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Latest items for ASR-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 15, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Shamila Kohestani is a women’s soccer success story, going from captain of the women’s team in 2007 to a scholarship at Drew University in New Jersey. Her dream had been to return here as a coach, but after a recent visit to Kabul she decided not to"(para 25)
Sept. 15, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"One of the main supporters of women’s sports in Afghanistan is the American government, which spends $1.5 million a year on coeducational sports programs — not counting a $450,000 cricket grant that officials took back when they realized no women’s cricket was being played. American officials, however, declined to discuss women’s sports on the record"(para 5)."Shamila Kohestani is a women’s soccer success story, going from captain of the women’s team in 2007 to a scholarship at Drew University in New Jersey. Her dream had been to return here as a coach, but after a recent visit to Kabul she decided not to"(para 25)
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Of vital importance were the following resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers . . . on measures to further upgrade the system and organization for youth recreation" (2-3). "At present, 9,739 girls clubs and upwards of 18,000 circles are active in the schools, and of the 1.8 million students involved in sports (40.5 per cent), 703,298 of them (39.1 per cent) are girls. In 2010-2013, 46 republic-wide competitions were conducted among students, and of the 4,266 students who participated, 2,668 were girls; 7,803 sporting events were held throughout the country, 5,453 of which were in rural areas, and of the 1,523,539 students who participated, 695,468 were girls" (29). "The country ...more
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"In Rwanda, sports and physical education are part of the education curricula from primary school to secondary school and girls enjoy the same opportunities as boys to participate actively in sports and physical education. A sport and physical activity programme in Kigali, for example, changed local gender stereotypes by choosing to engage girls and women in playing football, since at the time sports involving the use of one’s legs and feet were generally only acceptable for boys and men" (30)
May 15, 2016, 7:55 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Girls and boys, women and men, have equal opportunities to engage in physical education and sports. There are no regulations prohibiting girls and women from engaging in physical education and sports. There are no regulations on clothing that prevent girls and women from equal participation in sports. Sports facilities are equally accessible to boys and girls, men and women. There is no article in the Law on Sport prescribing discrimination against women’s rights." (51)
March 14, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2, ASR-DATA-2

"Along with that, all the fields of sports and cultural life are totally accessible for women without any discrimination. Historically Georgian women have been very well skilled and successful participants of sports activities, as well as of cultural life in the broadest possible sense. It shall be mentioned herewith that currently Georgia along with others has a National Archery Team of Women, fully funded by the State and with a number of world-known women archers. A National Judo Team of Women unifies around 100 women in three different age groups. The Team is fully funded by the State. There are several internationally well-known women members of the Team. There are ...more
March 1, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"51 percent of girls are deterred from physical activity by their experiences of school sport. The main deterrent was body image, with 75 percent of girls agreeing that they are self-conscious of their bodies; some reported sexism when playing sport" (11-12). "The Culture Media and Sport Committee of the UK Parliament recently heard evidence that funding in the UK was given primarily to boys' sports in schools" (12)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

""No, women are not discouraged from participating in school-related sports, but in the higher education levels/grades in school, it is not as socially normal for the girls to participate in school sports. There are facilities for women in school-related sports. In the lower grades, all children are required to participate in some type of sport in school." Natalya Bochkor" (18)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"While there appears to be no serious issue with access to recreational activities by women in Malawi, consumption on recreational activities is the lowest among consumption groups in Malawi. In school, both male and female students are encouraged to participate in sport. This has led to the emergence of male and female dominated sports activities. Soccer, for instance, is a male dominated sport while netball remains a female dominated sport. During the reporting period, more women have been engaging in soccer at a slow but steady pace" (27)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"While there appears to be no serious issue with access to recreational activities by women in Malawi, consumption on recreational activities is the lowest among consumption groups in Malawi. In school, both male and female students are encouraged to participate in sport. This has led to the emergence of male and female dominated sports activities. Soccer, for instance, is a male dominated sport while netball remains a female dominated sport. During the reporting period, more women have been engaging in soccer at a slow but steady pace" (27)
Jan. 6, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2, ASR-LAW-2, SRACE-PRACTICE-1

