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Latest items for LO-PRACTICE-1

May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned about...the low percentage of female entrepreneurs compared with male entrepreneurs" (10).
May 2, 2018, 9:29 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"As Leta Hong Fincher reports, in the top real estate markets of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, ‘only 30 per cent of marital home deeds include the woman’s name, even though over 70 per cent of women contribute to the marital home purchase’. Given that real estate is a major source of new wealth for Chinese, women are in a losing game" (para 12).
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party, including the Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs and the Guarantee Fund, to increase the number of women entrepreneurs who own or manage businesses. The Committee also welcomes the 2014 amendment of the Law on Social Assistance and Social Services which provides for social assistance to be paid directly to women. Nevertheless, the Committee notes with concern the limited implementation of those laws and policies, in particular at the local level and as regards women and girls belonging to disadvantaged or marginalized groups. The Committee is concerned at the improper implementation of the practice of the Agency for the Legalization, Urban...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Persisting social and cultural constraints, especially in rural areas, prevent women from owning and inheriting land" (15). "Most women work in the informal sector, including petty trade, agricultural-, livestock- and forest-product processing and marketing, hairdressing and weaving. That sector is characterized by women’s considerable vulnerability because of limited access to credit and unstable income" (32). "Although under Burkina Faso legislation they are allowed access to land, women in practice are confronted with challenges related mainly to land title possession and verification. Wildland is in fact subject to both customary and modern law, with customs unfavourable to women carrying more weight" (33).
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the adoption of a substrategy on promoting women’s economic opportunities and leadership in 2014, but it remains concerned at the persistence of poverty among women, in particular in rural areas and among female-headed households, as well as at women’s limited access to property, financial credit and mortgages. The Committee is also concerned at the lack of targeted measures to ensure that older women and women with disabilities can participate in decision-making in and benefit from the implementation of development projects" (Pg 10).
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the efforts made by the State party to build the capacity of the judiciary on gender equality, but is concerned: (a) That the frequent use of reconciliation and mediation for dispute resolution, including in cases of domestic violence and property disputes, favours men over women and hinders women’s access to justice and remedies" (3). "The Committee welcomes the fact that the Land Law (2013) provides for the issuance of land-use certificates in the name of both spouses, but remains concerned that, in practice, male-only certificates are often issued and that mediation of disputes tends to favour men over women" (11).
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"That women’s economic empowerment has not been sufficiently mainstreamed within the overall poverty reduction and development strategies of the State party and that women’s access to credit, including microcredit, remains insufficient" (12). "That traditional inheritance systems continue to exclude women from land ownership" (14).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"The Committee is concerned that most women, especially in rural areas, have limited or no access to training opportunities, financial credit and loans, including to steady income, pension and social security schemes, in the State party. It is also concerned that single women heads of households, in particular in rural areas, are more at risk of poverty. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Repeal all legislation that discriminates against women’s economic empowerment; (b) Adopt measures to ensure equal access for women and men to training opportunities, such as vocational training and financial resources, including income-generating opportunities, credit and loans, pension and social benefits schemes; (c) Conduct capacity-building programmes...more
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party to improve the living conditions of rural women, but remains concerned about: (a) Rural women’s limited access to land titles and ownership owing to the lack of identification documents to demonstrate land ownership and lack of knowledge of the regulations and procedures for obtaining land titles" (11).
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"That women are often unable to exercise their rights to an equal share in marital property owing to the transfer of such property to the families of the husband or other third parties" (10).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Regarding access to loans, as underscored in the previous report, 'With respect to bank loans, Burundian women enjoy this right on an equal footing with men. Since the previous report, the number of loans granted to women has increased, and the nature of the loans has extended to commercial and home loans.' Overall, given the country’s poverty, there is no widespread access to loans. The development of banking services is still incipient. They reach approximately 3.7% of the adult population. That affects everybody, rural women in particular" (28). "In that connection, and bearing in mind the difficulty women have in accessing loans" (28). "Another objective pursued in the SFGP II...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts towards poverty eradication in rural areas, including increasing the old age pension for persons aged 60 and above. It is concerned, however, at women’s limited access to land and the lack of information on rural women’s access to microfinance and microcredit schemes. The Committee is particularly concerned at reports of land grabbing by relatives of deceased spouses and the impact on women in rural areas. The Committee calls upon the State party: (a) To adopt specific measures aimed at facilitating women’s access to land, in particular in rural areas; (b) To collect information on and promote rural women’s access to microfinance and microcredit...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the initiatives taken by the State party to promote the economic empowerment of women, such as the provision of microcredits, but is concerned that women’s access to credit remains insufficient and that women’s economic empowerment has not been sufficiently mainstreamed within the overall development strategies of the State party. The Committee recommends that the State party evaluate the results achieved with the initiatives taken thus far to promote the economic empowerment of women and, based on the results, adopt a coherent strategy on women’s economic empowerment that feeds into the overall development strategies of the State party. It also recommends that the State party develop adequate indicators...more
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The Committee welcomes the measures taken by the State party to improve the living conditions of rural women, but remains concerned about: (a) Rural women’s limited access to land owing to legal and sociocultural barriers with regard to their right to inheritance and limited access to decision-making processes concerning the use of land; (b) Land grabbing by huge agricultural companies from local farmers who are the traditional users, which contributes to the increase in poverty of rural women; (c) Rural women’s limited access to adequate health care, education, public transportation, food, water and sanitation, income-generating opportunities and social protection; (d) Barriers faced by rural women in gaining access to microcredit....more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"While noting the efforts of the State party to protect equal access to land under section 211 of the Constitution, the Committee is concerned that women, especially those in rural areas, continue to face barriers to acquiring land owing to prevailing discriminatory customary laws and structures. The Committee is also concerned at reports that women are largely excluded from participating in decision-making on matters of rural development and policy owing to persisting negative social and cultural norms regarding their participation. The Committee is further concerned at the lack of income-generating opportunities for rural women. The Committee calls upon the State party: (a) To eliminate all cultural barriers that restrict women’s...more
