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Latest items for LO-DATA-1

Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Government policy is directed towards creating an appropriate business environment, developing an appropriate regulatory framework. The priority of MEc is to stimulate female entrepreneurship, women’s promotion in decision-making positions in business, development of business relationships between women entrepreneurs, expansion of new horizons of cooperation. During the reporting period multiple actions in the relevant field period were taken: competition of the beneficiaries of grants for young women, especially for young female graduates of educational institutions (cooperation between MEc and the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova); training of women entrepreneurs, providing grants to start up individual business" (Pg 39). "In this respect, the UNWomen Programme “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Increasing ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In 2009 the Government commissioned Almi to be responsible for the Styrelsekraft (Board Power) programme whose purpose is to increase expertise about board work and the percentage of women in management positions and on boards, both in state-owned companies and government agencies and in private companies. The mentees are primarily to be women who own a company and want their company to grow. The mentors are expected to have broad experience of board work. Most comments from mentors have been positive. The programme is part of a major initiative to promote women’s enterprise. For more information, see under Article 11. Golden Rules of Leadership is a commission from the Government ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Joining Plan International Egypt’s 'Rural Youth Economic Empowerment' project marked the beginning of Yassmin and Safia’s journey towards social and economic empowerment" (para 2). Although the NGO's title indicates a focus on youth, there is a lot of encouragement especially for young women to join the program (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 5, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DLB-DATA-1, LO-DATA-1, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Time reallocations resulting from Nepal’s joining the Vegetable and Fruit Cash Crop Programme (VFC) were investigated in 1991–1993. The VFC aimed to encourage commercialization of fruits and vegetables by quality and productivity improvements, for the benefit of families who had hitherto produced fruits and vegetable for their own consumption. Using various methodologies to observe 264 households, researchers found that VFC participation increased the time dedicated by women (and even moderately by men) to children under 5 years of age in families with more than one preschooler. In contrast, in households with only one preschooler, parents tended to spend more time on cultivation, especially for the cash crops, at the expense ...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, India
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"More recently, 16 researchers from the World Bank and IFPRI identified large gender inequalities in access to extension services in surveys made in Ghana, Ethiopia, and the Indian state of Karnataka (World Bank and IFPRI 2010)"(29)
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood Programme for the Pacific (FSSLP), the successor to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Programme for Food Security in the Pacific, was launched in 2010 for the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. It is supported by technical cooperation from FAO and is conducted in cooperation with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and relevant members of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP). The FSSLP aims to:...strengthen the links of remote vulnerable households and women to sustainable agricultural inputs, services, and ...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"An oft-cited example is the work by the international NGO Helen Keller International, launched initially in Bangladesh in the 1980s, and expanded later to Cambodia, Nepal, and the Philippines (Ianotti, Cunningham, and Ruel 2009; Meinzen-Dick et al. 2011b). Working together with local partners, Helen Keller International supports women’s production of nutritious food on family plots, with significant reductions in micronutrient deficiencies (vitamin A, iron, and zinc) in the households concerned. In addition to increasing dietary diversity, such strategies may allow women to build economic assets (with the raising of poultry, for example), and improve their role in decision making within the family while fulfilling their domestic and child-care responsibilities. Women’s ...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Some evidence suggests that unless greater attention is paid to gender relationships in the allocation and reimbursement of loans, even microcredit schemes targeting women may end up favoring men. In Bangladesh in the 1980s, after access to microfinance was increased to benefit rural women, it appeared that in many cases the loans were in fact used by male relatives, even while the female borrowers were liable for repayment. In the early 1990s, 10 years after existing microfinance programs had shifted their focus to benefit women, a qualitative study was conducted of 275 loans across four organizations: BRAC’s rural development program (106 loans to women; 22 to men), Grameen Bank (53 ...more
Dec. 1, 2017, 1:47 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"An anti-witchcraft coalition has also been formed to facilitate a possible disbandment of witch camps, as well as to ensure the successful reintegration of alleged witches back into their various communities" (para 10).
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program] program (i) ensures that bank accounts are opened in women’s names"(54)
Nov. 29, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Where women are not adequately supported in the use of loans granted for micro-enterprise development, or are not trained in management, the loans are of limited effect in the long term. This was one of the lessons drawn from the Sri Lanka Poverty Alleviation Project supported by the World Bank in 1991–1998. The project included the microcredit component in which a higher percentage of females (57%) than males benefited by allowing them to bypass money-lenders charging exorbitant rates. However, only about one-third of the beneficiaries successfully established and operated microenterprises over a period of 3 years. The World Bank evaluation report attributed low performance to insufficient preparation of the beneficiaries ...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In Karnataka, 27% of male-headed rural households reported having received visits of an agricultural advisor during the previous year. Only 20% of female-headed households reported such visits. The gap was smaller, however, for livestock-related extension services (advice to 78% of male-headed households versus 71% to female-headed households). Researchers attributed the difference to the importance of dairy cooperatives in the Indian context, as cooperatives tend to be more gender-neutral"(29)."World Bank and IFPRI (2010) notes that in Karnataka, none of the 41 agriculture extension workers were female, only 1 of 41 junior engineers was female, and only 4 of 40 veterinary assistants were female. This matters because, in some contexts, religious, social, ...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In Bangladesh, where microcredit programs are particularly strong, the change in the percentage of women receiving loans was minimal despite the emergence of programs specifically geared toward them (FAO 2010, p. 34)"(19)."The Crop Diversification project achieved the following results: 150,000 women farmers were provided extension services, new technologies, skills training, and microcredit; 40% of demonstration plots were allocated to women; 25,000 women farmers were trained on value addition options, market opportunities, and pricing; 6,300 women Small Farmer Groups were formed; 10,000 women were trained in post-harvest techniques, marketing, and bargaining and negotiation skills; women farmers were supported for supply contracts with large farmers, traders, seed merchants, and processors; roads were ...more
Nov. 27, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-DATA-1, LO-DATA-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-2, NGOFW-DATA-3

