[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 30 01 2014

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Jan 30 15:48:43 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 member request: Call for studies - Learning about infant and toddler early education services (LITES)
II. Sexual violence in the news
III. Advocacy and awareness raising
IV. Websites
V. Online publications/resources
VI. Journal articles
VII. Events
VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
IX. Vacancies


I. SVRI member request: Call for studies - Learning about infant and toddler early education services (LITES)

Mathematica Policy Research(r) seeks studies for a review that will assess the evidence base of out-of-home early care and education (ECE) models for infants and toddlers (from birth to age 3). The review is being conducted by Mathematica for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), in partnership with the Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will be used to help inform policy, new initiatives, and program directions at the federal level.

We invite you to share this message with others you think would be interested in receiving the Call for Studies. Submissions are due March 11, 2014, and should be e-mailed to LITES at mathematica-mpr.com<mailto:LITES at mathematica-mpr.com>. [Source: Friendsnrc].

II. Sexual violence in the news

Papua New Guinea: NGOs pledge to battle family and sexual violence epidemic, The Guardian, 29 January 2014<http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/29/papua-new-guinea-ngos-pledge-to-battle-family-and-sexual-violence-epidemic>: Moves are already under way to address the epidemic of violence in Papua New Guinea, two months after an unprecedented commitment to establish support clinics and safe houses for victims across the country.

Human trafficking survivors urge U.S. to take action, Inter Press Service News Agency, 28 January 2014<http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/01/human-trafficking-survivors-urge-u-s-take-action/>: Advocacy groups and some legislators are calling on the U.S. government to mandate an increase in corporate supply chain transparency, with the aim of cutting down on the estimated 14,000 to 17,000 people trafficked into the United States each year and the tens of millions enslaved globally.

Children two thirds of Liberia rape victims, News24, 28 January 2014<http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Children-two-thirds-of-Liberia-rape-victims-20140128>: Two-thirds of rape victims in Liberia last year were children, the government said on Tuesday, in an alarming statement revealing that ten under-14s had died as a result of their injuries.

Europe votes on penalising prostitute clients in 'Nordic Model', International Business Times, 23 January 2014<http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/european-parliament-vote-nordic-model-prostitution-that-fines-clients-1433466>: The European Parliament's Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee has voted through a report that recommends the adoption of the 'Nordic Model' of prostitution laws. Put forward by Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP for London, the report recommends the EU takes on the Swedish model of prostitution laws, which punishes the clients of prostitutes, rather than the sex workers themselves.

III. Advocacy and awareness raising

Pathways to change game, Pathfinder International, 2013<http://www.pathfinder.org/publications-tools/pathways-to-change-game.html>: This game is designed to make the concept of behaviour change more understandable. When outreach workers use the game with their communities, it stimulates thinking that can motivate individuals and communities to change. Playing Pathways to Change can also help community health workers and peer educators understand the target population's perceptions of barriers to change and facilitators of change. [Source: Afro-nets].

IV. Websites

Strengthening health system responses to gender-based violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia<http://www.health-genderviolence.org/>: This website developed jointly by WAVE <http://www.wave-network.org/> and UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia<http://eeca.unfpa.org/public/> provides tools for health professionals, service providers and policy-makers, with a focus on the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. [Source: WUNRN].

V. Online publications/resources

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.pdf>: This report illustrates the impact of child marriage on a girl's young life through case studies and calls on all governments to support a comprehensive response to end child marriage and ensure a girl is healthy, safe, educated and empowered and her rights are protected. [Source: WUNRN].

Same impunity, same patterns: Sexual abuses by the Burma Army will not stop until there is a genuine civilian government. Women's League of Burma, 2014<http://womenofburma.org/same-impunity-same-pattern-report-of-systematic-sexual-violence-in-burmas-ethnic-areas/>: This report aims at demonstrating the gap between the appearance of change given by the "new" government since 2010 and the sad reality for women of Burma: WLB and its member organizations have gathered documentation showing that 104 women have been subjected to sexual violence by Burmese soldiers under Thein Sein's government, and more cases are concealed. [Source: WUNRN].

