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Latest items for DMW-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Men, through the exercise of power through violence against women ensured that the subordinate position of women was maintained, including by men using some women and children, mostly girls, for prostitution purposes" (page 1). "If men did not consider that they had the right to buy and sexually exploit women and children, prostitution and trafficking in human beings for sexual purposes would not occur. Consequently, men must take criminal and ethical responsibility for their own and other men’s oppressive sexual behaviour and change it" (page 2).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:57 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"'We are crawling slowly toward the target," says Elke Holst, a research director and senior economist at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) who has studied gender equality for years. 'The reason companies have been progressing so slowly is surely because their upper echelons are occupied by men with other perceptions of the world,' she says. 'Most of them have wives that take care of things at home. Women work for them in the office as well, as secretaries or consultants, but they're rarely at the same level, as a counterpart or equal'" (para 12).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Because it’s a kind of tradition in Afghanistan when women turn 17 or 18 they should get married and start a new family life" (para 18).
Jan. 8, 2018, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"'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" (para 11).
Dec. 22, 2017, 7:01 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Unionist Fatma Mezrag said in 1959 . . . men had to address their selfishness, lust and oppression" (para 23).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"As women in afghanistan, particularly in urban centers, have increasingly asserted their rights over the past 15 years, many husbands have not caught up or ever got on board with the changes. The slow pace of shedding entrenched misogyny has led to a clash of values at home. And women often realize there is no option but to part ways" (para 7). "Men, Ms. Folad said, 'are used to the old lifestyle, so now they cannot tolerate that women can stand against them" (para 13).
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

“Due to a lack of education and public awareness, these traditions still dictate life in Zabul province. That means women are stuck at home and have to remain there" (para 11)."It doesn’t mean that a woman is immoral if she leaves her house. It means that she is lifting herself out of poverty by finding work and earning money to support her children" (para 12).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The report. . . establishes the legal age of marriage as 15, not 18, and considers those younger than 15 to be minors" (para 5).
Dec. 7, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) strongly condemns the statements of the two MPs addressing women. The first MP released a statement calling for female university students to undergo mandatory virginity tests and to submit what proves their virginity. He added that this virginity test should be conducted every year as a condition for the female university students to get their university ID. He claims that this procedure will reduce ‘urfi marriage. After few days another MP announces that he is currently working on a draft law calling for female students at the vocational schools to undergo mandatory virginity tests as well, using words that are abusive for all ...more
Dec. 6, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The UN watchdog for children’s rights condemned Iran for the pre-defined ages of puberty for girls at 9 and for boys at 15 lunar years and asked the State to increase the minimum age of marriage for both girls and boys to 18 years" (para 2) (If puberty is defined and marriage is legal at these ages, we can assume that society considers children to be women and men when they reach 9 and 15 years, respectively -- ARR, 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)
Dec. 5, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"Under the same provision of the CEDAW Convention, the CEDAW Committee expressed its concern about the 'emphasis on the role of women as mothers and caregivers' in the Russian Federation, noting that 'a shift from a focus on women primarily as wives and mothers to individuals and actors equal to men in society is required for the full implementation of the Convention and the achievement of equality of women and men'"(79)
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"A few [Saudi Twitter] users remarked that women should only stick to lower positions in the workplace, so they do not neglect their homemaking duties…" (para 15). "'I was shocked by a wave of criticism that are against the appointment of women in leading positions managing men. Some said this would lead to ruining the women’s morals and hence will negatively affect the society and that these are Westernized ideas'" (para 16).
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. 27, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"In Iran where there is a religious government in place, the authorities easily justify this type of [political] violence. Examples demonstrating this assertion include the ‘promotion of virtue and prevention of vice’, an Islamic concept to promote a religious way of life, personal preferences in implementation of laws, an emphasis on the domestic role of women and gender–based segregation" (para 11).
Nov. 8, 2017, noon
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Machismo has long been widespread in Mexican society. Male entitlement — reflected in telenovelas, movies, work settings, families and romantic relationships — has been tolerated, even celebrated" (para 1). "Gendes, a research and advocacy group in Mexico City that seeks to improve male behavior through counseling, education and public awareness campaigns, is trying to [confront the entrenched ideas fueling machismo]" (para 6). "The free therapy, given three times a week, seeks to question and address the cultural beliefs that lie at the heart of machismo, said Antonio Vargas, director and founder of Gendes, which is privately funded" (para 12). "In an interview later, Jorge said he had been working hard ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Virginity is highly prized in conservative Afghan society, seen as a symbol of modesty and family pride. Girls who are deemed to have had sex before marriage face public shame, divorce and even death" (para 6).
Nov. 1, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"For second-wave feminists like Ms. Guilbault, the memory of a powerful Roman Catholic Church that pushed Quebec women to stay home, produce the country’s highest birthrate and be excluded from public life is still potent" (para 19).
Oct. 16, 2017, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Japan’s traditional family structure and the general acceptance of men as breadwinners and women as loving mothers has made young people apprehensive to get married and start families" (5).
Oct. 10, 2017, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"That would affect major British retailers like Asda, the supermarket chain, which ran a television commercial that shows a mother bearing the bulk of the work — carrying groceries, cooking and setting up a Christmas tree — while the father is either passive or absent. The ad ended with the slogan, 'Behind every great Christmas, there’s mum'" (para 12).
Oct. 6, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"These women are caught between modern cultures that propagate equal rights for men and women and traditional Ghanaian beliefs based on male dominance" (para 12).
Oct. 4, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"I forgot, for a second, that as a woman unless you can have children, your education, career, and marriage are considered meaningless. I was not prepared for feeling that in the eyes of my community, my only worth as a woman is to bear children in the end"(para 2)."Even though I had support from my husband and my in-laws, there was always someone reminding me that my marriage had no meaning without children. There was always someone giving me that look of pity. There was always someone bringing up her topic of pregnancy time and again in front of me; perhaps, wanting either to stimulate my motherly instincts or make ...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China

