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Nov. 10, 2017, 11:05 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"This is one reason why enhancing leadership and participation of women in rural institutions is one of the four pillars of the initiative launched in September 2012 jointly by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), FAO, IFAD, and WFP. The program, Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women, will be implemented during its initial 5-year phase in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Nepal, Niger, and Rwanda. It is premised on the idea that economic and political empowerment are mutually supportive and should go hand in hand"(5)
Nov. 10, 2017, 11:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) launched its Women, Work and Water Campaign in Gujarat in western India in 1995. The campaign aimed at improving access to water primarily for domestic use and to some extent for agricultural irrigation, in order to relieve women from the time-consuming chore of fetching water. The campaign included: awareness-raising and training; establishment of local water users’ groups (pani samitis), composed of a majority of women, for the management of community water sources; capacity building for women, including for the maintenance and repair of water pumps; and the improvement of water supply systems with small infrastructure works such as roof rainwater harvesting systems, rural piped ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Ghida Anani, the founder and director of Abaad, a women’s rights group in Lebanon told The Times the repeal was 'the first step to changing the mind-set and traditions.For us it’s the start,'Anani said. 'Now the awareness and behavioral campaign will start to make women aware that it’s no longer an option: He cannot escape punishment.' Abaad’s campaign tactics included erecting billboards that showed women wearing bloodied bridal gowns captioned with 'A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.' The group also hung soiled dresses along the Corniche, Beirut’s famous seaside promenade" (p 3-5)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Anecdotal reports from the NGO Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the UN 2014 COI report stated that in some prisons authorities held women in separate units from men and often subjected the women to sexual abuse. One NGO reported that male and female political prisoners sent to punishment facilities were tortured"(4)."Despite an extensive legal framework providing for equality for women, such as equal employment opportunities and equal pay, societal and legal discrimination continued. A 2013 report on the Status of Women’s Rights in the Context of Socio-Economic Changes in the DPRK, by the ROK-based NGO Citizens’ Alliance for North Korea Human Rights, stated that it could not ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The new social cohesion, and a big role for women in planning, are key to helping communities like Medical Slum begin to tackle some of their problems, said Palash Mondal of aid agency CARE.It, with the Village Education Resource Centre (VERC), a local partner, is working with the community development committee to build resilience to threats in Medical Slum, backed by funding from the Switzerland-based C&A Foundation"(para 15-16)."Two months ago, she [Shaheen, a Village Education Resource Centre community coordinator] stopped by the home of a local widow, to find out if her 14-year-old daughter Jasmine, who had been forced to leave school as money was short, was interested in some ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The work environment in Palestine suffers from violations of labor rights in general and women’s rights specifically, as women are the weakest entity in their patriarchal society. Consequently, the Palestinian Ministry of Labor and the National Committee for Women’s Employment (NCWE) coordinated with the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), with the support of the International Labor Organization, to launch the first Guideline for Women’s Employment Rights on Oct. 4 in Ramallah"(para 1)."Safaa Abed, the deputy head of the Palestinian Women Struggle Committee Union, highlighted the need to distribute the guideline [Guideline for Women's Employent Rights] to all organizations rather than just publish it. The publication phase should be ...more
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Those are precisely the reasons marriages for even 17-year-olds are problematic, according to Fraidy Reiss, who founded Unchained at Last to fight forced marriage and child marriage [in the US]" (para 22).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Moroccan police, prosecutors, judges, and other authorities often fail to prevent domestic abuse, punish the abusers, or assist survivors, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Moroccan government. In part, that is because Moroccan laws don’t provide officials with guidance on responding effectively"(1)."Women and girls said they had few places to go to escape domestic violence. The small number of shelters that take in domestic violence survivors are run by nongovernmental organizations with little bed capacity and meager resources. Only a few get any government funding, and staff from one shelter said that the funding was not enough to cover even food costs"(3)."Jihan was staying at a ...more
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to women’s groups, the new rules – which raise maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, putting India ahead of France and the US – will apply only to a small fraction of the female workforce.'It’s as if, for the government, 95% of India’s women don’t even exist,' said Juin Dutta, from Paatshala, a group helping impoverished female handicraft workers. She pointed out that the extension will only apply to women in the formal sector, which amounts to just 5% of India’s working women"(para 2-3)."Pratibha R, of the Garment and Textile Workers Union in Bangalore, said the [maternity leave] bill did little to resolve the problems of working mothers. ...more
Oct. 27, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In December 2014, a coalition of NGOs led by Agrupación Ciudadana and the Center for Reproductive Rights, launched the 'Las17' online campaign calling for the release of 'Guadalupe' and 16 other Salvadoran women who all suffered obstetric emergencies, were charged for having an abortion and were later convicted of homicide" (para 11). "The Center for Reproductive Rights has worked for more than 12 years to expose the consequences that El Salvador’s blanket abortion ban has on the lives of women" (para 16).
