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May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"As a member of the United Nations Security Council in 2013 and 2014, Australia worked with fellow UN members to: ensure relevant peacekeeping and peace-building operations address the impacts of conflict on women and girls, prevent impunity for sexual violence, pursue more comprehensive consideration and integration of these issues across the Security Council’s agenda, advocate for peacekeeping mandates developed by the Security Council to include specific gender equality language and considerations (including the appointment of women protection advisers or gender advisers, where appropriate)" (Pg 18). "Australia also works with partners in the region to address human trafficking and slavery. This includes through the Australia–Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons...more
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 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Keen to support international efforts designed to promote human rights and in the light of the inclusion by the United Nations of human rights among the Sustainable Development Goals and in its post-2015 development plan, we would like to note here Kuwait’s accession to membership of ECOSOC’s Commission on the Status of Women for the period 2016-2020. Kuwait’s aspiration to membership is premised on an awareness of the committee’s key role in the process of shaping global policy on gender equality and promoting women’s rights" (17). "Given the State of Kuwait’s belief in the important role of international organizations concerned with women’s affairs and rights, it is worth drawing attention...more
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee is seriously concerned about the insufficient support from the international community to alleviate the economic burden on the State party and better share the costs of the humanitarian response" (pg 2).
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

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) National action plan on women and peace and security, covering the period 2016-2019, in December 2016" (2).
Jan. 12, 2018, 5:06 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The US House of Representatives took a giant bipartisan step toward involving women in peace and security by passing legislation to make inclusive security a core component of US foreign policy. The chamber today adopted the Women, Peace, and Security Act on a voice vote...The Act would, among other things: 1) Turn a national strategy into law, built upon the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security—launched in 2011; 2) Require the president to provide reports to Congress that evaluate US diplomatic and foreign assistance vis-à-vis women’s participation; 3) Make an official statement that it is US policy to promote the meaningful participation of women in all aspects...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In the Philippines’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya), municipal local government or NGOs sometimes collaborate as part of the counterparting for the program by providing transport arrangements to beneficiaries who have to travel long distances to receive grants or attend training sessions. The program was launched by the Government of the Philippines in 2008 with support from the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development, and supported by ADB [Asian Development Bank] since 2010 through a $400 million loan and technical assistance. It currently covers 3.9 million households that have been identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, with plans for expansion (ADB 2012,...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In Bangladesh, the Female Secondary School Assistance Project (FSSAP) was launched in 1993 with the support of the International Development Association (IDA), ADB [Asian Development Bank], and the governments of Bangladesh and Norway in order to overcome these obstacles [to female school enrollment]. The second phase commenced in 2002, covering one-quarter of rural Bangladesh and now benefiting almost 1 million girls across the country in more than 6,000 schools (Ambler et al.2007)"(48)
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:49 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Private initiatives have sometimes supported take-home rations programs. A cooperative based in the United States, Land O’Lakes, working with funding by the United States Department of Agriculture, launched such a program in March 2010 in the province of Jacobabad, Pakistan. Enrollment rates of girls there were very low at the start of the program, at 36%, and half the girls’ primary schools were reportedly closed due to lack of participation of teachers and pupils. A take-home ration of 4 liters of soybean oil was provided each month to students and teaching staff who met the program’s attendance requirements. By December 2011, the number of students attending 80% of school days...more
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