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Latest items for ATFPA-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait

"Only girls take part in instruction on family life, which will lead to the perpetuation of stereotypes with regard to women’s roles" (pg. 9).
Jan. 1, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia

"The Finance Ministry has endorsed the proposal to create a scheme for housewives under the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), including a monthly allowance payment by the government. . . Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the policy is in line with Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto to raise the level of social security among housewives who rely fully on their husbands" (para 1-4). "'Furthermore, this scheme will create a more equitable economic relationship between husbands and unemployed wives, while reinforcing the family institution by providing a new social safety net,' Lim said in a statement yesterday" (para 6).
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"'The rising divorce rate among female employees compared with non-working women is a serious indicator and a call to consider seriously the situation,' Abdah Al Asmari, a consultant, said, quoted by Saudi daily Al Riyadh on Wednesday. 'We need to appreciate how a woman’s job relates to, among other things, money issues, the differences that may arise between the woman and her husband, the interference of family members in the couple’s differences and the time demands that may hamper the woman from fulfilling her home obligations.' The recklessness and naivety of some husbands seem to be the main factor in inflating these differences, he added. 'There is a deep need...more
Oct. 28, 2018, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Uganda

"These women have built their own houses, but to be without a husband is to be outcast" (para 10).
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The law states that women’s participation in the development process must not conflict with their role in improving family welfare and educating the younger generation" (para 152)
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela

"Darling dropped her three sleepy children at her father’s house... and finally, at 7:10 a.m., entered the waiting room of a private clinic in the upscale neighborhood of Sabana Grande, in central Caracas. At 8 a.m., doctors would cut a four-inch incision in her stomach and remove a piece of her fallopian tubes, sterilizing her for life at 21 years old. A 30-minute surgery, which would last forever. But at least Darling knew she wouldn’t end up like her sister Jennifer, just 23 and with five children and no food to feed them" (para 2). "The government’s positions on reproductive health are contradictory. On one hand, it offers stipends to...more
Oct. 4, 2018, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Japan

"Japanese workers are being given schedules dictating when they can get married or give birth, it has been revealed" (para 1)."Toko Shirakawa, a journalist who specialises in Japan's low birth rate, said the policy is common in workplaces where the majority of staff are female to make sure the workload is spread evenly. In another case, a 26-year-old working at a cosmetics company in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka said she was sent an email mapping out the marriage and birthing schedule for herself and 22 female colleagues. The email also came with a warning that 'work gets backed up if four or more people take time off at the...more
Oct. 2, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: India

"But this new law also reinforces the idea that child care is the responsibility of women alone — a belief that’s already making many educated Indian workers believe they have to choose between children and a career" (para 4). Refers to the law that increases maternity leave (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea

"With regard to family issues the NCCE [New Civil Code of Eritre] aspires to ‘provide protection, unity and harmony to the natural and basic unit of the society – the family.’ The Constitution of Eritrea of 1997, appreciating the heritage of the Eritrean peoples’ love for family in its preamble, requires the State to ‘encourage love and respect for the family’, and recognizes the family as the ‘natural and fundamental unit of society’" (1-2).
Aug. 25, 2018, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Iceland

"The Committee is concerned that the roles and division of work in the family are still determined by traditional practices, especially in rural areas, whereby women are considered the prime caregivers. The Committee is also concerned that some media contribute to the traditional division of roles in the family between men and wome" 11)
June 6, 2018, 7:20 a.m.
Countries: Somalia

"National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has urged his fellow clansmen to lower the bride price, stating that in many instances, it is too high. The legislator, while asking Muslim men to marry more wives and get more children, said that the dowry demanded by most families is out reach for many" (para 1-2). "The Garissa Township MP says more wives, means more children who will translate to more votes when it comes to voting. 'By marrying more wives, we can be stronger and have a larger influence on Kenya’s scene as the Muslim community,' he said. 'Tunataka watoto wengi ndio kura zikihesabiwa, zikue mingi kama mvua.' (We want more...more
April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain

“The Committee… remains concerned, however, about the persistence of entrenched traditional attitudes and stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society and recalls that such stereotypes are a root cause of violence against women” (5).
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"'[I]f you aren't married in Afghanistan, that's seen as a problem. If you aren't letting your girls go get married, this will be a shame for your family. Finally, Afghans typically have very large families, from four to sometimes 12 children, even 15. How can they feed their families with only one male in the household working while the rest of the family is spending? Many families decide to just let their girls get married instead of go to school because they don't have enough resources to feed them'" (Pg 13-14).
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait

"The Kuwaiti legislature guarantees women their rights in all areas and the country’s Constitution contains articles stating this, including: ...Article 9: The family is the corner-stone of society. It is founded on religion, morality and patriotism. The law shall preserve the integrity of the family, strengthen its ties and protect under its auspices motherhood and childhood" (8).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova

