understanding of different forms of exploitation experienced by women, in particular migrant women, in the context of major sporting events. [Source: AWID].

Child exposure to trauma: Comparative effectiveness of interventions addressing maltreatment. Goldman Fraser J, Lloyd S.W, Murphy R.A, Crowson M.M, Casanueva C. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 89, AHRQ Publication No. 13-EHC002-EF, 2013<http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/products/298/1422/trauma-interventions-maltreatment-child-report-130415.pdf>: This comparative effectiveness review (CER)13 focuses on parenting interventions, trauma-focused treatments, and enhanced foster care approaches that address child exposure to maltreatment. [Source: NCTS].

Playing for gender equality. Save the Children and ABAAD, 2013<http://abaadmena.org/userfiles/file/Resources/PGE-MANUAL.pdf>: This manual is one of the first manuals, developed and tested in the Middle East to start youth education of gender equality concepts. [Source: WUNRN].

VI. Journal articles

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.

Open access special edition: Surviving violence: The politics of (self) protection. International journal - Stability of Security and Development, 2013<http://www.stabilityjournal.org/collections/special/surviving-violence-politics-self-protection>: Drawing upon cross-regional case studies, and on both 'top down' and 'bottom up' insights, this Special Collection examines the politics of (self) protection through an analysis of cross cutting themes, including youth, gender, displacement and migration. [Source: GSDRC Bulletin].

A study of the experience of women human rights defenders in eleven Egyptian governorates. Amir M.O. Journal of Human Rights Practice, ePub, 2013<http://jhrp.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/09/24/jhuman.hut018.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=a8igWoiJUyczHaF>: This policy and practice note is based on the experience of the Women Human Rights Defenders Program at Nazra for Feminist Studies, presenting an analysis of the experience of women defenders in 11 Egyptian governorates. [Source: Nazra for Feminist Studies].

Clinical factors associated with rape victims' ability to testify in court: A records-based study of final psychiatric recommendation to court. Phaswana T.D, van der Westhuizen D, Krüger C. Afr. J. Psychiatry, 16(5): 343-348, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_413774_37>: This article determines the clinical factors that are associated with a rape victim's ability to testify in court, as well as to undertake a preliminary exploration of the referral system between the court and the mental health services. [Source: SafetyLit].

Simultaneously testing parenting and social cognitions in children at-risk for aggressive behavior problems: Sex differences and ethnic similarities. Stoltz S, Londen M, Dekovic M, Prinzie P, Castro B.O, Lochman J.E. J. Child Fam. Stud, 22(7): 922-931, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_413964_24>: In this cross-sectional study the authors examine a model in which parenting, child social information processing and self-perception are simultaneously tested as risk factors associated with aggression. [Source: SafetyLit].

Using theater of the oppressed to prevent sexual violence on college campuses. Christensen M.C. Trauma Violence Abuse, 14(4): 282-294, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_414108_24>: In this review, the author reviews the literature on using theater for social change as a prevention intervention. [Source: SafetyLit].

Assessing programs designed to improve outcomes for children exposed to violence: Results from nine randomized controlled trials. Hickman L.J, Setodji C.M, Jaycox L.H, Kofner A, Schultz D, Barnes-Proby D, Harris R. J. Exp. Criminol, 9(3): 301-331, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_413935_24>: The study tests whether participation in interventions offered by a subset of sites from the National Safe Start Promising Approaches for Children Exposed to Violence initiative improved outcomes for children relative to controls. [Source: SafetyLit].

Safe, stable, nurturing relationships break the intergenerational cycle of abuse: A prospective nationally representative cohort of children in the United Kingdom. Jaffee S.R, Bowes L, Ouellet-Morin I, Fisher H.L, Moffitt T.E, Merrick M.T, Arseneault L. J. Adolesc. Health, 53(4Suppl): S4-S10, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_414227_24>: This article identifies contextual and interpersonal factors that distinguish families in which the intergenerational transmission of maltreatment is maintained from families in which the cycle is broken. [Source: SafetyLit].

Visual Reaction Time(tm) as a predictor of sexual offense recidivism. Gray S.R, Abel G.G, Jordan A, Garby T, Wiegel M, Harlow N. Sex Abuse, ePub, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_414100_37>: This article investigates the use of Visual Reaction Time(tm) (VRT(tm)) for sexual interest in children to predict recidivism of sexual offenses among men who sexually abused children and men with other sexually deviant behaviors. [Source: SafetyLit].

