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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

May 7, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Sierra Leone's reform comes on the heels of two notable advances for gender equal nationality rights in 2017, including: the promulgation in January of Madagascar’s new nationality law, which guarantees women and men the equal right to confer nationality on children" (para 4).
May 7, 2018, 2:05 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights joyfully welcomes the passage of Sierra Leone’s amended Citizenship Act, which now guarantees women and men the equal right to confer nationality on children" (para 1).
May 1, 2018, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Morocco overhauled its law [absolving rapists of punishment if they agree to marry their victim] in 2014 following the suicide of a 16-year-old girl and the attempted suicide of a 15-year-old, both of whom were forced to marry their rapists" (para 5).
May 1, 2018, 2:08 p.m.
Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims, after Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon scrapped similar articles last year" (para 1).
April 4, 2018, 11:22 a.m.
Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon repealed similar 'marry your rapist' provisions in 2017" (para 4).
March 15, 2018, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"A Belgian court convicted a man this week for sexist comments made to a female police officer, the first conviction of its kind under the 2014 Belgian law criminalizing sexist actions in public spaces" (para 3).
March 15, 2018, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The government of Paraguay enacted a new law that criminalizes femicide, obstetric violence, and online abuse against women. In addition, the law creates a standardized system to collect data on gender-based violence and provides support for survivors, including free legal assistance, skills training, and access to shelters" (para 1).
March 13, 2018, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Divorced mothers in Saudi Arabia have won the right to retain custody of their children in the kingdom's latest 'liberal' reform" (para 1). "His father, King Salman, in September approved the end of a decades-long ban on driving, which goes into effect in June" (para 6).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"For the inclusion of rights of indigenous people, in 2013, the Commission for Dialogue with the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico (CDPIM), initiated the legal harmonization with international indigenous treaties and agreements. In 2014 the rights of indigenous women were included" (page 4). "Between 2012 and 2014, various important laws for the exercise of the rights of women were enacted: General Victims' Law (LGV), Protection Law, National Penal Procedure Code (CNPP), General Children's and Adolescents' Rights Law (LGDNNA), National Alternative Penal Controversy Solution Mechanisms Law, National Penal Execution Law, and the National Law for Comprehensive Penal Justice System for Adolescents" (page 5). "The LGV has the National Victims' Assistance System (SNAV)...more
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"These measures have given CEDAW a place in public institutions, enabling greater knowledge, empathy, interest, and commitment towards its applicability in the performance of their institutional competences, through its mainstreaming in the preparation of plans, policies, formulation and interpretation of laws; and in the construction of legal arguments, judicial sentences and rulings, which will be reflected in each article underlying the substantive issue" (7). The CEDAW and its recommendations have become an open conversation in public institutions and indicates a desire to implement its recommendations and improve the status of women (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Principle of indubio pro víctima: the principle was proposed and defended that, in cases of legal action...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Since the previous report was submitted, the concept of discrimination in Nigerian law has undergone a significant change as a result of article 22 of the Constitution of 25 November 2010, which provides that “the State shall ensure the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, girls, and people with disabilities. Public policies in all areas shall ensure that they can attain their full potential and participate in national development" (pg 6). "Actions are ongoing to contain, then combat, the extent and determinants of violence against women. Those actions involve the State, CSOs and the technical and financial partners (TFPs)" (pg 8).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The most important [amendment to existing legislation] was the decree law of May 2014 abolishing mitigating factors in crimes committed against women in a fit of rage in the name of 'honour'" (13).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"On 1 March 2012 the Government adopted a new strategy for work on gender mainstreaming in the Government Offices. This strategy sets out how work will be conducted in the Government Offices in 2012-2015 and replaces the plan previously in force. . . . In order to improve the monitoring of gender equality policy Statistics Sweden has developed gender equality statistics and indicators linked to the 4 subsidiary objectives of gender equality policy as a commission from the government. A monitoring system for gender equality policy that builds on these indicators has been developed in the Government Offices. The result of this work has been presented in a ministerial communication...more
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved […] in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of Law No. 039-2017/AN of 27 June 2017 on the protection of human rights defenders, Law No. 061-2015/CNT of 6 September 2015, on the prevention and punishment in respect of violence against women and girls and reparation and care of victims, Law No. 033-2012/AN of 11 June 2012 amending the Constitution and enshrining the promotion of gender equality in article 101" (1). "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 asThe strengthening of the National...more
Jan. 30, 2018, 12:41 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The decree by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issued last month but first reported on Thursday, said women should not be required to obtain consent for services 'unless there is a legal basis for the request in accordance with the provision of the Islamic [law]', according to local media" (Para 2). "Women can now vote in municipal elections and work in some retail and hospitality jobs. In 2012, they were allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time" (Para 24).
