[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 24 04 2014

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Apr 24 15:16:00 SAST 2014

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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>. 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 the SVRI Updates are also available on our Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sexual-Violence-Research-Initiative/71822396561?fref=ts> page.

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

I. Sexual violence in the news
II. Advocacy and awareness raising
III. Websites
IV. Online publications/resources
V. Journal articles
VI. Events
VII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
VIII. Vacancies

I. Sexual violence in the news

UN Secretary General demands sexual violence investigation, Karen News, 24 April 2014<http://karennews.org/2014/04/un-secretary-general-demands-sexual-violence-investigation.html/>: International pressure for an investigation into sexual violence in Burma is mounting, with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calling for the Burma government to co-operate with the UN on the issue.

A fairer legal system for sexual assault victims, The Age, 23 April 2014<http://www.theage.com.au/comment/a-fairer-legal-system-for-sexual-assault-victims-20140423-zqy58.html#ixzz2znTflzY5>: Sexual assault is an important issue - one that personally affects millions of Australians, and impacts every community in the country.  The Women's Centre for Health Matters applauds the recent changes to the ACT legal system allowing juries access to expert forensic advice about the ''freeze'' response that many victims experience during a sexual attack.

Domestic workers in Qatar face physical and sexual violence, Amnesty says, Gulf News, 23 April 2014<http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/domestic-workers-in-qatar-face-physical-and-sexual-violence-amnesty-says-1.1322802>: Qatar has failed to protect migrant domestic workers who face severe exploitation, including forced labour and physical and sexual violence, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Europe treaty on violence against women to take effect, Human Rights Watch, 23 April 2014<http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/04/23/europe-treaty-violence-against-women-take-effect>: A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014.

A glimmer of hope for victims of sexual and gender-based crime in Africa, ISS Today, 14 April 2014<http://www.issafrica.org/iss-today/a-glimmer-of-hope-for-victims-of-sexual-and-gender-based-crime-in-africa>: For decades, women and girls in Africa have been victims of rape, sexual slavery and other brutal forms of sexual and gender-based violence. In a continent rife with various forms of conflict, such violence has frequently been used as a weapon of war.

How the Prison Rape Elimination Act helps LGBT immigrants in detention, Center for American Progress, 2 April 2014<http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/report/2014/04/02/86976/how-the-prison-rape-elimination-act-helps-lgbt-immigrants-in-detention/>: More than a decade after Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, published standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and assault in immigration detention facilities.

II. Advocacy and awareness raising

HeForShe campaign<http://www.heforshe.org/>: This UN Women Campaign for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has launched the new equality branding campaign 'HeForShe' in which men all over the world are encouraged to speak out against the inequalities faced by women and girls. It is no secret that women have traditionally led the charge when it comes to ending gender inequality. But to truly achieve change and reach gender parity, men need to play an active role. HeForShe is about flipping the paradigm of 'women's rights' on its head-raising awareness that it is an issue not for women alone to solve, but a moral, social and economic imperative for humanity. [Source: WUNRN].

III. Websites

SVRI conflict page<http://www.svri.org/emergencies.htm#overview>: This section of the SVRI website has been re-structured according to the research priorities identified by WHO, UN Action, SVRI and MRC<http://www.svri.org/emergencies.htm#researchAgenda> to disseminate findings which may inform policy and programmes and build knowledge in the area. If you would like to share relevant materials on this page, please contact us at svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>.

IV. Online publications/resources

Webinar on promoting gender equality in humanitarian child protection responses. Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), 2014<http://www.iwda.org.au/2014/04/24/webinar-on-promoting-gender-equality-in-humanitarian-child-protection-responses/>: Earlier this year, CPWG hosted a Webinar on promoting gender equality in humanitarian child protection responses. The webinar is intended for people that work within the area of child protection, who are 'looking to ensure that a focus on gender is included in their own agency responses'. [Source: Pacwin].

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: 40 years of safeguarding America's children. National Child Abuse and Neglect Training and Publications Project. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau, 2014<http://www.pal-tech.com/web/NCCAN/index.cfm?p=13&utm_source=National+Conference+on+Child+Abuse+and+Neglect&utm_campaign=0c7795884b-CAPTAavailable04_21_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_416e95c0ba-0c7795884b-23960909>: This online publication combines historical source materials with contemporary reflections on the impact of the legislation from leaders in the field.  Child protection, child welfare, and social service policymakers, practitioners, researchers, students, and all those interested in the story of child protection in America will find it an invaluable resource. [Source: Friendsnrc].

