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Latest items for DACH-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s ability to make decisions regarding reproduction was limited, and many lacked information on sexual and reproductive health. Women faced pressure to defer to their husbands and family on reproductive matters, including the number, spacing, and timing of pregnancies. Women often did not have access to contraception and skilled attendance during childbirth, including essential obstetric and postpartum care. . . . Major factors contributing to maternal mortality included lack of access to skilled medical practitioners, lack of family support for pregnant women seeking to visit health centers, and unsafe abortions" (page 21).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Women aged 25 to 49 are invited for free cervical screening every three years and those aged 50 to 64 are invited every five years. Women over the age of 65 are invited for screening if they have not been screened since age 50 or if they have had recent abnormal results... breast screening is offered every three years for all women in England aged 50 and over. Currently, women aged between 50 to 70 years are invited routinely and women over the age of 70 are still eligible for screening and can request free three yearly screening. The programme is being extended as a trial to women aged 47...more
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"In response to observations by the NMPT and CODEHUPY, the Justice Ministry improved access to health services for female prisoners in the Buen Pastor prison. Coordination with the Ministry of Health improved, and there was an increase in medical services related to drug rehabilitation, HIV and tuberculosis prevention, and mental health in all prisons" (page 6).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"In the 2016 EDHS, currently married women were asked about their participation in decisions about the woman’s own health care, major household purchases, and visits to their family or relatives. The majority of women reported that they are involved either alone (11-18%) or jointly (66-68%) in these decisions. However, 21% of women said their husbands usually makes decisions about major household purchases, 18% said the husband decides about the woman’s health care, and 16% said the husband is primarily responsible for making decisions about visits to her family or relatives (Table 14.11)" (261).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The fact that some hospitals still require the approval of a husband or male relative in order for a woman to undergo surgery, in particular for obstetrical and gynaecological reasons, despite directives of the Ministry of Health authorizing women aged 21 years and above to give their consent prior to such interventions" (pg. 11).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"It welcomes the steps taken to improve health care for women and girls and notes the development of an intervention programme and an action plan to eliminate discrimination in the health sector, in particular to address racism against persons of Ethiopian descent and to reinforce health-care infrastructure and personnel in rural areas" (pg. 14) Programs assert presence of discrimination (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned that: 1) Women and girls of Ethiopian descent continue to face discrimination when seeking health-care services; 2) Owing to restrictions on freedom of movement at checkpoints, Palestinian women and girls in the Occupied Palestinian Territory experience hardships in reaching health-care facilities such as hospitals...more
Jan. 7, 2019, 4:38 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"A lack of education can hugely impact a girl’s future life. Barr said: 'If you can’t read then daily functioning is challenging. It’s difficult to go to the market and do grocery shopping.It’s difficult to buy medicine for yourself and your kids, it’s difficult to absorb public health information about getting prenatal care, and about food hygiene. Having just a basic education can have a major impact on women’s health, even if they can’t go out into the workforce - life expectancy, the life expectancy of their children, the likelihood their children will go to school. So keeping girls out of education can have a devastating impact on, not just...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Ministry of Health supports and monitors the implementation of mother’s, newborn’s and child’s integrated health care; provision of quality and effective services, mobilization of individuals, families and communities in promoting health and prevention of diseases such as HIV/AIDs, malaria and others; dissemination of gender mainstreaming into health care service for staff of health care facilities, focusing on improvement of women’s advancement strategy in the health sector, relating and integrating this task to health projects, sex-disaggregated statistics and promoting more women in decision making positions; issuing the Decree on Supports for Delivery and Treatment of Under-5 to address obstacles to access to health care for mothers and children; implementing free of...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, ISTD-PRACTICE-1, CWC-DATA-2, CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The government provided essential health care for women, including skilled attendants during childbirth and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, although some rural women did not have access to these services" (page 17).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, DACH-PRACTICE-3, WR-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned about the situation of female-headed households, widows, older women and women with disabilities, who often suffer intersecting forms of discrimination, especially with regard to access to employment, health care and social services. It notes with regret the limited information provided by the State party in this regard" (page 13).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The CNDH continued to report conditions for female prisoners were inferior to those for men, particularly for women who lived with their children in prison, due to a lack of appropriate living facilities and specialized medical care. There were reports women who lived with their children in prison did not receive extra food or assistance. Reports of physical and sexual abuse of female detainees continued" (p. 4). "Despite the existence of a national family-planning program, the lack of comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives in public hospitals and rural areas continued to undermine the government’s stated commitment to reproductive rights" (para. 20).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The CNDH continued to report conditions for female prisoners were inferior to those for men, particularly for women who lived with their children in prison, due to a lack of appropriate living facilities and specialized medical care. There were reports women who lived with their children in prison did not receive extra food or assistance. Reports of physical and sexual abuse of female detainees continued" (p. 4). "Despite the existence of a national family-planning program, the lack of comprehensive sex education and access to contraceptives in public hospitals and rural areas continued to undermine the government’s stated commitment to reproductive rights" (para. 20).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"While all women in Burma face the same struggle to enjoy their rights under CEDAW, rural and ethnic women face additional hurdles and specific harms such as trafficking, unequal access to education and healthcare, land insecurity and the devastating impact of drug production and trade. Moreover, rural and ethnic women are directly implicated by armed conflict and the quest for peace. This gap between the experiences of women in cities and urban settings versus those of ethic women in rural areas must be understood and taken account when analyzing the status of women’s rights in Burma" (page 1). Table: The Cost of Childbirth in WLB Surveyed Ethnic Areas presents cost...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

""The Committee notes that the Constitution guarantees universal and free health care and it welcomes the measures taken to promote women’s health and reduce maternal mortality... The Committee notes... no reported cases of HIV in its territory, but is concerned that treatment is available only to women travelling abroad" (11).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Women and men received equal treatment for sexually transmitted infections" (page 29).
