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April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"NGOs reported transgender women were held with men and faced harassment" (8). "The government continued to operate the Crisis Center for Women in Distress, which referred abused women to NGOs for assistance. Numerous government- funded Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Centers for Women across the country provided legal aid, medical treatment, and psychosocial counseling. These centers served women who were victims of exploitation and violence" (39). "According to a wide range of LGBT NGOs and activists, society generally shunned transgender women, eunuchs, and intersex persons, collectively referred to as 'hijras'" (45).
March 16, 2020, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The Afghan Women’s Network was established in 1995, following the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing China...AWN members include 3,700 individuals and 145 organizations." (3).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Several LGBTI-friendly NGOs canceled events during the year due to pressure on their venues from religious groups" (16). "Multiple NGOs and UNHCR shared reports of sexual harassment and exploitation of refugees by government, employers, and landlords, including paying workers below the minimum wage, working excessive hours, debt bondage, and pressuring families into early marriage or nonconsensual sex for their daughters" (17). "UNRWA continued to bear the cost of any medical, maternity, or family" (22). "The Women’s Affairs Division in the Ministry of Social Affairs and several NGOs undertook some projects to address sexual or gender-based violence, such as providing counseling and shelter for victims and training ISF personnel to combat...more
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Oxfam reported that men at checkpoints increasingly insisted on adherence to the 'mahram' system, the cultural obligation of women to be accompanied by male relatives in public, in areas controlled by radical Islamic groups, such as AQAP" (21) Oxfam is a charity focusing on poverty allieviation and women's rights worldwide (A.M.G., CODER COMMENT). "In 2014 multistakeholder working groups within the NDC focused on a wide spectrum of problems pertaining to human rights, including freedom of press and expression, women’s and minority rights, and religious diversity" (28).
Jan. 22, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In Noakhali, non-governmental organizations such as Participatory Research Action Network, Bandhan, Gazi Asram Trust, Noakhali Rural Development Society and other organizations led the human chain in front of Noakhali Press Club in the morning... In Gaibandha, Gana Unnayan Kendra in co-operation with Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) led the human chain at the DB road in the town... In Thakurgaon, under the banner of an NGO named as 'Eco- Social Development Organization', a human chain and protest rally was formed at the intersection in the town. In Nilphamari, an hour-long human chain and rally was organized at the Chourangi intersection of the town under the banner of Pallisri in collaboration with...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 3:15 p.m.
Countries: South Korea

"Baeck is a member of EMIF, or 'Elite Without Marriage, I am going Forward,' a network created for women to host discussions, attend film screenings and hold networking events. At a recent evening meeting in western Seoul, nine members moved desks to form a circle to discuss being a 'bi-hon,' and the policies created to tackle South Korea's low birthrate" (para 22).
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Dr Neelam Singh - who runs Vatsalya, an NGO combating female foeticide in Uttar Pradesh - warns the gap has widened significantly since those figures [on the Indian sex ratio] were published" (para 7). "'In our region, especially in middle and lower-class families, if you go to houses you'll notice that you don't see any girls there,' said Devendra Dhama, who heads another NGO Navodya Lok Chetna Kalyan Samiti" (para 9).
Nov. 7, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Ministry of Social Solidarity supported eight women’s shelters. The Interior Ministry includes a unit responsible for combating sexual and gender-based violence. The NCW, a quasi-governmental body, was responsible for coordinating government and civil society efforts to empower women. In 2015 the NCW launched a five-year National Strategy to Combat Violence Against Women with four strategic objectives: prevention, protection, intervention, and prosecution." (42). "Women’s rights organizations argued that allowing foreign men to pay a fine to marry much younger women represented a form of trafficking and encouraged child marriage. They called on the government to eliminate the system altogether. The Antitrafficking Unit at the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood...more
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The country’s few domestic NGOs focused on issues such as... women’s empowerment" (19).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"During the year the HRC and NSHR were more outspoken in areas deemed less politically sensitive, including child abuse, child marriage, prison conditions, and cases of individuals detained beyond their prescribed prison sentences. They avoided topics, such as protests or cases of political activists or reformers, that would require directly confronting government authorities" (39). "To increase awareness, in July 2016 a female lawyer launched an Arabic mobile phone application, “Know Your Rights.” The application contained resources for legal aid as well as answers to frequently asked questions on issues such as divorce, child custody, guardianship, disability, and domestic violence" (42).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"There were reports of rape, attempted rape, and sexual and gender-based violence in refugee camps. The perpetrators were either fellow refugees or unknown individuals living near the camps. Authorities only occasionally prosecuted perpetrators of sexual violence. The judicial system did not provide consistent and predictable recourse or legal protection, and traditional legal systems were subject to ethnic variations. To fill the void, UNHCR enlisted the support of a local NGO to support the cases of refugees through the judicial process. The DPHR was unable to provide humanitarian escorts consistently due to lack of resources but was generally effective in providing protection inside refugee camps" (page 12).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The use of psychological torture by the government also reportedly increased. One commonly reported practice was detention of victims overnight in cells with corpses of previous victims. The SNHR reported that psychological torture methods included forcing prisoners to witness the rape of other prisoners, threatening the rape of family members (in particular female family members), forcing prisoners to undress, and insulting prisoners’ beliefs. Various NGOs, including HRW, AI, and the SNHR, continued to report widespread instances of rape and sexual abuse, including of minors. The COI reported receiving reports of interrogators raping and sexually abusing male detainees held in Branch 285 of the General Directorate of Intelligence in Damascus. The...more
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"For rape cases that were reported, police and the courts were responsive in most cases. Human rights activists outside of Kathmandu, however, expressed concern that police frequently refuse to register cases of gender-based violence (GBV), including occasionally rape cases. These groups report that police often prefer to use mediation rather than criminal investigation to resolve conflicts. According to NGOs police frequently prioritized cases of sexual violence, and the District Court Regulations stipulates that judges should expedite cases of rape, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. Domestic violence against women and girls remained a serious problem. Violence against women and girls, including early and forced marriage, was believed to be one...more
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).
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary

"The criminal code includes 'violence within partnership' (domestic violence) as a separate category of offense. Regulations extend prison sentences for assault (light bodily harm) to three years, while grievous bodily harm, violation of personal freedom, or coercion may be punishable by one to five years in prison, if committed against domestic persons. By law police called to a scene of domestic violence may issue an emergency restraining order valid for three days in lieu of immediately filing charges, while courts may issue up to 60-day 'preventive restraining orders' in civil cases, without the option to extend. Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on...more
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia

"The ZPS Victims Support Unit (VSU) was responsible for handling cases of domestic assault, wife beating, mistreatment of widows, and property expropriation (“grabbing”) by a deceased husband’s relatives. Police pursued reports of domestic violence more aggressively than in previous years, and the government established a fast-track court in Lusaka for GBV cases. Data on the extent of rape and domestic violence were limited. A WLSA Kasama One-Stop GBV Treatment Center recorded 6,506 cases of GBV as of September, compared with 5,188 during the first half of 2014. The VSU recorded 164 rapes countrywide during the period, compared with 118 in 2014" (Pg 21). "The legal age of marriage is 16...more
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda

"Local NGOs operated hotlines in 11 districts, including Kampala, Mukono, and Jinja. The government worked with local and international NGOs and religious institutions like the Roman Catholic Church to strengthen understanding of domestic violence as a human rights abuse. A few NGOs ran domestic violence shelters, including Action Aid, Mifumi, and Uganda Women’s Network. Action Aid reported its shelters received between three and 10 domestic violence survivors daily" (Pg 26).
July 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The law does not specifically address domestic violence, and domestic violence against women continued to be widespread. Police generally did not intervene in abusive situations, and many women were not aware of the formal judicial mechanisms designed to protect them. Although there were no official efforts to combat domestic violence, several NGOs were active in educating women on their rights" (Pg 11). "The law prohibits FGM/C for girls and women. It is usually perpetrated a few months after birth. According to 2015 data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), FGM/C had been performed on 3 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 and on 1 percent of...more
July 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: East Timor

"The Ministry of Social Solidarity is charged with providing assistance to victims of domestic violence. During the year ministry’s staff in each district included a gender-based violence focal point to coordinate a referral network, a coordinator for the Bolsa de Mae (Mother’s Purse) support fund, and two additional actors who focused on children’s issues. Due to staff shortages, the ministry had difficulty responding to all cases. To deal with this problem, the ministry worked closely with local NGOs and service providers to offer assistance to victims of violence, including shelters, a safe room at the national hospital, financial and food support, and escorts to judicial proceeding" (Pg 16). "The secretary...more
July 3, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan

