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Latest items for LBHO-LAW-1

Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws prevent women or minorities from voting, serving as electoral monitors or otherwise participating in political life on the same basis as men or ethnic Basotho citizens" (Pg 13).
Feb. 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, LBHO-LAW-2

"There were no legal restrictions on the participation of women in politics. The election code requires the names of male and female candidates be intermixed on party lists and that no more than 70 percent of candidates on a party list can be of the same gender. By law women must be represented in all branches of government and constitute no less than 30 percent of state bodies and local authorities. The law does not specify the level of the positions at which they must be represented" (Pg 20).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2007 of the State party's combined fourth to sixth periodic reports (CEDAW/C/HON/6) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (…) f) Decree No. 54-2012, establishing electoral quotas to increase the political participation of women" (1-2). "It is also concerned that the lengthy delays in the adoption of the regulations to implement Decree No. 54-2016, to establish electoral quotas of 50 per cent of women candidates, may have a negative impact on their effective application, in particular concerning the internal elections of political parties currently under way and the effective inclusion of women in national elections" (9).more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, LBHO-DATA-1

"The low number of women in the parliament and ministerial, senior academic and diplomatic positions and the fact that women cannot serve as judges in rabbinical courts" (pg. 11).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and/or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. Women continued to be politically active but faced societal barriers to their political participation" (page 19).
Dec. 13, 2018, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"While we are extremely delighted over the news that he will appoint women justices to the Supreme Court, we also expect that at least 30 percent of his Cabinet will be composed of women" (5).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and/or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate" (22).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit the participation of women or members of minorities, and they did participate" (9).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate" (8).
Nov. 15, 2018, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the State party has made substantial progress to ensure women’s equal participation with men in political life at the federal level. However, it is concerned at gaps in the federal and state electoral legal frameworks which may lead to the non-compliance of the gender quota system to register candidates in a proportion of 40-60 and that this quota system has not yet been incorporated in all the states’ electoral legislation". It is further concerned at the low number of indigenous women participating in the political life of the State party" (7).
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2, LBHO-PRACTICE-3, LBHO-LAW-1

"Traditional attitudes sometimes hindered women from holding high office or playing active roles in political life, although there were no legal restrictions on the participation of women or minorities in politics" (page 24).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit the participation of women and members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. Nevertheless, women and minorities continued to be underrepresented in government… Rohingya continued to be excluded from the political process, because their political rights (whether to vote or run for office) remained severely curtailed since the vast majority are stateless" (34).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"The Guardian Council approved eight candidates for president from 686 individuals who registered as candidates. It did not approve any female registrants" (para 123). "According to the Guardian Council’s interpretation, the constitution bars women and persons of foreign origin from serving as supreme leader or president, as members of the Assembly of Experts, the Guardian Council, or the Expediency Council, as well as certain types of judges. In 2013 the Guardian Council disqualified all 30 women who registered as presidential candidates" (para 126). "Women may not serve in many high-level political positions or as judges, except as consultants or research judges without the power to impose sentences" (para 161)more
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"There are no restrictions on the role of women in politics. A law on political parties mandates that women make up at least 30 percent of the founding membership of a new political party" (para 116)
Oct. 11, 2018, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Joseph Kabila, president of DRC, signed a law in December that places certain restrictions on political candidates running for national office. One of these includes a provision that requires a deposit of $1,000 before a candidate can run. These requirements indirectly exclude many women from entering the political arena...'This is a fortune for women. Women in the DRC, on average, are making less than $1 per day and are struck by poverty at a much higher rate than men,' said Bihamba. 'This fee basically excludes women from the very start'" (para 2-4). "The electoral law that was passed in December also requires a candidate, in order to be elected to...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"In June the government brought charges against public officials at the Ministry of Health and employees of the private company Astropharma, including the vice president of the National Congress, Lena Gutierrez, and three members of her family" (para 87). This demonstrates that it is not illegal for women to serve in the legislative branch (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Despite an increase in the number of female parliamentarians, political discussions often marginalized female members of parliament. There was one female minister in the Council of Ministers" (para 202). This data point suggests that there are no barriers against women holding legislative offices nor certain executive offices (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Amendments were introduced to the Basic Law of the State (the Constitution) in 2011 concerning legislative and supervisory reforms of the Council of Oman (the Council of State and Consultative Council). The Basic Law of the State entitles a woman to vote and stand for election to the Consultative Council. The Law on the Election of Members of the Consultative Council, issued by Royal Decree No. 58/2013 concerns standing for and voting for the Council and makes no distinction between males and females. The Consultative Council enjoys a number of legislative, economic, social and other authorities" (Pg 16-17). "Women hold positions in various State institutions at different levels. A number...more
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Women held three of 17 ministerial positions: justice, tourism, and health. Women also served in other government positions, including as ambassador to France and as regional administrators" (para 89). This indicates that women, at least, are not barred from service in the executive branch (MAD - CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Furthermore, the Committee reiterates its concern that the binominal electoral system unfavourably impacts women’s political representation" (6). While not a law directly forbidding women from running, the legal set up of bionominal electoral system is a concern in that it may unintentionally limit the amount of women who can successfully run for office (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Women participated fully in political life. There were 36 women among the 121 MPs and nine women on the executive council. The chief justice of the Supreme Court was a woman" (6). There appear to be no legal barriers to women holding offices in any offices (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"There are no restrictions in law or practice on participation by women and minorities in politics" (21).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"The constitution provides for hereditary rule by males in the emir’s branch of the al-Thani family, which has ruled since 1868" (1). Women may not rule the country (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No specific laws restrict women or minorities from voting, running for office, serving as electoral monitors, or otherwise participating in government or political parties" (21).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"There are no legal impediments to the participation of women or minorities in government and politics" (12).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"While no legal provisions prohibit women from appointment as judges and public prosecutors, the only path to those positions is through work in the prosecutor’s office. As of December 15, the government did not allow additional women to apply to prosecutor positions" (6).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"There were no laws or cultural practices preventing women from participating in political life" (17).
Aug. 24, 2018, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Chapter 8, section 352, of the Constitution, despite the prohibition therein of discrimination on the basis of sex in the making of appointments to government posts, still provides that 'nothing in this section shall prevent the appointment of men to the positions that are naturally suitable for men only'" (page 4).
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"Under article 22 of the Civil Service Act of Turkmenistan of March 2016, citizens of Turkmenistan who have reached the age of 18 and able to speak one of the official languages of the country have the right, regardless of nationality, race, sex, origin, property and official status, place of residence, language, attitude towards religion, political views, party affiliation or lack of affiliation to any political party, to enter public service, with due account taken of their qualifications, types of training and other restrictions established by the law" (22).
May 31, 2018, 8:39 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"A prior attempt to legislate a 30 percent gender quota as part of a new electoral law failed last year, and many of the women running are listed as independents, in part because traditional parties will not place women in viable positions on their candidate lists" (Para 1).