Systematic Sexual Violence Online Resources
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. Amnesty International has a campaign to stop violence against women. It has recently addressed 2 situations of systematic sexual violence against women, in Haiti and in Zimbabwe.
The CNN Freedom project is foucsed at ending Modern Day Slavery by shining a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery, amplifying the voices of the victims, highlighting success stories and helping unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.
Human Rights Watch is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.
This website reports on news relating to human rights, including sexual violence issues.
ICRW conducts empirical research to better understand the incidence of violence against women, costs associated with it and factors that lead to it. It is also building evidence on interventions designed to prevent violence against women, particularly comprehensive approaches that include economically empowering women, involving boys and men, protecting survivors of violence and rehabilitating men who are abusive. ICRW is examining the policy dimensions of violence prevention by evaluating the impact of and challenges to existing legislation and using our findings to advocate for stronger, more effective laws. Finally, ICRW participates in strategic regional and global networks that work to strengthen civil society and advance the field of preventing violence against women.
Examples of projects relating to violence against women:
Young men initiative in the Balkans: This program reaches young men ages 15 - 19 through school-based activities and media campaigns that address social norms around gender and promote healthy lifestyles and prevent violence. YMI includes workshops about gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, emotional well-being, and violence and conflict resolution.
Evaluating the power of Conditional Cash Transfers to delay marriage in India: ICRW will evaluate the Apni Beti Apna Dhan (ABAD) program, one of the first CCT interventions in India to include delayed marriage as a specific goal. Initiated in 1994, the local government of Haryana dedicated bonds to newly-born girls that can be cashed out after the girls turn 18 and only if they are unmarried. The first beneficiaries will reach 18 in 2012, presenting the first opportunity to assess the program’s success in delaying marriage.
ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights. In the aftermath of mass atrocity and repression, ICTJ assists institutions and civil society groups—the people who are driving and shaping change in their societies—in considering measures to provide truth, accountability, and redress for past abuses.
Examples of ICTJ projects relating to sexual violence issues:
ICTJ shares examples of transitional justice in other countries to help craft policies and procedures to address gender-based violence. For example, ICTJ has shared lessons learned from the Peru, Sierra Leone and Timor-Leste truth commission experiences with women’s groups and policymakers in Liberia and Nepal. This information was then used to help draft truth commission policies and legislation.
ICTJ provides expert assistance, analysis and advice to governments, civil society, and justice actors or institutions. We share lessons learned and best practices from criminal justice initiatives worldwide: In Uganda, Kenya and DRC ICTJ analyzes and recommends ways in which to strengthen domestic prosecutions; ICTJ has done comparative research on the political, legal and policy aspects of hybrid tribunals in Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, East Timor and Lebanon.
The Research and Advocacy Unit [RAU] is an independent, non-governmental organisation. Its Mission is to provide high-quality research for the purposes of relevant and current policy change. RAU’s work to date has focused on three major areas that are important in the current crisis in Zimbabwe: Women, Displacements, and Governance. RAU works with a wide variety of Zimbabwean, regional, and international partners in connection with the above areas. RAU also provides independent analyses of important current issues in Zimbabwe, ranging from elections, the Global Political Agreement, legal matters, etc. The download center on the website contains their reports.
This website provides users with access to the legal decisions of the courts of the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. It is possible to search for cases relating to “rape”, or “sexual violence” in any of the courts’ databases using the “search” function. It is also possible to search cases by year or name
The SVRI aims to promote research on sexual violence and generate empirical data that ensures sexual violence is recognized as a priority public health problem. The SVRI does this by building an experienced and committed network of researchers, policy makers, activists and donors to ensure that the many aspects of sexual violence are addressed from the perspective of different disciplines and cultures.
UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) unites the work of 13 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict. It is a concerted effort by the UN system to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors. This site features field updates, testimonials, NGO links, advocacy resources and a take actio now section.
This website reports on global women news, views and issues, including rape and sexual assault issues or violence against women.
This website provides users with access to worldwide courts’ decisions.
Publications of Interest
Article by Jean E. Jackson, The Meaning and Message of Symbolic Sexual Violence in Tukanoan Ritual, Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 1 (Jan., 1992), pp. 1-18
Bijleveld, C.C.J.H. (2010). On research methods for international crimes. Methodological issues in the empirical study of international crimes. In: Smeulers, A.L. (Ed.), Collective violence and international criminal justice – an interdisciplinary approach. Antwerp: Intersentia, pp. 275-296.
Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict, by Janie L. Leatherman
Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights), by Elizabeth D. Heineman
Supranational Criminal Prosecution of Sexual Violence: The ICC and the Practice of the ICTY and the ICTR by Anne-Marie de Brouwer
The Comfort Women: Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture)by C. Sarah Soh
The Men Who Killed Me: Rwandan Survivors of Sexual Violence by Anne-Marie de Brouwer, Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Samer Muscati and Eve Ensler
Highlighted Chapters involving Sexual Violence:
XV. Prosecution of Genocidal Rape and Sexual Torture before the Gacaca Tribunals in Rwanda
Usta Kaitesi and Roelof Haveman
XX. Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Challenges in Prevention and International Criminal Prosecution
Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Anne-Marie de Brouwer and Renee Romkens
XXI. Victims of Sexual Violence in the International Criminal Court. Challenges Related to Legal Representation and Protection
Gabbi Mesters and Adesola Adeboyejo
Viseur Sellers, Patricia- Wartime Female Slavery: Enslavement?, 44 Cornell Int'l L.J. 115 (2011).
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