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Dec. 6, 2019, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2013, the UN General Assembly issued a resolution recognising the unique challenges that female human rights defenders face and calling on countries to ensure these women's right to carry out their activism in peaceful ways and to provide specialised protections, including legal, medical and social services" (para 44).
Nov. 15, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Yesterday, the Tanzania Court of Appeal upheld the landmark 2016 ruling by the High Court against child marriage." (para 1).
Oct. 22, 2019, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In February 2015, an amendment to Artice 149 of the Criminal Code changed the definition of rape and added Article 151 (3) to criminalize the offense of sexual harassment. Under the new definition of rape, rape victim could no longer be prosecuted for adultery." (pg 41).
Aug. 28, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Bangladesh's top court has ruled the word 'virgin' must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in a landmark move after campaigners challenged the 'humiliating and discriminatory' term. Under the South Asian country's Muslim marriage laws, a bride has to select one of three options on the certificate - whether she is a Kumari (virgin), a widow or divorced. In a brief verdict on Sunday, the court ordered the government to remove the term and replace it with 'unmarried', deputy attorney general Amit Talukder said" (para 1-3).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party’s fourth periodic report (CEDAW/C/SVK/4) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the amendment to the Anti-Discrimination Act in 2012, which entered into force in 2013 and introduced the use of affirmative action on the grounds of sex and gender for private entities and public bodies" (1-2). "The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption of a national strategy and national action plan for gender equality and a national action plan for the prevention...more
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2011 of the State party’s sixth periodic report (CEDAW/C/PAR/6) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (a)Act No. 5777 on the comprehensive protection of women from all forms of violence, in 2016" (1-2).
June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"Decree No. 27-2010 amending the Civil Code and the Penal Code to eliminate provisions that discriminate against women in relation to marriage, divorce and the presumption of paternity" (2).
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party’s fifth and sixth periodic reports (CEDAW/C/ICE/5 and CEDAW/C/ICE/6) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following...Public Financing Act (No. 123/2015), incorporating gender-responsive budgeting...Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men (No. 10/2008) and its amendments (Acts Nos. 62/2014 and 79/2015), including a new definition of direct and indirect discrimination...National Plan against Trafficking in Persons (2013-2016)." (para 4). "The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international instruments...Optional Protocol to the Convention...more
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In 2015 the Supreme Court directed all private hospitals to provide medical assistance to victims of acid attacks. Implementation of the policy began in Chennai in 2016. In April the government announced that acid attack victims were to be included in the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. In July 2016 the central government launched a revised Central Victim Compensation Fund scheme to reduce disparities in compensation for victims of crime including rape, acid attacks, crime against children, and human trafficking" (38). "On June 26, the Supreme Court sought responses from the national government and the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Delhi following a public...more
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Among women, the median number of years of schooling has increased from 0 years in 1992 to 2.5 years in 2010 and 3.1 years in 2015-16. Similar to women, the median number of years of schooling completed by men has increased from 1.9 years in 1992 to 3.5 years in 2010 and 3.9 years in 2015-16. Over the same period, the percentage of women and men with no education has decreased from 47% of women and 28% of men in 1992 to 19% of women and 11% of men in 2010 to 14% of women and 8% of men in 2015-16" (14). "Since 2010, there is an increase in the...more
June 8, 2019, 3:40 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The new law, approved in its second and third readings by 34 MKs, with none voting against, will criminalize procuring the services of a prostitute, as well as presence in a location chiefly used for prostitution, such as a brothel." (para 2). "The law will come into effect in 18 months, during which time the state will form rehabilitation mechanisms for sex workers, to allow them to find alternative livelihoods." (para 4).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Another important focus is the expansion and financial security of counselling and support services for women. Annual subsidies increased by roughly 10 per cent from 5.4 million euros in 2011 to 5.9 million in 2013. The amount remained the same from 2014 to 2016. Of these resources, 90 per cent are used to maintain, enhance and expand comprehensive counselling and consultation services for women and girls. Since 2011, 13 new recognised services centres for women have been established. About 10 per cent of budgetary resources are used to fund projects focussed on women. This is mainly aimed at increasing awareness about gender equality and creating further development potential and opportunities...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2002 of the State party’s fourth periodic report (CEDAW/C/BRB/4) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (a) Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) (Amendment) Act, in 2016; (b) Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, in 2016; (c) Trafficking in Persons Prevention Act, in 2016; (d) Family Law (Amendment) Act, in 2014; (e) Maintenance (Amendment) Act, allowing any parent to make an application for child maintenance, in 2014; (f) Employment Rights Act, providing for special consideration of the safety and health of pregnant women, in 2012; (g) Safety and Health at Work Act, in 2005. The Committee welcomes the State party’s...more
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and crimes in the name of so-called honour, as well as the adoption of the Forced Marriages (Countermeasures) Act, which entered into force in December 2015" (6).