Protective factors for in-risk populations served by the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families: A literature review and theoretical framework. Development Services Group Inc, 2013<http://www.dsgonline.com/acyf/DSG%20Protective%20Factors%20Literature%20Review%202013.pdf>: This report reviews literature on protective factors for populations served by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). It offers a foundation for the development of a protective factors framework that is applicable to children, youth and families receiving ACYF-funded services. [Source: Friendsnrc].

Trends in evaluation: Preventing violence against women, VicHealth, 2013<http://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/Publications/Freedom-from-violence/PVAW-evaluation-trends.aspx>:  The evaluation of the VicHealth Respect, Responsibility and Equality program - utilising an evaluation capacity building approach - was undertaken in two distinct stages. The first stage spanned the period from August 2008 to February 2010 and was led and coordinated by Dr Michael Flood. The second stage spanned the period from February 2010 to August 2011 and was led and coordinated by Dr Wei Leng Kwok. [Source: Prevent-Connect].

Podcast - Promising practices in the primary prevention of sexual assault, 2013<http://www.preventconnect.org/2014/01/paul_schewe/>: In this video podcast, Paul Schewe, Ph.D., Director of University of Illinois at Chicago's Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Violence, describes the highlights from his October 2013 pre-conference institute "Promising Practices in the Primary Prevention of Sexual Assault." [Source: Prevent-Connect].

Laws and policies affecting sex work. Open Society Foundations, 2012<http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/briefing-papers/laws-and-policies-affecting-sex-work>: The purpose of this reference brief is to clarify terms and illustrate examples of alternatives to the use of criminal law as a response to sex work. Understanding the range of legislative and policy options for responding to sex work is critical to establishing policies consistent with respecting, protecting, and fulfilling the human rights of sex workers. [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.

Routledge Social Science<http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/bes/most-read>: Routledge is offering free access until 30 March 2014 to the 25 most read articles from a selection of Social Science subject areas; Development, Law, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology and Gender. Each collection features the top read articles from a variety of Routledge journals. [Source: Routledge].

Annual research review: Harms experienced by child users of online and mobile technologies: The nature, prevalence and management of sexual and aggressive risks in the digital age. Livingstone S, Smith P.K. J. Child Psychol. Psychiatry, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427809_24>: This article examines the nature and prevalence of online risks, and evaluate the evidence regarding the factors that increase or protect against harm resulting from such risks, so as to inform the academic and practitioner knowledge base. [Source: SafetyLit].

Gendered experiences of sexual abuse of teenagers and children in Mexico. Frías S.M, Erviti J. Child Abuse Negl, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427925_24>: This article describes the prevalence of sexual abuse during childhood and adolescence in a national representative sample of Mexican youngsters from a gender perspective using data from the 2007 National Survey on Exclusion, Intolerance and Violence in Public Institutions of High School Level Education. [Source: SafetyLit].

U.S. population estimates and correlates of sexual abuse of community-dwelling older adults. Cannell M.B, Manini T, Spence-Almaguer E, Maldonado-Molina M, Andresen E.M. J. Elder Abuse Negl, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427451_26>: In this article, the authors describe the annual prevalence of sexual abuse among community dwelling older adults in the United States and the factors associated with experiencing sexual abuse. [Source: SafetyLit].

Multiple types of harassment: Associations with emotional well-being and unhealthy behaviors in adolescents. Bucchianeri M.M, Eisenberg M.E, Wall M.M, Piran N, Neumark-Sztainer D. J. Adolesc. Health, ePub, 2013<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_427430_1>: This article explores relationships between harassment (i.e., race-, weight-, socioeconomic-status (SES)-based, and sexual) and health-related outcomes, including self-esteem, depressive symptoms, body satisfaction, substance use, and self-harm behavior, among diverse adolescents. [Source: SafetyLit].

Uptake to HIV post-exposure prophylaxis in Haiti: Opportunities to align sexual violence, HIV, PEP and mental health. Marc L, Honoré J.G, Néjuste P, Setaruddin M, Lamothe N.N, Thimothé G, Cornely JR. Am J Reprod Immunol, 69 (Suppl. 1): 133-141, 2013<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23278979>: In this article, the authors conduct a mixed methods pilot investigation to empirically examine the uptake to ARV-PEP in female victims of sexual violence seeking post-rape care at L'Hôpital de l'Université d'État d'Haiti. [Source: Harvard School of Public Health].

