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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Within the Ministry of Justice, DAP actively participated in the interministerial Task Force on Violence Against Women; translated and disseminated the Bangkok Rules; signed an MoU with the Children’s Rights Ombudsman in March 2014; elaborated the 2010 Guidelines to manage women detainees affected by HIV; and determined the features of the so-called “protected family houses” for mother detainees, when a fixed abode lacks." (para 15). "As for “National machinery”, over the years DEO has strengthened its coordination role. It is now responsible for guidance, proposal and coordination of regulatory and administrative initiatives to support women’s human rights; prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination, combat VAWG, exploitation and THB, as...more
Feb. 11, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, GP-DATA-5, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Despite the systematic marginalization and side-lining of Iraqi women in the official political institutions and processes, they have not merely stood by but have mobilized at the level of formal civil society organizations, social and political movements, as well as more informal community and interest groups. Women activists have been at the forefront of a growing political movement for democracy and human rights that, in line with current protest movements in the region, asking for greater transparency and an end to corruption and political authoritarianism. Many Iraqi women’s rights activists realize that their struggle for greater gender equality and social justice cannot be separated from the struggle against an emerging...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Several national indicators reveal that many women know that there are laws protecting them against violence and that they are encouraged to report such violence to the competent authorities. Despite the paucity of reporting on national trends, experienced observers have noted that public security and justice services, as well as private organizations (legal clinics, specialized associations) are increasingly sought by women, and the number of applicants has also increased throughout the country" (9).
Jan. 29, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Moreover, considering the recent situation of trafficking in persons such as cases of trafficking in persons becoming more sophisticated and invisible, the government revised the Action Plan in December 2009 and drew up Japan’s 2009 Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Based on the 2009 Action Plan, the government aims to further enhance its efforts to prevent and eliminate trafficking in persons and to protect the victims. Relevant institutions will comprehensively implement the respective measures in cooperation with each other." (52). "The government has taken budgetary measures for various support systems provided at Women’s Consulting Offices, such as the protection of women victimized by trafficking in persons, allocation of...more
Jan. 10, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Yet anti-FGM campaigners are hopeful that things will change given that last month the country repealed a restrictive public order law that controlled how women acted and dressed in public, including banning women from wearing trousers. It was introduced during the nearly 30-year rule of Omar al-Bashir, who was deposed as president in a coup earlier this year after mass street protests. Under the public order law, the authorities had sweeping powers to control what women wore, whom they spoke to and saw, and any job they might hold - with any perceived offender facing punishment by flogging, or in rare cases stoning and even execution."
Dec. 31, 2019, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In the most significant reforms to Chinese land laws in more than 15 years, the Chinese government adopted several new amendments to its 2002 Rural Land Contracting Law (RLCL) late last year that will help strengthen the land rights of 240 million Chinese farm households. The amended RLCL includes key provisions that protect and strengthen women’s land rights, and responds positively to shifting demographic trends as China’s farming communities undergo rapid urbanization" (para. 1-2).
Dec. 16, 2019, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GP-DATA-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Voters in Colombia’s capital Bogota elected a woman as mayor for the first time on Sunday in local and regional contests marked in some places by violence against candidates and the power of political clans" (para 1). "Left-wing Claudia Lopez, a former senator and vice-presidential candidate, won about 35% of the vote for Bogota mayor, widely considered the second-most important political post in Colombia after the presidency" (para 2).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"But change, however slow, is coming. Surveys indicate that nearly 65% of Spanish women under 30 now call themselves feminists--double the number of five years ago. The number of rapes reported shot up by 28% in the first three months of 2018--the outcome of the first trial seemed to encourage more women to come forward, rather than deter them" (para 6).
Dec. 8, 2019, 5:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"India's parliament has approved a bill that makes the Muslim practice of 'instant divorce' a criminal offence. 'Triple talaq', as it's known, allows a husband to divorce his wife by repeating the word 'talaq' (divorce) three times in any form, including email or text message. The Supreme Court declared the practice unconstitutional in 2017" (para. 1-3).
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
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-PRACTICE-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1, CONST-LAW-1

"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).