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April 10, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

According to the Institute of Inclusive Security, Portugal launched their national action plan in 2014 and it expires in 2018 (MB-Coder Comment).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s significant achievements in reducing infant and maternal mortality, but is concerned about the limited freedom experienced by women in their family planning and their choices of birth methods" (page 9).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the recent amendments to the Penal Code specifically criminalizing female genital mutilation. However, the Committee is concerned about the reports that that crime is being committed against its citizens or residents abroad, and regrets the lack of information concerning the application of extraterritorial jurisdiction in the State party with respect to that crime. The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to raise awareness about the harmful effects of female genital mutilation on the health and the lives of women, both within and outside its territory, but expresses concern that those efforts may not be sufficient. The Committee recommends that the State party ensure the strict application of...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ADDL-DATA-1

"The Committee notes with concern that austerity measures, many of which have been taken by the State party under the bailout agreements with the European Union institutions and the International Monetary Fund, have had a detrimental and disproportionate impact on women in many spheres of life. The Committee also notes that few studies and evaluations have been conducted to monitor the gender-specific effects of such measures. The Committee wishes to emphasize that the concerns expressed below take into account the exceptional circumstances that the State party has faced in recent years and is still facing. However, the Committee reminds the State party that, even in times of fiscal constraints and...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party’s seventh periodic report (CEDAW/C/PRT/7) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: . . . (e) Law No. 112/2009 on domestic violence, on 16 September 2009" (page 1-2). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of the fifth national plan to prevent and combat domestic and gender-based violence (2014-2017) and the use of electronic bracelets to prevent domestic violence" (page 5).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the national Roma inclusion strategy (2013-2020) and is concerned that Roma women, especially those living in rural areas, face social exclusion and lack access to education, health, employment and housing. It is particularly concerned about the high school dropout rates among Roma girls owing to child and/or forced marriage. . . . The Committee recommends that the State party increase its efforts, including within the framework of the national Roma inclusion strategy for the period 2013-2020, to ensure access to adequate housing and basic services for Roma women, including access to education, health and employment. The Committee also recommends that the State party take measures to prevent...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee . . . is concerned: (a) That poverty among and the social exclusion of women, in particular disadvantaged and marginalized groups of women such as migrant, asylum-seeking and Roma women, increase their risk of becoming victims of trafficking and exploitation in prostitution" (page 7).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: IRP-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the updated national referral system established in 2014 and the third national plan to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings (2014-2017), but is concerned: . . . (d) That there is a lack of information on the protection and assistance in place for victims of trafficking, including the issuance of temporary resident permits. The Committee urges the State party: . . . (c) To strengthen the protection and rehabilitation of women who are victims of trafficking by providing them with access to alternative income opportunities and providing undocumented women with temporary resident permits, irrespective of their ability or willingness to cooperate with the prosecutorial authorities" (page...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the updated national referral system established in 2014 and the third national plan to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings (2014-2017), but is concerned: (a) That poverty among and the social exclusion of women, in particular disadvantaged and marginalized groups of women such as migrant, asylum-seeking and Roma women, increase their risk of becoming victims of trafficking and exploitation in prostitution; (b) That there is a lack of adequate victim identification mechanisms; (c) That a lenient sentencing policy is applied for traffickers, who reportedly are often charged with the crime of pimping, which carries a lighter punishment; (d) That there is a lack of information on...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: . . . (b) Third national action programme for the elimination of female genital mutilation (2014-2017)" (page 2). "The Committee welcomes the recent amendments to the Penal Code specifically criminalizing female genital mutilation. However, the Committee is concerned about the reports that that crime is being committed against its citizens or residents abroad, and regrets the lack of information concerning the application of extraterritorial jurisdiction in the State party with respect to that crime. The Committee...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Committee notes the information provided by the State party about the growing number of rural women involved in commercial farming and the large investments made by the State party for such initiatives. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned that many rural women continue to face significant problems in gaining access to employment and education, and are dependent on low social benefits. The Committee recommends that the State party continue its efforts to encourage women’s entrepreneurship, including in commercial farming, and take the measures necessary to provide women living in rural areas with enhanced educational and employment opportunities" (page 10). "The Committee notes the national Roma inclusion strategy (2013-2020) and is...