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Latest items for ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"The Committee notes as positive the measures taken to advance the achievement of substantive equality in the State party; however, it remains concerned about the underrepresentation of women in extraparliamentary commissions and other bodies, governing bodies of companies and institutions closely connected with the Federation, as well as their underrepresentation in high-level management and decision-making positions. It is also concerned about the low numbers of women professors in academic institutions and of women judges at all levels of the judiciary" (Pg 6). "Prevailing stereotypes about the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, along with deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes, continue to impede progress in advancing ...more
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
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes concerning women’s roles and responsibilities that discriminate against women and perpetuate their subordination within the family and society and that, among other things, are reflected in women’s academic and professional choices, their limited participation in political and public life and their unequal position in the labour market and in marriage and family relations. The Committee recalls that such stereotypes are also root causes of violence against women and is deeply concerned at the high prevalence of harmful practices that discriminate against women, such as child marriage and polygamy and female genital mutilation and circumcision" (Pg 5). "The ...more
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address stereotypes and harmful practices by, among other things, issuing circulars banning certain practices that perpetuate discriminatory gender stereotypes. The Committee is, however, concerned at the persistence of adverse cultural practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which are perpetuated by secret tribal societies such as the Sande and the Poro" (6).
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which discriminate against women and perpetuate their subordination within the family and society and which, among other things, are reflected 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 marriage and family relations" (4).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia

"While noting the measures taken by the State party to promote the participation of women in political life, such as the appointment of a female Vice-President, the Committee is concerned that the participation of women in political and public life remains very low. It is particularly concerned: (a) That women’s representation in the National Assembly remains very low and has even decreased from 13.2 per cent in 2002 to 9.4 per cent in 2015; (b) That women are underrepresented in local councils; (c) That only 4 of 19 ministries are headed by women and there are no women governors or mayors. In line with its general recommendation No. 23 on ...more
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and society in the State party. It notes that such attitudes and stereotypes constitute a significant impediment to the implementation of the Convention, as they are root causes of women’s disadvantaged position in political and public life, especially in decision-making positions and elected offices, as well as in the labour market; the prevalence of violence against women; and gender segregation as reflected in women’s and girls’ educational choices" (Pg 3). "The lack of adequate protocols to guarantee the participation of indigenous and Afro-Colombian women in ...more
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The Committee welcomes the adoption of Law No. 2010-11 of 28 May 2010 on parity between women and men in entirely or partially elective bodies. It also welcomes the increase in the representation of women in the National Assembly to 43 per cent and to 47.2 per cent in the recent local elections. The Committee remains concerned, however, that Act No. 2010-11 was not implemented during the local elections in Touba in 2013 and that women continue to face obstacles to successfully running for various functions, especially in farmers’ associations. It is also concerned about the continued low participation of women in other areas of political and public life, such ...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland

"The Committee is concerned that, notwithstanding the constitutional provision that sets a goal of achieving at least 30 per cent representation of women in Parliament, women remain underrepresented at decision-making levels, including in Parliament, the judiciary and the diplomatic service. The Committee is particularly concerned that the quota for the appointment of women to Parliament from the four regions of the State party has not been implemented, allegedly owing to the lack of enabling legislation. The Committee is also concerned at the lack of information on the impact of the tinkhundla electoral system, which bans political parties, on the political participation of women. The Committee recommends that the State party ...more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

"The PRONAIND 2014-2018 fosters normative criteria which increase the hiring and retention of women in management positions and in decision making; and the PROIGUALDAD has seven strategies and 58 lines of action to push forward women's access to paid, decent work and to productive resources" (page 28). "Although these advances are not sufficient, regarding ownership of land and the participation of women in decision-making positions in public lands and communities, this is increasing. Women with agrarian rights in common lands, communities, possessions and settlements, already reaches almost 30%, and there are currently around 44,000 women in decision-making positions" (page 33).
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica

"These training processes and the measures mentioned above have resulted in women rising to decision-making positions, allowing for their vocational and economic development and transforming these domains. The percentage of women holding leadership posts in the public sector rose from 44.1 per cent in 2010 to 47.6 per cent in 2013, and increased from 23.8 per cent to 31.9 per cent in the private sector over the same period (annex 1, fig. 9)" (18).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"In Kenya, a number of factors block women’s level of participation in politics as pointed out in Women’s Manifesto (2010): Men dominate the political stage and set the rules of the political game and women lack confidence in vying for political leadership; Political life is organized according to male norms and values which set the standards through which political achievement is judged. These often emphasize aggression and long hours spent outside the family set-up; short changing of women during political party nominations; the nature of the electoral system and environment, which may not be favourable to women candidates" (20).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"Under customary law, devolution of power is exclusively a men’s responsibility, which severely limits women’s participation in community management. Indeed, the traditional chieftainship under which townships and villages are administered is exclusively male, giving women little say in the management of public affairs. Customary social values do however provide a space for representations to traditional leaders by female spokespersons for victims of discrimination, e.g. innas, jekadias, magagias, bafadas, maidakis, etc., to help prevent and manage social problems. With the advent of full communalization in 2004 and the cooperative and associative movements in which most of our population, including the rural population, are now involved, there is greater and greater female ...more
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova

"Thus, the Government Program for 2011-2014, the section on Gender policies, provides for introduction of quotas to facilitate the promotion of women to decision-making positions. In 2010 at the initiative of the Parliamentary Women’s Group, the Government endorsed the decision to support the Election Code amendment on 30% quota. Currently this document is pending Parliament approval. At the same time proposal of a quota of at least 40 per cent of representation of one of the genders in decision-making positions was included in draft amendment and adjustment of national legislation to the Law no. 5-XVI" (Pg 9). The fact that the government needs to put a quota on women's participation ...more
Feb. 10, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan

"Every discussion about women’s participation in politics or their empowerment ends with an unbeatable argument brought by families that politics is a man’s job. Public opinion and traditions are mostly being manipulated by a unique public institution of Uzbekistan ‘Mahalla’, which is a 'self-governing community in every borough, town and village in Uzbekistan'.[vi] Mahalla is governed by a committee which consists of elderly people residing in a particular territorial division who know its inhabitants. Elders attempt to preserve family unity and build friendly atmosphere among family members. However, these committees also interfere into families` private life by promoting traditional values, where the role of women begins and ends at home. ...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. 2) Economic equality between women and men. Women and men are to have the same opportunities and conditions with regard to education ...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

"It [the committee] is concerned, however, about the low participation of women at all levels of decision-making, including within the Government, the parliament, the judiciary and the civil service, and the lack of specific steps to address the underlying causes of the exclusion of women from decision-making, including prevailing social and cultural attitudes" (Pg 11).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina

"the Committee remains concerned about...Barriers faced by women in political and public life, such as unequal distribution of child-raising and household tasks between women and men, violence and harassment against women engaged in political life and patriarchal structures within political parties" (10).
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