[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 07 08 2014

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Aug 7 17:48:16 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. SVRI Forum 2015 planning survey
II. SVRI member request: Applications to strengthen the capacity of the Child-Friendly Court in Lubombo, Swaziland
III. Sexual violence in the news
IV. Advocacy and awareness raising
V. Websites
VI. Online publications/resources
VII. Journal articles
VIII. Events
IX. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
X. Vacancies

I. Share your ideas - SVRI Forum 2015 planning survey

We would like to invite our members to send through ideas on how to strengthen the next SVRI Forum by completing the following online survey - your thoughts and comments are important to us! Access the short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QZYD7SG.

The SVRI has also reviewed all the presentations made at the past three Forums to gain an understanding of who is presenting on what at SVRI conferences. This brief can be accessed online<http://www.svri.org/TakingStock.pdf> (pdf).

II. SVRI member request: Applications to strengthen the capacity of the Child-Friendly Court in Lubombo, Swaziland

The purpose of this announcement is to provide potential applicants notice that Abt Associates will issue a Request for Applications (RFA) for a program entitled:  Lubombo Child-Friendly Court Capacity Building on 8 August 2014. Abt Associates, through its USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project seeks to use this award to strengthen the child protection system in Lubombo, Swaziland to ultimately improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the processing and adjudication of sexual abuse cases.

The two specific sub-objectives of this activity are to (1) strengthen the capacity of Child-Friendly Court (CFC) court intermediaries; and (2) strengthen the capacity of CFC court role-players. Copies of the RFA may be obtained by contacting Travis Snow of Abt Associates at: Travis_Snow at abtassoc.com<mailto:Travis_Snow at abtassoc.com>.

Under this RFA, applications from individuals will not be accepted. Only organizations are eligible for consideration. Abt Associates anticipates issuing one fixed price subaward valued between US$30,000 and US$50,000. The anticipated period(s) of performance is four months from the date of subaward issuance. Questions concerning this RFA should be submitted via e-mail to Travis_Snow at abtassoc.com<mailto:Travis_Snow at abtassoc.com> before 5:00pm local time on 19 August 2014. A written response to all questions will be provided to all applicants.

Contact or correspondence with any other Abt Associates or HFG personnel or USAID is discouraged and in any case, information so obtained shall not be binding upon Abt Associates nor shall Abt Associates be responsible for errors therein. All applications must be submitted electronically via email to: Travis Snow at Travis_Snow at abtassoc.com<mailto:Travis_Snow at abtassoc.com> not later than 5:00 EDT Washington, DC time on 3 September 2014. Abt Associates appreciates your interest and looks forward to a mutually beneficial business relationship.

III. Sexual violence in the news

Uproar as India photo shoot mimics bus gang-rape case, The Guardian, 7 August 2014<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/07/uproar-over-india-photo-shoot-based-on-bus-gang-rape-case>: An Indian photographer has sparked outrage for a fashion shoot that depicted a woman being assaulted on a bus, echoing a fatal gang-rape that shocked the nation.

Little hope of justice for Nepal's war-time rape survivors, IRIN News, 31 July 2014<http://www.irinnews.org/report/100423/little-hope-of-justice-for-nepal-s-war-time-rape-survivors>: For several weeks in July, veteran Nepali women's rights activist Renu Rajbhandari picketed in front of the Constituent Assembly, Nepal's legislative body in Kathmandu, demanding amendment of the country's rape laws.

Outlawing polygamy to combat gender inequalities, domestic violence in Papua New Guinea, Inter Press Service News Agency, 28 July 2014<http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/07/outlawing-polygamy-to-combat-gender-inequalities-domestic-violence-in-papua-new-guinea/>: New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS.

Uganda teen pregnancies' plan under fire, IRIN News, 24 July 2014<http://www.irinnews.org/report/100399/uganda-teen-pregnancies-plan-under-fire>: A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate.

Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections, The Washington Post, 21 July 2014<http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/decriminalization-of-sex-work-could-reduce-hiv-infections/2014/07/21/890a3f8e-110c-11e4-98ee-daea85133bc9_story.html>: The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, according to a new study.