Oct. 26, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: GP-DATA-3, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Such 'honor killings' are commonplace in Pakistan, where roughly 1,000 women are slain every year by relatives, most of them men, who believe they have disgraced their families. In 2015, about 1,100 women died in honor killings, while another 900 suffered sexual violence and 800 attempted suicide or took their own lives, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission said in its 2015 report"(para 9)
Oct. 26, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity, based here in the capital, intimate-partner violence accounts for 45 percent of motives behind the attacks" (para 14).
Oct. 26, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In 2007, the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC), a statewide tribal coalition focused on preventing and ending sexual violence in American Indian communities, decided to embark on the research that would become 'Garden of Truth'"(para 3)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Women for Human Rights (WHR), a Nepali organization which campaigns for widows’ rights, said women who had lost their husbands in the disaster faced a multitude of problems.'There is superstition and stigmatization. Widows have no status,' said WHR’s chief Lily Thapa ahead of International Widows’ Day on Thursday"(para 7-8)."The Loomba Foundation, a widows’ rights charity, said widows could face hostility because it was sometimes believed their husbands had died as punishment for immoral acts or crimes their wives had committed in a previous life"(para 16)."[Lily] Thapa founded WHR 20 years ago following the death of her husband in the Gulf War while he was working with a peace mission in ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Nongovernmental organizations were providing some psychosocial services and employed psychologists at some displaced people’s camps" (para 42). The people targeted in this campaign were Yazidi women who had been kidnapped, raped and enslaved by the Islamic State (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 2, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Dorchen Leidholdt is director of the Centre of Battered Women's Legal Services at Sanctuary for Families, one of the 140 organisations that makes up the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition (NYATC). Leidholdt, is, like all those I spoke to during my observations, against the criminalisation of women for prostitution offences.Prior to the foundation of the HTIC, the NYATC had been advocating for ambitious legislation that would strengthen New York's anti trafficking laws, by strengthening penalties against perpetrators, traffickers, pimps, and buyers, as well as measures that would help empower victims of trafficking"(para 12-13)."I met Lori Cohen, director of the anti trafficking initiative at Sanctuary for Families (SFF), in her busy ...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Women’s Human Rights organization alongside Cultural and religious leaders from African countries currently meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi have condemned in the strongest terms the 'lenient' sentence passed on a man arrested for knowingly sexually violating women and allegedly infecting them with HIV-Aids.On Tuesday evening after the two-year sentence by the Nsanje Principal Resident Magistrate Innocent Nebi upon the 45 year old man Eric Aniva, nicknamed 'Hyena', the Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC), the NGO Gender Co-ordination Network and the African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) are now calling for a review of the ruling by the High Court of Malawi and the Director of Public prosecutions to appeal ...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'I used to see my husband as superior to me, but now I know we are equals,’ Jing Xiufang, the leader of a local grassroots women’s organization, said, 'and women have the right to pursue their own goals and work'"(para 1)."Therefore, giving birth to a baby boy is highly expected in rural families, pressuring women, and meaning daughters are often neglected. Challenging these beliefs is tremendously difficult due to vested interests and long-practised customs – but local grassroots women’s organizations are taking on this challenge"(para 4). "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 ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1, SRACE-PRACTICE-2

"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. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'He told me that I should speak up if something is wrong and encouraged me to talk to the girls about this subject in order to discourage the practice,' Omaima told Al-Monitor in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, where she has lived with her parents and four brothers since they fled Syria in 2012. Encouraged by her parents and inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai — she read her biography — Omaima, who will turn 15 in March, started campaigning against child marriage. First she spoke to her classmates and encouraged them to talk to their parents about it, and later she organized events such as art classes and ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'He told me that I should speak up if something is wrong and encouraged me to talk to the girls about this subject in order to discourage the practice,' Omaima told Al-Monitor in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, where she has lived with her parents and four brothers since they fled Syria in 2012. Encouraged by her parents and inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai — she read her biography — Omaima, who will turn 15 in March, started campaigning against child marriage. First she spoke to her classmates and encouraged them to talk to their parents about it, and later she organized events such as art classes and ...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Exact stats aren't tracked, but there are an estimated 17,000 to 32,000 rape-related pregnancies in the United States each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures"(para 7)."'Increasingly, people are coming out and saying, "This has happened to me,"' said Rebecca O'Conner of RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (para 10). This is referring to the issue of victims of rape having to allow their child to visit the victim's rapist or fight for custody (ENB-Coder Comment)