Daring to defy: Women and girls in Congo. International Rescue Committee, 2014<http://www.rescue.org/defy?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_content=Defy%20Cultivation%20-%20Non-Donor%20Engaged%20(1)&spMailingID=8425258&spUserID=MTM1MzA2Nzc1NAS2&spJobID=282133755&spReportId=MjgyMTMzNzU1S0#video>: Through photos and video, acclaimed photojournalist Lynsey Addario shows how, with the IRC's help, women in villages in South Kivu are defying the odds and becoming powerful agents of change for themselves, their families and their communities. [Source: WUNRN].

V. 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.

Does negative affect mediate the relationship between daily PTSD symptoms and daily alcohol involvement in female rape victims? Evidence from 14 days of interactive voice response assessment. Cohn A, Hagman B.T, Moore K, Mitchell J, Ehlke S. Psychol. Addict. Behav, 28 (1): 114-126, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436737_1>: This study investigates the mediating effect of daily NA on the relationship between daily PTSD symptoms and same-day and next-day alcohol involvement in a sample of 54 non-treatment-seeking female rape victims who completed 14 days of interactive voice response assessment. [Source: SafetyLit].

Birds of a feather or fish out of water? Policewomen taking rape reports. Rich K, Seffrin P. Fem. Criminol, 9(2): 137-159, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436335_37>: This article reports on police officers surveyed on colleagues' comments about rape victims, utilization of victim advocates, perceptions of rape-related training, and inclination to encourage loved ones to make reports. [Source: SafetyLit].

Childhood attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) symptoms and adolescent female sexual victimisation: Mediating and moderating effects of risky behaviours. White J, Buehler C, Weymouth B.B. J. Sex. Aggress, 20(1): 23-39, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436342_24>: This article examines the mediating effects of risky behaviours on the linkage between childhood attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) symptoms and adolescent sexual victimisation in college women using structural equation modelling. [Source: SafetyLit].

Adolescents' beliefs about forced sex in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. de Vries H, Eggers S.M, Jinabhai C, Meyer-Weitz A, Sathiparsad R, Taylor M. Arch. Sex. Behav, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436465_24>: This article assesses potential gender differences in beliefs about forced sex and in prevalence of reported forced sex among high school students in KwaZulu-Natal. [Source: SafetyLit].

Childhood sexual abuse and suicidal behavior: A meta-analysis. Devries K.M, Mak J.Y, Child J.C, Falder G, Bacchus L.J, Astbury J, Watts CH. Pediatrics, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436720_25>: This article aims to quantify to what extent childhood sexual abuse is associated with incident suicide attempts in men and women. [Source: SafetyLit].

Older opposite-sex romantic partners, sexual risk, and victimization in adolescence. Oudekerk B.A, Guarnera L.A, Reppucci N.D. Child Abuse Negl, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436673_24>: This article examines how age gaps among opposite-sex romantic partners related to sexual risk-taking and victimization by partners among 201 at-risk adolescents. [Source: SafetyLit].

"I don't know where it is safe": Trans women's experiences of violence. Perry B, Dyck D.R. Crit. Crim, 22(1): 49-63, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_436320_21>: Scholars are only beginning to take account of how trans people experience violence motivated by their gender identity and expression. Based on a series of focus groups and interviews across Canada, this article aims to further this area of inquiry. [Source: SafetyLit].

A profile of exposure to intimate partner violence investigations in the Canadian child welfare system: An examination using the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008). Lefebvre R, Van Wert M, Black T, Fallon B and Trocmé N. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 1 (1): 60-73, 2013<http://cwrp.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4af9812c1806030e824fb6674&id=5f4e15f5a0&e=f0b00ee8de>: Using the Canadian Incidence Study (CIS)-2008 this study provides a profile of IPV investigations substantiated by child welfare organizations. [Source: Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal].

Domestic minor sex trafficking: Practice implications for mental health professionals. Hardy V.L, Compton K.D and McPhatter V.S. Affilia, ePub, 2013<http://www.nccourts.org/citizens/gal/documents/HardyComptonMcPhatterArticle.pdf?utm_source=Child+Recovery+Network+subscription+list&utm_campaign=8856daf116-Updates_from_Child_Recovery_Network_014_15_2011&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b104091b4b-8856daf116-315646061>: In this article, the authors discuss the possible effects of domestic minor sex trafficking, implications for intervention, and directions for future research (pdf: 145.97kb). [Source: The Child Recovery and Reintegration Network].

