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Sept. 29, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tunisia, Zambia
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Speaking from the same meeting hosted by FEMNET and MHRRC, a section of religious and cultural leaders and media from Zambia, Kenya, Malawi, Tunisia and Rwanda equally expressed outrage over the sentence and called for stiffer penalties"(para 12). The sentence referred to was a two year sentence in Malawi for a man with HIV who knowlingly sexually violated women (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 15, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"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)."But it turned out that the United States Embassy had awarded a grant of $450,000 last summer to promote women’s cricket and had sent it to Lapis Communications, a private organization, to administer. Those funds have now been returned to the American Embassy, said a Lapis official, Sarah-Jean Cunningham. 'This program did not get the ...more
Aug. 28, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Last month, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Australian government launched a $2.3 million initiative to increase women’s economic participation in the Solomon Islands. The plan was announced at the eighth Australia Solomon Islands Business Forum in Brisbane on July 22, at which Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells stated, 'The evidence is clear, investing in women is a good thing to do, both morally and economically'"(para 1)."By advancing women’s economic empowerment, the joint IFC-Australian government initiative will enable women to earn a decent wage, grow GDP, and provide women with the tools to leave abusive relationships, creating a virtuous cycle. Australia’s new partnership with ...more
June 11, 2017, 12:01 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"U.S. lawmakers are strongly at odds with U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, released last year [2016] by the State Department, lists reducing child, early and forced marriage as a key goal. The strategy includes harsh words about marriage before 18, declaring it a ‘human rights abuse’ that ‘produces devastating repercussions for a girl’s life, effectively ending her childhood’ by forcing her ‘into adulthood and motherhood before she is physically and mentally mature'" (p 7)
Nov. 14, 2016, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATC-DATA-6, ATC-DATA-7

"In its 2014 national action plan on women, peace and security, the UK government pledged to help raise awareness of women’s rights in Afghanistan, 'across provinces through workshops and media, and to support human rights defenders working on women’s issues'"(para 16)
Aug. 24, 2016, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The U.S.-led coalition invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to oust the Taliban and stayed on, in part, to build a western-style democracy, including legal safeguards for women. A quota was mandated for women in public offices, such as parliament and provincial councils. Earlier this year, however, conservative lawmakers rolled back the quota reserved for women in provincial councils to 20 per cent from 25 per cent.Last Sunday marked the formal end to the international combat mission in Afghanistan. And while huge progress has been made getting millions of girls in school and putting women in positions of formal authority, it has had 'frustratingly little impact on these power dynamics,' the U.N.-backed ...more
July 27, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Barbados was also responsible for hosting the 9th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting in 2010" (25)
July 26, 2016, 9:27 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, ATC-DATA-7

"The IOM also undertook a three (3) day workshop for researchers who subsequently conducted research in seven (7) Caribbean Countries inclusive of Barbados on the situation of trafficking of women and girls to begin the process of data collection" (7)
July 19, 2016, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Government of Trinidad and Tobago supports the representation and participation of relevant agencies and personnel in international and regional fora promoting gender and development. This includes those related to the United Nations Systems; the Organization of American States (OAS); the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Trinidad and Tobago collaborates with regional and multilateral agencies in the work to promote gender equality and equity inclusive of the following: Cabinet’s approval and disbursement of a Grant of US$5,000.00 annually to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) since its establishment in 2010 and its predecessor the United Nations Development Fund for Women ...more
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"...a high level International conference on the role of security organs to prevent SGBV was held in Kigali in 2010 and 2014 and produced ‘The Kigali Declaration on the role of security organs in fighting SGBV’" (15)
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Rwanda Defence Forces and the National Police have undertaken Anti-SGBV awareness campaigns and advocacy within and outside Rwanda. To this effect, various fora have been organized to deliberate on the issue of GBV. For instance, a high level International conference on the role of security organs to prevent SGBV was held in Kigali in 2010 and produced “the Kigali Declaration on the role of security organs in fighting SGBV”. This declaration will also accelerate the implementation of the United Nations Secretary General’s campaign on Ending Violence against Women. The Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) on the role of security organs in ending violence against women and the launch of ...more
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In 2012, Rwanda developed a five year (2012-2017) National Implementation Plan of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995) — BPfA and the Outcomes of the Twenty-third Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2000). In June 2014, Rwanda submitted a report on the implementation of the BPfA and the Outcomes of the Twenty-Third Special Session of the General Assembly (2000). The greatest achievement since BPfA has been taking the women of Rwanda from being perceived as victims to leading actors in the reconstruction of the country, to such an extent that Rwanda is now globally considered a model for gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly ...more
May 25, 2016, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Since 2011, the Korean Bar Association has conducted a symposium every December on how to implement international human rights recommendations in Korea. The theme for the 2011 and 2012 symposiums was discrimination against women. On 19 September 2012, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea invited legal professionals and officials from the Justice Ministry to the conference CEDAW Recommendations in the Areas of Legislation and Justice and How to Implement Them as a means to review how the recommendations from the forty-ninth CEDAW session were being implemented in the legislative and judicial sectors and to discuss the remaining agenda and avenues for implementation" (13-14).
