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April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to address discriminatory stereotypes, including through the revision of educational curricula in the French-speaking cantons, and to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes concerning minority and migrant women" (Pg 7). "Structural barriers in the media have resulted in a decline in female media professionals in recent years, while stereotyped and sexualized images of women continue to be depicted in the media and advertisements. Stereotyped media portrayals and negative images of ethnic minority and migrant women undermine their ability to integrate into society" (Pg 7).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The low rates of prosecution and conviction in cases of trafficking in women and girls and the lack of available disaggregated data on victims. The lack of a unified approach across cantons to identify victims and refer them to the appropriate protection services and the inadequate human and financial resources allocated to victim protection services. The lack of a comprehensive victim protection programme that offers specific accommodation along with organized rehabilitation and reintegration measures, access to counselling, medical treatment, psychological support and redress, including compensation for victims, in particular migrant women who are not automatically entitled to temporary residence permits unless they cooperate with the police and the judicial authorities"...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SMES-DATA-2

"Women, in particular single mothers, older women, divorced rural women, migrant women, unemployed women and women involved in unpaid care work, are disproportionately affected by poverty" (Pg 16).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ADCM-LAW-1

"The rules regarding maintenance payments vary significantly by canton, including when a parent neglects his or her obligations to provide child maintenance, and, in some cases, the parent beneficiary may later be requested to pay maintenance payments back. Maintenance payments are taxed as income, ultimately increasing the single parent’s tax burden and overstretching already limited financial resources. The Federal Council rejected the introduction of minimum maintenance payments for children after the divorce of their parents" (Pg 16). "The Committee is concerned that its previous recommendations to better redress gender disparities and economic disparities ('shortfalls') upon divorce have not been followed, and that the amended Child Maintenance Act has not introduced...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"Girls living in the State party, often from migrant families, who have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation and other harmful practices. Information on harmful practices not being readily available, in particular for ethnic minority and migrant women owing to language and cultural barriers, and the lack of a national comprehensive strategy, in particular to eliminate female genital mutilation, along with limited training for relevant professionals. Insufficient support for intersex persons who have undergone involuntary and medically unnecessary disfiguring surgical procedures when they were babies and children, often with irreversible consequences, resulting in significant physical and psychological suffering. The pressure placed on parents of...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes as positive the measures taken to advance the achievement of substantive equality in the State party; however, it remains concerned about the underrepresentation of women in extraparliamentary commissions and other bodies, governing bodies of companies and institutions closely connected with the Federation, as well as their underrepresentation in high-level management and decision-making positions. It is also concerned about the low numbers of women professors in academic institutions and of women judges at all levels of the judiciary" (Pg 6). "That the prevailing gender wage gap in both the public and private sectors continues to have a negative impact on women’s career development and pension benefits, while the...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The Committee commends the State party on its multisectoral delegation, which was headed by the Director of the Federal Office for Gender Equality, Sylvie Durrer, and her colleagues from the Directorates of Legal Affairs and Domestic Violence within the Federal Office for Gender Equality" (Pg 1). "The Committee notes as positive the establishment of an interdepartmental working group under the auspices of the Federal Office for Gender Equality to monitor the implementation of the State party’s commitments under the Convention. Nevertheless, it remains concerned that disparities in the implementation of the Convention across cantons and communities have not been sufficiently addressed. The Committee is also concerned at the inadequate reference...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The underreporting of gender-based violence to the police and the low prosecution and conviction rates, resulting in impunity for the perpetrators" (Pg 9). "The insufficient number of shelters available to provide specific support services for victims and the limited time frame during which victims can avail themselves of these services; the disparities between cantons in terms of funding and regulating shelters, and the lack of support to non-governmental organizations providing assistance to victims; and the lack of support available when women leave the shelters in terms of covering daily living expenses, childcare and so forth" (Pg 9).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"The high prevalence of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence and stalking, as evidenced by the statistics provided by the State party (3,173 assaults against women in 2011, compared with 948 against men)" (Pg 9).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"Article 124 of the Criminal Code, prohibiting female genital mutilation" (Pg 2). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of legislative and other measures to combat harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, intersex genital mutilation, child marriage and forced marriage" (Pg 7).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee notes as positive the measures taken to advance the achievement of substantive equality in the State party; however, it remains concerned about the underrepresentation of women in extraparliamentary commissions and other bodies, governing bodies of companies and institutions closely connected with the Federation, as well as their underrepresentation in high-level management and decision-making positions. It is also concerned about the low numbers of women professors in academic institutions and of women judges at all levels of the judiciary" (Pg 6). "Prevailing stereotypes about the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, along with deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes, continue to impede progress in advancing...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Women continue to be underrepresented in decision-making and senior management positions at all levels of the education system. Similarly, the underrepresentation of professors and rectors at the senior level leaves young girls without role models in this area" (Pg 12).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee is concerned that women human rights defenders abroad are not sufficiently supported, owing to the lack of awareness by diplomatic staff of the Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders issued by the State party in 2013" (Pg 12).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"Women continue to be significantly underrepresented in the Council of States and the National Council, with the overall proportion of women in the Government continuing to be low following the most recent federal elections, in October 2015" (Pg 11).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The underreporting of gender-based violence to the police and the low prosecution and conviction rates, resulting in impunity for the perpetrators" (Pg 9).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to address discriminatory stereotypes, including through the revision of educational curricula in the French-speaking cantons, and to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes concerning minority and migrant women" (Pg 7).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"That the prevailing gender wage gap in both the public and private sectors continues to have a negative impact on women’s career development and pension benefits, while the lack of effective implementation of legislation on the principle of equal pay for equal work and work of equal value further hinders progress in this regard" (Pg 13).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: GP-DATA-1, GP-DATA-6