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"In February, it emerged that women in Saudi Arabia were now allowed to open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative" (para 9).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The percentage of women participating in commercial activities and women's share of the registered capital of all commercial entities have increased, with Saudi women now owning 267,446 enterprises. The Social Development Bank, through its 26 branches, funds women's enterprises on a par with men's enterprises. Women own 19.2 percent of enterprises. Loans for women's enterprises account for 21 per cent of total loans....The percentage of bank loans granted to women has increased to 15 per cent of total rank loans in 2014 compared to 9.1 per cent in 2008" (45-46). "[The Agricultural Development Fund] provides interest-free soft loans to farmers of both sexes for use in procuring agricultural machinery, pumps...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The Government has set up service centres that bring together a multiplicity of essential services offered by different government departments under one roof and closer to the keeper. Some of the services available include the issuance of birth certificates, national identity cards, passports, registration of business names, and applications for marriage certificates, drivers’ licenses, police abstracts. This enables women to register their businesses and obtain their licences in a timely manner" (12-13). "The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 Article 60 1(f) provisions for elimination of gender discrimination in law, customs and practices related to land and property in land meaning that women can now inherit land. To actualize the realization of...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"As regards access to bank loans, mortgages and other forms of financial credit, the Government has intensified its efforts to enhance women’s economic power through development projects and programmes that it is implementing with the support of its technical and financial partners. The main focus of those efforts has been support for microcredit initiatives for women, to empower them through the pursuit of income-generating activities" (pg 26). "Unmarried women who are of age have legal capacity to enter into contracts, administer their property, etc., such legal capacity being recognized both by civil and customary law. Married women’s legal capacity at civil law, on the other hand, is constrained either by...more
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The mentioned actions contribute to creating favorable conditions for starting business by women. At the same time, data from relevant studies reveal certain problems in the field: the share of women entrepreneurs (employed managers and business co-owners) in the total number of entrepreneurs in Moldova constitutes 27.5%. Accordingly, the number of men entrepreneurs is 2.6 times higher than the number of women. Both, at the stage of enterprise establishment, and at the stage of business development, women face some barriers in accessing financial resources. Women participate less than men in export activities. Thus, according to experts, the enterprises held and managed by women, mostly are more limited in resources and...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, [The Committee] is concerned about: (a) The fact that women receive only around 29 per cent of subsidized loans" (15). "[The Committee] remains concerned, however, about…The prevalence of discriminatory practices that prevent rural women from inheriting or acquiring ownership of agricultural land and other property" (15).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"In 1991, the Palestinian Housing Council was established to alleviate housing problems faced by families on limited incomes, to provide long-term housing loans for those families and to improve housing for poor and marginalized groups, particularly women, divorcées, widows, the elderly and persons with special needs" (55).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"In 2008-2010 the Swedish National Council of Adult Education was commissioned to implement measures in adult education to foster women’s entrepreneurship. In 2010 some of the funds for the commission were earmarked for action for women who belong to the national minorities. The background to this was that a study commissioned by the Government from Uppsala University showed that very little adult education was targeted particularly on women belonging to the national minorities. The Council’s report on the results achieved notes that the women who participated improved their entrepreneurship" (page 8). "Today many more men than women run businesses in agriculture, but the proportion of women among people starting new...more
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"However, the Committee is concerned that economic and social benefits remain inaccessible for the majority of women in the State party due to their low level of awareness on accessing such benefits as well as about their limited access to and control of land and natural resources, resulting from patriarchal attitudes towards resource allocation," (11).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The prevalence of discriminatory practices that prevent rural women from inheriting or acquiring ownership of agricultural land and other property" (Pg 15).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"It is also concerned that the number of female entrepreneurs in the State party has decreased and that only a small percentage of women avail themselves of financial loans for making investments. The Committee is further concerned that women entrepreneurs have only limited access to microcredit" (14). "The Committee notes with concern...The lack of recognition and protection of land tenure and ownership by indigenous women, forced evictions from indigenous traditional lands in regions such as Gran Chaco and the exclusion of indigenous women from decision-making processes concerning land use" (15).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"According to Jewish law, a married woman has no money or proerty of her own, and she is fully subjugated to her husband" (15).
Jan. 8, 2018, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: Honduras

"'As long as women can't get out of these situations [of poverty],' Suazo says, 'as long as they don't have guarantees for a dignified life, improvements in their labour rights, and access to land, technology and credit, the country will not develop no matter how much foreign investment comes'" (para 19).
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"According to The Asia Foundation’s 2016 Survey of the Afghan People . . . Nearly 88 percent of respondents say that a daughter should be entitled to part of the inheritance from her deceased father" (para 4). "Stated acceptability of a daughter’s entitlement to part of her deceased father’s inheritance is high among respondents with some level of education compared to those with no formal education" (para 8).
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-DATA-3, IAW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits discrimination based on gender, and women enjoyed the same legal status and rights as men under family, labor, property, and inheritance law. The law recognizes joint property in marriages"(17)