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Nov. 22, 2017, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1

"On 11 April 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places. Under the ban, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine. As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were 'not welcome' in France. In 2016 France introduced a controversial ban on women's full-body swimsuits, known as 'burkinis'. Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the swimsuits 'the affirmation of political Islam in the public space'. The burkini ban, imposed by French Riviera mayors, was later lifted in ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:52 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"On 11 April 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places. Under the ban, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine. As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were 'not welcome' in France. In 2016 France introduced a controversial ban on women's full-body swimsuits, known as 'burkinis'. Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the swimsuits 'the affirmation of political Islam in the public space'. The burkini ban, imposed by French Riviera mayors, was later lifted in ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On 11 April 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places. Under the ban, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine. As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were 'not welcome' in France. In 2016 France introduced a controversial ban on women's full-body swimsuits, known as 'burkinis'. Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the swimsuits 'the affirmation of political Islam in the public space'. The burkini ban, imposed by French Riviera mayors, was later lifted in ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1

"On 11 April 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places. Under the ban, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine. As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were 'not welcome' in France. In 2016 France introduced a controversial ban on women's full-body swimsuits, known as 'burkinis'. Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the swimsuits 'the affirmation of political Islam in the public space'. The burkini ban, imposed by French Riviera mayors, was later lifted in ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1

"On 11 April 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places. Under the ban, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine. As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were 'not welcome' in France. In 2016 France introduced a controversial ban on women's full-body swimsuits, known as 'burkinis'. Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the swimsuits 'the affirmation of political Islam in the public space'. The burkini ban, imposed by French Riviera mayors, was later lifted in ...more
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: France, United States
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"According to women’s groups, the new rules – which raise maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, putting India ahead of France and the US – will apply only to a small fraction of the female workforce"(para 2)
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Canada, France, United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"In my further research, I have found that comparable reports are rife in Western democracies as well. A Canadian parliamentary staffer suffered PTSD and attempted suicide following sexual assault by her bosses. A British lawmaker received over 600 rape threats in one night. French women legislators and political leaders revealed a multitude of incidents of harassment, assault and rape in their political workplaces" (para 10).
Oct. 6, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Netherlands
Variables: RCDW-LAW-2

"France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have all imposed some restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils in public places" (para 4).
Oct. 2, 2017, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Rachid Nekkaz, French-Algerian businessman and political activist, has pledged to pay all fines imposed on women wearing full face veils in Austria. He has spent $350,000 covering similar fines in Belgium and France, Nekkaz told Austrian broadcaster Servus TV" (para 15).
Oct. 2, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Switzerland
Variables: RCDW-LAW-2

"People who obscure their face in public can be fined $175. Similar laws are in force or about to go into effect in Belgium, Bulgaria, France and Switzerland. Germany has a partial ban on face coverings that applies only when driving" (para 8).
Sept. 25, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-6