"The Committee notes as positive the measures taken to advance the achievement of substantive equality in the State party; however, it remains concerned about the underrepresentation of women in extraparliamentary commissions and other bodies, governing bodies of companies and institutions closely connected with the Federation, as well as their underrepresentation in high-level management and decision-making positions. It is also concerned about the low numbers of women professors in academic institutions and of women judges at all levels of the judiciary" (Pg 6).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"There is underreporting of domestic violence by many migrant women whose residence permits depend on their being married to their violent husbands, and that the significantly high threshold of 'severity' and 'systematic violence' prevails as the standard of proof before the courts. Migrant women who have been recognized as victims of domestic violence have been deported only on account of their lack of financial independence" (Pg 17).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Committee notes as positive the decision taken by the Federal Court to analyse in detail the State party’s obligations arising from article 2 (a) of the Convention and from the Committee’s previous concluding observations. Nevertheless, the Committee regrets that the scope of the definitions of discrimination against women and equality of women and men, as applied by the Court, remains unchanged and that the 'Constitution does not confer any right to establish equality ‘in fact’ (de facto)'. It is further concerned that, although article 8 of the new Constitution provides for a broad definition of the principle of equality, it is inadequately applied" (Pg 4).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"Structural barriers and gender bias with regard to the realization of women’s engagement in political and public life continue to exclude women from decision-making positions in both elected and appointed positions in public office, political parties, the judiciary, academic institutions and public broadcasting corporations" (Pg 11).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"The continued lack of affordable childcare facilities and the lack of family-friendly working models and paternity leave" (Pg 13).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ADCM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that its previous recommendations to better redress gender disparities and economic disparities ('shortfalls') upon divorce have not been followed, and that the amended Child Maintenance Act has not introduced a federal scheme of deficit-sharing and a minimal contribution to child maintenance, and, as a result, child maintenance is determined only to the extent that the person duty-bound to pay such maintenance is financially able to pay. It is also concerned that the default rule of joint parental authority and preference for shared custody may lead to a reduction in the number of child maintenance orders, with no mechanism to ensure that shared custody is indeed practised,...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The persistence of gender reassignment treatment targeting transgender persons, including involuntary medical treatment, such as hormonal or surgical sterilization, and the costs associated with such treatment" (Pg 14).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"The structural violence and exclusion faced by foreign women in prostitution, in particular those in an irregular situation, and the lack of measures taken by the State party to provide exit programmes and alternative income-generating opportunities to women who wish to leave prostitution" (Pg 10).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s third National Action Plan on Women and Peace and Security (2013-2016), in line with Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), which has been developed with the involvement of civil society actors, and commends the State party for its important role in humanitarian and development operations" (Pg 5). "The committee is concerned about insufficient efforts to include a gender perspective in strategies to prevent violent extremism and counter terrorism" (Pg 5).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The application of statutory quotas for the representation of women in organs of the legislative, executive and judicial branches has been rejected by the Federal Court under the existing legal framework" (Pg 11).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATC-DATA-3

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s withdrawal of its reservation to article 16 (1) (g) of the Convention in 2013, but is concerned that the State party has yet to withdraw its reservation to articles 15 (2) and 16 (1) (h)" (Pg 3).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Federal Act on Measures against Forced Marriages, in 2013" (Pg 2). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of legislative and other measures to combat harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, intersex genital mutilation, child marriage and forced marriage" (Pg 7).
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Gender-stereotyped educational materials in schools and universities have an impact on traditional career choices made by women and girls and, while gender-sensitive teaching materials have been developed in a number of cantons, this practice has not been uniformly applied throughout the State party. Women continue to be drawn to traditionally female-dominated fields of study and career paths and are underrepresented in vocational training and in certain fields of higher education, such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as evidenced in the annex to the State party’s report, which demonstrates that there has been little progress in this regard between 1990 and 2010 (less than 10 per cent)" (Pg 12).more