IV. Advocacy and awareness raising

Make Every Woman Count blog re-launch: Call for contributions / writers<http://www.makeeverywomancount.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3669:mewc-blog-call-for-contributionswriters&catid=74:get-involved&Itemid=68>. Do you have something to say about women's rights in Africa? Are you working on the ground to help promote women's empowerment in Africa? Have you got a story to tell? Then Make Every Woman Count would like to hear from you. Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is looking for individuals who are eager to share their views, analysis, ideas, and personal stories on their blog, which is going to be re-launched by the end of August 2014. More information is available online<http://www.makeeverywomancount.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3669:mewc-blog-call-for-contributionswriters&catid=74:get-involved&Itemid=68>. [Source: AWID].

V. Websites

Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health<http://www.gatesinstitute.org/>: The Gates Institute conducts and facilitates cutting-edge research in family planning, reproductive health, and population dynamics and translates science into evidence-informed policies, programs, and practice. [Source: Gates Institute].

Dart Center - Resources for journalism educators<http://dartcenter.org/content/tip-sheet-package-for-journalism-educators#.U-OPbPmSyX9>: To assist journalism educators and college media advisors in training the next generation of journalists, the Dart Center is pleased to announce a new compendium of resources developed by Dart Academic Fellow and San Diego State Associate Professor of Journalism, Amy Schmitz Weiss. [Source: Dart Center].

JLI L&FC GBV Hub<http://gender-based-violence.jliflc.com/>: The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Hub of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI F&C) is new, building on the momentum and efforts of a variety of members actively involved in SGBV efforts across the world ranging from INGO's, researchers, and faith groups, among others. Please join this Hub and share any relevant materials with us at: lloots at mrc.ac.za<mailto:lloots at mrc.ac.za>.

VI. Online publications/resources

Strong girls, powerful women: Program planning and design for adolescent girls in humanitarian settings. Women's Refugee Commission, 2014<http://womensrefugeecommission.org/resources/document/1036-strong-girls-powerful-women-report>: This document is intended to help humanitarian practitioners more effectively identify and address the unique needs of adolescent girls in displacement and crisis settings. [Source: AWID].

Policy brief: Gender and militarism. Women's Peacemaker's Program, 2014<https://www.womenpeacemakersprogram.org/assets/CMS/Resources/Reports/Policy-Brief-Gender-Militarism.pdf> (pdf): This brief reports on discussions held during the Global Consultation "Gender & Militarism: Analyzing the Links to Strategize for Peace", organized by the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) from July 2-4, 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Global Consultation brought together over 70 women and men activists and academics, representing over 25 countries from all over the world, to discuss the multi-layered connections between gender and militarism. [Source: AWID].

Violence and harassment against women in the news media: A global picture. International Women's Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute, 2014<http://www.iwmf.org/our-research/journalist-safety/violence-and-harassment-against-women-in-the-news-media-a-global-picture/>: This report provides the first comprehensive picture of the dangers faced by many women working in news media around the world. It describes the types of violence and threats female journalists encounter and considers how these incidents affect their ability to conduct their work. [Source: WUNRN].

Four country case studies on the introduction and scale-up of Emergency Contraception. Benevides R, Fikree F, Holt K, and Forrester H. Evidence to Action Project, 2014<http://www.e2aproject.org/publications-tools/pdfs/ec-four-country-case-studies.pdf> (pdf): This report seeks to address this challenge and add to the existing literature on EC by illustrating ways in which governments, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and the private sector have worked together and separately to introduce and scale up EC within their respective countries. [Source: ICEC].

Checklist for integrating gender into the new funding model of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. United Nations Development Programme, 2014<http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hiv-aids/checklist-for-integrating-gender-into-the-new-funding-model-of-t/>: This Checklist has been developed to strengthen the attention paid to gender in the implementation of programmes supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (the Global Fund), through the roll-out of the Global Fund's new funding model (NFM). Each stage of the NFM requires specific actions to address the gender dimensions of HIV in the development and implementation of grants. [Source: 60percent].