May 15, 2016, 7:55 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Finally, an extremely important provison of the new Constitution is that contained in Article 9, under which the ratified and published international treaties and generally accepted rules of international law shall constitute an integral part of an internal legal order, shall have supremacy over national legislation and shall be directly applicable when they govern relations differently from internal legislation. This enables reference to international sources of law which provide higher level of protection, particularly in situations when provisions of internal regulations prescribe a lower level of protection compared to the international one. On the other hand, that creates obligations for the courts which decide on the violation of rights to ...more
April 19, 2016, 9:42 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In March 2011, the UK changed its visa rules to give foreign partners of UK citizens and residents who flee relationships after violence access to support services" (41).
April 18, 2016, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Activists in Pakistan have demanded the removal of the chief of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) after a bill to increase the minimum legal age for marriage from 16 to 18 was opposed and termed 'blasphemous' by the advisory body.The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony rejected the 'child marriage restraint' bill last week after the council dubbed it 'anti-Islamic' " (para 1-2). "The move to ban under-18 marriages - and increase punishment for those carrying them out - was initiated by Marvi Memon, a member of the National Assembly, who was forced to withdraw it last Thursday following staunch resistance from the CII (Council ...more
March 29, 2016, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In terms of international cooperation for women’s empowerment and the promotion of gender equality in national development, the government of Timor-Leste, through SEPI, signed 2 different Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Indonesia in 2012, through its Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWE); as well as with Portugal in 2011, through its Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality. These MoU especially aims to strengthen and broaden mutual cooperation in the areas of capacity building and policy. Reflecting the desire of SEPI to develop academic relations on gender issues, detailed in the MoU between SEPI and MoWE, SEPI reached a cooperation agreement with the University of Gadjah ...more
Feb. 29, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"At the end of 2012, an important event took place: Kateryna Levchenko, President of 'La Strada-Ukraine" was elected by the Committee parties of the Council of Europe as a member of GRETA. This is a special group of experts, established by the Council of Europe, to monitor and evaluate the implementation of obligations undertaken by States Parties of Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. Ukraine ratified the Convention in September 2010. Every four years, the GRETA members monitor every participating country of the Convention, prepare a draft report, comments, and suggestions on how participating countries of Convention can deal with identified problems. According to teh procedure of election ...more
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

""Ukraine is increasingly making the empowerment and security of women an important concern in their foreign policy. The government continues to support human rights organizations and causes, specifically concerning women and children. However, the government is still very corrupt in Ukraine, as well as in law enforcement. They do not pay as much attention to the problems at hand as they should. Trends of violence and discrimination against women and children in Ukraine remain a primary concern, although improvements are notable." Alyona Zubchenko" (22)
Jan. 23, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee also received letters and information from five Members of Parliament asking that the CEDAW conduct an inquiry and highlighting: a) the disproportionately high rate of missing and murdered Aboriginal women; b) the lack of interest of the Government in investigating the cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women; c) the structural issues within the Canada’s criminal justice system; and d) the government’s refusal to deal with root causes of violence against Aboriginal women," (4).
