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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

April 18, 2019, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"A number of independent domestic human rights groups generally operated without government restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. NGOs reported generally positive relationships with government officials, although officials were not always responsive to their views" (11).
April 12, 2019, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: China

"[Hong Kong] The law authorizes the EOC to work towards the elimination of discrimination and harassment as well as to promote equal opportunity between men and women. A Women’s Commission served as an advisory body for policies related to women, and a number of NGOs were active in raising problems of societal attitudes and discrimination against women" (page 114).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire

"Judges’ interpretation of articles 2 and 3 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has evolved in favour of legal action by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) when the offence (crime or misdemeanour) relates to their mission. If, for example, the offence is a human rights violation, NGOs that work to defend human rights have the right to initiate legal proceedings. With the assistance of development partners, access to justice for NGOs that support women is being facilitated" (10). "As part of the follow-up to the recommendations made in the universal periodic review process, the National Coordination of Judicial Actors Against Gender-Based Violence, the NGO SOS Sexual Violence and other actors in the...more
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran

"The ability of civil society organizations to fight for and protect women’s rights was significantly challenged by judicial harassment, intimidation, detention, and smear campaigns" (36).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"A variety of domestic and international human rights groups generally operated in the country, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. Government officials were rarely cooperative or responsive to their concerns. Official harassment of independent NGOs continued and in many instances intensified, particularly of groups that focused on election monitoring, exposing corruption, and addressing human rights abuses" (44). CC: Lack of government response to human rights NGOs includes NGOs focused toward women and their rights.
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"The government and NGOs continued efforts to abolish such practices by raising awareness concerning the inherent dangers of such behavior [widow inheritance and cleansing], including the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission" (para 86).
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus

"Further to the enactment of legislative measures safeguarding women’s rights, several NAPs have been developed in line with the national policy on gender equality. The SAPGE (2014-2017), adopted by the Council of Ministers on 23 December 2014 (Decision No. 78.071), was prepared by the Gender Equality Unit of the MJPO in close collaboration with all government departments, the CGE, women’s organizations and other NGOs, academic institutions and human rights bodies" (8). This indicates that NGOs and government departments cooperate (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
March 22, 2019, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Maldives

"Government officials rarely were cooperative and responsive to their views. TM and other NGOs reported an associations regulation passed in 2015 threatened their freedom of operation. The regulation requires human rights and other NGOs to seek government approval before applying for domestic assistance above MVR 25,000 ($1,630) or for any foreign assistance" (22).
March 15, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Morocco

"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, returning refugees, asylum seekers, and other persons of concern. The government also provided funding to humanitarian organizations to provide social services to migrants, including refugees" (page 20).
March 12, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: North Korea

"The government did not allow the UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the DPRK into the country to assess prison conditions. The government did not permit other human rights monitors to inspect prisons and detention facilities" (7) Special rapporteur analyzes gender discrimination in country (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
March 8, 2019, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland

"NGOs such as Terre des Femmes, Vivre Sans Violence, and the umbrella organization for women’s shelters noted that violence against women remained a serious problem. Domestic violence against migrant women was four times higher than against nonmigrant women" (p. 14).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The security environment continued to have a negative effect on the ability of humanitarian organizations to operate freely in many parts of the country. Insurgents deliberately targeted government employees and aid workers. Violence and instability hampered development, relief, and reconstruction efforts. NGOs reported insurgents, powerful local individuals, and militia leaders demanded bribes to allow groups to bring relief supplies into the country and distribute them" (15).
Feb. 23, 2019, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"The Government provides support to approximately 30 recognized non governmental organizations under the budget of the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children’s Affairs" (19).
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).