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Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

“My name is Julienne Lusenge and I’m an activist for women’s rights in the DRC…[The] Family Code says that a married woman is basically a minor. At the age of 55 today I can’t own any property. I can’t own a house, I can’t even own a dog or a car. First I have to ask my husband for permission. He can then sign to say, yes she has bought it. So we’re working to get rid of all that from our Family Code” (para 2, 12).
July 13, 2020, 11:31 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"Nur Jahan, who lives in Someshpur, a ramshackle village of about 1,000 people four hours from Dhaka, illustrates how tough life remains for many Bangladeshi women, but also how many women’s lives are being transformed. Ms. Jahan’s husband abandoned her, penniless and in rags, on the main square of Someshpur when she was pregnant with her second child about 10 years ago. A compact and vivacious woman who is about 26 years old — she does not have an exact record — Ms. Jahan spent years doing odd jobs for other households to support herself and her children. In a country that ranks as one of the poorest in the...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The government financed shelters and rape-support centers for abused women, but more were needed, particularly in rural areas. The government conducted rape and domestic violence awareness campaigns. In honor of Women’s Month, the government hosted numerous events focused on empowering women in business, government, health, sports, and the arts. The discussions generated controversy, however, because the government focused on men’s role in protecting women, while civil society advocated a more inclusive focus on gender-based violence. Many civil society organizations were also dissatisfied with the Ministry of Women’s general focus on women’s economic empowerment while neglecting the issue of gender-based violence" (24).
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Another fundamental institutional mechanism for the promotion of equal opportunities and gender equality at the workplace is the Councillor for Equality, working at a national, regional and provincial level. She undertakes initiatives to ensure respect for non-discrimination and promotion of equal opportunities at workplace, and promotes and monitors gender discrimination." (para 21).
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"On the basis of religious associations (fraternités), 'kilombo' and mutual associations ('miziki'), women form self-help groups and cooperatives in order to alleviate the burden of work, increase production and earn more income" (34).
July 18, 2019, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"It is also universally acknowledged that the various micro-credit products from the NGOs large and small and organizations like Grameen Bank have genuinely contributed in boosting rural livelihood and re-invigorating the rural economy. However, what should be forcefully said is that the successful outreach of micro-credit programmes has happened not necessarily because of the government but despite it" (16).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The mid-term evaluation of the Program highlights women’s good representation in economic micro-projects, a result achieved due to (i) the inclusion of a gender approach in planning processes of Regional Committees of Partners (CRP), (ii) the continuous awareness-raising for all actors (CRP, associations and other partners) by the Program’s Gender and Outreach Unit, and (iii) the participation of the Unit’s gender officer in quality control of gender mainstreaming in micro projects before their approval. Women are less represented in agriculture (34 per cent) and fishery micro projects (29 per cent), which might be associated with the smaller number of women that own arable land, as well as with deep rooted...more
May 16, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Women Entrepreneur Support Association/WESA says that only in 2014, compared to 2013, the number of those seeking legal advice on matters of sharing matrimonial property and on inheritance rights, has nearly doubled" (para 4).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Through its social franchise strategy, the UNFPA has facilitated the establishment of 86 grass-roots community organizations of women, as well as income-generating activities, by providing microcredit for survivors of gender-based violence. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped to promote the emergence of small-scale productive and commercial activities among impoverished groups to support a sustainable improvement in working and living conditions, in particular for women. Women comprise 80 per cent of direct beneficiaries of these activities" (11).
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The public association 'Union of women entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan' over 12 years of work has trained more than 10,000 women, including rural women, providing education and entrepreneurial skills. Its main mission is to enhance the participation of rural women in the economic and public life of society, and to develop democracy and the emergence of a vibrant civil society" (38).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Association of Qatari Businesswomen strives to achieve several goals, the most notable of which are as follows: to develop and strengthen the bonds of cooperation in commercial relationships between businesswomen; to create an environment conducive to them exercising their roles in the economic development process; and to strengthen the role of Qatari women in economic decision-making. The Association also aims to encourage women to contribute to setting up enterprises and small and artisanal manufacturing, and to strengthen the role of the private sector and the role of Qatari women in contributing to commercial and investment activities. The Association tries to guide awareness of laws regulating commercial and economic activities...more
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Committee is also concerned about the weakness of civil society with regard to women’s human rights" (8).
Oct. 31, 2018, 1:23 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Last month BNY Mellon started the Dreyfus Japan Womenomics Fund" (para. 6 ).
Sept. 12, 2018, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LO-DATA-1