"They [the women on the Shura Council] were critical in pushing for a ban on women’s participation in sports in schools to be lifted, for example, and took up a petition to discuss the issue of women driving," (20).
Dec. 31, 2015, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Amez Center opened in Sulemania in 2005 and two years later also in Halabja, where the center quickly became an important meeting-place for the city’s women. The center offers training in reading and writing, sewing and crafts, English and drama, as well as driving lessons and sports and swimming lessons for young women living in Halabja and the surrounding villages. Last year, over 750 women participated in Amez’s courses and activities" (para 5)
Dec. 31, 2015, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"the Muslim girls of Mumbra, who are playing ball to build a just and equal society that celebrates difference and interdependence;" (para 1). "Three years back, Sabah Khan, Salma Ansari, Sabah Parveen, Aquila, Saadia and 40 other girls got out of their homes in Mumbra, a small town 40 kilometres from Mumbai, Maharashtra, to play football" (para 20). "Though they play every Sunday, many have to lie to their families even now. Says Saadia Bano (name changed), 'There are many like me who cannot yet be completely honest with all their family members. We don’t want to make them unhappy nor do we want our freedom curtailed. This way we ...more
Dec. 19, 2015, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2, ASR-LAW-2, ASR-DATA-2

"But I think I can hold on, just barely, by the skin of my teeth, and the grit I’ve developed living while female. I can hold on because of one more story in the paper, by my friend Petula Dvorak, about a youth basketball team that was disqualified from competing in a national tournament because one of its members is a girl. This team, with its point guard Kymora Johnson, had competed for the past two years without incident. But a recent regulation change, restricting participants to those of the male variety, went into effect this year. Girls can only sit on the bench. 'We have no problem with the ...more
Aug. 19, 2015, 1:54 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"An interest began to be taken in women’s sports in Qatar with the introduction of formal schooling in the 1950s. Physical education became a core subject on the school syllabus and sports facilities were set up in all girls’ schools" (58). "In 2000, the Supreme Council for Family Affairs formed the Qatari Women’s Sports Committee, which joined the Qatari National Olympic Committee in 2001. The Committee seeks to promote women’s sports, improve performance levels among sportswomen, support women’s sports, encourage women’s participation in sports, raise public awareness of the importance of women’s sports, involve Qatari women in sports seminars, studies and conferences held at home and abroad, and improve the ...more
July 28, 2015, 11:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"For prevention of sexual harassment of women in sports, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has issued instructions in August 2010 to all National Sports Federations (NSFs) making clear to them it shall be responsibility of NSFs and other sports bodies to prevent sexual harassment of women in sports and ensure their safety" (15). Sexual harassment may be an issue that keeps women from participating in sports, but there are efforts against it (RNP-CODER COMMENT)
July 11, 2015, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Girls in the Sultanate enjoy the same right as boys right to engage in physical activities and sports either at school or in sports clubs. They enjoy the right to make use of official facilities and services set aside for that purpose. The curriculum offers physical education classes to both sexes equally. Under no circumstances does dress present an obstacle to practising sports, as there is a special outfit for girls which does not hinder movement. There are no regulations or customs which in any way prevent girls from practising sport" (22)
June 15, 2015, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Vocational schools ensure, by laying this down in their own regulations, equal access for all schoolchildren to school’s... gym... sport events and physical exercises" (43). "In Lithuania, good conditions have been created for all schoolchildren to get access to general physical training programmes and education standards. Equal opportunities have been created for everybody to take an active part in sport matches and physical exercises. The contents and methodology of formal and non-formal education is differentiated according to age and gender of schoolchildren, to respect anatomic, physiological, mental and social specifics of different genders (without discrimination). In general education schools, vocational training and sport institutions, women and girls, equally with boys ...more
May 6, 2015, 1:54 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Girls have the same opportunity as boys to participate in sports and physical education (P.E.) in schools. However, in the primary schools girls play softball and the boys play baseball. There are no regulations that prohibit the participation of women and girls in sports and physical education" (30)
Sept. 24, 2014, 12:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"A court in Germany has ruled that a Muslim schoolgirl should take part in mixed-sex swimming lessons. Her parents had insisted that the girl, 13, not take part in swimming lessons at her school in Frankfurt. Some Muslim parents say that such lessons run contrary to Islamic principles of modesty. However, the judge in the case said the girl could wear an all-over swimming garment sometimes dubbed a 'burkini' in order to accommodate her beliefs. Some Muslim girls already wear the garment to take part in lessons. However, others reject that solution, saying that the garment is clumsy but also that it is unacceptable for Muslim girls to be in ...more
Sept. 16, 2014, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2, ASR-LAW-2