Sept. 20, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In November 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a complaint on behalf of Amanda Mellet before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, arguing that Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws violated her basic human rights by subjecting her to severe mental suffering and anguish"(para 3)
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: China, Mexico, Nepal
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Since 2012, Jungle Mamas has been collaborating with One Heart World-Wide, a world-renouned organization that has worked to reduce maternal and neonatal health in Nepal, Tibet, and Mexico.Through this collaboration, Jungle Mamas has worked to successfully implement One Heart’s Network of Safety; a proven effective, sustainable, and replicable model that works with all stakeholders—families, communities, local and national governments—in the active engagement of reducing maternal and newborn death. The Network of Safety 'raises awareness, teaches good practices, and distributes essential supplies to ensure that mothers and infants survive delivery and the first months of life'"(para 8-9)
Sept. 20, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Since 2006, the Jungle Mamas program has been working in collaboration with the Achuar Nation of Ecuador to develop a model of addressing maternal, infant, and community health in a way that is culturally appropriate, empowering, and sustainable"(para 1)."Ecuador’s Achuar population, nearing approximately 7,000 between the provinces of Pastaza and Morona-Santiago, resides in some of the most remote and hard to access primary rainforest in the country. Due large in part to both geographic and socio-economic limitations, access to healthcare both at the community and urban levels has been significantly limited for the Achuar people.Our model of working with the Achuar is one that addresses all of these limitations by ...more
Sept. 19, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"A study by PLAFAM, the biggest family planning clinic in the country, estimates that about 23 percent more Venezuelan women are being sterilized today as compared to four years ago, said the clinic’s director, Enrique Abache. 'The financial crisis is one of the main causes for this,' he explained"(para 3)."Abache, the PLAFAM director, said some black-market vendors are selling fake contraceptive methods"(para 9)."Sterilization can be expensive, running around $1,500, an exorbitant price for the average Venezuelan. Many women participate in 'sterilization days,' during which they can get free or reduced-rate operations under a program run by the government and nonprofit groups. The program has become increasingly popular, with slots booked ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"I’ve spent the last decade leading a non-profit called College and Community Fellowship, which helps formerly incarcerated women put education at the heart of reentry in order to reach their full potential.Through the eyes of our students, I have seen firsthand the lifelong disadvantages—and systemic injustices—that have landed so many women in prison. I’ve spoken with women who have committed crimes to feed their kids, or as a result of mental illness and addiction, or in some cases because crime had become a cycle of survival in their families and communities"(para 5-6)."CCF [College and Community Fellowship] understands that women need a gender-responsive, individualized approach to reentry, and that education is ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"While all women’s sports here are suffering, none have failed quite as spectacularly as the women’s national cycling team. Celebrated in documentaries, and the subject of a 2014 book and a blizzard of news articles, the team was recently nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize — thanks to the tireless promotion of its benefactor, Shannon Galpin, who financed the team through her Colorado-based charity, Mountain to Mountain.However, Ms. Galpin announced on her web page last month that she would no longer support the Afghan Cycling Federation because of what she described as 'out of control' corruption by the team’s longtime coach and the head of the federation, Haji Abdul ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"While all women’s sports here are suffering, none have failed quite as spectacularly as the women’s national cycling team. Celebrated in documentaries, and the subject of a 2014 book and a blizzard of news articles, the team was recently nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize — thanks to the tireless promotion of its benefactor, Shannon Galpin, who financed the team through her Colorado-based charity, Mountain to Mountain.However, Ms. Galpin announced on her web page last month that she would no longer support the Afghan Cycling Federation because of what she described as 'out of control' corruption by the team’s longtime coach and the head of the federation, Haji Abdul ...more
Sept. 14, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The New York-based Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, which works to help solve Jewish divorce disputes, has followed the case [of the woman in Israel who is still waiting from permission from her husband to divorce. The husband is living in the United States]"(para 26)