Documentary: Boys and men healing. Big Voice Pictures<http://www.bigvoicepictures.com/recent-projects/production-3/boys-and-men-healing/>: This documentary is about the impact the sexual abuse of boys has on both the individual and society, and the importance of healing and speaking out for male survivors to end the devastating effects. The film portrays stories of three courageous non-offending men whose arduous healing helped them reclaim their lives-while giving them a powerful voice to speak out, and take bold action toward prevention for other boys. [Source: WUNRN].

VII. 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.

Respondent-driven sampling to assess outcomes of sexual violence: A methodological assessment. Greiner A.L, Albutt K, Rouhani S.A, Scott J, Dombrowski K, VanRooyen M.J, Bartels S.A. Am. J. Epidemiol.ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452191_28>: This study is the first to use respondent-driven sampling (RDS) to investigate outcomes of sexual violence. RDS was successfully applied to this study population and context and should be considered as a sampling methodology in future sexual violence research. [Source: SafetyLit].

Epidemiology of rapes in Costa Rica: Characterization of victims, perpetrators and circumstances surrounding forced intercourse. Cerdas L, Arroyo C, Gómez A, Holst I, Angulo Y, Vargas M, Espinoza M, León G. Forensic Sci. Int, 242C: 204-209, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452002_37>: This study prospectively investigates reports received by Judicial Investigation Agency, between July 2012 and June 2013. [Source: SafetyLit].

Associations between intimate partner violence and posttraumatic stress symptom severity in a multiethnic sample of men with histories of childhood sexual abuse. Loeb T.B, Holloway I.W, Galvan F.H, Wyatt G.E, Myers H.F, Glover D.A, Zhang M, Liu H. Violence Vict, 29: 451-463, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452160_24>: This article explores risk factors for posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) among men with histories of childhood sexual abuse who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. [Source: SafetyLit].

Child sexual abuse in Turkey: An analysis of 1002 cases. Aydin B, Akbas S, Turla A, Dündar C, Yuce M, Karabekiroglu K. J. Forensic Sci, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452060_24>: This article investigates the characteristics of abuse suffered by children, the dimensions of the psychiatric effects associated with abuse, and the factors affecting these. [Source: SafetyLit].

Routine activities preceding adolescent sexual abuse of younger children. Leclerc B, Felson M. Sex Abuse, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452142_24>: This article examines how adolescent offenders find and gain access to victims, work out time alone with them, and set up or exploit settings for sexual contact. [Source: SafetyLit].

'Selves' in contradiction: Power and powerlessness in South African shelter residents' narratives of leaving abusive heterosexual relationships. Schalkwyk S, Boonzaier F, Gobodo-Madikizela P. Fem. Psychol, 24(3): 314-331, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452297_28>: This article goes beyond approaches that emphasise women's victimhood. It explores women's agency from the perspective of the narratives of 16 women in two shelters in Cape Town. [Source: SafetyLit].

Neighborhood characteristics and sexual intimate partner violence against women among low-income, drug-involved New York City residents: Results from the IMPACT Studies. Frye V, Blaney S, Cerdá M, Vlahov D, Galea S, Ompad D.C. Violence Against Women, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452155_37>: This article assesses relations among neighbourhood characteristics and sexual intimate partner violence against women among low-income, drug-involved, women and men in New York City between 2005 and 2009. [Source: SafetyLit].

The association of interpersonal trauma with somatic symptom severity in a primary care population with chronic pain: Exploring the role of gender and the mental health sequelae of trauma. McCall-Hosenfeld J, Winter M, Heeren T, Liebschutz J.M. J. Psychosom. Res. ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_452304_28>: This article examines the association between somatic symptom severity and three interpersonal trauma types: 1) sexual trauma, 2) intimate partner violence, and 3) childhood trauma history. [Source: SafetyLit].