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party’s seventh periodic report (CEDAW/C/PRT/7) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: . . . (b) Amendments to the Penal Code to include 'gender identity' as a prohibited ground of discrimination, in January 2013; (c) Law No. 7/2011 on gender identity, on 15 March 2010, and amendments to the Civil Code recognizing different forms of family relations, on 31 May 2010" (page 1-2).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ATC-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party has ratified or acceded to, among others, the following international and regional instruments: (a) Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189), of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2015; (b) International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, in 2014; (c) Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), in 2013; (d) Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 (No. 183), of ILO, in 2012; (e) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in 2009" (page 2). "The Committee notes that the adherence...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes Law No. 83/2015, aimed at implementing provisions of the Istanbul Convention, but remains concerned that, despite the improvements, the legislation of the State party is not fully in compliance with the provisions of the Istanbul Convention, given that it does not cover all forms of non-consensual sexual acts" (page 6).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the updated national referral system established in 2014 and the third national plan to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings (2014-2017), but is concerned: . . . (c) That a lenient sentencing policy is applied for traffickers, who reportedly are often charged with the crime of pimping, which carries a lighter punishment" (page 7).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the significant achievements of the State party in increasing the participation of women and girls at the secondary and tertiary levels of education. The Committee is, however, concerned about the sex segregation of fields of study and the underrepresentation of girls in technology and vocational courses and apprenticeships at the secondary level, as well as in engineering, manufacturing and construction courses in higher education, which results in similar sex segregation of occupations in the labour market and higher unemployment rates for young women in spite of their higher rate of certification compared with employed males. While welcoming Law No. 69/2009, which mandates sexual education as a compulsory...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned about the sex segregation of fields of study and the underrepresentation of girls in technology and vocational courses and apprenticeships at the secondary level, as well as in engineering, manufacturing and construction courses in higher education, which results in similar sex segregation of occupations in the labour market and higher unemployment rates for young women in spite of their higher rate of certification compared with employed males" (page 8). "The Committee welcomes Council of Ministers resolutions No. 19/2012, aimed at increasing the representation of women in decision-making positions in State-owned companies, and No. 18/2014, on equal pay for work of equal value. It also welcomes...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is, however, concerned about the sex segregation of fields of study and the underrepresentation of girls in technology and vocational courses and apprenticeships at the secondary level, as well as in engineering, manufacturing and construction courses in higher education, which results in similar sex segregation of occupations in the labour market and higher unemployment rates for young women in spite of their higher rate of certification compared with employed males" (page 8). "However, the Committee is concerned: . . . (b) That the unemployment rate among women, especially young women below 25 years of age, is very high, and women who belong to disadvantaged and marginalized groups, such...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"The Committee welcomes Council of Ministers resolutions No. 19/2012, aimed at increasing the representation of women in decision-making positions in State-owned companies, and No. 18/2014, on equal pay for work of equal value. It also welcomes various measures taken to increase the representation of women in the private sector, including major companies traded on the stock market. However, the Committee is concerned: (a) That, to date, the measures taken have had a limited impact on the employment situation of women, including their career advancement and salaries, which remain significantly lower than those of men; . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (b) Enhance access...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes Law No. 83/2015, aimed at implementing provisions of the Istanbul Convention, but remains concerned that, despite the improvements, the legislation of the State party is not fully in compliance with the provisions of the Istanbul Convention, given that it does not cover all forms of non-consensual sexual acts. The Committee is also concerned about the lack of crisis centres and emergency services for victims of rape, as well as the absence of standard protocols for hospital staff and police officers on gender-sensitive ways to deal with victims of rape. Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that marital rape is rarely prosecuted as a specific crime, in most cases...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern: . . . (b) That the default minimum age of marriage is set at 16 years (with parental approval), not 18 years; . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (b) Raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 years" (page 11).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1, GP-DATA-6

