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Dec. 14, 2018, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Libya

"Colonel Qaddafi, in his bizarre style, had opened opportunities for women in ways that few other Arab strongmen ever did. “It is an undisputed fact that both man and woman are human beings,” Colonel Qaddafi wrote in the Green Book, his magnum opus of philosophical musings. He expanded women’s education, sharply reduced illiteracy among women, enabled women to enter new professions, and conspicuously included uniformed women in both the army and the police" (3).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Ministry of Family and Social Policy reported on the efforts of several organizations to reduce discrimination against women, including parliamentary commissions on equal opportunity and human rights, the Ombudsman Institution, and the NHRI. The Ministry of Family and Social Policies also has a directorate focused on the status of women" (page 58).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The MWAF [Myanmar Women's Affairs Federation] does not provide adequate support services. Many areas do not have MWAF offices, and even in areas with MWAF coverage, ethnic victims do not feel comfortable accessing MWAF services due to language barriers, absence of trust, and lack of political will on the part of MWAF. In these cases, service provision falls back to CBOs" (page 22). "The Government describes the MWAF [Myanmar Women's Affairs Federation] as one of many “well-functioning” legal mechanisms that addresses complaints of violations of women’s rights. However, the MWAF is ineffective as a legal complaint mechanism because it has inadequate budget and no professional staff (it consists of only...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Federal Institute for the Equality of Men and Women is responsible for promoting gender equality and may initiate lawsuits if it discovers violations of equality laws" (15).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee takes note with appreciation of the progress of the State party's legislative and institutional framework to address violence against women at the Federal level, which includes, inter alia:... c) The establishment of the National System to Prevent, Treat, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women (SNPASEVM) to promote inter-institutional coordinated actions on violence against women" (2). "The Committee is fruther concerned about... c) The low numbers of cases of violence against women that are reported before the authorities because women are fearful of retaliation measures and do not trust the authorities; and the lack of standardised protocols for investigating and prosecuting cases of violence against women, which hamper the...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Numerous officials participated in events dedicated to raising awareness and providing support for individuals who suffered sexual assault related to the conflict in the late 1990s, including through the President’s National Council on Survivors of Sexual Violence" (para 117)
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee is concerned about the overall absence of publicly and regularly available data... regarding discriminatory gender stereotypes, violence against women, women’s participation in political and public life, education, employment, economic empowerment and access to health" (13). This level of indifference shows that there is probably not a women-focused institution finding this data and/or addressing these problems (KYK-CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"For the first time, an Arab citizen of Israel, Aida Touma Suliman, chaired a permanent committee in the Knesset, the Committee on the Status of Women" (para 117)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"According to the National Commission on Violence against Women, there were 365 local laws that were unconstitutional and discriminatory towards women. The Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for 'harmonizing' local regulations that are not in line with national legislation, and a 2014 law reinforces this authority, but to date the ministry has never invoked this authority to overturn discriminatory local regulations" (para 156)
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras

"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)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Women belonging to these population groups have been given various training resources, such as through the Centre for the Political Training of Women (an INAMU mechanism), which invests economic and professional resources in training women throughout the country, with both in-person and online courses" (15). "Another important State intervention strategy is the programme of the Development Fund for Women’s Productive Activities and Organization (FOMUJERES), regulation for which was approved by Executive Decree No. 37783-MP of 2013 to enforce the provision of article 4 (j) of the Law Creating the National Institute for Women’s Affairs, which provides for the creation and functioning of a non-reimbursable fund for women, administered by INAMU"...more
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes that the State party has established specialized family courts with competence to hear cases of domestic violence, in addition to multidisciplinary advisory teams and ombudspersons’ offices, which provide advice and recommendations on issues relating to domestic violence. The Committee remains concerned, however, about the persistence of structural barriers in the justice system that prevent women from gaining access to justice and obtaining redress, namely: (a) The length and complexity of legal proceedings in family courts, and the duplication of proceedings among jurisdictions; (b) The limited availability and accessibility of specialized family courts in rural and border areas; (c) The absence of a specific complaint mechanism in cases...more
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"As regards Inmujeres-MIDES, implementation of public support services for women victims of domestic violence forms part of their strategy of offering a comprehensive, specialized response to such situations. Their services give psycho-social support and legal aid to women victims of domestic violence and, for inland services, advocacy at trial. Currently, 18 public services and 12 mobile units country-wide are providing support for women victims of gender-based violence. " (page 13). "Specialized family courts have jurisdiction in cases of domestic violence. In Montevideo there are six specialized family courts; in the departmental capitals and in Pando, Las Piedras, and Ciudad de la Costa, there are courts dealing with family matters, with...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee takes note of the measures taken by the State party to improve access to justice for women, including the establishment on the mainland of a legal aid secretariat under the Legal Sector Reform Programme to coordinate legal aid activities and the designation of paralegals in every constituency of Zanzibar to provide legal support to women without sufficient means" (page 3).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Multiple forms of legal assistance are available in New Zealand. Legal aid for criminal and civil proceedings is available to those who do not have the means to fund legal representation themselves. The availability of legal aid is based upon the applicant’s means. However, certain types of proceedings are exempted from particular requirements due to the vulnerability of applicants involved (e.g. refugee and immigration cases, applications for protection orders, and care and protection cases). Free legal assistance is available from other government-funded sources, such as the duty lawyer scheme run at criminal courts, and community law centres" (page 40-41).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee is further concerned that the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment is not a member of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) which consists of representatives of relevant Ministries to consult with donor countries and agencies, and that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, composed of eight members, appointed by the President only includes one woman" (9).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee is further concerned that the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment is not a member of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance (CCHA) which consists of representatives of relevant Ministries to consult with donor countries and agencies, and that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, composed of eight members, appointed by the President only includes one woman" (9).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to provide legal aid services to women and girls, but is concerned at reports that women’s access to justice is often impeded by insufficient budget allocations for legal aid, alleged corruption and stereotyping within the judiciary" (4).