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since its consideration in 2012 of the State party’s fifth periodic report (CEDAW/C/JOR/5) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: Social Security Act, in 2014, designed to enhance social and economic protection for women, in particular those working in small businesses, Regulations governing the Alimony Fund, in 2015, aimed at expediting the payment of adjudicated maintenance in case of non-payment, Amendments to the Civil Service Code, in 2013, granting male employees paternity leave and female employees a daily nursing hour for nine months following maternity leave. The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework...more
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In mid-year the government passed the Gender Equality Act, imposing a maximum jail term of six months or a maximum fine of 20,000 baht ($550), or both, for anyone committing gender discrimination...Some NGOs voiced concern regarding the new law because of a section that stipulates two exceptions--religious principles and national security." (37-38). It is important to acknowledge the passing of this act as an indication that Thailand officials are attempting to improve the status of women, but they are doing so using a limited method based on the concerns of NGOs (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:37 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Revoking Article 308 would also put Jordan in compliance with its international legal obligations, including the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Following our June 2016 and January 2017 joint submissions to the CEDAW Committee, it also recommended in its March 2017 concluding observations that Jordan ‘repeal without further delay all remaining discriminatory provisions of the Penal Code condoning gender-based violence against women, in particular articles 97 to 99, 308 and 340, and ensure that rapists and perpetrators of crimes committed in the name of so-called honour are prosecuted and adequately punished without benefiting...more
Jan. 18, 2018, 5:27 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Stop Abortion civic committee has drafted a bill that would lead to a complete ban and a new criminal offence of “prenatal murder”. This will introduce a penalty of three to five years in prison for women, doctors and anyone helping a woman to perform an abortion. Even if the abortion is unintentional, the penalty will be up to three years in prison" (para 13). It’s not yet clear if they will succeed but the legislative initiative is currently awaiting a decision from the parliament’s speaker on whether it will be registered. If successful, the Stop Abortion committee will have three months to collect 100,000 signatures to ensure that...more
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"As part of the amendment to the sexual crimes legislation on July 1, 2013, this provision was further strengthened, allowing prosecution in Sweden of someone, resident in Sweden, who purchase a sexual act from a child under 18 years of age in a country where this conduct is not prohibited" (page 3). "In 2012, five police districts were randomly selected and inspected. The inspection report, which was published in May 2013, concluded that there is a need for specialist, district-based anti-trafficking units, for intensified Internet surveillance, and a clearer focus on the whole chain of perpetrators – buyers of sexual services, procurers and traffickers" (page 4). "In 2013, the Swedish...more
Jan. 10, 2018, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The case of Rosana Galliano’s children was the main catalyst for a law passed by Congress on May 31, which strips parents who kill, injure or sexually abuse their partners of parental rights" (para 5). "Meanwhile, Congress did not stop with the parental responsibility law. The same day it was passed, the Senate gave preliminary approval to two other bills focused on gender-based violence. One of them establishes financial support by the state for women who cannot afford to leave their abusive partners. The other one implements a subsidy for the families who raise children whose mothers have been victims of femicides. The two draft laws are now pending approval...more
Jan. 10, 2018, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"'For the first time, 18 women M.P.'s have made their way to the Majlis, which is a record, and we are happy that the dear ladies of our country are present in all scenes and especially in politics,' he said in the post" (para 8). The Majils is another word for the Iranian Parliament (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
Jan. 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In the past year in Japan, we’ve made some progress. In July, our lower house of parliament (where just 10.1 percent of seats are held by women) amended the law pertaining to sexual assault to increase minimum sentences from three to five years, recognize male victims and widen the definition of what constitutes rape" (para 34).
Jan. 9, 2018, 8:33 a.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"As of January 1, 2018, Iceland has become the first country to enact a law that makes it illegal to pay men more than women. Iceland is now the only country in the world that has legalized equal pay between the sexes. Now, public and private employers in Iceland that have 25 or more employees will have to obtain government certification of equal pay policies, or face fines" (para 1-2).
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"in mid-September of this year, Essebsi revoked the 1973 administrative order and gave women the right to marry outside of the Muslim faith" (para 5). "On July 26, the Tunisian parliament passed the Law on Eliminating Violence Against Women, which introduces criminal provisions and penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence, and includes provisions to prevent child labor, sexual harassment in public places, and pay discrimination" (para 6).
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"At the annual World Economic Forum in Davos this year, global leaders got an opportunity that many never believed possible: they got the opportunity to hear an all-female Afghan orchestra perform on stage for its first-ever international performance. For Afghanistan—where music was banned under Taliban rule and the status of women has continually been undermined—the moment is significant" (para 1).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Women and Family Affairs in 2014 created a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence . . . The draft law was approved in July 2016, though it has yet to go into effect" (para 4).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In response to both these numbers and more than three decades of advocacy led by women’s groups, two ministries — the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties — created a draft law and placed it before the general secretariat in September 2013. Due to criticism from women’s groups of the inadequacy of the scope of definition and protections provided under the proposed law, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane placed the law under a direct commission to be revised, and it was presented before the general secretariat yet again in July 2016" (para 8).
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Last month, Delhi Police launched a unique initiative to check spiralling crimes against women in the city, also known dubiously as the 'rape capital' of India. It formed a squad of plainclothes officers called 'police mitras' (friends of the police) — comprising farmers, homemakers and former Army men — to assist them in the prevention and detection of crime and maintenance of law and order" (para 1). "India, considered one of the world’s most unsafe countries for women, has lately seen a raft of innovative initiatives to safeguard women from sexual crimes" (para 3).
Dec. 17, 2017, 8:32 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Although woman’s empowerment has been at the top of Egypt’s priorities during the past decade, with legislative changes and a large number of initiatives – for example, anti-trafficking and anti-harassment laws, and the women’s quota in the Egyptian parliament - still girls and women face enormous challenges in the country" (para 1).