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Latest items for IIP-PRACTICE-1

Dec. 14, 2018, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-1

"But Libyan culture remained deeply conservative, especially in the towns and villages, where women and men rarely mix outside their families. Nearly every Libyan woman wears some sort of Islamic head covering" (4).
Dec. 13, 2018, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"We trust that our new President will not sustain the marginalization of women that his predecessor did in his 13 years of leadership" (3).
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"'I object to the presence of women in Azadi Stadium yesterday. We are a Muslim state, we are Muslims,' Montazeri said, according to the conservative Mehr news agency. 'We will deal with any official who wants to allow women inside stadiums under any pretext,' he added. 'When a woman goes to a stadium and is faced with half-naked men in sports clothes and sees them it will lead to sin'" (para 3, 4, 5). "Women have been barred from attending men's football matches since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with religious leaders claiming that women need to be protected from the masculine atmosphere and the sight of semi-clad men. They have...more
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In January, the State Department said in a travel warning: 'Exercise increased caution in Jamaica... sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents'" (para 19, 20). "Jamaica was ranked the third most dangerous place for female travelers in 2017" (para 21).
Nov. 17, 2018, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In December, Mjalli brought the series to Bard College in Abu Dis, Palestine. In a blog post, she said that she 'collected the most intimate and difficult stories of Not Your Habibti' there. As Mjalli recounted, for many of the girls who shared their stories, 'For the first time, it wasn’t a matter of religion, honor, or respectability to share a story—it was now a matter of the freedom to move about the world safely and confidently'" (para 8).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The traditional Buddhist practice of Hgay-toe-boe proscribes women from participating in village life and in Karenni State menstruating girls are sent to live in a hut set apart from the village so that she does not pollute the village" (page 7).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Discrimination in the form of gender segregation continued in some public places, including in public health clinics and at the Western Wall. Negotiations between the government and Reform and Conservative Jewish religious movements to establish a separate, permanent space for egalitarian prayer at the section of the Western Wall south of the Mughrabi bridge (in addition to the existing gender-segregated prayer areas where regulation prohibits women from leading prayers, singing aloud, or holding or reading from Torah scrolls) remained stalled at year’s end. Non-Orthodox and mixed gender groups used a temporary prayer area at the southern section of the wall that was 'administered with a pluralistic approach,' according to the...more
Oct. 31, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments set a new action plan May 13 for the holy month of Ramadan, which included, for the first time, allowing female preachers to provide religious lessons in major mosques. The female preachers will also be allowed to organize tours in some villages and visit a number of government departments to discuss the values of Islam with female employees" (para. 1).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In November authorities barred the Tehran Symphony from publicly performing due to the inclusion of female musicians" (para 100). "Women often required the supervision of a male guardian or chaperone to travel and faced official and societal harassment for traveling alone" (para 109)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: IRP-LAW-1, IIP-PRACTICE-1

"For instance, NGOs noted that local anti-prostitution regulations in Bantul and Tanggerang were often used to detain women walking alone at night" (para 156)
Oct. 17, 2018, 1:08 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The laws also require women to obey their husbands – including where the husbands change their residence or forbid women from working – in return for their entitlements to maintenance and accommodation from their husbands" (para 42).
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Now, at 29, she is a single mother who works, lives on her own and plans to be among the first women who take to the streets on Sunday, the first day they will be legally permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy that is the last country in the world to bar women from driving. Ms. Bassem won’t be behind the wheel of a sports car, though. She will be riding a Harley" (para 4). "However, while the joy shared by tens of thousands of Saudi women over the right to take the wheel is undeniable, a bright red line keeps them from equality — the restrictive...more
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: IIP-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). "Unlike men, women need to get an all-clear from their fathers, brothers, husbands, in-laws, or, sometimes, entire village councils before they can step...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"A new wave of moral campaigns against women that the Sudanese government has launched following the general election in April 2015 which aims to further control women’s freedoms of movement and expression in public" (para 13).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Rana ticked off the many obstacles she encountered. The window for registration was too brief, the documentation required too onerous, and her legal guardian — which all Saudi women require for even the most basic bureaucratic chores — wasn’t around to arrange her paperwork. And her family, inclined to think of politics as a man’s domain, discouraged her efforts" (para 4). "Females in Saudi Arabia are treated as legal dependents from birth to death and can take few decisions — from travel to schooling — without a man’s consent" (para 6). "Legally, female voters could register without the approval of a guardian — but in practice, this was rarely the...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The country’s universities did not pursue gender-segregation policies" (para 148). "On August 5, authorities in Basrah announced measures to block local youth from holding a “Festival of Colors” event in the city’s Khoura Park. Provincial Council members condemned the planned event for “mixing the sexes” and disturbing families in Basrah mourning relatives killed by Da’esh" (para 149). "Da’esh severely restricted women’s freedom of movement in areas under its control. Patrols checked to make sure that women wore suitable attire and male relatives or guardians accompanied them outside the home" (para 172). "Throughout the country women reported increasing social pressure to adhere to conservative social norms. Da’esh continued to impose severe...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In this corner of Nepal, deep in the Himalayas, women are banished from their homes every month when they get their period. They are considered polluted, even toxic, and an oppressive regime has evolved around this taboo, including the construction of a separate hut for menstruating women to sleep in. Some of the spaces are as tiny as a closet, walls made of mud or rock, basically menstruation foxholes... Each year, at least one woman or girl — often more — dies in these huts, from exposure to the cold, smoke inhalation or attacks by animals." (para. 4 - 5). "The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:11 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-1

