[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 20 02 14

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Feb 20 16:15:12 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. Websites
III. Online publications/resources
IV. Journal articles
V. Events
VI. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
VII. Vacancies

I. Sexual violence in the news

For Syrian refugees, early marriages end early, Women's eNews, 19 February 2014<http://womensenews.org/story/marriagedivorce/140218/syrian-refugees-early-marriages-end-early#.UwYKsPmSyX8>: Early marriages are subject to special pressures in the unstable conditions of refugee camp life in Jordan. The divorces that follow can be complicated by the questionable legal standing in which marriages are conducted.

Trauma of sexual violence is 'complex' and 'layered', Irish Times, 19 February 2014<http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/trauma-of-sexual-violence-is-complex-and-layered-1.1696378>: A spokesman for the courts service said yesterday that judges did undergo training in relation to rape cases. He was responding to concerns raised by the CEO of the Rape Crisis Centre who said that there was a need for judges to learn more about the impact of beliefs and attitudes which blame and punish victims of sexual violence.

Growing inequality mars 20 years of women's progress, Inter Press Service News Agency, 14 February 2014<http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/02/growing-inequality-mars-20-years-womens-progress/>: As the world moves closer to the 2015 end mark of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new U.N. report illuminates how far global society has come, but also how far it still must travel to achieve its objectives.

Iraq slammed for women prisoners abuse, Al Jazeera, 6 February 2014<http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/02/iraq-slammed-women-prisoners-abuse-2014266210160324.html>: Iraqi authorities are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting many to torture and ill-treatment, including the threat of sexual abuse, Human Rights Watch has said.

Briefing: The humanitarian cost of South Sudan's continuing violence, IRIN News, 31 December 2013<http://www.irinnews.org/report/99412/briefing-the-humanitarian-cost-of-south-sudan-s-continuing-violence>: As the conflict in South Sudan continues, aid agencies are struggling to provide assistance to the thousands of people caught up in the violence. As of 29 December, an estimated 180,000 people had been driven from their homes by the fighting, 75,000 of whom are seeking shelter in UN compounds.

II. Websites

The Communication Initiative<http://www.comminit.com/>: This Initiative convenes the communication and media development, social and behavioural change community for more effective local, national, and international development action. [Source: The Communication Initiative].

WomenWorldCulture<http://www.womenworldculture.com/>: This network connects women and cultural groups through attention to relevant social issues. It establishes as an infrastructure to find and share information, arts, education, research, services, and employment information, with member access to unique events, services, and opportunities. [Source: AWID].

III. Online publications/resources

Humanitarian Exchange: Gender-based violence in emergencies. Issue 60, 2014<http://www.odihpn.org/humanitarian-exchange-magazine/issue-60>: This special feature of this edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on gender-based violence (GBV) in humanitarian crises. [Source: IRC].

"Here, rape is normal". A five-point plan to curtail sexual violence in Somalia. Human Rights Watch, 2014<http://www.hrw.org/node/122940>: This report provides a roadmap for the government and its international donors to establish a comprehensive strategy to reduce rape, provide survivors with immediate and urgent assistance, and develop a long-term approach to end these abuses. The report focuses on improving prevention, increasing access to emergency health services, ensuring justice, legal and policy reform, and promoting women's equality. [Source: AWID].

Protecting the girl child: using the law to end child, early and forced marriage and related human rights violations. Equality Now, 2014<http://www.equalitynow.org/sites/default/files/Protecting_the_Girl_Child_Annex_v3.pdf>: Equality Now partnered with TrustLaw Connect and Latham & Watkins LLP to carry out a sample survey of the legal position on child marriage and some of the interconnected issues in 18 countries. [Source: WUNRN].

Framework of actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) beyond 2014. United Nations, 2014<http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/sitemap/ICPDReport>: This report is the culmination of a landmark UN review of progress, gaps, challenges and emerging issues in relation to the ICPD Programme of Action. It gathers data from 176 member states, alongside inputs from civil society and comprehensive academic research. The report highlights the fact that development gains from the past 20 years cannot be sustained unless governments tackle the inequalities that hurt the poorest and most marginalized, including women and girls. [Source: AWID].

Cost analysis in program evaluation: A guide for child welfare researchers and service providers. Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013:<https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cost_analysis_guide.pdf>This guide demonstrates how cost analysis, when integrated with program evaluation, can promote a better understanding of key program components, implementation, and unit costs. The guide is relevant for multiple audiences, including program directors and evaluators, child welfare agency administrators, funders of research studies and evaluation projects, and other important stakeholders who rely on child welfare evaluation. [Source: Friendsnrc].

Parenting a child who has experienced abuse or neglect: Factsheet for families. Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2013<https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/parenting_CAN.cfm>: This factsheet is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support. [Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway].

African women's decade 2010-2020. Annual review. Make Every Woman Count, 2013<http://www.makeeverywomancount.org/images/stories/documents/MEWC_AWDReport_Feb2013.pdf>: This report aims to evaluate the progress, or lack thereof, being made to include and promote the rights of women at country, regional, and Pan-African levels. This was achieved by presenting each country on the continent with a background and a presentation of progress and developments made within different areas during the third year of the African Women's Decade 2013. [Source: AWID].

IV. 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.

Worldwide prevalence of non-partner sexual violence: A systematic review. Abrahams N, Devries K, Watts C et al. The Lancet, Early online publication, 2014<http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)62243-6/fulltext#skipped_nav>: This article describes a systematic review of data on the prevalence of non-partner sexual violence worldwide in women aged 15 years and older. This study was done as part of the work for the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study to contribute to the quantification of the burden of disease and injury attributed to interpersonal violence. [Source: WUNRN].