Challenges experienced by service providers in the delivery of medico-legal services to survivors of sexual violence in Kenya. Ajema C, Mukoma W, Kilonzo N, Bwire B and Otwombe K. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 18 (4): 162-166, 2011<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1752928X11000436>: This study examines some of the obstacles in Kenya to the adequate handling of forensic evidence in sexual violence cases. [Source: Population Council].

VII. Events

Hearing child survivors of sexual violence: Towards a national response. Presented by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, 9 October 2013, Dublin, Ireland<http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?article5518>. This launch will describe the detailed examination of child sexual abuse, providing data that has never been available in Ireland. This collaboration, and the RCNI data collection system, places Ireland at the forefront of combating crimes of sexual violence, as it delivers exceptional analysis of the perpetrators including how and where children of different ages and genders are targeted.Please RSVP: comms at rcni.ie<mailto:comms at rcni.ie>. [Source: RCNI].

Launch of WoMin, regional programme on women, gender and extractivism, and its collection of papers, 9 October 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa<mailto:laureen at lbassociates.co.za>. This launch will release a number of ground-breaking papers and a research tool addressing six themes related to extractivism, gender and women's rights in the region. For more information, contact samyhargreaves at gmail.com<mailto:samyhargreaves at gmail.com> or RSVP to laureen at lbassociates.co.za<mailto:laureen at lbassociates.co.za>.

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

VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Fellowship opportunity: 2014 Soros justice fellowships<http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/soros-justice-fellowships?utm_source=NRCDV+Funding+Alert&utm_campaign=20b8dfddf7-NRCDV_NSVRC_FUNDING_ALERT_8_99_30_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ba423fdfd1-20b8dfddf7-42629097>. This fellowship supports outstanding individuals working to implement projects advancing reform and spur debate on a range of criminal justice issues. It is a component of the foundation's Justice Fund to reduce the destructive impact of current criminal justice policies on the lives of individuals, families and communities. Applications close 23 October 2013. [Source: Funding Alert].

Funding opportunity: 2014 Reimagine - Opportunity<http://www.partnershipforfreedom.org/?utm_source=NRCDV+Funding+Alert&utm_campaign=20b8dfddf7-NRCDV_NSVRC_FUNDING_ALERT_8_99_30_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ba423fdfd1-20b8dfddf7-42629097>. The Partnership for Freedom presents the first of three Innovation Challenges - Reimagine: Opportunity - a competition to improve the infrastructure of support for survivors of modern day slavery. Partnership for Freedom is looking for new partners and innovative ideas that lead to sustainable social services in the United States. $1.8 million in funding will be shared with winners to bring their ideas to life. Applications close: 17 November 2013. [Source: Funding Alert].

IX. Vacancies

Representative, D-1<http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_70499.html> / UNICEF / Bamako, Mali / Closing date: 9 October, 2013. [Source: UNICEF].

Representative, D-1<http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_70460.html> / UNICEF / Amman, Jordan / Closing date: 8 October, 2013. [Source: UNICEF].

Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, D-2<http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_70394.html> / UNICEF / Geneva, Switzerland / 11 October 2013. [Source: UNICEF].

Women's rights information coordinator (French)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-at-AWID/Women-s-Rights-Information-Coordinator-French> / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Francophone Africa (preferred, but flexible) / Closing date: 6 October, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Online communications manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-at-AWID/Online-Communications-Manager> / The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) / Flexible location / Closing date: 6 October, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Director<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director> / Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice / The University of San Diego / San Diego, U.S / Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Senior programme officer - Body<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Programme-Officer-Body> / Mama Cash / Initially located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Closing date: 13 October, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Research coordinator gender and development<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Research-Coordinator-Gender-and-Development2> / The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) / Geneva, Switzerland / Closing date: 13 October, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

The Ella Baker summer internship program<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/The-Ella-Baker-Summer-Internship-Program> / Centre for Constitutional Rights / New York; New Orleans; Miami; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti / Closing dates: 2L applicants by October 11, 2013; 1L applicants by December 20, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Program officer - International Centre for Women's Leadership<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Program-Officer-International-Centre-for-Women-s-Leadership> / The Coady International Institute / Nova Scotia, Canada / Closing date: 9 October, 2013. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Emergency response team, women's protection & empowerment coordinator<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Emergency-Response-Team-Women-s-Protection-Empowerment-WPE-Coordinator> / International Rescue Committee (IRC) / Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].

Senior specialist for women's empowerment<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Specialist-for-Women-s-Empowerment> / Gender Resources, Inc. / Jordan. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 30 September 2013].


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