"According to Article 48 of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, 'family' is the natural and fundamental element of the society and is entitled to protection by society and the state. According to the national legislation, family and family relationships are protected by the state" (Pg 44).
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"Another woman named Sarah spoke up against her brother’s sexual harassment with the knowledge of the father who, in return, slapped her in the face. 'I was 8 years old,' she said. 'He taught me how to shut up every time I was molested'" (para 4). "Research has shown that 37 percent of husbands in Saudi Arabia oppress their wives and children, in addition to depriving women of seeing their family" (para 8). "Mashael Al-Bakri, a Saudi researcher, said in an interview with Al-Hayat newspaper one of the Saudi centers for domestic abuse victims that suppression of the wife or children and forbidding them from expressing their issues freely is...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"As women in afghanistan, particularly in urban centers, have increasingly asserted their rights over the past 15 years, many husbands have not caught up or ever got on board with the changes. The slow pace of shedding entrenched misogyny has led to a clash of values at home. An women often realize there is no option but to part ways" (para 7).
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"The Committee also stated serious concerns about the discriminatory treatment of men and women, since under the auspices of Iranian law husbands are the exclusive heads of households" (para 8).
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"A few [Saudi Twitter] users remarked that women should only stick to lower positions in the workplace, so they do not neglect their homemaking duties" (para 15).
Nov. 27, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"While customary law varies throughout the country, it typically pressures a woman to relinquish her share of an inheritance to her brothers in order to ensure her social protection in case of divorce; demonstrate family loyalty" (para 3).
Oct. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"She [Asma Mahmoud] stressed that 'there is a sharp distinction between men and women; it's incumbent on Nubian women to be at their fathers’, brothers’ or husbands’ beck and call all the time'"(para 5)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia

"Many Chechen women remain family breadwinners and still have to do all the housework, but since the war their social status has dramatically changed for the worse"(para 14)."Chechnya’s 38-year-old dictator Ramzan Kadyrov declared that his regime was going to restore traditional values and mores, and today exerts immense pressure on women. He has described women as a husband’s property, whose main role is to bear children"(para 15)
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic

"Girls in the Dominican Republic grow up learning that marriage and motherhood is how you gain respect in society. They expect to marry, and believe that their role is to serve their husbands" (para 10).
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"getting a girl married young is a good thing. Even if they die, at least they are married" (1). This is a quote from a village elder at 10:41 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 28, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands

"The ratio of men and women in the labor force in the Solomon Islands has remained relatively stagnant over the past decade, largely a product of gender inequalities in education, training, household responsibilities, and cultural attitudes about the role of women"(para 3)."One factor that could significantly impact GDP is the restructuring of the division of labor in the country’s unpaid care economy. According to the Asian Development Bank, 'women spend twice as much time on household work and four times more on childcare' – neither of which is accounted for in the calculation of GDP"(para 5)
Aug. 9, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Georgia

"'I had never spent time alone with my kids before. They found it bizarre at first to see me changing diapers and cooking for them,' says Zviad. 'But we mustn’t take our families for granted. We must always remember that fathers are irreplaceable and no one else can be a stand-in father on our behalf.' Fathers was designed in response to a 2013 study on gender relations that found that 82 per cent of Georgian fathers don’t read to or cook for their children or engage in their education when they are under age 6, and 93 per cent don’t as they grow into later childhood and adolescence.The show aimed...more
Aug. 7, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Japan

"According to one critic, for example, Japan’s 'gendered status quo' continues to 'allocate productive roles to men and reproductive roles to women.' Consequently, despite having one of the most liberal paid parental leave policies worldwide, only 2 percent of fathers take any of their leave, leaving the burden of childcare to fall on the mother. Perhaps not surprisingly then, 68 percent of mothers in Japan quit their jobs upon marriage or childbirth. Among the women that do remain economically active, the majority seek part-time or irregular employment"(para 5)."These policies [one company encourages all men to take paternal leave and another increased childcare subsidies for women who take six months or...more
May 17, 2017, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"More than a quarter of Yemen's females marry before age 15, according to a report last year by the Social Affairs Ministry. Tribal custom also plays a role, including the belief that a young bride can be shaped into an obedient wife, bear more children and be kept away from temptation" (para 12).
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"An hour's drive down the road, I'm introduced to Fagisi, Chrissie and Phelia, women in their 50s and custodians of the initiation traditions in their village. It's their job to organise the adolescent girls into camps each year, teaching them about their duties as wives and how to please a man sexually" (para 12). "There's nothing wrong with our culture,' Chrissie tells me. 'If you look at today's society, you can see that girls are not responsible, so we have to train our girls in a good manner in the village, so that they don't go astray, are good wives so that the husband is satisfied, and so that nothing...more
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

“Union officials reported that sectors employing predominantly women, such as secretarial work, offered wages below the official minimum wage of 190 JD ($266) per month. Many women said traditional social pressures discouraged them from pursuing professional careers, especially after marriage” (45).