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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary

"The Committee notes with concern the absence of partnerships with the various women’s non-governmental organizations in implementing the Convention and regrets that no information was provided on involvement of human rights and women’s organizations in the preparation of the report" (3)
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso

"The above policies are implemented by the ministries concerned, which ensure the relevant coordination with support and follow-up on the part of national actors as well as NGOs and TFPs" (13). The policies mentioned include action plans to improve the status of women which implies that NGOs directed toward women would be coordinating with the government (CODER COMMENT-BCT). "In the framework of strengthening cooperation with relevant organizations, a consultative meeting of ministers and experts in gender equality issues and women’s empowerment in the West African subregion was held in October 2010. This meeting provided an opportunity to exchange and share good practices in the promotion of gender equality" (38).more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"The Committee remains concerned about the lack of a robust civil society in the State party, as reflected by the lack of alternative reports received by the Committee from national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the implementation of the Convention. The Committee also regrets the lack of information on the legal requirements for the registration and operation of NGOs in the State party. It is further concerned that women human rights defenders and their relatives have allegedly been subjected to various forms of harassment" (pg 4-5).
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"There needs to be cooperation between NGOs, local governments, and the Ministry of Education to provide greater access to education to the rural areas of Afghanistan" (pg 5).
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait

"As regards the participation of Kuwaiti women in non-governmental associations and trade unions involved with public life, the Constitution and law in force guarantee Kuwaiti women the right to membership of relevant civil society organizations, in addition to the existence of special women’s committees in many organizations, and membership of boards of directors and involvement in the formulation of executive plans and programmes. Article 43 of the Constitution affirms the freedom to form associations and unions on a national basis, operating peacefully under the terms and conditions of the law" (15).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal

"The Committee is concerned about reports that non-governmental organizations working on women’s rights have been particularly affected by the austerity measures, which have greatly compromised their activities. It is also concerned about the insufficient engagement of the State party with women’s non-governmental organizations. The Committee recommends that the State party take measures to reduce the adverse impact of austerity measures on non-governmental organizations that are working on women’s rights and gender equality. In particular, it recommends that the State party provide adequate support, including financial assistance, to such non-governmental organizations and systematically consult them on all matters concerning women’s rights and gender equality" (page 4).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq

"The Coalition, including MP Intisar Aljubory, along with Women for Peace in Iraq, continues to campaign and raise awareness of parliamentarians, civil society and judges about the issue [of abolishing the 'marry your rapist' law" (para 4).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar

"In the light of the importance of the respect for and enjoyment of their human rights by all women and girls in the continuing reconciliation and institution-building processes and the return to constitutional order, the Committee recommends that the State party: . . . Continue to cooperate with non-governmental and community-based organizations, in particular women’s organizations, to ensure the full implementation of its obligations under the Convention" (page 2-3).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi

"The Burundian State and NGOs collaborate in the transportation of witnesses and victims to the court" (11). "Through its various agencies, the Government regularly organizes awareness-raising and information campaigns targeting women and NGOs to encourage them to make use of the available procedures and remedies for violations of their rights" (11). "The Government has carried on collaborating with civil society, as is illustrated by: ...Collaboration with local NGOs running family planning information, education and communication (IEC) programmes with a view to lowering the fertility rate" (19). "This strategy is the culmination of a long process initiated by the Ministry Responsible for Human Rights and Gender. It is the fruit of ...more
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador

"It is worth noting that both instruments were formulated in a participatory mode, through a process of nationwide consultation, by means of regional workshops, which made it possible to ensure validation and commitment, not only by public institutions but also by human rights non-governmental organizations made up of women and civil society movements" (17). The instruments referred to here are the National Plan for Equality and Equity for Salvadorean Women (PNIEMS) and the National Policy on Access to a Violence-Free Life for Women (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"The Committee welcomes the establishment, in the framework of the justice sector programme, of justice houses, information offices and counselling centres, but remains concerned about: . . . (d) The impossibility for civil society organizations with an interest in the proceedings to lodge petitions and participate in the proceedings; (e) The lack of sufficient training of justice personnel on women’s rights and gender equality. The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (c) Ensure that rules on standing allow groups and civil society organizations with an interest to lodge petitions and participate in the proceedings. in all fields of the law and not only in criminal matters as ...more
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea

"The Committee, [welcomes] the creation of the National Committee for the Fight against Human Trafficking, which includes civil society representatives" (9).
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway

"Several NGOs run activities that help increase local community participation by women with immigrant backgrounds. The Government also granted NOK 49.1 million for NGO activities to promote integration in 2015. For instance, the JURK legal advisory service for women received funding to provide rights-related information to women who have come to Norway through the family reunification programme. The KUN centre for gender equality developed a mentoring programme aimed at ensuring that immigrant women and men have a real possibility of finding employment, and created a network. The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) recruits women with immigrant backgrounds to engage in voluntary work through excursions and outdoor activities. Support and grants for ...more
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"The thirteenth objective of the Tenth Development Plan (2015-2019) concerns the empowerment of women and boosting of their contribution to the various areas of development by: (1) Increasing the contribution of civil society organizations to efforts to increase the participation of women in development (2) Encouraging the establishment of cooperative women’s associations" (25). "Accordingly, one of the objectives of the Tenth Development Plan, 2015-2019, is to increase the contribution of civil society organizations to efforts to develop women's participation in development" (51).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

"Responding to the commitment to have a participatory process in the preparation of the report, Civil Society Organizations from three enquiry forums were convened, plus specialists, academics, and government representatives, to identify the current challenges of the Mexican State in the path towards equality between women and men" (page 3).
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka

"In preparation of this report, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (M/WA), (the subject specific line Ministry established at Cabinet level during the period under reference), consulted all relevant line Ministries and Government Agencies, and obtained feedback from International Organizations represented in Sri Lanka including UNDP and ILO. Discussions were also held with women’s civil society organizations and human rights organizations including minority communities regarding women’s issues through several sessions held outside Colombo including in the former conflict affected Northern Province. Inter-ministerial meetings were held in Colombo to consult relevant line ministries, a consultative meeting for civil society representatives was held in Colombo with the participation of 23 civil society organizations ...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"To combat discrimination, the State facilitated outreach activities on the Convention and its Protocol. Those activities were conducted by CSOs, including the Association Nigérienne de Défense des Droits de l’Homme (ANDDH), the Association des Femmes Juristes du Niger (AFJN), the NGO DIMOL, the Collectif des Organisations de Défense des Droits de l’Homme et de la Démocratie (CODDHD), which together form the consultative network for CEDAW implementation in the eight regions of the country. The awareness campaign reached nearly 20 per cent of the population" (pg 6). "Organization of communications campaigns on trafficking in persons and child labour, conducted by NGOs in the different regions of the country" (pg 9). "The ...more
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova

"The Gender Focal Points (GFPs) from the specialized central public administration, NGOs active in the gender fields, experts, representatives of the academia have contributed to the preparation of the mentioned document. The NPEGE reflects the implementation of the international commitments assumed by the Republic of Moldova by ratifying several international and national instruments in the field of equal opportunities" (Pg 7). "Taking into account the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Ministry of Education has taken some measures to eliminate gender stereotypes from teaching materials and the educational process. Thus, during 2009-2010 a new National Curriculum was developed, more sensitive to gender compared with ...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Italy

"In 2013 Minister of EO Josefa Idem announced her goal to work, during her mandate, for a consistent reform in the operation of the equal opportunity system, and for an effective anti-violence national plan providing for an effective, permanent involvement of the civil society. For the first time, the Minister assembled and heeded all the major women’s NGOs (more than 100) in order to create a civil society working group and a departmental task force, including independent experts, to combat violence against women" (5).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden

"The Discrimination Act introduced a right for a non-profit organisation whose statutes state that it is to look after the interests of its members to bring an action on behalf of an individual" (page 7). "In 2013 the former National Board for Youth Affairs was commissioned to carry out a survey of work by voluntary associations to prevent sexual abuse and violations in the activities of voluntary associations. Based on that survey the Board is to highlight good examples of different ways of working and methods and spread this information in existing networks for government agencies and among civil society organisations. A report on the commission is to be presented ...more
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).