May 14, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Many women like Ms. Amadou come to this sidewalk court every month to push for a divorce, frustrated not only by their husbands’ inability to earn a living during a time of economic hardship, but also because their basic views on relationships have changed" (para 7):
May 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany

"The Committee welcomes the constitutional provisions, laws, administrative norms and policies promoting gender equality and defining sex as a prohibited ground for discrimination that have been adopted since the previous periodic review. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned that the General Act on Equal Treatment (2006) remains limited in scope and fails to comprehensively protect women from gender-based discrimination in the domestic and private spheres" (4).
May 13, 2019, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Jenny Teeson accused her husband of drugging and raping her while she slept two years ago. The Minnesota woman found videos of the incident on her computer, according to the Star Tribune newspaper. However, when the couple went to court, Teeson's husband agreed to a plea deal, was convicted of invading her privacy and received only a 45-day jail sentence. That's because until Thursday, a statute in Minnesota law referenced 'the voluntary relationship defense' for criminal sexual conduct crimes that essentially allowed for marital rape. The statute protected people from prosecution if the sexual misconduct they committed was against a partner in an 'ongoing, voluntary relationship.' Gov. Tim Walz made...more
May 1, 2019, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The proportion of women that completed the secondary level increased slightly, from 13% to 17% between 2008-09 and 2017-18, and the proportion who went beyond secondary school almost doubled during that period, from 9% to 17%" (13). "The proportion of women and men age 15-49 who agree with one or more justifications for wife beating has declined from 30% of women and 36% of men in 2008-09 to 7% of women and 11% of men in 2017-18" (253).
April 29, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The status of Egyptian women has witnessed a progress in the field of Gender Equality. According to the 2016 Gender Gap Report issued by the World Economic Forum; Egypt ranked in the 132th out of 144 countries. In the Global Gender Gap report 2015, Egypt came among the 10 worst countries in gender equality ranking the 136th out of 142 countries. Egypt also ranked 121th out of 185 countries at the level of women's political empowerment according to the Inter- Parliamentary Union webpage. In despite of the progress achieved in women's status in 2016, women still suffer from violence with its all forms; sexual harassment, domestic violence, and community violence"...more
April 27, 2019, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to address discriminatory stereotypes, including through the revision of educational curricula in the French-speaking cantons, and to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes concerning minority and migrant women" (7).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Second AP UNSCR 1325 in BiH, introduced a new strategic objective: increasing the level of human security from the perspective of gender equality, serving as platform for initiatives at the local level. Five local action plans have been adopted and development of plans in three other local communities was initiated" (9). "BiH GEL, in Article 11, introduces an obligation to eliminate curricula that contain stereotypes regarding the social role of men and women; while Article 21 envisages the duty of the media to develop appropriate programme concepts promoting the gender equality awareness" (17).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The urgent need to restore equality in key social and economic sectors has led to the repeal, amendment or adoption of legislation. In that regard, the Marriage Act was adopted on 25 January 2013, enshrining the principle of joint household management by the spouses and abandoning the concept of head of the family" (8). "Act No. 2016-886 of 8 November 2016 establishes the Constitution of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, which recognizes the rights, freedoms and duties of every Ivorian woman and man, and clearly and expressly mentions the fight against gender-based discrimination in its articles 4 and 37. 1) Decree No. 2016-781 of 12 October 2016 on the procedures...more