More than just talk: the framing of transactional sex and its implications for vulnerability to HIV in Lesotho, Madagascar and South Africa. Stoebenau K, Nixon S.A, Rubincam C et al. Globalization and Health, 7:34, 2011<http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/7/1/34>: This study provides a nuanced set of descriptions of the meaning of transactional sex in three settings and discusses how discourses around transactional sex suggest linkages to processes of globalization and hold implications for vulnerability to HIV. [Source: Research Gate].

Living with the sins of their fathers: An analysis of self-representation of adolescents born of war rape. Erjavec K and Volčič Z. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25 (3): 359-386, 2010<http://jar.sagepub.com/content/25/3/359.short>: This study is based on in-depth interviews with eleven adolescents born of war rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main goal is to present how these adolescents represent themselves and their life-situations. [Source: SA MRC].

VII. Events

Researching gender-based violence: Methods and meaning, 17-21 February 2014, London, United Kingdom<http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/cpd/gender_violence.html>. This short course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is intended for individuals who will conduct or commission research on gender-based violence. It will be of particular interest to those who want to add a 'violence component' to study that is quantitative or qualitative study or an intervention evaluation. It is relevant for individuals working on health-related topics such as, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, HIV, mental health and substance use. Register online. [Source: LSHTM].

Webinar - ACES and protective factors: Effects on parent involvement, 20 February 2014<https://events-na11.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1083115188/en/events/event/shared/1089056806/event_registration.html?sco-id=1115114889&campaign-id=CoP&_charset_=utf-8>. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. This webinar will include information from the original study, as well as information from two programs regarding the prevalence of ACES in their parent population and how they are working to build protective factors and engage parents. Register online. [Source: Friendsnrc].

Women in war and at war: Recent developments, 18 - 19 September 2014, Coventry, United Kingdom<http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/media/departmental/lawcriminology/pdf/Conference---Women-in-War-and-at-War---Call-for-papers.pdf>. This conference builds on the 2012 Women in War and at War conference held at Aberystwyth University and is designed to focus in particular on recent developments in relation to women and war. Abstracts of max. 250 words should be submitted to womeninatwar at gmail.com<mailto:womeninatwar at gmail.com>. Abstract submissions close: 15 February 2014. [Source: Pacwin].

MaleSurvivor 14th International Conference, Evolution: From hurting to healing, 31 October - 2 November 2014, Newark, USA<http://www.malesurvivor.org/conference.html>. The effects of sexual abuse for boys and men are painful, confusing and complex. These same words frequently describe the healing process as well. An important addition to the healing process is hope.  MaleSurvivor's 14th International Conference seeks workshop proposals that relate to the evolutionary journey from hurting to healing. Submissions close: 10 February 2014. [Source: MaleSurvivor].

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

VIII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Fellowship opportunity: Peace, Security & Development for African Scholars . This programme seeks to nurture junior African Scholars interested in pursuing a career in Peace, Security & Development, and to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve this. Applications close: 7 March 2014. [Source: AWID].

IX. Vacancies

Women's Protection and Empowerment Program Advisor<http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10015> / International Rescue Committee / Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: IRC].

Women's Protection and Empowerment Program Manager<http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=10149> / International Rescue Committee / Ajoung Thok, South Sudan / Closing date: March 24, 2014. [Source: IRC].

Senior Gender and Development Specialist<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-and-Development-Specialist> / UNICEF / New York, USA / Closing date: February 5, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Regional Manager<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Regional-Manager> / The International HIV/AIDS Alliance / Brighton, UK / Closing date: February 18, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Gender Justice Team Lead<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Gender-Justice-Team-Lead> / GRI / Kabul, Afghanistan / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Senior Gender Advisor (Guinea)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Advisor-Guinea> / GRI / Conakry, Guinea / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Senior Gender Advisor (Ghana)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Gender-Advisor-Ghana> / GRI / Accra, Ghana / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Project Specialist<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Project-Specialist> / UNDP / Juba, South Sudan / Closing date: March 1, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].
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