"USAID tried to tackle this question with the Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2014. The initiative established a Women’s Land Rights Task Force comprised of prominent Afghan men and women as well as civil society to advise project leaders on land rights affecting Afghan women. The project proposed strategies for bolstering women's land rights, but it is unclear how much women's access to their land has changed since" (para 6).
Oct. 4, 2017, 12:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"USAID tried to tackle this question with the Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2014. The initiative established a Women’s Land Rights Task Force comprised of prominent Afghan men and women as well as civil society to advise project leaders on land rights affecting Afghan women. The project proposed strategies for bolstering women's land rights, but it is unclear how much women's access to their land has changed since" (para 6).
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Although women’s rights and gender equality are written in the constitutions and laws in China, discrimination against women is still prevalent in rural villages. For example, unlike men, married women are deprived of their entitlements; their land is often withdrawn or occupied by others after marriage...As the leader of the rural women’s grassroots organization, Xiufang helps rural women call for change to traditional village rules and regulations; Zhoushan Village was the first village in the country to successfully enhance the gender sensitivity of village regulations"(para 2-5)
Sept. 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-DATA-2, LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-DATA-1

"As part of Women's Voices Program funded by UN Women- Fund for Gender Equality; the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) cooperated with Radio Sawt El Arab to launch the radio program titled 'She& Her Sisters'. This program aims to support the Egyptian women and discuss the issues that affect the society in general and women in particular such as the political empowerment for women and their participation in the local councils and the parliament, economic empowerment, the importance of the work for women and the extent of their participation in the labor force, women’s rights in Islam, in addition to the importance of acquiring the different soft skills such ...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"From recent statistics released by a women-focused loan platform called Ant Financial, we can see that the number of female entrepreneurs who have applied for loans is on the rise. It found that women's approved quota is 7 percent higher than men's from the platform, which reflected the Alibaba Group's care for female founders. Accordingly, the Alibaba Group will continue to push for consistent efforts to help women entrepreneurs through providing resources, financial support and commodities"(para 16-18)
Aug. 30, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In Belgium in 2011, 95.3% of men and 97.18% of women aged 15 years or older hold bank accounts at a formal financial institution"
Aug. 29, 2017, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-DATA-1

"Under the Constitution of Finland, men and women have equal rights to land. No data was found regarding women’s access to and ownership of land. The Constitution of Finland establishes equal property rights for men and women. A 2004 directive concerning The Act on Equality between Men and Women (1987) prohibits discrimination based on sex in the supply of goods and services. No data was found on women’s property ownership in practice. There are no legal restrictions to women’s access to financial services. 99.8% of women compared to 99.5% of men in Finland hold bank accounts at formal financial institutions (World Bank 2011)"
Aug. 26, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

“Landesa and partners [USAID, National Women’s Council of Rwanda, Haguruka, and Search for Common Ground] strengthen land rights through laws, policies, and innovative pilot projects like this one [Rose traveling through the countryside to educate about women’s land rights]. By 2020, Landesa plans to impact another 50 million women and men around the world” (1). This text appears on the screen from 3:55-4:08 (MM - CODER COMMENT).
July 26, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Sukariya told Al-Monitor that she began plumbing two months after attending a grant-based training course in 2015 sponsored by the German Center for International Cooperation in partnership with the Hakama Vocational Training Institute. 'Society did not initially accept the idea, but over time people began to tolerate the existence of a workshop for women who live alone, especially Syrians who have lost their husbands in the war,' Sukariya said" (para 4).
June 12, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LO-LAW-1, LO-DATA-1

"The Sulaliyyates [a group of women who demand a halt in the state-sanctioned privatization of traditional tribal collectives, called the Sulaliyyate lands]…began their protests 10 years ago and have since assembled a powerful grass-roots organization fighting not only for the tribal lands but for equal ownership rights in a country where women, by law, inherit less than men" (p 3)
June 6, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The center is doing more than providing cooking classes. Each widow here contributes a bit of the money they earn back to the center. And with that pool of cash, the center can give out small loans to the widows for business initiatives and family emergencies" (1). This is a quote from the narrator talking about a center for war widows at 7:33 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
March 9, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"The India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) is a human rights organisation dedicated to improving the lives of the marginalized in South Asia by giving information, awareness raising, advocacy, lobby, networking, research and publicity. As a part of its campaign the Clean Clothes Campaign and the India Committee of the Netherlands have done research in factories in South India from August 2015. Local researchers interviewed 150 workers at ten factories producing clothes for Dutch brands, 15 workers per factory. They also talked extensively with members of trade unions and civil society organizations (NGOs) who are committed to working conditions and are fighting for the rights of the people who make ...more
Feb. 17, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Discussion about the proposed law have included farmers groups, particularly the National Federation of Rural Women in Mali, he said" (para 8)
Feb. 15, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The government continued to promote female leadership in the small business sector, including through expanded access to microcredit" (20).
Feb. 8, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Some women had trouble obtaining loans because they could not meet lending criteria, including requirements for posting expensive household assets as collateral, which may not have a woman listed on the title. Women also experienced economic discrimination in owning or managing businesses" (22).
Jan. 24, 2017, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Approved organizations dealt with matters such as pollution, wildlife preservation, arts, entrepreneurialism, and women in business" (10).
Dec. 29, 2016, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The government conducted media campaigns to change attitudes toward women. The Ministry of Women’s Promotion is responsible for increasing women’s awareness of their rights and worked to facilitate their access to land ownership. The government sponsored a number of community outreach efforts and awareness campaigns to promote women’s rights" (20).