"'I used to see my husband as superior to me, but now I know we are equals,’ Jing Xiufang, the leader of a local grassroots women’s organization, said, 'and women have the right to pursue their own goals and work'"(para 1)
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"But so deep remains the cultural bias against working women, and especially working mothers, that some young commentators now mention Germany’s 'gender issue' in the same breath as America’s 'race issue' — a piece of historic baggage that has never been fully addressed, elusive and omnipresent at the same time, a sort of national elephant in the room" (para 16). "'We get no respect from society as working women,' said Angelika Huber-Strasser, a managing partner for KPMG Germany and a mother of three. 'They call us raven mothers,' after the black bird (also unfairly) accused of pushing its young out of the nest. There is a feeling of damned if ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"'Upper caste men make fun of us. They think our lives don't matter because we are daughters of poor families. They always look at us with lustful eyes'"(para 8). This statement was made by Seema, age 25 (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 11, 2017, 6:36 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Afghan women’s entrance into adulthood is not acknowledged, in part because female sexuality remains off-limits. Girls and teens are scared as changes occur in their bodies. They are ignorant and confused about how to cope. Unspoken expectations also haunt them. They must stop being children, and begin behaving like adults. For females, this means being submissive and acting with humility, especially towards men" (para 4).
Sept. 8, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"She pegs the lack of willingness [of men] to share the burden of contraception on a misplaced sense of masculinity" (para 5). "'For men, concerns of losing sexual potency and physical vigour make them unwilling to discuss vasectomy,' says Harish Chandra Reddy, health official in Ranga Reddy district" (para 8). "In rural India, women are against their husbands undergoing vasectomies fearing it may rob the family of its means of earnings and cast aspersions on them should pregnancy ensue after vasectomy" (para 12).
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

“Women are sold the lie that in order to enter paradise they must be veiled and obey men, says Zioual. ‘Most Moroccan women … depend on their husband so they tend to obey this culture that tells them not to ask for anything, whether it is schools, hospitals or roads. They are told if they are you are calm and placid they will go to paradise’” (para 26).
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"81% of girls said they preferred men that were five years older, as they associated their age with greater life experience, responsibility, sexual experience and economic independence. On the other hand, 39% of men said they preferred girls under the age of 18 because they found them more 'obedient' and 'adaptable'" (para 6-7). "Girls in the Dominican Republic grow up learning that marriage and motherhood is how you gain respect in society. They expect to marry, and believe that their role is to serve their husbands. Many girls saw marriage as a form of emancipation and a way into adulthood" (para 10).
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"For Hindus, marriage is full of rituals. The first of these symbolizes her future as a married woman. Beezly grimaces as the bangles are forced over her wrist – binding her to her future husband – forever. Then, Beezly’s school uniform is traded in for her first sari. This marks her as a woman, even though she’s just a young girl. The last step is to unbraid her hair and tie it in a traditional knot – the symbol of a Bengali bride. Her transformation is complete" (1). This is a quote from the narrator at 2:55 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT). "She’s playing the role that’s expected of her in ...more