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, including the adoption or establishment of the following: Expert working groups addressing the implementation of gender policies in all regions in 2012 and 2013" (pg 2). "The Committee notes with concern that the National Council on Gender Policy of the Council of Ministers meets only twice a year and that the Department of Population and Gender and Family Policy within the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection focuses in particular on family and demographical issues, violence against women and trafficking. Consequently, the Committee is concerned...more
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Also important was the repeal of article 132 of the Criminal Code, which maintained the concept of victim-initiated pardon, whereby a female victim of rape could, by marrying her attacker, absolve him from punishment for his crime. This concept was clearly an anachronism in Argentine law that reflected an unacceptable and patriarchal notion of the role of women in society, especially since the offence in question was rape, which is the crudest form of sexual violence and a clear manifestation of an unequal power relationship for which there are no excuses. Through this reform, Argentina complied with the recommendations of both the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication...more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Australian Government programmes include the Indigenous Family Safety Programme, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, and Indigenous women’s projects through the Commonwealth Community Legal Services Programme. The Australian Government also funds Family Violence Prevention Legal Services in 31 rural and remote areas, and eight organisations across Australia specifically to operate Indigenous women’s projects that provide legal services for Indigenous women" (Pg 18). "The Australian Government funds Family Violence Prevention Legal Services in rural and remote areas. These provide culturally appropriate assistance to Indigenous adults and children who are victims of family violence. Under this programme, organisations across Australia are funded to provide legal services for Indigenous women. It provides outreach services...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"According to the National Gender Policy, the Fiji Women’s Federation will become an independent statutory body to implement the National Policy and provide advice to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation" (12). "The Ministry for Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation in its quest to provide economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged women, especially rural women has helped establish facilities that provide services. Since Cabinet endorsed the construction of women resources centre in 2010, the Ministry has opened 30 new women resource centres; 26 women extensions centres while 14 are still under construction throughout Fiji. It has also established networks with 1702 women’s groups. There are certain centres...more
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee remains concerned, however, that the provisions of the Convention have been invoked only in one court case, which indicates that there is inadequate knowledge of the Convention among legal professionals, such as judges and lawyers, within society and among women themselves" (Pg 3). "The Committee welcomes Law No. 77/2014 amending Law No. 10039 on legal aid to provide access to legal assistance for women who are victims of gender-based violence. The Committee is concerned, however, that, despite that improvement, women, especially those belonging to disadvantaged and marginalized groups, remain unaware of their right to legal aid and continue to face significant legal and practical barriers in gaining access...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"In carrying out its missions, the Ministry is supported by the National Council for the Advancement of Women (CONAPGenre), with branches at the regional and commune levels (COREPGenre and COCOPGenre, respectively). The presidency of CONAPGenre is ensured by the Prime Minister and the vice-presidency by the Minister for the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality. Gender-mainstreaming units are created in ministries and institutions in order to mainstream the gender perspective in sectoral development policies. The National Commission to Follow up on the Commitments of Burkina Faso regarding the Advancement of Women (CNSEF), created by Decree No. 2008-482/PRES/PM/MPF/MEF of 3 July 2008 to replace the National Commission to Combat Discrimination against...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption or creation of the following: (a) National strategy for the empowerment and advancement of Emirati women, covering the period 2015-2021; (b) Gender Balance Council, for promoting the role of women in all sectors of employment, in May 2015. 6. The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international instruments: (a) Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or...more
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Through the many agencies attached to it, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour provides numerous cultural, social and leisure services and activities targeting women. The ministry does this through the following agencies: Woman and Child Department: This department is responsible for formulating policy on the training and advancement of Kuwaiti women. It conducts studies on the problems faced by Kuwaiti women and proposes appropriate solutions; monitors implementation of Arab and international charters and conventions on women; addresses core childhood needs by incorporating these in development plans; coordinates with relevant public and private sector organizations to draw up policy, programmes and activities; devotes attention to the role of the family...more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the efforts made by the State party to offer comprehensive services of plurinational justice, but is concerned about…The delayed establishment of specialized courts exclusively dedicated to cases of violence against women, as envisaged in Act No. 348 of 2013 (Comprehensive Act to Guarantee Women a Life Free of Violence)" (3-4).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to provide legal aid services to women and girls through the support of the Association of Female Lawyers and the National Bar Association and its plan to decentralize the court system to facilitate accessibility" (4).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee is concerned that the State party has not yet established an independent national human rights institution. The Committee urges the State party to establish, within a clear time frame, an independent national human rights institution, in accordance with the principles relating to the status of national institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights (the Paris Principles), with a mandate on women’s issues, strong linkages with the national machinery for the advancement of women and the authority to consider and issue opinions on complaints submitted by women alleging violations of their rights" (page 4).
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Legislative Assembly, during its 2009-2012 term, created a three-pronged legislative scheme concerning gender, comprising the Commission on Women and Gender Equality, the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (GPM), made up of legislators from different political parties, and the Gender Unit. The GPM strives to advance legislative initiatives in favour of women, pursuing a consensual agenda, and to ensure that the Gender Equality Policy and action plan are observed in the legislative domain, with the technical support of the Gender Unit. It was created by Legislative Decree No. 852 of 29 September 2011" (9). "In 2011, the Salvadoran Institute for the Advancement of Women (ISDEMU) established a working agenda jointly with the...more