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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain

"The Committee notes the restructuring of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Women, the many awareness-raising and training activities carried out and the establishment of equal opportunity units in various ministries and government bodies. Nevertheless, the Committee reiterates its concern about the limited support provided by the Supreme Council for Women to non-governmental organizations" (pg 3-4). "The Committee recalls its previous recommendation (CEDAW/C/BHR/ CO/2, para. 19) and recommends that the Supreme Council for Women strengthen its cooperation with all stakeholders, in particular by supporting women’s civil society groups and non-governmental organizations" (pg 4). "The Committee notes the information provided by the State party that it is revising the ...more
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden

"In 2007, the network, PRIS – Prostitutes’ Revenge in Society, was founded by and for women with experience in different areas of the sex industry. PRIS has three main aims: to provide mutual support, and support to others in the sex industry, to raise awareness of the sex industry and its negative effects, and to improve services for those who want to exit the sex industry. PRIS also has a sister organizations, The Friends of PRIS, for Feminists, who have no experience in the sex industry, but who are supportive of the aims of the organization" (page 10). "Since the late 1990’s, a large number of awareness-raising campaigns have been ...more
Jan. 12, 2018, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland

"Traditional leaders like Ms. Obed have significant influence over the health and rights of young people in their communities. For this reason, UNFPA’s Safeguard Young People programme has begun working closely with traditional leaders, gaining their support to bring life-saving sexual and reproductive health information and services to the country’s youth" (para 4)."Safeguard Young People – a programme being implemented in eight Southern African countries – uses a wide range of approaches to strengthen the health and rights of vulnerable young people" (para 6). "Traditional leaders in 13 chiefdoms – include chiefs, their councils of advisors, as well as community leaders – have been engaged in implementing this programme. UNFPA ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama

"Couples and individuals generally have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and have access to the information and means to do so, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. Access to information on contraception and skilled attendance at delivery and in postpartum care were widely available except in provincial-level indigenous regions, where it was limited, according to the American Red Cross and the Ombudsman’s Office"(17)
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"Diep Vuong started the Pacific Links Foundation to combat trafficking in Vietnam" (para 17) (Coder comment: this is an organization started by a Vietnamese woman in Vietnam - ARR).
Dec. 20, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Israel

"According to police estimates, between 1,000 and 3,000 foreign women had been trafficked into Israel for purposes of prostitution and worked in 300-400 “brothels” in 2002 (Rabinovitz, 2013A). Beginning from 2007, trafficking in women dropped sharply in light of the struggle led during 2001- 2006 by women’s and human rights organizations, in cooperation with MK Zehava Gal-On, which ultimately led to cooperation with the police, the state attorney’s office, Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services (Safran and Chaikin, 2013)" (para 6). "The specific struggle against trafficking in women during the first decade of the 21st century achieved certain success due to cooperation between human ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"The NGO, which conducts research on health and development topics, said efforts to tackle child marriage need to start early, provide skills training so girls can thrive, and should involve the community. The Balika project was most successful in delaying marriage among girls under 16 and in school" (Para 12).
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe

"The Loomba Foundation, another NGO, estimates that 38m widows are extremely poor" (para 4).
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Uganda

"The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, which is funded in part by the European Commission, works with communities to help end FGM, raising awareness about its dangers among community leaders, religious leaders, women and the elderly. It has also helped countries strengthen the laws and policies prohibiting the practice" (para 9).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse leads the partnerships and global advocacy program at Forward (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development), a British-based, African diaspora campaign and charity focused on gender equality and upholding the rights of African women and girls" (para 18). " Mojatu Foundation in Nottingham, England, which aims to empower women and girls through media, health and education" (para 24).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"Linh (not her real name) returned to Vietnam from China last year after the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation coordinated with police on both sides of the border to rescue her from a forced marriage and bring her home" (para 12). "Blue Dragon says it rescued 49 children in 2014, 133 the following year, and 56 so far this year" (para 17).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Uganda

"World Vision’s Amber Alert-style program is taking on child sacrifice in Uganda. The program is ingenious in the way it has created a radical partnership between leaders of all faiths, law enforcement, local government, child protection committees, and traditional healers" (para 11)."World Vision goes to the same efforts, helping parents in Uganda protect their children through the Amber Alert" (para 19).
Dec. 7, 2017, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) strongly condemns the statements of the two MPs addressing women. The first MP released a statement calling for female university students to undergo mandatory virginity tests and to submit what proves their virginity. He added that this virginity test should be conducted every year as a condition for the female university students to get their university ID. He claims that this procedure will reduce ‘urfi marriage. After few days another MP announces that he is currently working on a draft law calling for female students at the vocational schools to undergo mandatory virginity tests as well, using words that are abusive for all ...more
Dec. 5, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Take-home rations for pupils can be particularly effective in improving girls’ school enrollment. This strategy was used in Afghanistan, where the gender parity index (the enrollment of girls in schools as compared to boys) remains very low, at 0.35 in 2008 (WFP 2012, p. 32). There has been significant improvement since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, but cultural and religious norms, lack of separate sanitation facilities, and security concerns continue to have strong effects. To bridge this gap, the WFP [World Food Programme] distributes a monthly ration of 3.7 liters of vegetable oil to girls, conditional upon a minimum school attendance of 22 days per month"(62)more
Dec. 2, 2017, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"Bou Kamel is highly involved in her community through her activities with the nongovernmental organization TERRE Liban" (para 3). "She met You Stink activists and learned how to mobilize others around her. 'I was lucky that Baakline has many projects in coordination with the European Union, like the one on democratic participation in the municipality,' she said. 'There is a committee for each zone of the city that meets to talk about their issues in order to present them to the municipality'" (para 5).
Dec. 2, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan

