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Latest items for ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

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
Jan. 8, 2018, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: Honduras

"'PoletikaH represents a complex challenge,' says Vijil, who works with the Center for the Study of Democracy. She highlights the machismo that pervades Honduran politics and society, and the lack of awareness about the gendered dynamics of key issues such as poverty and inequality" (para 11).
Dec. 17, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: Egypt

"In addition to improving the economic status of their family, Safia and Yasmin’s social status has improved. They are now regarded as role models in their community, thanks to their success in managing their project and the set of skills they demonstrate when dealing with people in their community" (para 9). Here we see influence in the family extending out into societal relationships as well. However, the article does not identify if this relatively rare or if this is becoming a more common trend for women in Egypt (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 5, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Singapore

"Relying on this provision, the CEDAW Committee has urged Singapore to combat the 'persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men within the family and society at large,' and expressed its concern that, 'despite the legal equality accorded to spouses, discriminatory traditional cultural attitudes that continue to utilize “the head of the household” concept, assigning this role to men, persist' within that state"(78)
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines

"A 2010 survey by the World Bank and IFPRI and by an earlier study of 304 rural households in the Philippines found that women generally join women self-help groups or women’s groups, whereas men tend to socialize in cooperatives or other producers’ organizations. Godquin and Quisumbing summarized their main conclusions Males are more likely to be members of production groups, while females are more likely to participate in civic groups. This may indicate a division of labour within the household or separate spheres of decision making. Men, who are more heavily involved in agricultural production, are indeed more involved in groups related to income generation whereas women, who tend to ...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: India

"As in other similar public works schemes, a quota has been set aside for women because rural unemployment is higher for women than for men (on average, 141 days per year for women versus 76 days for men). The act [India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Act] thus provides that one-third of the employment must be allocated to women. The participation rate of women exceeded that minimum every year, reaching 48% in 2009–2010 at the national level (ILO and UNDP 2011, p. 276). One assessment concluded that the economic opportunities created through MGNREGA favored the empowerment of women.This is evident in the emergence of women’s identity; their growing contribution to their ...more
Nov. 28, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius

"Similarly, while welcoming the adoption in Mauritius of the 2008 National Gender Policy Framework, the Committee recorded its concern about:…the persistence of discriminatory cultural norms and practices as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in family and society whereby men are largely still considered the main breadwinners and women are considered as having the primary responsibility for child-rearing and domestic tasks"(79)
Nov. 7, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Palestine

"The work environment in Palestine suffers from violations of labor rights in general and women’s rights specifically, as women are the weakest entity in their patriarchal society"(para 1)
Oct. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

."Fatima Imam, a translator, researcher and human rights activist on Egyptian women's issues, noted in remarks to Al-Monitor that Nubian women have suffered a decline in stature within Nubian society. Women once held authority and managed the Nubian economy to such an extent that men would be referred to by their mothers' names. But Imam has been saddened by the return of a chauvinist culture once again to Nubia, one of the consequences of the siege on the women's movement in the public domain and the discrimination leveled against it"(para 16)."She [Fatima Imam] addresses the challenges facing Nubian women, foremost among them the issue of genital mutilation, women's weak position ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia

"Paradoxically the extreme conditions of war were liberating for women. The pressure of tradition was forced aside as wartime conditions and the absence of men created an opening for women to take up leading roles in society"(para 13)."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. After full-blown military confrontation ended and federal troops established control over the whole of Chechnya in 2003, the Kremlin launched a policy of 'Chechenisation', whereby most political, military and administrative functions were transferred to ethnic Chechens. The Kremlin put in power the formerly separatist Kadyrov family, ...more
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"The organization’s [Amnesty International] research reveals that since January 2016 more than a dozen women’s rights activists in Tehran have been summoned for long, intensive interrogations by the Revolutionary Guards, and threatened with imprisonment on national security-related charges. Many had been involved in a campaign launched in October 2015, which advocated for increased representation of women in Iran’s February 2016 parliamentary election.'It is utterly shameful that the Iranian authorities are treating peaceful activists who seek women’s equal participation in decision-making bodies as enemies of the state. Speaking up for women’s equality is not a crime. We are calling for an immediate end to this heightened harassment and intimidation, which is ...more
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Cuba

For cultural and social reasons it is men who assume the responsibility of production. Social stereotypes about traditional roles assumed by men and women limit the agricultural spaces designed for women and legitimize a secular situation of inequality and discrimination. The man is considered head of the household and the woman is employed only in domestic work. This situation limits the contribution of women in organizations and cooperatives, and also their presence in the levels of management and decision making. In practice, men seem to have benefitted more from the distribution land during agrarian reform. (CL: P1-3) -Under the directive spheres of the UBPCs (Basic Units of Cooperative Production, or ...more
July 7, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Countries: Spain