"Five police stations were fully equipped and staffed with police officers trained, with OSCE support, to respond to family violence cases and address the needs of victims in a gender-sensitive manner. In rural areas the government and NGOs operated additional crisis centers and hotlines where women could seek guidance on domestic violence problems and legal assistance, but many centers lacked funding and resources. Local governments donated the premises of three of the shelters. The Committee for Women’s Affairs (within the government) had limited resources to assist domestic violence victims, but local committee representatives referred women to the crisis shelters for assistance" (Pg 20).
July 1, 2019, 6:31 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Female members of the National Assembly and the head of the State Committee for Family, Women, and Children Affairs (SCFWCA) continued their activities against domestic violence" (p. 30).
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan

"FGM/C is a criminal offense under the penal code, but little data existed to determine its prevalence. The law prohibits subjecting children to negative and harmful practices that affect their health, welfare, and dignity. Although not a common practice, FGM/C occurred in some regions, particularly along the northern border regions in Muslim communities. Several NGOs worked to end FGM/C, and the Ministry of Gender raised awareness of the dangers of FGM/C through local radio broadcasts" (Pg 35).
June 26, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Although statistics on cases of gender-based violence in Mogadishu were unreliable, international and local NGOs characterized such violence as pervasive. Government forces, militia members, and men wearing uniforms raped women and girls. While the army arrested some security force members accused of such rapes, impunity was the norm. AMISOM troops committed sexual abuse and exploitation, including rape (see section 1.g.)" (Pg 33).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Others pointed to the active role played by the All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) in passing the new domestic violence legislation" (57).
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"There were 15 Gender-based Violence Protection Units (formerly called women and child protection units) staffed with police officers, social workers, legal advisors, and medical personnel trained to assist victims of sexual assault. The Ministries of Justice, Health and Social Services, and Gender Equality and Child Welfare, along with NGOs, provided training to some members of these units. Some magistrate courts provided special courtrooms with a cubicle constructed of one-way glass and child-friendly waiting rooms to protect vulnerable witnesses from open testimony. A privately run shelter for victims of GBV violence in the Khomas region operated effectively. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare built shelters in the other regions....more
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"Domestic violence was a persistent and common problem. In a September statement, the resident representative of the UN Development Program voiced concern that every third woman in the country was a victim of physical or some other form of family abuse at some point in her life. According to the Center for Women’s Rights, abused women or victims of rape often did not report the crime due to fear of reprisal, economic dependency, lack of information, physical and social subjugation, lack of measures to prevent reoccurrence, or social stigma. In many cases victims declined to press charges even when evidence of an attack or rape was clear. According to NGO...more
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Women may file complaints of rape or physical abuse with certain NGOs or directly with judicial authorities" (30). "No specialized government office or designated official handles discrimination claims. The Jordanian National Commission for Women, a government-supported NGO, operated a hotline to receive discrimination complaints" (32). "A trust fund supported by international donors helped cover the cost and provided a supplement to teachers who worked in schools in the Za’atri and Azraq camps and in the host communities" (33).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In terms of awareness raising and social mobilization, in 2014 a total of 14 trainings on Gender and GBV were conducted in all islands, with local associations, community leaders, local level public servants (education, health, etc.) (321 participants), creating an enabling environment for the implementation of the GBV Law at local level. The support manual for the Community dissemination of the GBV Law was developed and disseminated, with particle guidance for CSOs. The Laço Branco Network (Cape Verdean White Ribbon campaign has worked with men in communities, through theatre sessions: all forms of GBV are addressed as well as notions of masculinity/femininity, responsible fatherhood, among others. Between 2013 and 2015...more
June 3, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Salmmah serves as the primary partner representing Sudan in WLUML’s program on early/ forced marriage. Priority actions of Salmmah on the issue of CVAW include lobbying for legal reforms, through advocacy, research and awareness-raising. Goals include repealing the 1991 Criminal Code Article 146 (which prescribes the punishment of death by stoning for adultery committed by either a man or woman), and Articles 151, 152, and 153 (pertaining to ‘indecent acts’, particularly dress codes), amongst others. Various forums are engaged for lobbying, including social media, commissioned print articles, public forums, and meetings with officials, amongst others" (Pg 36).
June 3, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
Countries: Senegal

"GREFELS was the first Senegalese association to carry out research on VAW in Senegal, in 1998. The research led to the creation of the still active National Committee for the Struggles against Violence Against Women, with member organizations from most regions of Senegal. GREFELS’ current research for action on CVAW focuses on female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual violence, physical violence, violence in conflict, and child marriage" (Pg 34).