Oct. 28, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Hijab-wearing women have also been refused employment and medical care. Asked why, the Health Ministry claimed to Forum 18 that it 'is not responsible for hospitals'" (para 4). "The woman also said that 'once in a state hospital I was not allowed to see a doctor because I refused to take off my hijab.' Asked why this could be, Mirzoaliyev of the Ministry of Health replied that the Ministry 'is not responsible for hospitals'" (para 23).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Law enforcement practices contributed to high levels of stigma and discrimination against female sex workers and transgender women that in turn hindered their access to HIV prevention, treatment, and social protection services" (45).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The reason why residents in western Taiwan have lower standardized mortality ratio might be the inadequate access to medical resources and different lifestyles between western and eastern Taiwan" (para 5).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Nearly all women and men are without medical coverage (95% and 94%, respectively). These proportions are high regardless of sociodemographic characteristics" (page 38) (Tables 3.8.1 and 3.8.2). "Nearly eight out of ten women (78%) reported that at least one of the mentioned problems could be a significant barrier to receiving a medical opinion or treatment. Among the cited problems, lack of access to money was the most frequently mentioned by women (67%). This proportion reaches 72% for uneducated women; however at Mwali, access to money was only an issue for 33% of women. In 48% of cases, getting permission to seek care was mentioned as a problem that could reduce...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The government’s positions on reproductive health are contradictory. On one hand, it offers stipends to pregnant women and for every new child born, even as Venezuela holds the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Latin America. Inflation has rendered these already small stipends minuscule – 700,000 bolivars ($0.39) per pregnancy and 1 million bolivars ($0.56) per newborn — but León argues that they have contributed to a culture that encourages motherhood at any age. 'It’s a cultural thing, more accentuated in lower-income areas: Maternity is not a choice, but part of your fate,' she said" (para 8). "On the other hand, the government also funds periodic national campaigns for free...more
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Increased rates of breast cancer in the State party, which is the leading cause of mortality in women of working age and the lack of diagnostic, prevention and mammography services" (Pg 14).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"These reporting centers were in addition to the 298 government-operated women’s offices (one in each municipality) providing a wide array of services to women focusing on education, personal finances, health, social and political participation, environmental stewardship, and prevention of gender-based violence. The quantity and quality of services provided at these offices varied" (para 103). "NGOs criticized a 2009 prohibition on emergency anticonception medication, which they regarded as abridging a woman’s right to make family planning decisions" (para 108)
Oct. 2, 2018, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The law was the first of its kind in North America. It barred people with face coverings from receiving public services, such as riding a bus, or from working in government jobs, such as a doctor or teacher. They also cannot receive publicly funded health care while covering their faces" (para 17). The article is referring to the prohibition of face-covering garment in public, which directly affects Muslim women, especially those who view garments like niqabs or burkas as a religious obligation, thus, hindering them from access to public health care (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 2, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Rohini Pande, co-director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, finds that social norms that restrict women’s mobility are one of the challenges women confront when they set out to find a job. Using government data she found, for instance, that 79.9 percent of women in India needed permission from husbands or other family members to visit a health center. 'In the end, it’s pretty difficult to look for a job if you can’t leave the house alone,' she wrote" (para 12).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"International organizations reported that family-imposed movement restrictions, cultural norms, or stigmatization prohibited or discouraged female victims of sexual crimes from accessing psychosocial support services. Local NGOs in IDP camps in the IKR reported that some Ministry of Health professionals were unwilling to treat sexual assault survivors due to cultural norms, and if they did give care, it was inadequate due to capacity limitations in the health-care sector" (para 234). "Due to general insecurity in the country and attendant economic difficulties, many women nonetheless received inadequate medical care. The UN reported that sexual and reproductive health services, trauma counselling centers, and reintegration support were severely limited, including in the IKR, where...more
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The Basic Law of the State in the Sultanate does not discriminate between men and women in respect of general rights and duties, including the right to benefit from health services. This is made clear in article 17 concerning gender equality and in article 12 concerning social principles, which states: 'The State is concerned with public health and the prevention and treatment of diseases and epidemics. It endeavours to provide health care for every citizen and to encourage the establishment of private hospitals, clinics and other medical institutions under State supervision and in accordance with rules laid down by Law. It also works to conserve and protect the environment and...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Roma also experienced poor access to government services, a shortage of employment opportunities, high rates of school attrition, inadequate health care, and pervasive discrimination. A lack of identity documents excluded many Roma from participating in elections, receiving social benefits, accessing health insurance, securing property documents, and participating in the labor market" (31).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Access to government-provided contraception, skilled health attendance during pregnancy and childbirth, prenatal care, essential obstetric care, and postpartum care was available, but women in remote regions sometimes did not seek or could not obtain the care they needed due to lack of transport, fuel, or awareness of opportunities" (para 109)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Women had access to contraception and skilled medical care, including essential prenatal, obstetric, and postpartum care. Indigenous persons in isolated communities had more difficulty accessing such services than the population in general. Cultural factors and language barriers also inhibited use of sexual health and family planning services by indigenous persons, and rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy among the indigenous population were higher than among the general population" (15).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The government provided basic health care free to children and adults, although parental discrimination against girls often resulted in impoverished parents giving priority to their sons when seeking medical services" (32).