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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

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
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Uganda

"Former Kapchorwa District chairman Nelson Chelimo urged NGOs involved in the fight against FGM to now target married people" (para 8). There are direct messages from government leaders to NGOs, signifying attempts to tackle issues together" (para 8).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea

"The government encouraged various semiofficial associations such as the National Union of Eritrean Women and the National Eritrean Youth and Student Association to discuss the impact of early marriage and raise awareness among youth about its negative consequences" (para 115)
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"Several domestic and international NGOs worked to address domestic violence. Domestic NGOs operated hotlines for victims in major cities. The Center for Women and Development, supported by the VFF’s Women’s Union, also operated a nationwide hotline, but it was not widely advertised in rural areas...The government, with the help of international NGOs, continued to support workshops and seminars aimed at educating women and men about domestic violence and women’s rights and highlighted the problem through public awareness campaigns. In February 2014 the prime minister approved a national action plan to prevent and combat domestic violence through 2020. Local NGOs affiliated with the Women’s Union remained engaged on women’s concerns, particularly...more
Aug. 31, 2018, 11:40 p.m.
Countries: Ireland

“The Committee is concerned at the negative impact of austerity measures on the institutional funding for women’s non-governmental organizations, which has negatively affected efforts towards the advancement of women’s rights by non-governmental organizations in the State party” (5)
Aug. 15, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"Since no NGOs applied to participate in the working group through the Public Call, report was forwarded to NGOs and their responses are included in the II Periodic Report" (page 3). "During 2013 the Commission for monitoring of the implementation of this Action Plan was formed. It consists of members of relevant institutions and 2 representatives of NGOs, and it holds meetings regularly" (page 5). "Cooperation with NGOs is continuous, and meetings are held on a regular basis. At least once a year Forum for dialogue with NGOs is organized, where topics of common interest are discussed. The activities are also conducted through joint campaigns, trainings, research, and implementation of...more
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay

"In order to ensure a broad participatory process in the preparation of the periodic reports of Uruguay to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which by presidential decree was entrusted to the inter-agency commission for international-level gender issues, drafting of this periodic report was undertaken by that commission, which has been operational since 2004 and is made up of a broad range of public bodies and feminist and women’s organizations; it is co-coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Women’s Institute (Inmujeres). Hence, other strategic agencies were called upon to help with the drafting" (page 6). "In 2007, the Act on Equality of...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand

"The 'It’s not OK' campaign mobilizes communities to take a stand against family violence, and change attitudes and behaviour that tolerate it. A key component of the campaign is supporting community-led initiatives and working in partnership with sports organizations, local and non-governmental agencies, faith and ethnic communities, businesses and the family violence sector" (page 36). "The Government acknowledges that the non-governmental sector’s expertise is critical at all levels for the development and implementation of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme. The Government intends to incorporate perspectives from a wider range of non-governmental sector individuals and groups than were represented on the Taskforce for Action on...more
June 8, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador

"This is one of 10 districts in Ecuador where ACDemocracia, a grantee of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, is working to address gaps in service delivery and to guarantee women’s access to justice within the project titled,“Integral intervention to guarantee access to justice for women survivors of violence" (para 2). "ACDemocracia works to mobilize communities and train leaders" (para 4). "ACDemocracia expanded their local grassroots efforts towards larger goals in the country. Working closely with local feminist institutions and through joint advocacy with the National Coalition of women, ACDemocracia collaborated with civil society organizations, academic institutions and the state to gather over 37,000 signatures calling for...more
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey

"The Committee appreciates the submission by the State party of its seventh periodic report. It is concerned, however, that the involvement of civil society organizations in the preparation of the report was relatively low" (page 1). "The Committee is concerned about the increasingly restrictive and oppressive measures taken over the years, such as imprisonment, against representatives of civil society organizations, women’s organizations, women human rights defenders, journalists and other activists, including those in the Kurdish community. The Committee recommends that the State party provide an enabling and conducive environment for the establishment and active involvement of women’s and human rights organizations in promoting the implementation of the Convention and all...more
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus

"Furthermore, the Committee is concerned that the registration procedure for non-governmental organizations is cumbersome, lengthy and costly and involves requirements that may constitute a basis for discriminatory and arbitrary refusal of registration and result in only a small number of women’s organizations being registered" (pg 4).
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia

"State and territory governments, civil society and the business sector reinforce and embed, at the community level, strategies and frameworks driven by the Australian Government. The delivery of policy, strategy and initiatives to improve the status of women and girls relies on tri-partite relationships between all tiers of government, civil society and business. This includes strategies developed by state and territory governments that are tailored to meet the specific needs of their populations and complement the work being done at the national level. Programmes and services that are administered by government are commonly delivered at the grass roots by civil society organisations and businesses" (Pg 13). "Human trafficking, slavery, and...more
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)