[Svrilist] SVRI Update: 26 06 2014

Sexual Violence Research Initiative svri at mrc.ac.za
Thu Jun 26 13:29:51 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: Questionnaire on access to information in the Americas from a gender perspective
II. Sexual violence in the news
III. Advocacy and awareness raising
IV. Online publications/resources
V. Journal articles
VI. Events
VII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships
VIII. Vacancies

I. SVRI member request: Questionnaire on access to information in the Americas from a gender perspective

The Inter-American Commission of Women is pleased to invite you to participate in a questionnaire prepared by the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights<http://oas.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f4f9c21ffdd25a4e4ef06e3c2&id=06ed217f3b&e=11027e5692>, with the goal of collecting information regarding the main challenges that women face in obtaining access to information managed by the State in the fields of violence and discrimination. This initiative will include the publication of a report, identifying challenges, best practices, and a set of recommendations for States on how to improve their compliance with existing human rights standards relevant to the issue of access to information. Download the questionnaire in Word format.<http://oas.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f4f9c21ffdd25a4e4ef06e3c2&id=bb21747333&e=11027e5692> Please send your answers to cim at oas.org<mailto:cim at oas.org>. The deadline to submit: 14 July 2014. [Source: AWID].

II. Sexual violence in the news

Regional organisations and SRSG enhance cooperation to strengthen the protection of young children from violence, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, 25 June 2014<http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/story/2014-06-25_1026>: Violence prevention in early childhood is a priority for the SRSG mandate and a critical strategy to break the cycle of violence compromising children's rights. In early years, children experience the most rapid process of growth and development; but this is also the time during which children are at high risk of violence, often associated with irreversible consequences for their health and well-being.

Canada's prostitution bill opposed by both sides, Women's eNews, 24 June 2014<http://womensenews.org/story/prostitution-and-trafficking/140621/canadas-prostitution-bill-opposed-both-sides#.U6v_CfmSyX8>: The bill addresses issues with the old laws that abolitionists and those seeking decriminalization found problematic. But taken in its entirety, both sides of this reform effort are worried it will worsen dangers and force some women into a "darker market."

Improved access to water may hold the solution to ending FGM in Africa, IPS Gender Wire, 20 June 2014<http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/06/improved-access-to-water-may-hold-the-solution-to-ending-fgm-in-africa/>: Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? It seems that according to yet-to-be released research by Ugandan-based Gwada Ogot Tao, FGM and other forms of circumcision in Africa could be linked to water.

Ending sexual violence in conflict and beyond, The Lancet Editorial, 383 (9934): 2019, 14 June 2014<http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60972-7/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=E24A35F>: War zone sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence inflict extreme suffering and represent serious violations of human rights. These crimes leave physical, psychological, social, and economic scars on individuals, families, and communities. And shamefully, most of the perpetrators are never brought to justice.

Civilians begin to flee new offensive against Pakistan militants, IRIN News, 6 June 2014<http://www.irinnews.org/report/100175/civilians-begin-to-flee-new-offensive-against-pakistan-militants>: The ancient Pakistani town of Bannu, lying just outside the North Waziristan Agency- a stronghold for insurgents operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan - is a now a centre for displaced families escaping a looming government offensive in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

III. Advocacy and awareness raising

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence 2014 theme announcement: >From peace in the home to peace in the world -Let's challenge militarism and end gender-based violence!<http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/2014-campaign/2014-theme-announcement> Positioning the 16 Days Campaign from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and December 10 (Human Rights Day) rightfully stresses that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. In the lead up to, and during, the 16 days of activism, participants will highlight the systemic nature of gender-based violence and militarism which encourages inequality and discrimination and prioritizes weapons spending over funding for quality education and healthcare and safe public spaces. The 16 Days Campaign is open to participants engaging in action on these issues in ways that are relevant to their specific context. Participants know best on what and with whom they can engage - whether their governments or communities - to challenge and change in positive terms the structures which perpetuate gender-based violence. Use of the hashtag #16Days when tweeting is encouraged! [Source: WUNRN].