" And while most involve both men and women, a growing number of all-women co-ops have been established as a way for low-income and immigrant females to earn a living" (par. 3). "CHCA, Cooperative Home Care Associates, the nation’s largest co-op with 2,100 mostly women members. Founded in 1985, the co-op employs 100 administrators who manage scheduling, billing, training and supervision" (par. 21).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"Her fortunes changed when the 34 women living on her street in North Okkalapa township started a collective savings group in 2009, hoping it would break the cycle of debt afflicting their lives...Each member invests 3,200 kyat ($2.34) per week in the group savings account - a padlocked box fiercely guarded by the group leader Aye Aye Khing. After investing for three months, members are illegible for a low-interest loan. The group's current liquidity stands at 3,321,000 kyat ($2,430). The women take it in turns to borrow 1,000,000 kyat ($732), which is usually invested into a business. They pay 2.5 percent monthly interest which is shared among the group at...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"In 2013, the 'Integrated model for strengthening women’s business activity and entrepreneurship in Costa Rica as a public policy mechanism' was formulated...This is a Costa Rican Government initiative that promotes the economic independence of women in marginal rural-urban areas who are in a situation of economic vulnerability and have business potential. The financial resources to fund this project come from the European Union and from the State of Costa Rica through INAMU MEIC and MAG, which signed an inter-agency cooperation agreement and maintain close articulation and coordination. Thus far, 375 women have benefited" (24). Although not a civil society group, these steps by the government to improve womens' participation in...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:21 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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Solomon Islands National Council of Women and other NGOs attempted to make women more aware of their legal rights, including voting rights, through seminars, workshops, and other activities" (11).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: LO-DATA-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"With regard to financial support and access to credit in rural areas, during the 2007–2013 period, the microfinance programme of the territorial policy area of the Planning and Budget Office (OPP) allocated $3,449,836 to working with local institutions for the development of production enterprises headed by women. The various projects focusing exclusively on support for women entrepreneurs, which are funded out of the Microfinance programme, collectively benefited 342 women (Table 47)" (page 33).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Committee notes the efforts of the State party to reduce rural poverty by carrying out development and microcredit projects and improving the delivery of basic social services to remote communities" (page 13).
May 30, 2018, 7:55 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"As women are known for good saving practices, the LFSP has enhanced and built on such initiatives through the Internal Savings and Lending (ISALs) through training and capacity development and introduction of income-generating activities. Women in the Midlands Province have transformed their lives through the Extension and Training for Rural Agriculture (EXTRA) project, a three-year project under LFSP. Vavariro ISALs in the Midlands Province is one such group whose members’ lives have been transformed. 'We started by contributing small amounts of money – as little as three dollars per person,' said Virginia Gomana, a Vavariro group member. Now we have ventured into big projects that we never thought we could...more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"We [the Australian government] introduced a small business and jobs package, supporting women in small business, encouraging more women entrepreneurs and helping women who are not in employment to become job ready" (Pg 2).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The following special measures are in progress: 1) Establishment of the Unit of Support for Women’s Entrepreneurship, with a CFAF 5 billion line of credit from the Burkina Faso Fund for Social and Economic Development of (FBDES), to provide women entrepreneurs with access to credit at acceptable terms; 2) In 2014, establishment in the Burkina Faso Financing and Interbank Guarantee Company (SOFIGIB) of a CFAF 500 million fund earmarked for guaranteeing loans to women entrepreneurs" (15).
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Committee welcomes the capacity-building activities such as microcredit programmes and the construction of centres supporting the economic empowerment of women" (12). "The Committee is concerned, however, about...The limited access of programmes for the empowerment of women, such as programmes for the reconciliation of family and work responsibilities for women, and the difficulties in fully implementing a microcredit network that covers all parts of the country" (12).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-DATA-1

"The Baraka Loan Centre…was initiated by the King Abdul Aziz Philanthropic Society for Women (Awn). The society seeks to boost cottage industries by promoting the role of producing women. There is also the Business Incubator Foundation, which helps female entrepreneurs overcome traditional obstacles and provides legal assistance to women, in addition to the Ahsa Philanthropic Society for the Development of Girls, which has initiated programmes to combat poverty by strengthening handicraft activites" (25-26).
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. 5, 2017, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"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