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Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The French Union of Gynecologists and Obstetricians called for her resignation after she claimed that 3/4 of French mothers received episiotomies without their consent. The union said those figures are inaccurate" (para 27).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"Twenty years later, Schiappa, now 34, is France's secretary for gender equality and the youngest member of President Emmanuel Macron's cabinet. One of her major goals, she says, is to make France's public spaces safer for women and girls" (para 4).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Marlene Schiappa was barely into her teens when she realized that Paris, the City of Light, could be a dark place for women. Whenever she and her sister walked anywhere — to school, to the supermarket, to hang out with friends — men followed them, catcalling, harassing, even groping. 'We took alternative routes, out of our way,' she says, 'to avoid the bands of boys'" (para 1-3). "'If you go to the street and you say, 'So, is it allowed to touch a girl's body on the street?'' Schiappa says, "'I'm sure many people would say, 'Aw, it's not that bad if you do''" (para 5). "Attention has tended to ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"Schiappa is thinking of girls coming of age when she says her first priority is drafting legislation that would make it a crime to harass women on the streets — something that's not covered by a 2012 law prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace" (para 5). "Anne-Cecile Mailfert of the Women's Foundation says paying women less than men is illegal in France, but the law is rarely enforced" (para 23).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Women made record gains in Parliament — and now hold nearly 40 percent of seats, up from 25 percent" (para 37).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"Twenty years later, Schiappa, now 34, is France's secretary for gender equality and the youngest member of President Emmanuel Macron's cabinet. One of her major goals, she says, is to make France's public spaces safer for women and girls" (para 4). "Schiappa has already identified 10 companies that have the biggest pay gaps and invited representatives to attend gender-equality training next month, arranged by her ministry" (para 21).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Criminalizing harassment on the streets is just one of Schiappa's goals. She's also tackling France's gender pay gap. She's criticizing sexist advertising" (para 13). "Marie-Noelle Bas, an activist who runs a nonprofit targeting sexism in advertising and media, applauds Schiappa for slamming a supermarket chain for selling bags emblazoned with the message, 'Hurray! I have my man's credit card!' 'It reinforces this false image of women as compulsive spenders who are 'kept' by their high-earning men,' Bas says. 'Everywhere you look, you see images of women as stereotypes — as homemakers and mothers or sexual objects'" (para 29-30).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Schiappa is thinking of girls coming of age when she says her first priority is drafting legislation that would make it a crime to harass women on the streets — something that's not covered by a 2012 law prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace" (para 5).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Criminalizing harassment on the streets is just one of Schiappa's goals. She's also tackling France's gender pay gap" (para 13). "Macron has tasked Schiappa with tackling the gender pay gap in France, where women are paid about 25 percent less than men, according to France's National Institute of Statistics adn Economical Studies" (para 20). "Anne-Cecile Mailfert of the Women's Foundation says paying women less than men is illegal in France, but the law is rarely enforced" (para 23).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"When Schiappa hears anecdotes about French women who blame themselves when they're attacked, 'That's rape culture,' she says. For that to change, men and boys must receive stronger messages about their own behavior, she emphasizes" (para 12). "A watershed moment came in 2011, when former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss Kahn was accused of trying to rape a hotel housekeeper in New York City. Four years later, he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring. He was not convicted in either case, but his sexually predatory behavior was highly publicized each time. 'All of a sudden, French society realized we had men who were doing bad things to ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"And Parliament, under Macron, recently gave final approval to a law that forbids men who are found guilty of sexual assault from holding public office" (para 35).
Sept. 22, 2017, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"And Macron, the new president, has appointed women — including Schiappa — to half of his Cabinet posts" (para 37).
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-LAW-4, IRP-LAW-5

"Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 2)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 2)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"French lawmakers approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade. The legislation, which passed 64-12 in the parliament's lower house, the National Assembly, makes French law one of the toughest against sex buyers in Europe. Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal"(para 1-2)."The new measure does away with a 2003 law that banned passive soliciting by sex workers on the street and thus put the legal onus on prostitutes. This new bill ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The convicted client will be obliged to attend classes highlighting the dangers associated with prostitution. The measure will also make it easier for foreign prostitutes — many currently illegally in France — to acquire a temporary residence permit if they enter a process to get out of the prostitution business"(para 5)."'The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85 percent of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking,' Maud Olivier, a lawmaker with the governing Socialists and a sponsor of the legislation, told The Associated Press. Olivier said that many of the sex workers who arrive in France have their ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"But opponents fear that cracking down [a bill was passed that bans buying sex, not selling it] will push prostitutes to hide, leaving them even more at the mercy of pimps and violent clients"(para 10)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-3

"'The most important aspect of this law is to accompany prostitutes, give them identity papers because we know that 85 percent of prostitutes here are victims of trafficking,' Maud Olivier, a lawmaker with the governing Socialists and a sponsor of the legislation, told The Associated Press.Olivier said that many of the sex workers who arrive in France have their passports confiscated by pimps.'We will provide them with documents on the condition they commit to leave prostitution behind,' she added"(para 7-9)
Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"France's parliament started debating the [prostitution] bill in 2013, but the final vote was delayed due to sharp divisions between the lower parliamentary chamber and the Senate"(para 11)