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Latest items for ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Dec. 1, 2018, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"Edna's dad, Adam, did not want his young daughter to get married. However, Mangochi is a matrilineal society and the mother and her family have more influence over the household and are the final decision makers. Hence Adam was unable to convince his wife to change her mind" (para 30).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Russia

“A man beating his wife is less offensive than when a man is humiliated,” Yelena Mizulina, the lawmaker who led the effort to decriminalize domestic abuse, told reporters in 2016. She added that it was 'mandatory' for a woman to respect her husband as the 'authority' in the marriage" (para 7).
Oct. 28, 2018, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Uganda

"No, we have to advocate for women but male involvement is key. Men say to women: ‘You are my property'" (para 16). This implies that in decision making in families the authority tends to lay on men (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "Christine is 18 and pregnant with her second child. She wants seven children, she says, because her husband does" (para 22).
Oct. 27, 2018, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique

“'The women in the community are really dependent on their husbands and they are the ones making the decisions to have babies or not,' said Dr Selma Xavier, a rural GP who regularly visited the community" (para 16).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros

"Three out of four women (74%) decide for themselves how to use the money that they earn. In 12% of cases, this decision is made jointly with a husband/partner. A little more than one woman out of ten (14%) reported that her husband/partner decided on his own. Just one out of three women (33%) reported that she alone (8%) or jointly with her husband/partner (26%) made decisions concerning healthcare. In addition, 47% participated in decisions concerning important household purchases and 42% were involved in the decision concerning family visits" (page 229). "In just 40% of cases, women reported that they were the principal decision-makers regarding the use of their earnings....more
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The same law also designates the man as the head of the household" (para 152)
Oct. 17, 2018, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: India

"What changed? Indian women below the age of 30 were exposed to major life changes and social pressures that come after marriage. Many lived with their in-laws in a patriarchal joint family setup and were denied basic freedom" (para 11).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence in political discourse, in the media and in society of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family, which perpetuate women’s subordination within the family and society and are reflected in, among other things, women’s educational and professional choices, their limited participation in political and public life, their unequal participation in the labour market and their unequal status in family relations. The Committee recalls that such discriminatory stereotypes are also root causes of violence against women and expresses concern that, to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"The Committee is concerned about the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted gender stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society that overemphasize the subordinate and caring roles of women and are reflected in practices such as son preference" (5).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea

"Under the country’s family planning policy, couples and individuals have the right to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children, free from discrimination, violence, and coercion. The decision of the husband or male partner on such matters usually prevailed over the wishes of the woman" (16).
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali

"[The Committee] notes that barriers to the participation of women in political and public life include . . . a lack of autonomy in keeping official household documents and the lower social status of women manifested in their inability either to obtain the necessary identification documents or to vote because of a lack of permission to do so" (page 9). "The Committee welcomes the adoption of a strategic framework for combating poverty, the intention of which is to facilitate women’s access to credit, land and equipment. It is concerned, however, about the lack of active participation by women in the design and implementation of these activities and about the discriminatory...more
Aug. 20, 2018, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines

"The Committee is concerned that women living in rural areas are disproportionately affected by poverty and by food and water insecurity as a result of the discrimination that they face in relation to income, to access to land tenure, to extension services and training, and to participation in decision-making" (page 12). "The Committee is concerned, however, that inequality in marriage and family relations continues to exist under the law and notes with particular concern: (a) The delay in the adoption of a bill to repeal the provision of the Family Code that grants a husband’s decision supremacy over that of his wife with regard to community property, the exercise of...more
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"The limited access of rural women to land title and ownership . . . and their lack of participation in decision-making processes concerning the use of land and means of production" (page 12).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand

"In Tokelau culture, there is a clear demarcation between male and female roles. In the traditional social system, women have relatively high status, derived from their right to occupy the house owned by their kin groups and to manage domestic economies. A husband moves to his wife’s house on marriage. Although the Tokelau cultural order gives high priority to the welfare of weaker members and the equitable distribution of economic resources, those who do not have paid employment may be considered, under today’s more monetised economic regime, to be relatively disadvantaged" (page 56).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"The Committee also notes with concern that women in rural areas are exposed to particularly discriminatory stereotypes about the traditional roles of women which, among other things, prevent them from participating in key domestic decisions" (page 16).
May 31, 2018, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"Thirty-six percent of currently married women who receive cash earnings say they decide for themselves how their earnings are used, while 55% make these decisions jointly with their husbands. Married women are somewhat less likely than married men to say that decisions about how the man’s cash earnings are used are made jointly (54% versus 65%). . . . Thirty-five percent of currently married women report making decisions, either alone or jointly with their husbands, about all of the following: their own health care, major household purchases, and visits to their families and relatives" (page 325). "Women gain direct access to economic resources when they are paid for work in...more
May 30, 2018, 7:55 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe

