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Latest items for EWCMS-LAW-4

July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria

"In areas under its control, ISIS published a 'Civilization Document' with 16 points that a woman must follow or face the death penalty. They included staying at home and not leaving it without an immediate male relative (mahram); wearing a wide cloak, full face veil, and headscarf; closing hair salons; not sitting on chairs in public; and not seeing male doctors. ISIS established the 'al-Khanssaa' brigade, an all-female police force in the city of Raqqa, composed mostly of noncitizen women who enforced these regulations, sometimes violently, among women" (Pg 47).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"Domestic violence against women and girls remained a serious problem. Violence against women and girls, including early and forced marriage, was believed to be one of the major factors responsible for women’s relative poor health, livelihood insecurity, and inadequate social mobilization. Additionally, the practice of early and forced marriage, which remained prevalent, limited girls’ access to education and increased their susceptibility to domestic violence and sexual abuse. The 2009 Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation with an emphasis on reconciliation. Authorities usually pursued prosecution under the act only when mediation failed. The Nepal Police had women’s cells staffed by female officers...more
July 1, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The police force has included women since 1970, and during the year two women achieved the rank of brigadier general and general director" (p. 10).
June 23, 2019, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"According to the African Union’s observation mission, women represented 12 percent of personnel working at polling stations" (p. 16).
June 20, 2019, 11:09 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Recruitment and retention of female police officers is undermined by factors ranging from a near total lack of woman-only toilets and changing facilities in police stations, to a failure by the government to respond to multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment of female police officers by male colleagues. n spite of these allegations of abuse and rape, government officials in discussions with Human Rights Watch have been unable to point to a single case where male police officers have been successfully prosecuted for abuse or assault of a female colleague. The Afghanistan government does not have any law or program to deal with workplace sexual harassment including for the...more
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"In October, Ta’iz resistance forces announced the graduation of the first class of female police officers, according to official government media" (39).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"In addition, five police departments and one corps of gendarmes now have gender units, which help to process complaints in cases of violence against women and girls. Since April 2014, these units have recorded and responded to 1,541 cases of gender-based violence" (16). "Women have been able to join the National Police of Côte d’Ivoire since 1987. Out of 457 commissioners in the police force, 52 are female. Women hold 15 of 237 decision-making posts, which is 6 per cent. In 2011, the first woman Director of Administration of the National Police was appointed. In 2012, the first woman district chief was appointed. To date, there are 2 women district...more
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP)… the minister of police heads the RSIP force of 1,492 members, including 335 women" (2).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Da’esh established the 'al-Khanssaa' brigade, an all-female police force in Raqqa, composed mostly of noncitizen women who enforced these regulations, sometimes violently, among women" (para 203).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4, EWCMS-DATA-1

"Overall, 22 percent of civil servants and 5 percent of security forces were female, including 3,000 female police and 1,400 female soldiers" (28).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"On September 16, the Mauritius Police Force recruited 10 female police riders for its Traffic Enforcement Squad" (para 94).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-LAW-4

"The de facto exclusion of women from employment in certain services in the public sector, including the military, national guard, police, fire service directorate, Environment Public Authority and Institute for Scientific Research" (pg. 10).
Jan. 7, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has appointed the first woman as permanent leader of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which has been dogged in recent years by accusations of discrimination, sexual assault and other scandals. Mr. Trudeau said on Friday that Brenda Lucki, who has been with the national police force for 31 years, would take over as commissioner in April" (para 1-2). "'The National Police Federation, a union group that represents more than half of the force’s members and that has been pushing for reform of its leadership, welcomed the appointment. We hope her selection and appointment will trigger an era of renewed investment for the 17,000-plus men...more
Jan. 7, 2019, 4:38 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-LAW-4

"But I know from my years there, that people are desperate for work. Women are joining the police and the army in Afghanistan and being killed. And these professions are deeply unconventional for women" (para 25).
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Committee remains concerned that the representation of women in… the security and police forces remains extremely weak" (8).
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-LAW-4