"We, a coalition of civil society organizations, are alarmed about the recent initiative of Tajikistan’s government to regulate and restrict access of NGOs to financial assistance from foreign and international sources. Draft legislation to this end, which is currently under consideration by the government, runs counter to international standards protecting the right to freedom of association and risks endangering the work of NGOs in the country. We call on Tajikistan’s government to drop this draft legislation and to respect the right of NGOs to have unhindered access to funding for their work, including from sources abroad" (para 1). "The implementation of programs funded by foreign governments, international organizations and other ...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Philippines

"In the Philippines’ Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (Pantawid Pamilya), municipal local government or NGOs sometimes collaborate as part of the counterparting for the program by providing transport arrangements to beneficiaries who have to travel long distances to receive grants or attend training sessions. The program was launched by the Government of the Philippines in 2008 with support from the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development, and supported by ADB [Asian Development Bank] since 2010 through a $400 million loan and technical assistance. It currently covers 3.9 million households that have been identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction, with plans for expansion (ADB 2012, ...more
Nov. 29, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: India

"Agarwal highlights work done in Andhra Pradesh in south India by the nongovernment organization (NGO) Deccan Development Society. Groups of 5–15 poor, low-caste women in a drought-prone region were able to lease or purchase land with the support of government schemes (Agarwal 2003)"(38)
Nov. 29, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh

"In Bangladesh, the Female Secondary School Assistance Project (FSSAP) was launched in 1993 with the support of the International Development Association (IDA), ADB, and the governments of Bangladesh and Norway in order to overcome these obstacles [such as girls substituting for their mothers in performing house work]. The second phase commenced in 2002, covering one-quarter of rural Bangladesh and now benefiting almost 1 million girls across the country in more than 6,000 schools (Ambler et al. 2007). FSSAP provides a stipend to girls who agree to delay marriage until they complete secondary education, at a total cost to the program of about $121 per year per girl. The results have ...more
Nov. 27, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"USAID tried to tackle this question with the Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2014. The initiative established a Women’s Land Rights Task Force comprised of prominent Afghan men and women as well as civil society to advise project leaders on land rights affecting Afghan women. The project proposed strategies for bolstering women's land rights, but it is unclear how much women's access to their land has changed since" (para 6).
Nov. 27, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"Ogasapian reported meeting with women's rights groups to learn about their demands and projects. He said, 'So far, they did a lot and reached some success. They should continue doing so. My work is not to replace them. Instead, I will help them by lobbying in parliament and in the government in order to support their demands'" (para 18).
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"Meanwhile, the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates pledged to donate $100 million to a women’s fund proposed by Ms. Trump" (para 5).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"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)."In its letter to the two ministries [Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties], Human Rights Watch noted both positive aspects of the bills as well as provisions that, if adopted, would set rights back"(3)."The Moroccan government should also ensure meaningful participation by nongovernmental groups and domestic violence survivors in the reform process"(4)
Sept. 16, 2017, 2:25 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia

"The training activities were organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the NGO Habitat Network and the municipal governments of the cities of La Paz and El Alto, through the projects 'Building Equality', supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and 'Women in Construction Towards Their Political and Economic Empowerment', funded by the Gender Equality Fund of UN Women" (para 11).
Aug. 26, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda

“Landesa and partners [USAID, National Women’s Council of Rwanda, Haguruka, and Search for Common Ground] strengthen land rights through laws, policies, and innovative pilot projects like this one [Rose traveling through the countryside to educate about women’s land rights]. By 2020, Landesa plans to impact another 50 million women and men around the world” (1). This text appears on the screen from 3:55-4:08 (MM - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning to women, such as declaring a health emergency or advising women to delay pregnancy.The requests [for abortion inducing drugs] to WoW [the nonprofit, Women of Web] from Colombia and El Salvador rose nearly 39 percent and early 36 percent, respectively"(para 24-25)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador

"'The researchers found statistically significant rises in requests [for abortion inducing pills] from women in countries where Zika was spreading locally, access to abortion was legally restricted, and the government had issued some type of warning to women, such as declaring a health emergency or advising women to delay pregnancy.The requests [for abortion inducing drugs] to WoW [the nonprofit, Women of Web] from Colombia and El Salvador rose nearly 39 percent and early 36 percent, respectively"(para 24-25)
Aug. 16, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Brazil

"The drugs, mifepristone and misoprostol [which induce abortions], are available in some countries in Latin America, including Colombia, [Dr. Rebecca] Gomperts told STAT. In Brazil, however, they are banned, and authorities have been seizing prescriptions sent to Brazilian women who seek WoW’s [the nonprofit Women on Web's] help.'Most of them didn’t arrive there. We know that. We track packages,' she said"(para 16-17)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:54 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

"Over the past six years Rigoni has helped nearly 100 migrants, mostly Honduran women and girls, who have been trafficked into sex work. But, frustrated by government officials, he is closing the programme in March.'It's a lost battle. If there's cooperation with the state we can do it but without it we can't,' Rigoni said.'As far as the government is concerned, trafficking doesn't exist. They don't follow up on the issue'"(para 17-19)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"This includes protection, legal assistance, medical assistance and counselling, as well as empowerment programmes to give women the confidence and skills to support themselves. Awareness of gender issues and violence against women must also be raised. Currently, some of these services are being provided by police, women’s organizations and civil society groups, including faith-based organizations. But much more is needed" (para 16-17).