"Prince Mohammed has loosened social restrictions, scaling back the role of religious police and permitting public concerts. The government has announced plans to allow women to drive this year, and said women no longer need the consent of a male relative to open their own businesses, a step away from the kingdom's guardianship system" (para. 17 - 18).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"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’. 'I don’t feel safe in public places at all nor while using public transport. I know nobody will come forward to help me if I get into trouble,' says Rekha Kumari, 30, a cook. 'I carry pepper spray and a knife with me as I return late from the office,' says Shashibala Mehra, 52, an accountant in New Delhi. 'Throughout my 40-minute commute back home I keep talking to my husband on phone just so that he knows when I’m in...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape was not generally used as a weapon of war, but women risked exposure to crossfire or faced the threat of sexual violence or intimidation" (14).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Authorities did not enforce the law, and sexual harassment was widespread" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Police officials reportedly forced unmarried young women, sometimes including those in their 30s, to present their father’s written permission to obtain a passport and to travel abroad, although this is not required by law" (27).
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is particularly concerned: (a) That the protracted displacement of women and girls, mainly of Kaman and Rohingya background, has led to their living under oppressive conditions with limited access to basic services, including education, employment and health care, and restricted their ability to move freely . . . (f) That women and girls are vulnerable to trafficking and smuggling owing to a lack of basic services and undue restrictions on their movement" (page 14).
July 2, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"At least seven activists accused by the ultra-conservative kingdom of working for 'foreign entities' are believed to still be locked up after the recent arrests of 11 campaigners" (2). "He also lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, allowed mixed-gender concerts, and clipped the powers of the long-feared religious police" (11). "In 2016, she delivered a petition signed by thousands to the royal court calling for an end to guardianship laws that give male relatives final say over a woman's ability to marry or travel abroad" (35).
June 12, 2018, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The Council for Higher Education in Israel is planning on opening gender-separate classes at Israel’s universities to encourage enrollment of ultra-Orthodox students. Such classes currently exist only at colleges, university preparatory programs and a special campus at Bar-Ilan University" (Para 1-2). "One of the biggest bones of contention in the program is that women are not allowed to teach male-only classes. Opponents have also said that the separation is harmful to the pluralistic and egalitarian character of academic life. In the past, the Council for Higher Education denied that female lecturers were barred from teaching on ultra-Orthodox campuses, but now it has become the norm in the programs and it...more
June 5, 2018, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-1

"Saudi Arabia recently opened its first cinema, is going to allow women to drive and held the first cycling competition in which women participated. To develop its performing arts sector, the kingdom invited Abdel Baqi, the founder of Masrah Masr theater troupe, to work in the country. Performances by Masrah Masr (Egypt Theater) were broadcast on the Saudi MBC TV network" (Para 2).
April 29, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Marofi said women in Kabul are changing their daily routine to protect themselves. Students and professionals who enjoyed a relatively urban lifestyle stay indoors more often, some have stopped wearing makeup, cover their faces and wear full body veils. They no longer take taxis in the dark or stroll in the evening, and some say they have a hard time even trusting co-workers and classmates" (Para 13).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee is, however, concerned that it is still possible for a husband to prohibit his wife from working and to limit her freedom of movement, pursuant to articles 71 and 72 of the Personal Status Law, and that no information was provided on plans to repeal those provisions" (pg 9).
Feb. 14, 2018, 10:32 a.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In Yemen, many women can't leave the house without permission from a male relative" (para 6).