IV. Online publications/resources

Gender relations, sexual and gender-based violence and the effects of conflict on women and men in North Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo: Results from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES). Final Report. Promundo, ICRW and Sonke Gender Justice, 2014<http://www.promundo.org.br/en/news/images-drc/>: This report provides insights on men's use of violence against partners, participation in caregiving and men's reactions to the global gender equality agenda, among other themes. [Source: Promundo].

Responding to transgender victims of sexual assault. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), 2014<http://www.ovc.gov/pubs/forge/index.html>: Whether you are a health care provider, law enforcement officer, emergency medical personnel, sexual assault advocate, therapist, or support group facilitator, this guide will help you deliver culturally sensitive, respectful care when working with transgender victims and their loved ones. [Source: National Institute of Corrections News].

Demystifying data: A guide to using evidence to improve young people's sexual health and rights. The Guttmacher Institute and International Planned Parenthood Federation, 2014<http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/demystifying-data.pdf>: The Guttmacher Institute and the International Planned Parenthood Federation collaborated on this guide to achieve its ultimate goal: to promote and improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people around the world. [Source: WUNRN].

Short film: Parenting and violence prevention, ISSAfricaTV, 2014<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUzsd_Dafx0&feature=youtu.be>: This short film is about the need to support parents because positive parenting is key to national development and violence prevention. The film was produced for an ISS Governance, Crime and Justice Division project to promote positive parenting as a critical violence prevention intervention. [Source: ISS Africa].

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.

Intimate partner violence among rural South African men: alcohol use, sexual decision-making, and partner communication. Hatcher A.M, Colvin C.J, Ndlovu N, et al. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 1-17, 2014<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13691058.2014.924558?journalCode=tchs20#.U6vT1vmSyX8>: In this study, the authors conduct retrospective, in-depth interviews with men who participated in a rural South African programme that targeted masculinities, HIV risk, and intimate partner violence. [Source: University of Witwatersrand].

The challenges of research on violence in post-conflict Bougainville. Jewkes R, Sikweyiya Y and Jama-Shai N. The Lancet, 383(9934): 2039 - 2040, 2014<http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)60969-7/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=E24A35F>: The Destiny guest house, with its plywood and pine-panelled walls, overlooks the channel between two islands. Past the flimsy gate and across the road is the shabby blue UN building, which is separated from the road by a stockade-style wooden fence. This was our residence and office base in 2011-12 when we did research in post-conflict Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, on men's sexual and other violence against women and experiences in conflict. [Source: The Lancet].

Psychiatric evaluation of women who were assisted at a university referral center in Campinas, Brazil, following an experience of sexual violence. Facuria C.O, Fernandes A.M.S, Azevedoa R.C.S. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, ePub, 2014<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020729214003348>: This article presents the sociodemographic characteristics and psychiatric symptoms of women who have been raped. [Source: ScienceDirect].

The association of telomere length with family violence and disruption. Drury S.S, Mabile E, Brett Z.H. et al. Pediatrics, ePub, 2014<http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/06/10/peds.2013-3415.abstract>: To enhance the understanding of biological mechanisms connecting early adversity and negative health, this article examines the association between family interpersonal violence and disruption and telomere length in youth. [Source: PAHO/WHO].

Global pathways to men's caregiving: Mixed methods findings from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey and the Men Who Care study. Kato-Wallace J, Barker G, Eads N and Levtova R. Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, ePub, 2014<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17441692.2014.921829#.U6v3afmSyX9>: This mixed method study explores which men are more involved in caregiving, and what childhood and adulthood factors influence their level of involvement. [Source: Promundo].

Conscientious objection, barriers, and abortion in the case of rape: A study among physicians in Brazil. Diniz D, Madeiro A, Rosas C. Reprod. Health Matters, 22(43): 141-148, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_443809_37>: This article aims to understand the practice and opinions about providing abortion in the case of rape among obstetricians-gynecologists (OBGYNs) in Brazil. [Source: SafetyLit].