"The Ministry of Education announced in May that girls enrolled in private schools could take part in supervised sports if they wear 'decent clothing,' but failed to announce a promised national strategy to promote sports for girls in government-funded schools" (2).
Aug. 21, 2014, 8:18 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Such social strife finds no place at My First Gym, however. Girls who burst in after school have a full set of mini-gym equipment at their disposal, designed specially for kids. There's also a room of kid-sized stationary bikes from London for spin classes, a play area with huge squishy exercise balls and hula hoops, and a huge bowl of green apples in the fridge. ... The gym, which opened in May 2012, employs four people – all women – and has 60 members who pay 200 shekels (55 dollars USD) a month for access to all the equipment and the various classes, including yoga, aerobics, and ballet" (para. 10, ...more
May 14, 2014, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Given that girls, by inclination and desire, can freely engage in art, music, such modern types of sport as tennis, swimming, including synchronous swimming, gymnastics, track and field, and other such activities, their being taught the fundamentals of entrepreneurship indicates that all the avenues that previously blocked freedom of action because of negative prejudices are now open to girls" (83).
May 14, 2014, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Saudi authorities have been asked to consider lifting a state school ban on sports for girls, according to the official SPA news agency" (para 1). "Women were included in its Olympic team for the first time only two years ago" (para 4). "The world's top oil exporter has maintained an official ban on sports classes for girls in state schools under pressure from religious conservatives. A ban on sports in private girls' schools was officially lifted last year, though some of those schools had already been providing physical education classes" (para 9-10). "When women were included for the first time in the Saudi Olympic team at the London 2012 Games, ...more
Aug. 10, 2013, 4:29 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"There are no written laws that prohibit women from participating in sports, but women are not allowed into stadiums and they cannot rent athletic venues. There is no physical education for girls in public schools, and no women-only hours at swimming pools. Women cannot register for sports clubs, league competitions and other female-only tournaments with the government. They are banned from entering all-male national trials, which makes it impossible for them to qualify for international competitions, including the Olympics. Attar and Shahrkhani were entered for the London Games by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee by Monday's deadline. Neither qualified to compete in the Olympics, but received special invitations from the ...more
June 6, 2013, 7:36 a.m.
Countries: Bulgaria
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"The interwar period also witnessed such novelties as women's basketball in the larger cities, a growing number of sports clubs for women, and female participation in organized tourism" (517)
June 6, 2013, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Photographs, even at weddings, are considered unIslamic. So are sports for women" (3)
June 5, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"The Taliban—a fundamentalist Islamic regime that ruled large parts of Afghanistan—were forced out of power 10 years ago (they're now fighting a guerrilla war to win back control), yet the barriers for women, especially in sports, remain monumental. In truth, it's a near miracle the team plays at all. The members, who range in age from 16 to 24, are up against widespread resentment from their relatives and neighbors, and threats from men who disapprove of women playing sports. They're able to practice just three times a week for 90 minutes, occasionally at the stadium or in its gym, but more often at a helicopter landing pad on a base ...more
April 3, 2013, 10:35 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, ASR-PRACTICE-2

"In his first public comment about the highly sensitive issue, Putin's statement on October 18 followed a recent incident in Russia's southern Stavropol region where a school principal forbade Muslim girls from donning head scarves in school. The principal said later that she was threatened after the girls' parents protested the move" (para 2-3)
March 29, 2013, 1:36 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2

"Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools. Physical education is allowed only in private schools" (para 5). "But even when women are included, competition remains a challenge, particularly because of athletic dress codes. In 2007, the International Federation of Association Football issued a ban on the hijab or headscarf. But this year, FIFA has lifted the ban after testing new hijabs specifically designed for athletes" (para 8)