March 22, 2019, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2016, a new women’s wing was inaugurated by the MJPO. This is part of a project by the MJPO to upgrade and modernise the prisons, which began in December 2014 at a cost of around €700,000. The new wing consists of 20 cells with a capacity for 40 women and is expected to help alleviate overcrowding as well as improve the living conditions of female inmates. It is also expected to provide better possibilities for correction and personal development" (14). "The gender gap decreased to 7.7 percentage points (pp) from 14 pp in 2009 (the female employment rate was 62.3% and the male employment rate was 76.3%)" (26)....more
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Law on changing legal gender, which allows all persons, including women and girls (from the ages of 6 to 16 with the consent of one parent or legal guardian), to apply to change their legal gender by self-declaration, in 2016" (2). "Action plan entitled 'The Right to Decide about One’s Own Life — an Action Plan to Combat Negative Social Control, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation 2017–2020, in 2017, and other action plans, including: (i) On combating human trafficking; (ii) Against hate speech, aimed at preventing hate speech on all prohibited grounds of discrimination, including gender; (iii) To strengthen investigation and prosecution in the police and the prosecuting authorities,...more
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"With the support of the International Organization for Migration, the Presidential Council for Women’s Equity has devised the Rights Dissemination Toolkit, which contains educational tools to facilitate the identification of women’s human rights and the legal framework that guarantees them. The Toolkit is very useful in fieldwork with women’s organizations, gender mechanisms and public servants. It embodies the Specialized Training Strategy on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law for Judicial Officials and Public Servants, for which the Presidential Council for Human Rights has lead responsibility and which has since 2014 included a module structured around basic principles and rules and regulations on gender-based violence in the context of the armed...more
March 11, 2019, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"By Presidential decree No. 384 of 6 December 2016, the conceptual framework for family and gender policy in Kazakhstan up to the year 2030 (hereinafter — the conceptual framework) was approved, in which the target indicator is that the proportion of women in the executive, representative and judiciary bodies and the State, quasi-state and corporate sectors at the decision-making level should reach 22 per cent by 2020, 25 per cent by 2023 and 30 per cent by 2030" (4). "Kazakhstan is taking concrete measures to implement the Convention. The Gender Equality Strategy for the period 2006–2016 has been implemented, and two new gender-related acts are in effect: the Equality Act...more
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The number of women occupying important leadership and decision-making positions, and taking part in international representation, has increased. The last few years have seen an increase in the number of Qatari women working in the diplomatic corps" (32).
March 1, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Philippines

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation. Mr Duterte in February imposed a prohibition on workers heading to Kuwait following the murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in the Gulf state" (para 1-2).
March 1, 2019, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"A high court judge has decided that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English matrimonial law, in a ruling that could have implications for thousands of Muslims in the UK. Nasreen Akhter wanted to divorce Mohammed Shabaz Khan, her husband of 20 years, but he blocked it, arguing that the couple were not married under English law. Akhter and Khan underwent a religious marriage ceremony, known as a nikah, conducted by an imam in 1998. This year Akhter, a solicitor, petitioned for divorce, saying the nikah constituted a valid marriage. Khan, a businessman, wanted to prevent Akhtar from bringing a case for a divorce settlement to court,...more
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The proportion of births assisted by a skilled provider has increased since 2012, from 87% to 95%. There has been a substantial increase in the percentage of births assisted by doctors, from 64% to 83%" (121).