The influence of prior rape on the psychological and physical health functioning of older adults. Sachs-Ericsson N, Kendall-Tackett K.A, Sheffler J, Arce D, Rushing N.C, Corsentino E. Aging Ment. Health, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_429609_26>: In a cross-sectional study of older females, the present study examines whether a history of rape is associated with current psychological and health problems. [Source: SafetyLit].

Female sexual victimization among college students: Assault severity, health risk behaviors, and sexual functioning. Turchik J.A, Hassija C.M. J. Interpers. Violence, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_429469_24>: This study examines the relationship between college women's sexual victimization experiences, health risk behaviors, and sexual functioning. [Source: SafetyLit].

Impact of sexual coercion on romantic experiences of adolescents and young adults. Collibee C, Furman W. Arch. Sex. Behav, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_429563_24>: Little is known about the effect of sexual coercion on romantic relationship quality and dating experiences. This article aims to address the dearth in the literature and test the hypothesis that sexual coercion has a negative impact on victims' subsequent romantic experiences. [Source: SafetyLit].

Meta-analysis on the incidence rates of child sexual abuse in China. Peng L, Zhang S.H, Yang J, Li Y, Ye Y.F, Dong X.M, Wang S.Y. Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi, 34(12): 1245-1249, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_429606_24>: To offer basic data related to the prevention of child sexual abuse, the authors describe Meta-analysis on the national incidence rate on child sexual abuse in China. [Source: SafetyLit].

Giving sexual assault survivors time to decide: An exploration of the use and effects of the nonreport option. Heffron L.C, Busch-Armendariz N.B, Vohra S.S, Johnson R.J, Camp V. Am. J. Nurs, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_429558_37>: This article examines the implementation of the nonreport option in Texas; explore its impact on SANEs, survivors, and the criminal justice system; and identify strengths and challenges of the nonreport process. [Source: SafetyLit].

V. Events

Use of ICTs and Social Media for Human Rights Work, 26 February-13 May 2014<http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1008&language_id=1>. This course by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is intended for staff members of human rights and social justice NGOs and inter-governmental organisations who are responsible for information and communication (i.e. information officers, web editors, communication specialists) within their organisation. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and social media are a dynamic field where success is dependent upon skill development and practical experience. Register online. [Source: HREA].

WCSAP webinar: Making the connection - Sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention, 2 April 2014<https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=vj70qlm08554>. In this webinar, participants will learn how to boost and sustain their prevention work by connecting and integrating with existing sexual health education efforts. Register online. [Source: PreventConnect].

Online course: Human trafficking and smuggling, 30 April - 10 June 2014<http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=1439&language_id=1>. This course by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) analyses the concepts of migrant smuggling and human trafficking while discussing various practical cases from around the globe and existing policies and practices of prevention and prosecution to combat these crimes and protect and address the needs of victims such as victim identification and national/trans-national referral mechanisms or regularisation programmes. Register online. [Source: HREA].

Weaving a world without violence 2014, 3 - 4 June, New York, USA<http://nyscasa.org/sites/default/files/CallForProposals2014.pdf>. The New York State Coalition against Sexual Assault is pleased to announce a call for workshop proposals. In response to feedback received in the past, NYSCASA is seeking extended length and advanced level workshops, though proposals that do not meet these suggestions will also be considered. Workshops on a wide range of topics relating to sexual violence prevention and intervention are welcome. Send your proposal by 3 March to Elizabeth Isabelle at: eisabelle at nyscasa.org<mailto:eisabelle at nyscasa.org>. Presenters whose workshops have been accepted will be notified by 1 April. [Source: PreventConnect].

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

VI. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Fellowship opportunity: Indigenous Fellowship Programme 2015<http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/Pages/Fellowship.aspx>. The Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The aim of the programme is to give indigenous peoples the opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights in general and indigenous issues in particular so they can assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting rights. [Source: AWID].

Fellowship opportunity: 2014 MILEAD Fellowship<http://www.moremiinitiative.org/milead-fellows/2014-application>. This fellowship programme is a long-term leadership development program designed to identify, develop and promote emerging young African Women leaders to attain and thrive in leadership in their community and Africa as a whole. The program targets dynamic young women interested in developing transformational leadership skills that help them address issues facing women and girls across communities in Africa. Applications close: 14 March 2014. [Source: WUNRN].

Funding opportunity: Funding Alert, 9 (5), 2014<http://us4.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=5d45d478d3ae7b3c97fc5b56f&id=8c21146023>. This resource reports on current government and private funding opportunities available on domestic violence, sexual violence and victim services. [Source: VAWnet].

VII. Vacancies

Associate Director, Sexual Health and Rights<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Associate-Director-Sexual-Health-and-Rights> / AJWS / US / Closing date: For immediate consideration. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 February 2014].

Projects Coordinator<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Projects-Coordinator> / Equidad de Género / Mexico / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 February 2014].

Field Program Support Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Field-Program-Support-Manager> / MSI / USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 February 2014].

Gender Adviser<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Adviser> / Cardno / Australia / Closing date: February 28, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 February 2014].

Programme Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Programme-Manager> / Oxfam / Philippines / Closing date: March 2, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 February 2014].

Human Rights Program and Advocacy Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Human-Rights-Program-and-Advocacy-Manager> / ISHR / Switzerland / Closing date: March 7, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs: Monday, 17 February 2014].


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