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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

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).
Dec. 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Egyptian parliament passed a new Inheritance law Dec. 5 giving women their legitimate right to inheritance" (para 1).
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

" Afghan female parliamentarians have joined them in calling on the government to enforce the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, or EVAW, which provides women with greater protection and would stamp out baad" (para 14).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Pakistan has also committed itself to meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the objective of building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While all 17 have an impact on women since they form 50pc of the world’s population, SDGs 5 specifically covers gender equality and women’s empowerment. In fact, at a meeting of world leaders in New York on September 27, 2015, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was among those who were vociferous in making firm commitments to meet the goal of gender equality" (para 3).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of 'truthful reporting', is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported" (para 4). "'Crimes like rape are handled with great sensitivity and various measures have been taken by Delhi Police for the safety of women in the city. Emphasis is given to ensure that all cases of crime against women are investigated by women officers. 'Delhi Police has organized self-defence training programmes in which 17,699 girls and women were imparted training during the year 2014,' said Minister of State for Home Affairs ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The head of the Afghan Women Judges’ Association, Shakila Abawi Shagarf, announced last month that there are now 260 female judges in Afghanistan as of this year" (para 1). "Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has not yet fulfilled a campaign promise to put a woman on the country’s nine-member Supreme Court. In 2015, he nominated Judge Anisa Rasooli to serve on the Court, but she fell 9 votes shy of the 97 votes needed to put her on the bench" (para 3). Although the promise has not been fulfilled, the fact that a woman was nominated and put to a vote is indication of the country trying to move forward in ...more
Dec. 7, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"And so, amid broader political and economic upheaval — from multi-billion dollar mega projects to an anti-corruption purge that detained many of the country’s most prominent officials — Saudi Arabia’s bid to modernize its economy included the unexpected step of permitting women to drive" (para 2).
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The parliament of Chad in December last year adopted a reform of its penal code which raises the legal marriage age from 16 to 18. Chadian President Idriss Deby also promulgated a law that punishes any person party to the marriage of a minor by 5 to 10 years prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 to 5 million FCFA (750 to 7,500 euros)" (para 16-17).
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"This year, Malawi joined the likes of Gambia and Tanzania to ban child marriage after it raised the legal marriage age to 18...Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh prohibited the practice which is now punishable by twenty years imprisonment" (para 12-14).
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"This year, Malawi joined the likes of Gambia and Tanzania to ban child marriage after it raised the legal marriage age to 18. Perpetrators of child marriages in Malawi commit an offense punishable by five years imprisonment and a fine of about $143" (para 12-13).
Nov. 1, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public. The announcement [that women will be allowed to go to sporting events] is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reform drive shaking up the kingdom, including the decision to allow women to drive from next June" (para 3-4)."In July, rights campaigners welcomed an 'overdue' reform by the education ministry to allow girls to take part in sports at state schools" (para 9).
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian government’s new maternity bill, which comes into force this week, has been branded an elitist policy that will do little or nothing to help the vast majority of the country’s mothers.According to women’s groups, the new rules – which raise maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, putting India ahead of France and the US – will apply only to a small fraction of the female workforce.'It’s as if, for the government, 95% of India’s women don’t even exist,' said Juin Dutta, from Paatshala, a group helping impoverished female handicraft workers. She pointed out that the extension will only apply to women in the formal sector, which amounts ...more