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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).
July 18, 2016, 9:01 p.m.
Countries: Brazil

"'Most of these women did not choose to work in the plantations, they usually went with their husbands or fathers,' Cristina Buarque, who led the Secretariat until late 2014, says. 'This patriarchal ‘machista’ culture infantilized them. We wanted them to know they had other options'" (20).
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda

"The mass media has been a major channel to change stereotypes. In 2012-2013 the Gender Monitoring Office conducted a study to examine and assess the attitudes and perceptions towards gender equality to examine and assess the attitudes and perceptions towards gender equality among Rwandans. The study revealed that 77 per cent of Rwandans, 79.9 per cent of the male respondents and 74.8 per cent of the female respondents, have heard of the principle of gender equality. The majority of Rwandans (95.6 per cent) are of the view that people should be treated equally regardless of their sex. The majority of respondents (88 per cent), with 87 per cent and 88.8 ...more
March 29, 2016, 3:26 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"The Committee is concerned about the persistence of stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and society, which overemphasize the traditional role of women as mothers and wives and that of men as heads of the family, undermine women’s social status and hamper their equal participation in political and economic life. It is also concerned about sex-discriminatory statements by politicians and that the media often convey stereotyped and sometimes degrading images of women or fail to comply with their obligation under article 4 of the Law on Gender Equality to use gender-sensitive language." (4, 5)
March 4, 2016, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune"(1). "'If you go to the remote areas of Afghanistan, you will see nothing has changed in women’s lives. They are still like servants'"(2)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine

""In most families in Ukraine, men definitely have more of a voice in businesses and in the home. With the younger generation now, it is changing, especially in the larger cities. Businesses do find loopholes to make it easier for men to have a say in decision-making than it is for women, even if they do seem to be equally involved. But typically here, men do still have much more of a say in the home, and consequently in the society." Anna Saienko" (15)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Guinea

"Guinea is a patriarchal society that extols the primacy of men over women and of boys over girls" (12)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"It would be true to say that this Bill is a reproduction of a patriarchal regime, in which the man, unquestionably, is the head of the family and the woman does not enjoy the equal right to divorce. In addition, this Bill ignores and degrades the historical aims of women that they have struggled with for a hundred years. This Bill not only has ignored women’s aims in this regard but also has taken steps backward. It was also described as a part of a bigger project of 'neo-fundamentalism' that aims to put women’s minds and bodies under control" (48). While the aforementioned bill has not been passed, it indicates ...more
Feb. 19, 2016, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"In Kenya, all who are making water policies are all men.Yet men do not feel the pinch of going to get water from the river. They don’t feel the pinch of when their child is diarrheaing. Who takes the child to the hospital? It’s the mother. A child’s mother wants to deliver and she has to deliver in a health facility and there’s no one in that health facility- she can’t deliver there. When her child dies she feels the pain". This statement was made at 2:10 by Rose Atiento. Later she says "In the African tradition, women cannot do anything alone. They need the men’s support. Even for us ...more
Jan. 23, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Canada

"Several studies and reports made available to the Committee by the State party and civil society organizations also underline the fact that the internalization of patriarchal colonial structures has resulted in circumstances where Aboriginal women often do not enjoy the same level of rights and protection as Aboriginal men and non-Aboriginal women and men. The Committee regrets that discriminatory stereotypes of Aboriginal men and women that informed colonial and post-colonial Aboriginal policies are reportedly still widely evident within contemporary mainstream Canadian society," (28). "[The Committee] also notes that the low number of women and Aboriginal representatives within the RCMP inhibits progress in building such trust and that there is little ...more
Jan. 23, 2016, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: India

"When there is an oppressive relationship, women get less chances in decision making regarding household affairs, reproductive rights, condom use and so on" (para 3)