A self-categorization theory perspective on adolescent boys' sexual bullying of girls. Page E, Shute R, McLachlan A. J. Interpers. Violence, ePub, 2014<http://www.safetylit.org/citations/index.php?fuseaction=citations.viewdetails&citationIds%5B%5D=citjournalarticle_444151_24>: This preliminary study applies the Self-Categorization Theory (SCT) to the sexual bullying of high school girls by boys. [Source: SafetyLit].

VI. Events

Online course: Gender and transitional justice, 3 September - 14 October 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. Register online. [Source: AWID].

Webinar: The neurobiology of sexual assault, 1 October 2014<http://www.evawintl.org/WebinarDetail.aspx?webinarid=1009>. This webinar is designed for law enforcement personnel and others involved in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault.  Participants will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and its application to victims of sexual assault. This will help law enforcement personnel and others recognise how these concepts can be applied to sexual assault investigations - with the goal of improving both victim well-being and case success. [Source: EVAWI].

SAVIR 2015, 11 - 13 March 2015, New Orleans, USA<http://www.savirweb.org/?page=conference>. The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) will be hosting its Fifth Biennial National Conference. The organisers are inviting abstract submissions related to injury prevention and control science and policy for this dynamic meeting experience. Abstract submissions close: 17 October 2014. [Source: Emory University].

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

VII. Funding links / research opportunities / fellowships and scholarships

Funding opportunity: FRIDA Young Feminist Fund<http://youngfeministfund.org/apply-for-a-grant-2/>. To date, FRIDA has completed two grant cycles in 2012 and 2013, and cumulatively supported 32 different groups of young feminists in 28 different countries around the world and awarding a total of 196,000 USD in direct grants. They are excited to be launching the third call for proposals and intend to support up to 18 new young feminist groups led by young women and transgender youth under 30 years of age. Applications close: 28 July 2014. [Source: AWID].

Fellowship opportunity: Scholar Rescue Fund<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Calls-for-Participation2/Fellowships-for-Threatened-Scholars-Call-for-Applications-Summer-2014>. The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) announces its next round of applications from scholars facing threats to their lives or academic work. Fellowships support temporary academic positions at colleges, universities, and other research institutions outside the scholars' home countries anywhere in the world. Applications close: 1 August 2014. [Source: AWID].

VIII. Vacancies

Violence against Children Advisor - Global programme (0885)<https://jobs.savethechildren.org.uk/vacancy/911/description> / Save the Children / London, United Kingdom / Closing date: July 14, 2014. [Source: Save the Children].

Head of Programme Strategy and Impact (INT0575)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Head-of-Programme-Strategy-and-Impact-INT0575> / Oxfam / Oxford, United Kingdom / Closing date: June 30, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Deputy Head of Programme Strategy and Impact (INT0576)<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Deputy-Head-of-Programme-Strategy-and-Impact-INT0576> / Oxfam / Oxford, United Kingdom / Closing date: June 30, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Development and Evaluation Fellow<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Development-and-Evaluation-Fellow> / Women LEAD / Kathmandu, Nepal / Closing date: June 30, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Director for Digital Outreach<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-for-Digital-Outreach> / Women Deliver / New York, USA / Closing date: July 1, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Women's Rights & Media Project Coordinator<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-at-AWID/Women-s-Rights-Media-Project-Coordinator> / AWID / Global / Closing date: July 6, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Senior Programme Officer for Women's Funds<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Senior-Programme-Officer-for-Women-s-Funds> / Mama Cash / Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Closing date: July 13, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Director of Policy and Advocacy<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Director-of-Policy-and-Advocacy> / Women Deliver / New York, USA / Closing date: July 15, 2014. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Inter-regional Adviser (On development policies for least developed countries)<http://careers.un.org/> / United Nations / New York, USA / Closing date: July 18, 2014. [Source: UN].

Resource Development and Outreach Associate<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Resource-Development-and-Outreach-Associate> / GIRE / Mexico City, Mexico / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].

Program Coordinator, Post 2015 Women's Coalition<http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Program-Coordinator-Post-2015-Women-s-Coalition> / CWGL / New Jersey, USA / Closing date: Open until filled. [Source: AWID Resource-Net Jobs].


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