VIII. Events

Online learning: Monitoring women's rights, 29 October - 9 December 2014<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Events/Events-Around-the-World/Course38>. This six-week facilitated e-learning course offered by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is an introduction to documenting and monitoring women's human rights and gender equality, including sexual and gender based violence, women in situations of armed conflict, education, political rights and freedoms, and special protection measures. Register online. [Source: AWID].

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

IX. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Call for submissions: SAGE Open<http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal202037&ct_p=manuscriptSubmission&crossRegion=africa>: This ground-breaking, open-access publication of peer-reviewed, original research and review articles from invites free submissions of manuscripts. Only if your manuscript is accepted will you pay the $99 APC. For more information, view the SAGE Open manuscript submission guidelines<http://content.news.sagepub.com/emessageIRS/servlet/IRSL?v=5&a=10050&r=30320&m=162107&l=8&e=2&x=2457240.0>. [Source: SAGE Open].

Fellowship opportunity: The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship<http://promo.zerotothree.org/fellows-app-info/>. This programme is a seminal leader in nurturing and supporting diverse professionals from multiple disciplines and sectors to be "change agents" in transforming and advancing programmes, systems, and policies that impact the lives of infants, toddlers, and their families. Applications close: 14 September 2014. [Source: Friendsnrc].

Funding opportunity: Applied research services on inter-linkages between gender-based violence and HIV<http://www.unaids.org/en/aboutunaids/workatunaidssecretariat/requestforproposals/currentrequestsforproposals/name,99122,en.asp>. The purpose of this proposal is to select a suitable research institution to build the capacity of selected community based organizations on the link between gender based violence and HIV; evidence based programme and policy development; monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Closing date: 5 September 2014. [Source: 60percent].

Funding opportunity: Taking the ICPD beyond 2014, to position SRHR and the priorities of the ICPD in the next development framework<http://www.ippf.org/our-work/what-we-do/advocacy/icpd/grants>. Civil society (CS) has a critical role to play in influencing government priorities and positions for the post- 2015 regional and global negotiations. To ensure that CS engagement in these processes is strong, meaningful and has impact IPPF is launching round two of a small grants facility. The facility will support CS engagement in post 2014/15 policy processes. Closing date: 17 August 2014. [Source: AWID].

X. Vacancies

Director, Family, Gender and Life Course<https://erecruit.who.int/public/hrd-cl-vac-view.asp?o_c=1000&jobinfo_uid_c=29697&vaclng=en> / PAHO/WHO / Washington D.C, USA / Closing date: August 29, 2014. [Source: PAHO/WHO].

ERT Women's Protection & Empowerment Coordinator<http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=9761> / International Rescue Committee / Global / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: IRC].

Chief of Section (ReliefWeb Coordinator), P5<http://careers.un.org/> / UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs / New York, USA / Closing date: September 26, 2014. [Source: UN].

Deputy Chief of Party-Technical Advisor Health Financing<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Deputy-Chief-of-Party-Technical-Advisor-Health-Financing> / IntraHealth / Palestine / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Africa Team Internship<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Africa-Team-Internship> / Vital Voices / USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Director of Global Partnerships<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-of-Global-Partnerships> / Women Thrive Worldwide / USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Mid and Senior Level Gender Consultants<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Mid-and-Senior-Level-Gender-Consultants> / Banyan Global / Global / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Regional Advocacy Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Regional-Advocacy-Manager> / PATH / Kenya / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Executive Director<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Executive-Director> / WINGS / Guatemala / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Gender Advisor<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Advisor2> / UN Women / Bangladesh / Closing date: August 11, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Global LGBTI Human Rights Project Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Global-LGBTI-Human-Rights-Project-Manager> / Astraea / USA /  Closing date: August 15, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Director, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-Monitoring-Research-and-Evaluation> / Women for Women International / USA / Closing date: August 16, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Associate Director, Monitoring, Research and Evaluation<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Associate-Director-Monitoring-Research-and-Evaluation> / Women for Women International / Kenya / Closing date: August 16, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]

Director of Operations, DRC<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-of-Operations-DRC> / Women for Women International / DRC / Closing date: August 16, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs]


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