VI. Events

Invitation: Online discussion on the role of faith-based organisations in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence<http://www.svri.org/OnlineInvite.pdf>. We would like to invite all faiths to participate in an online discussion, on the role of FBOs in the prevention and response to sexual and intimate partner violence. Please register online<http://www.svri.org/forums/> (free of charge) to participate. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries at: svri at mrc.ac.za<mailto:svri at mrc.ac.za>.

Online course: Gender and transitional justice, 21 May - 1 July 2014<http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1606&language_id=1>. This e-learning course offered by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) provides participants with a general introduction to the field of transitional justice from the perspective of the need for accountability for women's specific experiences of harm during conflict. [Source: AWID].

Online course: Women, peace and security, 21 May - 1 July 2014<http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=627&language_id=1>. This e-learning course offered by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) provides participants with an understanding of how a gender lens is critical to all elements of peacebuilding, conflict resolution and recovery work, initiatives and policy. [Source: AWID].

Summer school on the rights of the child, 23-27 June 2014, Nottingham, UK<http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/hrlc/shortcoursesandtraining/summerschool/summerschool.aspx>. This course offered by the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham is aimed at practitioners, advocates and academics engaging with children's rights from a range of different perspectives. [Source: AWID].

2015 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, 19 - 21 March 2015, Washington, DC, USA<http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/content/features/detail/775/>. The 7th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence aims to advance the health care system's response to domestic violence. Online abstract submission is now open. Click here<https://nchdv.confex.com/nchdv/2015/cfp.cgi> to learn more about the Conference and to submit an abstract. Deadline for submissions is 27 June 2014. [Source: Futures Without Violence].

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

VII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Funding opportunity: DFID final call for pre-application notices<mailto:whatworks at mrc.ac.za>. Prevention of VAWG: intervention development, delivery, operations research and impact evaluation. Please view the pre-announcement<http://www.svri.org/WhatWorkspreAnnouncement.pdf> and guidance notes<http://www.svri.org/WhatWorksGuidance.pdf> online. Pre-applications close: 25 April 2014. For more information, contact: whatworks at mrc.ac.za<mailto:whatworks at mrc.ac.za>.

Funding opportunity: Gender equality and disability inclusion<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Call-for-Proposals-Gender-Equality-Disability-Inclusion>. The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) intends to subcontract a consulting agency/institution to: Illustrate and analyse existing activities of international development cooperation tackling the interface of gender equality and disability inclusion in order to inform German Development Cooperation (GDC); and to perform a gender analysis - based on the requirements and standards set by the GIZ Gender-Analyses - to evaluate the relevance of gender within the activities, objectives and impacts of the sector project Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Applications close: 30 April 2014. [Source: AWID].

Funding opportunity: Human rights impact assessment<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Call-for-proposals-Human-Rights-Impact-Assessment>. Oxfam America is launching an exciting call for proposals to fund a human rights impact assessment using a community-driven tool, called Getting it Right, which was designed by the Canadian organization, Rights and Democracy. The tool provides communities, practitioners, and advocates the confidence and knowledge that will enable them to identify human rights impacts, propose responses, and engage government and corporate actors to take action to respect human rights. Closing date: 31 May 2014. [Source: AWID].

VIII. Vacancies

National Project Coordinator (Markets for Change)<http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/about-us/jobs> / UN Women / Port Vila, Vanuatu / Closing date: May 9, 2014. [Source: Pacwin].

Intern (South Caucasus)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Intern-South-Caucasus> / International Alert / London, UK / Closing date: May 5, 2014. [Source: AWID Jobs Around the World].

Writer and Editor<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Writer-and-Editor> / Center for Reproductive Rights / New York, USA / Closing date: May 18, 2014. [Source: AWID Jobs Around the World].

Development Associate<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Development-Associate> / Women Deliver / New York, USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Jobs Around the World].

Amnesty International Nigeria Director<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Amnesty-International-Nigeria-Director> / Amnesty International / Abuja, Nigeria / Closing date: May 30, 2014. [Source: AWID Jobs Around the World].

UN Women Recovery Specialist<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/UN-Women-Recovery-Specialist> / UN Women / Amman, Jordan / Closing date: May 2, 2014. [Source: AWID Jobs Around the World].


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