"The Committee is also concerned that, despite some improvements, the numbers of women in decision-making posts in the executive branch of government (8 per cent in mayorships, 10-30 per cent in various executive bodies) and the diplomatic service remain low. While welcoming the very high proportion of women in the judiciary, the Committee regrets that only 8.2 per cent of justices on the Supreme Court of Justice are women and that a number of public bodies have fewer than 35 per cent women" (page 7).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1, ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s significant achievements in reducing infant and maternal mortality, but is concerned about the limited freedom experienced by women in their family planning and their choices of birth methods. It is particularly concerned about the reports that women are often subjected to overly medicalized births and caesarean operations without having been consulted beforehand. The Committee is also concerned about the amendments in 2015 to the law on voluntary termination of pregnancy (2007), which impose stringent conditions in the form of four separate obligatory consultations prior to abortion, in addition to fees. The Committee recommends that the State party provide for adequate safeguards to ensure that...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of the following: (a) Fifth national action plan for gender equality, citizenship and non-discrimination (2014-2017); (b) Third national action programme for the elimination of female genital mutilation (2014-2017); (c) Second national action plan for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women and peace and security (2014-2018)" (page 2).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the significant achievements of the State party in increasing the participation of women and girls at the secondary and tertiary levels of education. The Committee is, however, concerned about the sex segregation of fields of study and the underrepresentation of girls in technology and vocational courses and apprenticeships at the secondary level, as well as in engineering, manufacturing and construction courses in higher education, which results in similar sex segregation of occupations in the labour market and higher unemployment rates for young women in spite of their higher rate of certification compared with employed males. While welcoming Law No. 69/2009, which mandates sexual education as a compulsory...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about reports that non-governmental organizations working on women’s rights have been particularly affected by the austerity measures, which have greatly compromised their activities. It is also concerned about the insufficient engagement of the State party with women’s non-governmental organizations. The Committee recommends that the State party take measures to reduce the adverse impact of austerity measures on non-governmental organizations that are working on women’s rights and gender equality. In particular, it recommends that the State party provide adequate support, including financial assistance, to such non-governmental organizations and systematically consult them on all matters concerning women’s rights and gender equality" (page 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-LAW-5

"The Committee notes with concern: (a) That the State party’s legislation establishes different post-divorce conditions for men and women, under which men are allowed to remarry 180 days after the divorce, while women can do so only after 300 days, except under certain conditions that are not equally applicable to men, on the basis of the so-called “presumption of paternity” principle; . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Revise its legislation to provide for equal treatment of men and women with regard to conditions following divorce and eliminate time limits for remarriage" (page 11).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Committee welcomes the training and the numerous awareness-raising programmes carried out by the State party on the Convention, the Optional Protocol thereto and its general recommendations, including as part of the mandatory curricula of law schools and the professional training of judges and prosecutors. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned about the lack of information provided concerning impact assessments with respect to such training activities, as well as the lack of data about cases in which the Convention has been referred to by national courts. The Committee recommends that the State party continue its efforts to provide systematic and mandatory training to judges, prosecutors and lawyers on the Convention, the...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1, LBHO-LAW-2

"The Committee welcomes the efforts of the State party to increase the representation of women in political and public life, which have steadily reaped results. However, the Committee is concerned that the parity law of 2006 establishes a minimum quota of 33.3 per cent for candidates of each sex on electoral lists for European, national and local elections, whereas parity may be seen as meaning equal (50-50) representation. In addition, the Committee notes that the parity law has had a limited effect at the local level and that its effectiveness is hampered by the leniency of the sanctions applied in the event of failure to comply with the quota. The...more
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"The Committee is also concerned that, despite some improvements, the numbers of women in decision-making posts in the executive branch of government (8 per cent in mayorships, 10-30 per cent in various executive bodies) and the diplomatic service remain low. While welcoming the very high proportion of women in the judiciary, the Committee regrets that only 8.2 per cent of justices on the Supreme Court of Justice are women and that a number of public bodies have fewer than 35 per cent women" (page 7-8).