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Latest items for EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 9, 2017, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"The international community was heavily engaged in training the armed forces and regularly provided courses in international humanitarian law and in countering sexual and gender-based violence to soldiers assigned to the Somalia mission" (10).
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Defence developed an outreach and awareness-raising programme to enhance law-based literacy and knowledge of women with regard to provisions of the Convention, on the basis of which, seminars have been held for military servicewomen and their families on the topics 'Rights and Duties of Women' and 'Provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women'. In 2011, 32 events were held, and 1,984 people took part; in 2012, 543,510 people took part, and in 2013, a total of 654,095" (12)
March 17, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Women in the military perform their duties, depending on their rank and post and are promoted to leadership positions in the same way as men" (4)
March 3, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-DATA-1

"In the armed forces, the number of women with the rank of general has increased. Previously, the gendarmerie and the police had no women appointed to that grade. That has now changed. The number of women in that grade rose from two to five (two female members of the military are now in retirement, as are one member of the police, one in prison security and one in the national gendarmerie)" (10-11)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

""Women in Ukraine who serve in the military are not taken as seriously as men, unfortunately. However, that is improving over time. They are not required to perform unrelated talents in the military. Women are promoted to leadership positions in the Ukrainian military, but it is not common. The president of La Strada International was the Minister of Internal Affairs. Discrimination does occur. The women must have strong personalities to be considered for these leadership positions." Alyona Zubchenko" (23)
June 15, 2015, 7:53 a.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"By the number of women in the armed forces, Lithuania ranks relatively high on the global scale: women in Lithuania account for 11.6 percent of professional military personnel...However, representation of women in decision-making is still quite low: women in executive positions account for 15.86 percent of the total female staff in institutions of the national defence system, while men account for 30.12 percent of the total male staff" (34)
April 28, 2015, 7:09 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-DATA-2

"Countries such as Germany and Denmark, in turn, allow women to serve in any position. Apparently that’s not too popular with their male colleagues. A recent poll of male German soldiers reveals widespread concern about their female colleagues’ abilities, with 56.6 percent of the male soldiers saying women are physically unsuitable for tough frontline conditions. The same poll reports that 55 percent of female soldiers have been sexually molested on the job" (para 9)
April 28, 2015, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"But according to Astrid Vig, a 21-year-old professional soldier who serves as the soldiers’ representative in the Norwegian armed forces board, male soldiers don’t care whether you’re a man, woman or the man from the moon as long as you can carry your kit. In the future, space-age innovations such as DARPA’s Alpha Dog may do some of the carrying, but for now, soldiers’ physical strength remains key. And, reports Bøe, young Norwegian women’s fitness habits make them even better suited to military tasks than in the past. Indeed, given that many men serve in military support roles, armed forces of the future may see female combat soldiers attended to ...more
April 22, 2015, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

Women have been allowed in the military since 1995. They can do all the same things as men. Finland just had its first woman in a specialized military diving unit. However, some specialized units have strenuous physical requirements that can be hard for any one to pass - these can be especially difficult for women who have a harder time passing the training.
Sept. 29, 2014, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"States at NATO’s biennial Summit in May stressed the importance of women’s participation in Afghanistan’s peace, political, reconciliation and reconstruction processes, and the need to respect the institutional arrangements protecting their rights. At the same time, women’s groups raised concern about their effective exclusion from national consultations over the transfer of security responsibility from international to national security forces" (page 17).
Dec. 23, 2013, 9:22 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"The Israeli Defence Force, in line with the reforms in the US military, has reduced the exclusion and discrimination of women in the army and women can now serve as officers in mixed units"
Nov. 19, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Only one in seven victims reported the attacks. And of the ones who did file reports, about 92 percent were drummed out of the military" (Para 3).
Nov. 19, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"The Pentagon estimates that less than 20 percent of military rape victims come forward" (Para 10).
Sept. 13, 2013, 2:02 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: GP-DATA-2, EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

