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April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In the 2006–2008 period, considering the endemic poverty of Western Africa and the potential role to be played by women for the sustainable development of their countries, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched an 'Initiative for the empowerment of women in West Africa', with the aim of advancing the Millennium Development Goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment" (37). In a table titled 'Program activites per country' it lists the foreign assistance Italy gives by country and program and amount. Much of the giving is done through UN agencies, such as UNDP, UNFPA, and UNIFEM. The countries and programs incude Afghanistan (reproductive health, women's empowerment and local development), Bukina...more
Feb. 23, 2021, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Australia is the largest donor to the Pacific nation. Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently spoke of the government's commitment to continued investment in the development of Solomon Islands' education services, to 'build prosperity in our Pacific neighbour', when he visited the country in May. It was a strategic trip, the Prime Minister's first official overseas visit since being re-elected, asserting the government's commitment to 'step up' in the Pacific. However, if Australia fails to 'step up' to support girls' education specifically, girls and young women in the Solomon Islands will be left behind. Australia needs to use its power as a key donor partner to help achieve gender parity in...more
July 31, 2020, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Bolsonaro administration instructed its diplomats to argue that the word 'gender' means 'biological sex: male or female'. In July, it criticized a UN resolution on violence against women for including a reference to 'sexual and reproductive health care services,' declaring that the expression 'has become associated with pro-abortion policies'" (para 53).
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Nigerian government is strongly committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, and, as a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the government has adopted a number of institutional and policy measures that support these goals. Examples include the 1999 Nigerian Constitution; the National Gender Policy 2007; the National Gender Policy Strategic Framework (Implementation Plan) 2008-2013; the 2nd National Action Plan on Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and Related Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (2017); and the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015. The government has also shown an increasing commitment to supporting social and economic...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"China actively participates in the regional and global promotion of gender equality. It attaches great importance to cooperation with UN agencies, and supports positive steps taken by the UN to promote gender equality and women’s development. China has galvanized the UN Human Rights Council to adopt the presidential statement, which was advocated by China to mark the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action. China participates in the making of regulations and action plans for UN Women, and increases cooperation with it. China has hosted and held meetings on actions to follow up the Fourth World...more
July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The World Bank has withdrawn a $300m (£232m) loan to Tanzania amid concerns about the nation’s policy of expelling pregnant girls from school. The money, a significant proportion of funding totalling $500m awarded to Tanzania by the bank in 2018, was scheduled for approval last month. It was intended to help Tanzania’s education ministry to improve access to secondary education. In a double blow for the country, the World Bank announcement came on the same day that Denmark, Tanzania’s second biggest donor, said it was withholding $10m (£7.7m) of aid funding due to unease over human rights abuses and 'unacceptable homophobic comments' by a government official" (para 1-3). "A source...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In November 2012, the Gender Equality Unit of the MJPO, with the support of the European Commission, organized a two-day conference on Combating Domestic Violence against Women in the EU, in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the European Council (June-December 2012) (hereinafter the Cyprus Presidency). The aim of the conference was to review progress at the EU level on preventing and on combating domestic violence against women and to provide a forum for the exchange of good practices and lessons learned in the Member States. In November 2013, the ACPCDV organized a Pancyprian Conference on 'Domestic Violence: prevention, protection and prosecution' in Nicosia, which aimed to review progress...more
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"In addition, the first woman official spokesperson has been appointed at the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs. That is the first Qatari woman to be appointed to that post" (1). "The State, in addition to providing humanitarian and development assistance, also undertakes international humanitarian and development initiatives. The State has launched a number of initiatives, including but not limited to the following: 1) The Educate a Child initiative, a global initiative aimed at reducing the number of children around the world who are deprived of their right to education as a result of conflicts, wars and natural disasters, as well as children living in urban slums and remote rural areas,...more
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"DFID’s £8 million commitment to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women provides grants to women’s rights organisations and other small grassroots organisations. DFID support is already helping the fund to reach over 110 initiatives around the world. In 2015 alone, the Fund reached over 1 million people. In 2013, the UK made the largest ever donor commitment to tackling FGM, with £35 million to support the Africa-led movement to end FGM over five years" (38).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Ministry of Social Development has acted to enhance women’s capacities in politics through programmes that qualify and train women domestically and abroad. During 2010-2012, it implemented a series of programmes to qualify women leaders in strategic planning and effective management programmes; 120 women participated in each programme, and 60 women participated in a programme to raise the legal awareness of female volunteers. Women also participated abroad in the following training courses held by the Arab Women’s Organization in Cairo: a training course held from 30 June to 2 July 2013 to prepare young female leaders active in political and social life; a course to raise awareness and educate about...more
Sept. 12, 2018, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Norway approved a law banning all child marriage on Tuesday (22/05/2018), with campaigners saying it would set an example to others ahead of a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the practice. The Nordic country has a minimum age of 18, but allows 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent and permission from the county governor" (para. 1 -2). "The maximum penalty for child marriage will be three years' imprisonment." (Para. 15)
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"Writing and dissemination of publications on specific topics (decision-making, measurement of poverty, women of African descent, work and employment, use of time, among others). "Support and advocacy for the design and implementation of legislation and policies for the promotion and defence of women’s rights in a number of inter-institutional areas; acting as chair of CNG and CNCLVD; coordination of the Inter-institutional Committee on Trafficking in Women for purposes of sexual exploitation and of the working group on women deprived of liberty, with which is integrated the Tripartite Commission on Equal Opportunities and Treatment in employment (CTIOTE); and joint coordination, with the Foreign Ministry, of the Inter-institutional Commission on gender issues...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The advancement of women’s rights internationally is a priority of the New Zealand Government. New Zealand women actively participate in a wide range of international forums, and lead delegations to a number of international meetings" (page 14). "In 2014 New Zealand High Court Judge, Justice Lowell Goddard, was appointed the head of an inquiry into historical sexual abuse of children in the United Kingdom. That same year Dame Silvia Cartwright (former Chief District Court Judge, first female High Court Judge, former Governor-General) was appointed to the UN Human Rights Council investigation into alleged human rights violations and related crimes in Sri Lanka. At meetings of the Commission on the Status...more
June 8, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"ACDemocracia is one of 13 current UN Trust Fund grantees that are working to change local or national policies or protocols on violence against women" (para 9).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee is concerned that legislation in the State party does not prohibit discrimination against women, in line with article 1 of the Convention covering both direct and indirect discrimination, or extending this to acts of both public and private actors in accordance with article 2. In this regard, the Committee observes that the Women’s Rights Bill being elaborated by the State party is not in line with the Convention" (3).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The Committee is concerned that legislation in the State party does not prohibit discrimination against women, in line with article 1 of the Convention covering both direct and indirect discrimination, or extending this to acts of both public and private actors in accordance with article 2. In this regard, the Committee observes that the Women’s Rights Bill being elaborated by the State party is not in line with the Convention" (3).
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)