Jan. 5, 2016, 10:35 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"On June 2, the cabinet approved in principle the draft Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Bill, 2014, which later drew criticism from donor agencies and NGO activists[1]. The legislation also bars political parties, Supreme Court judges, members of parliament, government employees, and candidates in local or national elections from receiving foreign donations. According to the law, NGOs will have to maintain a separate bank account for receiving foreign donations and will have to inform the NGO Affairs Bureau about the source of funds and its purpose to get approval of the bureau. This process is mandatory for carrying out activities using with foreign funds. Under the new law, NGOs will ...more
Jan. 4, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In December 2014, in response to emerging information on violence against women in the Ukrainian conflict, the United Nations set up the cross-agency Sub-sector on Gender-Based Violence in Ukraine, with a focus on sexualized violence. The group aims to raise awareness of sexualized violence in Ukraine, evaluate services available to survivors, and train police on sexualized violence" (para 21).
Jan. 1, 2016, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"As a young and well educated indigenous woman, I know I am a role model in my community. I was educated at the university in Chittagong, Bangladesh and the University of Adelaide in Australia. Now, I feel privileged to be able to work extensively on the ILO’s project to build up the capacities of key stakeholders on indigenous peoples’ rights. These include the government, parliament, indigenous peoples and civil society" (para 4).
Jan. 1, 2016, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GP-DATA-2, ATC-DATA-5, ATC-DATA-7

"A large number of Sudanese women delegates from Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Canada, and Britain representing various NGOs attended the forum. The main outcome of the Fourth World Conference on women was the adoption of 'The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action,' as an agenda for women’s empowerment and a vital global policy document on gender equality. It outlined strategic objectives and actions for the advancement of women and the achievement of gender equality in twelve critical areas of concern, which include, 'women and poverty; education and training of women; women and health; violence against women; women and armed conflict; women and the economy; women in power and decision-making; institutional ...more
Dec. 31, 2015, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2011 funded the establishment of two homes specifically for women and girls being released from prison. This new model differs from shelters in that it emphasizes residents becoming self-sufficient and facilitates this by permitting them to come and go from the house in order to seek educational and employment opportunities" (93). "The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) runs a Women’s Rights Program with a mandate to assist women and girls, including in cases of domestic violence. This unit, which has staff in all of the AIHRC’s 14 offices, recorded 2,433 cases in the first six months of 2011, more than ...more
Dec. 29, 2015, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"From August 20 to August 29, 2014, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and its Congolese members will continue their implementation of the Localization program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), through a Capacity Building and Formulation of Local Legislation workshop and a Training of Trainers. The Localization work in DRC will be complemented by activities of the Girl Ambassadors for Peace program in the South Kivu province" (para 1). "The Capacity Building and Formulation of Local Legislation workshop will be held on August 20 and 21 in Goma, the capital city of the North Kivu province in Eastern DRC. This workshop, co-organized by GNWP and the Synergie des ...more
Dec. 29, 2015, 4:33 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Since the beginning of the program, UNFPA has worked with nearly 500 religious leaders like Koseoglu. Trained religious leaders have reached approximately 500,000 field staff who have been working as imams, Qur’an teachers, and preachers. According to the training evaluations, the sessions are very effective. Ninety percent of the participants feel more confident to provide guidance on the issues of gender and VAW after the trainings. 'On every occasion,' reports Mustafa Demir, 'we express that laying a hand on woman is a sin and Islamic religion prohibits this…'The process of implementation has led to some difficulties and some surprises. For example, it was difficult to locate national experts on the ...more
Sept. 28, 2015, 6:04 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee notes the existence of established case law since the judgement of the Court of Cassation of 27 May 1971 affirming the primacy of provisions of international treaties having direct effects in internal law over provisions of national origin. The Committee is concerned, however, that the direct applicability of the provisions of the Convention is determined by national courts, thereby not ensuring that all substantive provisions of the Convention are fully applicable in the national legal order" (2)
Sept. 4, 2015, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In July 2014, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Convention and urged its full consideration once again by the U.S. Senate. As of September 2014, the Senate has not voted on ratification" (2). "The U.S. has, however, ratified other international instruments that commit the United States to ending gender discrimination and promoting equality, specifically the International Covenant on Civil Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination" (2)
Aug. 5, 2015, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The assistance provided by the members of the Development Assistance Committee of CAD Development to support the gender equality and the empowerment of women has tripled since the adoption of the MDGs, from 8 billion in 2002 to 24,000,000,000 dollars in 2012. A growth rate annual average of 12% while the total aid increased by only 6% for the period from 2002 to 2012. However, the bulk of this assistance was directed mainly towards two sectors (education and health) ignoring critical dimensions of inequality which determine the performance of these sectors" (para 6)