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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus

"The government continued to deny registration to some NGOs and political parties on a variety of pretexts, including 'technical' problems with applications. Authorities frequently harassed and intimidated founding members of organizations in an effort to force them to abandon their membership and thus deprive their groups of the number of petitioners necessary for registration. Many groups had been denied registration on multiple occasions" (24). "There were a number of active domestic human rights NGOs, although authorities were often hostile to their efforts, restricted their activities, selectively cooperated with them, and were not responsive to their views. Two prominent human rights NGOs--the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and the Center for Legal Transformations--operated...more
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"NGOs that advocated for women’s rights, particularly those focused on combating domestic violence, organized protests and media campaigns that met with some interference by the security forces" (Pg 17).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"In preparing this report, the UK Government Equalities Office (GEO) with support from the Welsh and Scottish Governments conducted a targeted engagement exercise with a cross-section of women’s organisations" (3). "The annual national NGO consultation event, held in the run up to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) serves as one of the main vehicles for UK Government’s engagement with women and women’s organizations… Women’s organizations across the UK were invited to share their views on what progress has been made towards gender equality and priorities for future action. Scottish Government provides funding to a variety of organizations and projects that promote equality of opportunity for women and...more
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica

"The absence of information concerning the status of women’s non-governmental organizations and women human rights defenders in the State party" (8). "Nevertheless, it notes with concern the lack of information as to whether women’s organizations were involved in designing and implementing national strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals" (11).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay

"Government officials generally cooperated with domestic NGOs and met with domestic NGO monitors and representatives but often did not take action in response to their reports or recommendations. Amnesty International (AI) alleged that the government supported efforts to limit AI activities related to a high-profile case involving a 10-year-old girl raped by her stepfather. AI advocated for the girl to have access to an abortion. In May the Health Ministry permitted an NGO, CitizenGo, to post a link on the ministry’s official website to gather petitions to expel AI from the country, although the government took no action to do so" (page 19). "The Ministry of Women’s Affairs operated a...more
Jan. 29, 2019, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"The study relied mainly on personal interviews. The interviewees included individuals from civil society organizations (CSOs) which have in place a system for referral to shelters, and have a long history in dealing with them, including Al Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence (Al Nadeem Center), Nazra for Feminist Studies (Nazra), and the Women and Development Foundation (WDF); international organizations which have worked towards developing shelters in Egypt, such as UN WOMEN; CSOs with experience in managing shelters, such as the Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), the Center for Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA), and Banati Association. The study team also interviewed some...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Palestine

"In advance of International Women’s Day and the Prime Minister’s announcement of the Cabinet’s proposal for the repeal of Article 308, Equality Now’s partner, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) organized a seminar with civil society organizations calling on the Government of Palestine to respect and enforce Article 9 of the Basic law 2003 that guarantees full equality between men and women in all spheres of life. This would include repealing Article 308 of the Penal Code" (para 29). "In October 2017, WCLAC, Equality Now, and the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations against Domestic Violence against Women (Al Muntada) submitted a joint report on Palestine for consideration during the 68th...more
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos

"In addition, development partners, INGOs also implemented their gender equality strategy, action plans, and projects such as the project on improving living conditions of ethnic communities in Phaoudom District, Bokeo Province which is supported by NCA. This project set target for 50 per cent gender balance of participants in decision making meetings on project support and implementation at village level and set target to have 30 per cent of women participants in skills development and other trainings" (Pg 13-14). "The NCAW Secretariat, with State-budget allocation and some funding supports for its activities from UNFPA, UNWOMEN, INGOs active in gender related activities and other development partners, organized different events and advocacy...more
Jan. 4, 2019, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"In March 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recommended that Kenya , '[r]epeal all provisions in family laws, including the Marriage Act (2014), that discriminate against women and have a negative impact on their children, such as those that authorize polygamy.' This followed Equality Now’s joint submission to the CRC with partner Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Project (REEP) – Kenya, which noted the harmful effects of this new law on women and girls" (para 39).
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"Civil society and feminist organizations have been asking for the abolition of Article 522 of the penal code, nicknamed the “rape law,” for years. The first step taken by Lebanese lawmakers not only invalidates it but also improves the law for women and against rape in general. This was made possible by a very strong advocacy campaign led by the nongovernmental organization ABAAD, which gathered data and statistics on public opinion in Lebanon about that law and talked with lawmakers" (para 1).
Jan. 3, 2019, 2:19 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"Plan International is working in schools and communities in Ha Giang province to ensure that girls in particular are aware of the dangers of human trafficking and with local agencies to push the government to do more to find the missing girls and bring those responsible to justice" (para 21).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"The law provides for freedom of internal movement, foreign travel, emigration, and repatriation, and the government generally respected these rights. The government cooperated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other humanitarian organizations in providing protection and assistance to refugees, asylum seekers, vulnerable migrants, and other persons of concern" (page 13). "In collaboration with NGOs, the government maintained its policy of keeping the national birthrate low through public awareness campaigns" (page 17).
Dec. 13, 2018, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"We wish to communicate to President Ashraf Ghani and Mr. Abdullah Abdullah...Furthermore, we call upon them to immediately convene a dialogue with women leaders of the country to define the agenda that the new government will adopt to empower women and attain gender equality. As in the past, our network and the women’s sector are ready to support this government in the pursuit of enduring peace, democracy and gender equality" (4).
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"The government’s NGO Affairs Bureau sometimes withheld its approval for foreign funding to NGOs working in areas the bureau deemed sensitive such as… humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugees" (16). It should be noted that the majority of the Rohingya refugees are female (KYK-CODER COMMENT). "In response to the crisis, the government allowed additional NGOs to work in Cox’s Bazar. Some organizations reported delays in obtaining necessary permits for working with the Rohingya" (21). "The Foreign Donations (Voluntary Activities) Regulation Act restricts foreign funding of NGOs and includes punitive provisions for those NGOs that make 'derogatory' comments regarding the constitution of the country, its foundinghistory, or constitutional bodies" (24).more
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde

"A number of domestic and international human rights groups generally operated without government restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. Government officials were somewhat cooperative and responsive to their views" (10).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"Under the law persons organizing an association do not need to notify authorities beforehand, but an association must provide notification before interacting with international organizations or receiving financial support from abroad and must provide detailed documents on such activities. Representatives of associations stated this requirement placed an undue burden on their operations. LGBTI and women’s groups in particular complained that the government used regular and detailed audits to create administrative burdens and to intimidate them through the threat of large fines" (page 40). "Domestic and international human rights groups operated throughout the country. Some had difficulty registering as legal entities with the Ministry of Interior. Others faced government obstruction and...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan

"According to international NGOs, local civil society organizations practiced self censorship to avoid issues perceived as sensitive by the government. Sensitive issues included women’s rights and environmental issues. The government reportedly did not permit human rights groups established by the Nepali-speaking community to operate by categorizing them as political organizations that did not promote national unity" (12).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

"treatment programs run by CBOs are not given adequate government support. In fact, local initiatives to combat the drug problem terrorizing communities, such as Pat Jasan, have clashed with Government security forces" (page 19).
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Law 70 of 2017, which was enacted on 24 May,requires NGOs to seek permission to operate from 'the competent administrative entity' that will decide whether an association’s work is in line with the Government’s development and social welfare plans. Civil society groups will also be required to report all information on their funding, activities and programmes to the authorities, and to seek permission for activities, including conducting surveys. All NGOs currently conducting any “civic activity” have one year to amend registration. If they do not comply within 60 days of a request to report, they can face closure for one year. Non-compliance with some provisions of the law can result...more
Nov. 14, 2018, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: India

There's a "NGO called Shaheen, which helps prevent young girls from being sold into forced marriages" (para. 17).
Nov. 7, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"Azza Soliman, a bold Egyptian woman human rights defender and the founder of the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance, was arrested by police officers at her home yesterday morning... While relieved that she was not detained after her interrogation, we are worried that her arrest yesterday indicates a new escalation in the case against local NGOs" (para. 1). "As the crackdown against human rights organizations continues to escalate in Egypt, the newest threat would be truly disastrous: Egyptian president al-Sisi is poised to sign a new bill on associations, which, if enacted, would give the government extraordinary powers over NGOs, and would effectively end independent civil society in Egypt"...more
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel

"Numerous domestic and international human rights groups operated without government restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. Government officials were generally cooperative, responsive to their views, and routinely invited NGOs critical of the government to participate in Knesset hearings on proposed legislation. Human rights NGOs have standing to petition the Supreme Court directly regarding governmental policies and may appeal individual cases to the Supreme Court. A unit in the Foreign Ministry maintained relations with certain international and domestic NGOs. Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, particularly those focused on human rights problems and critical of the government, asserted, however, that the government sought to intimidate and stigmatize them for...more
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan

"Other reported abuses included: restrictions on the activities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)" (page 1). "In September the lower house of parliament passed amendments to NGO financing that include new provisions governing registration and recordkeeping. Under the new law, all “nongovernment organizations, subsidiaries, and representative offices of foreign and international noncommercial organizations” would be required to provide information on “their activities, including information about the founders, assets, …sources of their funds and what they are spent on….” An unidentified “authorized body” may initiate a “verification” of the information submitted based on information received in mass media reports, complaints from individuals and entities, or other subjective sources. Untimely or inaccurate information contained...more
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The government collaborated with the NGO Tostan and other groups to educate individuals about FGM/C’s inherent dangers. The government also collaborated with the NGO Group for Population Studies and Education to develop a course on the dangers of FGM/C, which was being integrated into high school and college curriculums. At the community level, Tostan continued to implement a three-year community empowerment program that influenced 760 villages to decide to abandon FGM/C" (page 15).
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"The government restricted the operations of and did not cooperate with local or international human rights NGOs investigating alleged violations of human rights. By law NGOs must register with the Interior Ministry and apply for permission to receive foreign grants. Independent human rights groups and other NGOs faced continued harassment because of their activism as well as the threat of closure by government officials following prolonged and often arbitrary delays in obtaining official registration" (para 137) These attitudes towards NGOs certainly apply to NGOs concerning women (MAD- CODER COMMENT)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"The constitution and laws provide for freedom of association, which the government generally respected. In 2013 the DPR passed the Law on Societal Organizations, which replaced a 1985 law. In December 2014 the Constitutional Court sided with an NGO coalition in striking down many articles in the law that some observers feared could be misused to limit freedom of association. To receive official registration status, the law requires foreign NGOs to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a government ministry. Some organizations reported difficulties obtaining these MOUs and claimed the government was withholding MOUs to block their registration status" (para 93-94). The NGOs discussed here undoubtedly include NGOs focused...more
Oct. 17, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: United States

"Emily’s List — the leading nonprofit to help and recruit progressive Democratic women to run for office since 1985 — has played witness to that rise in interest" (para 5).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras

"Government officials met with domestic and international NGOs and convened meetings to obtain their views on different issues. Although attentive to NGO views, officials often not responsive to their recommendations. Some NGOs claimed that statements made by some government officials regarding NGO activities constituted threats, harassment, or disparagement of their work" (para 93). NGOs regarding women are certainly within these referenced NGOs (MAD - CODER COMMENT). "The government provided services to victims of domestic violence in hospitals and health centers. The national government provided space for an NGO in Tegucigalpa to run a shelter. Local governments in cooperation with NGOs operated domestic violence shelters in San Pedro Sula, Choluteca, La...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"Private shelters run by NGOs were against public policy. The lack of NGO-run shelters prevented victims of gender-based crimes from accessing health care and psychosocial support" (para 239). "On February 6, in recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C, the Women’s High Council of the KRG, in collaboration with local NGO WADI and UNICEF, hosted a conference to raise awareness about the issue. Also in February WADI, with support from UNICEF, sponsored four television announcements to combat FGM/C" (para 246)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman

"In response to observation 32 (d) to create and ensure an enabling environment for civil society, particularly for specialized women’s NGOs, the Sultanate recognizes the importance of private activity in general and the activity of women’s associations in particular. It has acted to encourage and develop the nuclei of women’s associations that emerged in the early 1970s and to expand their presence in the governorates of the Sultanate. These associations enjoy an independent status. Their elected boards of directors approve their plans, programmes and activities. The Government encourages and supports civil society. The number of women’s associations is expected to increase from 53 in 2011 to 60 in 2015" (Pg...more