¨Spanish women have made tremendous advances in recent years as the revolt against mainstream parties helped break down some old-boy networks. But that upheaval, the women say, has also laid bare the deeply entrenched sexism and machismo in Spain’s political establishment, which has at the very least been slow to adapt to changing times, intensifying a clash of both generations and genders¨(para 4).¨But women say they still face big obstacles as they try to make their way in Spanish politics, still predominantly a man’s world. Sexual harassment aside — and it is common — among the problems most commonly cited by women is that men expect their female colleagues to ...more
April 1, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"The underground water is often over thirty meters deep. Traditionally it is the women who draw the water with their bare hands. Each day, they fetch tens of liters needed for their household. It is back breaking work. On the other hand, men are responsible for collecting water for the livestock. The donkeys used to carry out this work belong to them exclusively...Today after their discussion, the women decided to ask for permission to use the donkies. It’s a step towards reducing their work burden. A few days later, the dimitra clubs all gather in the village assembly, which is chaired by the traditional chief. Thanks to the dimitra clubs, ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"Grandmothers have authority over child rearing and family life in Senegal and across West Africa, and even wield power over the men in their communities, development experts say" (para 12).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"'This business is now my relationship with my husband,' Attar says. 'He started respecting me: ‘My wife has value, she has talent, she is making me money.…’ Before it was just ‘my wife, the caregiver, the cook.’ Now it’s ‘my wife, my partner.'" (para 3). "Economics may indeed be one of the greatest drivers for women’s rights in the years to come, specifically because the change happens within the family itself. 'It does somehow change the relationship,' says Al Dosary, the young working mother. 'With a job, I have my own money to buy things even without my husband.' 'Even without my husband' — those words are shattering the social ...more
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

“Human rights activists cited cultural bias against women as an impediment to women participating in political life on the same scale as men” (25).
Jan. 4, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Georgia

“Sexual harassment of women in the workplace was a problem. The law does not explicitly prohibit sexual harassment, and authorities rarely investigated complaints. According to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes regarding family and societal roles remained deeply rooted” (38).
Nov. 30, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Al-Monitor: What are the main obstacles and difficulties that you faced in this electoral race, particularly considering that this was the first time that a Coptic woman succeeded in winning an individual seat? Gaballah: Prior to entering the race, my main concern revolved around the patriarchal culture that permeates society, to the point even where women refuse to vote for other women. Another concern was the fact that the al-Jamaliah and Manshiyat Nasser district that I represent is characterized by its tribal and familial affiliations that dominate the electoral scene. Yet I decided to enter the race despite not hailing from a prominent district family and residing in Heliopolis — ...more
Nov. 15, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"It is perhaps telling that the court’s verdict [making it so civil marriages are no longer required for couples married religiously] was brought about by a group of decision-makers that did not include a single woman, whereas millions of Turkish women need the state’s protection against the patriarchal customs in their society"(para 13)
Nov. 11, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"'For years, we Masai men have remained the head of the family in terms of making decisions. A woman is not entitled to give their opinions on day-to-day activities; neither can she be allowed to influence the men's decisions,' says Kirayian ole Katimo, a 95-year-old Masai elder from Olorukoti village who has two wives and 13 children"(para 29)
Sept. 6, 2016, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia

"Femicide cannot be fully addressed without tackling misogyny and patriarchy at a foundational level that permeates much of Armenian society"(44)
Aug. 23, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: East Timor

"Women often bring their cases (and the police often send cases) to the traditional justice system. This traditional system does not require a lot of money, time or energy to handle the cases, since men resolve the cases and make decisions through a family approach. However, the men do not consider women’s feelings as victims and never ask their opinions or involve them in the decisionmaking process. The traditional leaders of both parties resolve the case through payment of fines or compensations and force victims to accept the decision that has made. After that, both parties drink and eat food to symbolize that the case has already been solved and ...more
Aug. 15, 2016, 5:41 p.m.
Countries: India

"In 1993, a constitutional amendment was passed in India that called for a random one third of village council leader, or pradhan, positions in gram panchayat to be reserved for women. The village council is responsible for the provision of village infrastructure – such as public buildings, water, and roads – and for identifying government program beneficiaries. Although all decisions in the village council are made by majority, the pradhan is the only full-time member and exercises significant control over the final council decisions"(para 3)
July 27, 2016, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Barbados

"Self-imposed resistance was identified [at the CEDAW Town Hall Meetings] as another reason for low participation by women at leadership level, as it was identified that many women failed to include such capabilities in their self-concepts. It was also identified that responsibilities for children and families in the context of current organization of political activities, plus failure to validate women and girls as leaders lead to impediments for women in attaining more equality in this area" (25)
July 27, 2016, 5:22 p.m.
Countries: Barbados

"...Women [at the CEDAW Town Hall Meetings] reported that female participation is quite high at the community level but that society continues to accept that men’s leadership is equivalent to just leadership and to show less respect for women’s leadership. Women highlighted that there is a popular saying that women are 'taking over' that only arises because of a few high profile cases of female in positions of authority. Participants of the first THM posited that not only does this suggest that men have an inherent right to rule, but it ignores that statistically women continue to be under-represented in public decision-making given their numbers in the population and among ...more
July 26, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Barbados

"In 2003, the Bureau of Gender Affairs selected 5 Barbadian women to participate in a training course by the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) on “Engendering Political Participation in Dominica”. This course provided prospective female political candidates with training in political participation, aimed at increasing women’s capacity to function in the political structures of their countries and increase their competence to exercise leadership at political decision-making levels" (10)
July 26, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Countries: Barbados

“…joint efforts were made [to change stereotypes of the roles and responsibilities of women and men] as follows…: the teaching of family life education in schools includes information on gender role stereotyping; however, Government has taken into consideration information from a 2011 UNICEF study that actual content delivery needs to be strengthened as do the systems for delivery" (5)
July 26, 2016, 7:16 p.m.
Countries: Barbados

"The Government of Barbados considers it important to give effect to the principle that participation of women and men as equal partners in all aspects of human life and development is critical to national development and the achievement of a just, equitable and prosperous society. As a consequence, it maintains an active Bureau of Gender Affairs" (4)
July 18, 2016, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania

"Experiences from Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania suggest that placing women at the centre of water decisions leads to improved access, more cost-effective delivery and less corruption in water financing" (183).