With greeting shots in memory of late President Hugo Chávez and the national anthem, the promotion ceremony of top military officers began on Friday afternoon. During the ceremony at the central yard of the Barracks of the Mountain, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro seized the opportunity to announce the appointment of Admiral Meléndez. 'She is the first woman in getting the highest military rank and the first female Minister of Defense in the country,' the Head of State highlighted" (para 1-3)
April 13, 2013, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"In the Federal Army, the following changes were introduced as of July 1st, 2005. Regarding pay women were granted a significantly improved status.81. By giving male conscripts access to 'training in the army service' which is a specific army service and had hitherto been reserved for women, remuneration was significantly increased from the first month of this army service onwards in accordance with the constitutionally defined principle of equality.82 The time limitation concerning military service was eliminated: women may serve until their 50th birthday or until the end of the year in which they celebrate their 65th birthday, provided that they are officers, non-commissioned officers or specialists in the fields ...more
Feb. 4, 2013, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

“‘The number of sexual assaults in the military is unacceptable,’ Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at a news conference in January. ‘Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day to keep America safe. We have a moral duty to keep them safe from those who would attack their dignity and their honor.’ But Anu Bhagwati, a former company commander in the Marines and executive director of Service Women's Action Network, a veterans advocacy group, says she sees a pattern of the military using psychiatric diagnoses to get rid of women who report sexual assaults. ‘It's convenient to sweep this under the rug. It's also ...more
Jan. 5, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Although there were advances for women within the armed forces in recent years, they continued to occupy primarily administrative positions" (41)
Dec. 10, 2012, 10:05 a.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

“NGOs reported that sexual harassment against women in the military was pervasive” (14)
Nov. 27, 2012, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

“NGOs reported that sexual harassment against women in the military was pervasive” (14)
Sept. 14, 2012, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

There were several instances recorded in the report of police, state military, and rebel forces assulting, molesting, and raping women. In most cases there were few arrests and fewer convictions, most of which were of lower level officers. See sections 1c, 1d, and 1g(LMS-CODER COMMENT) "According to reports by UN agencies and NGOs , SSF arrested, illegally detained, raped, tortured, and summarily executed or otherwise killed civilians and looted villages during military actions against RMG. Impunity remained a severe problem, and several individuals in the SSF continued to hold high positions despite credible evidence of their direct involvement in serious human rights abuses or failing to hold subordinates accountable for ...more
Sept. 3, 2012, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"The National Police was carved from the military, and came to its own in 2000. In both institutions no women currently feature in the top command structure. However, a June 2010 promotion of over 2,000 officers to the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Colonels and Colonels saw a substantial number of women being promoted. High representation of women in the justice sector reflects the official policy of gender representation that should be above 30 per cent. In the military and police representation is 0.8 and 10 per cent, respectively. Note that these are only estimates, as official sanction and statistics had not been secured at the time of writing this report. ...more
Aug. 13, 2012, 6:20 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Women make up less than 8 percent of the total police force, despite recruiting drives for female officers. The HNP claimed it formed a specialized Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) unit, but the highest-ranking female officer assigned command the SGBV unit explained she had no vehicle, no cell phone, no subordinates, and no resources" (Section 1). The lack of resources may serve as a deterrent for women to join the military and indicates that women are not taken serioulsy in the servicr (CCD-CODER COMMENT).
July 7, 2012, 7:28 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"The Chinese military, the world's largest by number of troops, allows women only in support positions, and has been criticized for requiring female recruits to demonstrate a talent such as singing or dancing as part of its selection process (in case you were wondering where those pink-clad, go-go-booted marchers in Beijing's military parades came from)" (2).
July 7, 2012, 7:28 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Russia has a long history of fighting women, including the "women's death battalion" during the 1917 revolution and Lyudmila Pavlichenko, one of the most successful snipers of World War II, but today, women are not subject to the country's draft. Women volunteers do comprise about 3 percent of the Russian army, mostly in support and clerical positions, though the annual Miss Russian Army beauty pageant is not exactly a sign of respect for their role" (2).