"Female police and military recruits were subject to invasive virginity testing as a condition of employment, including digital pelvic probes that many activists claimed were painful, degrading, and discriminatory (and also not medically accurate). Despite widespread public outcry, police and military officials defended the practice" (para 224)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Many women IPS spoke to, say they feel danger still lurks around street corners, especially in the big cities, where venturing out at night is still considered an `adventure’" (para 14). There are women in the IPS (Indian Police Service), but we do not know if they are being actively recruited (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:01 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Despite recruiting more women amongst its ranks, there is no shift in attitude or gender sensitization within the police force" (para 4).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"NGOs lobbied for more female investigators in police stations to deal with violence against women cases, and police made some efforts to increase women’s enrollment into the Police Cadet Academy. During the year female officers constituted approximately 8 percent of police personnel countrywide, the same as reported in 2014. There were an estimated 300 female police investigators nationwide, with 130 based in Bangkok" (35). "The Police Cadet Academy for commissioned officers accepts female cadets and reserved 70 of 280 places in the cadet class for women. The first female cadet class graduated from the four-year program in 2013, and three groups of 70 women have graduated from the program and...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"A commissioner (normally an expatriate), who reports to the minister of police, heads the RSIP [Royal Solomon Island Polices] force of 1,200 members, including 240 women" (2). "As part of the police curriculum, officers received specialized training on how to work with rape victims. Police have a Sexual Assault Unit, staffed mostly by female officers, to combat the problem" (9).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Police maintained a women-only division that received in-person complaints freely but had limited access to homes" (16).
Aug. 15, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Ministry for Human and Minority Rights . . . also signed a MoU with the Police Academy with the aim of increasing the number of enrolled women" (page 9).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Across the country there are 34 specialized domestic and gender-based violence units (UEVDGs), with a total staff complement of 426 (119 male and 307 female). . . The gender-based violence area of the Unified Command Centre acts as a monitoring centre and in December 2013 had 28 police officers (Director, Deputy Director, four shift managers and 22 operators) of whom 15 were women and 13 men" (page 14-15).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"As at 30 June 2015 women made up 18 per cent of Police officers and 29 per cent of all employees. In the year to June 2015 the number of women in Superintendent positions had doubled to six, including three in the role of District Commander (out of the 12 District Commander roles available). The first intake of 2015 at the Royal New Zealand Police College was 50 per cent women. Recruitment of women is at the highest it has been for at least the last 15 years, at 34 per cent. Attrition rates for women have decreased significantly in the past year and are now at equitable levels for...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Committee is particularly concerned that, notwithstanding the comprehensive audit of discriminatory laws conducted by the Commission and the fact that the State party ratified the Convention in 1985, various discriminatory provisions remain in effect, including: Section 42 (3) of the Constitution, which validates any law that may impose discriminatory restrictions with respect to appointment to the police force; Section 118 (g) of the Police Act, which prohibits the recruitment of a married woman into the police force (4). "Recalling its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NGA/CO/6, paras. 13 and 29), the Committee remains concerned about discriminatory provisions in the Labour Act of 1990, the Factories Act of 1987 and the Police...more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The AFP International Deployment Group deploys Australian police domestically and internationally for stability and security operations, United Nations missions and capacity development. The group increases female representation in leadership and management roles through targeted training programmes. For example, the AFP supports the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Women’s Advisory Network and has sponsored Pacific delegates to attend the 2013 Australasian Women and Policing Advisory Council conference in Australia. The International Deployment Group and the Pacific Police Development programme also fund female police officers from across the Pacific to attend gender specific workshops conducted by the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre" (Pg 26).
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Committee commends the State party on introducing temporary special measures, including quotas for the representation of both sexes in the Electoral Code (2012), in the State Police and in the armed forces, as well as economic support to women entrepreneurs. The Committee is concerned, however, about the lack of monitoring of the implementation, and of information on, the impact of such temporary measures on the achievement of substantive gender equality in all areas covered by the Convention" (Pg 5).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Organization of an annual campaign to raise awareness among girls in secondary schools and universities about the possibility of a career in the National Police of Burundi" (32).
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Staffing female officers: Women and Children’s Police Desks have been established in Police Stations, staffed with female officers, in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces. Specially trained police officers function at such desks which provide an enabling and protective environment for children, women and girls and their parents to report incidents of abuse and exploitation" (12).
Dec. 2, 2017, 3:34 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"According to recent report from the Afghan government, 1,300 Afghan women are serving in the police force and 2,000 women are part of the security forces" (para 6).