"He said the LFSP would also ensure the following: Women’s participation in decision-making, i.e. membership on committees such as Rural District Councils (RDCs), Internal Savings And Lending (ISALs), commodity associations, lead farmers. Household decision-making by working with women and men to integrate gender relations within the household. Increasing women’s knowledge about markets. The LFSP has employed the Gender Action Learning Systems (GALS) approach which provides safe spaces for communities to integrate decision-making and power relations. 'Through this, households and communities have been engaged to promote non–oppressive practices, recognising the importance of role sharing,' Yesuf told IPS" (Para 14-19). THe presence of these programs imply that currently decision making is unequal...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso

"Moreover, article 294 of the Code stipulates that the family residence is chosen by the spouses by mutual agreement but, in the absence of such agreement, it is the husband who chooses and, if his choice is detrimental to the family, the final choice is made by a judge. That provision is discriminatory as it does not allow for equality between the spouses in the said choice" (35).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"The Committee notes with concern the numerous provisions of the Personal Status Law that discriminate against women and girls, as well as the State party’s rejection of the recommendations made in the context of the universal periodic review, in 2013, with a view to ensuring equality of women and men in family relations (see A/HRC/23/13, paras. 128.87, 128.95 and 128.101)" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence in the media and in society of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family, which perpetuate women’s subordination within the family and society and which are reflected, inter alia, in women’s educational and professional choices, their limited participation in political and public life, their unequal participation in the labour market and their unequal status in family relations. The Committee recalls that such discriminatory stereotypes are also root causes of violence against women and expresses concern that, to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory stereotypes...more
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi

"In Burundi, 22% of married women earning an income decide for themselves on how to use it, 65% decide on that matter jointly with their husband, while for the remaining 13% it is the husband who mainly decides what is done with that income" (20).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 99-05 of 29 January 1999 criminalizing female genital mutilation and of a second national action plan to accelerate the elimination female genital mutilation (2010-2015), as well as the measures taken to raise public awareness of harmful practices. It is concerned, however, at the persistence of adverse cultural norms, practices and traditions as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men in the family and society. It notes that stereotypes contribute to the persistence of violence against women as well as harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, levirate and sororate, child marriage, polygamy, repudiation,...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"guardianship means the assignment of a man – whether a husband, father or son – to care for a woman’s affairs, including covering her expenses. It does not mean, nor does it ever justify, control of a woman or diminution of her status…Trusteeship is a type of agency that is established after the death of the testator. It includes care for the financial affairs of minors by the trustee. It is established for a man or woman and is usually established for a mother” (29-30). “Both [husband and wife] have duties in addition to the rights and duties imposed by the nature of respective genders, e.g., maintenance, which is the...more
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova

"Certain studies conducted on gender equality confirm the persistence of gender stereotypes in the Moldovan society, despite the drastic transformations of the family, gender roles, particularly in the context of economic migration. We note the development of new realities in terms of the status of both genders: a symbiosis of economic empowerment of women and maintaining of the traditional status of the man as the "head of family", with resulting diminution of women's economic contribution to the family budget and to society development" (Pg 11). "All questions in family life are settled by the spouses jointly, in accordance with the principle of equality in their family relationships. Each spouse has...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman

"It remains concerned, however, that the State party retains discriminatory stereotypes, focusing primarily on the roles of women as mothers and housewives. The Committee is also concerned about discriminatory provisions in the State party’s legislation that underscore the subordination of women to their husbands" (6). The Committee remains concerned about...the obligation imposed on a woman to obey her husband, including sexually" (17).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine

"Under Muslim personal status laws, a husband must provide his wife with upkeep regardless of how burdensome that is for him. She is not required to support even just herself with her own money. Required marital upkeep includes food, clothing and shelter, as well as adequate medical care, servants (if he provides his other wives with servants), and burial arrangements upon her death. A father must also support his children if they do not have enough money of their own. A male child must be supported until he is old enough to work, unless they he is a student. A female child must be supported until she is able to...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden

"The purpose of the Government’s gender equality policy is to counter and change systems that conserve the distribution of power and resources between the sexes. The objective of gender equality policy is for women and men to have the same power to shape society and their own lives. On this basis the Government works towards 4 subsidiary objectives: 1) An equal distribution of power and influence. Women and men are to have the same right and opportunities to be active citizens and to shape the conditions for decision-making. . . . 3) An equal distribution of unpaid care and household work. Women and men are to take the same responsibility...more
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso

"The Committee is concerned about the persistence of stereotypes that discriminate against women in the State party, as reflected by exclusive decision-making by men in both the public and private spheres and women’s relegation to a reproductive role," (5).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"insufficient measures to promote the concept of shared family responsibilities and to combat the difficulties that women face in combining work and family responsibilities" (Pg 13).
Jan. 12, 2018, 7:30 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"In their conversations with women involved in the programme, WFP staff heard how the programme has supported women's empowerment in a variety of ways. Training women to be peer advisors, and encouraging community authorities to recognize the work they do, has fostered women's leadership and enabled them to participate in community decision-making processes. The mother-to-mother support approach has opened up social spaces for women to connect outside the home, and built their capacity to reflect, analyse and find solutions to day-to-day problems related to their roles as carers. However, they also found that women are constrained in their ability to apply new knowledge by their subordinate position within the household....more