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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 12, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"While women make up just one-third of the United Kingdom's cabinet, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a gender-equal 10-strong cabinet last year"(para 12)
Sept. 12, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined an elite global club Wednesday by appointing women to 50 percent of his Cabinet positions.The self-proclaimed feminist made good his campaign promise that his governmental inner circle would be gender-equal"(para 1-2)
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan

“In February, Punjab, the country's largest province, passed a landmark law criminalising all forms of violence against women” (para 13).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“In recent years, India has responded by toughening its rape law and creating fast-track courts to speed prosecution of rape cases and other crimes against women” (para 7). “Sexual-assault examination guidelines for doctors were established only in 2014” (para 23). “‘The two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen … has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history … new medical guidelines for doctors forbid its use and the Supreme Court outlawed the two-finger test in 2013” (para 24-25). “Then came 2012 and the devastating fatal gang rape ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China

“News reports that women across China are applying for and receiving spousal protection orders from courts since the Anti-Domestic Violence Law took effect on March 1 showed that they were seizing new opportunities to ensure their safety. Feng Yuan, a feminist who has just returned from a work trip to a rural county in the southwestern province of Yunnan, said that women had inundated the local authorities with requests for information” (para 11).
Aug. 23, 2017, 9:29 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Tanzania’s Law of Marriage Act (1971) is different for boys and girls. It allows girls to be married at 15 years old whereas boys have to be 18. Both boys and girls can marry at 14 with a court’s permission. In June 2016, Tanzania’s high court ruled this to be unconstitutional but the law has yet to be amended” (para 11).
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Under a 2012 anti-trafficking law, those convicted of the crime can spend up to 30 years in prison” (para 4). “Under a 2014 law, the minimum age for marriage in Mexico is 18 but girls can marry at age 14 and boys at age 16 with parental consent” (para 11).
Aug. 21, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Places of worship that deny or restrict women’s entry undermine the fight for gender equality and have no constitutional right to do so, the Indian supreme court said, in the latest boost for women demanding equal access to temples, mosques and other holy sites" (para 1). “The Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar, in the western state of Maharashtra, opened its inner sanctum to women following a Mumbai court ruling that it was the fundamental right of women to enter any place of worship that allows men access, and that the state should protect this right. The Mahalaxmi temple, also in Maharashtra, followed suit on Monday and allowed women entry. In ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Qatar approved a draft law that gives permanent residency status to certain noncitizens, including children of Qatari women married to non-Qatari men" (para 1). "In 2013 and in 2014, I conducted two surveys of Qatari citizens’ attitudes on gender roles, economic satisfaction, political efficacy and policy preferences. Both times, 9 out of 10 Qataris — both men and women — supported a change in the laws to allow Qatari women to pass their citizenship on to their children" (para 8). A draft law was approved in 2017 made this a reality (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 14, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"And in 2014, Morocco rescinded that law [allowing rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims]" (para 14).
Aug. 14, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"A handful of places have recently repealed these so-called marry-your-rapist laws - Tunisia, Morocco and just last week Jordan" (para 1).
Aug. 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In March 2015, The Punjab Assembly enacted the Punjab Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act, 2015 which amends the original Child Marriage Restraint Act by introducing harsher punishment (of a maximum of six months of imprisonment and fines of up to50, 000 rupees) for parties contracting and /or solemnizing child marriage" (11).
July 31, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Georgia

"Georgia is trying to comply with human rights protection requirements from the European Union by abolishing provisions that allow child marriage. Until recently, there was a provision that allowed such marriages in 'special circumstances' with the consent of a court. That was struck down in January" (para 4).
July 5, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In 2013, the Saudi Cabinet passed unprecedented legislation that criminalizes domestic violence. The legislation holds law-enforcement agencies accountable for investigating and prosecuting domestic violence cases, which police previously dealt with as a private domestic matter. The hotline 1919 has been established to report suspected abuse" (para 14-15).
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"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" (para 2).
June 5, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where people can be convicted of paying for sex. The law, which was championed by Democratic Unionist peer and Stormont assembly member Lord Morrow, came into effect on 1 June this year" (para 3).
May 22, 2017, 7:10 a.m.
Countries: Gambia, Tanzania

“Sierra Leone also became the 15th African country to join the African Union campaign to end ‘child marriage’ in August. (The Gambia and Tanzania ruled to ban 'child marriage' in July)” (para 7).
May 22, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone

“Sierra Leone also became the 15th African country to join the African Union campaign to end ‘child marriage’ in August. (The Gambia and Tanzania ruled to ban 'child marriage' in July). Equality Now Africa staffers attended the national campaign launch and met with Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, the Hon. Rugiatu Neneh Turay” (para 7).
March 24, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence, according to state-run news agency Tass. Dubbed the 'slapping law,' it decriminalizes a first offense of domestic violence that does not seriously injure the person, making it a less serious administrative offense" (para 1-2). "More than 85% of legislators in Russia's Duma approved the [decriminalization of domestic violence bill last month -- seen as part of Putin's drive to appease conservative pushing 'traditional family values'" (para 5).
March 23, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"The Court considered whether by permitting girls under the age of 18 to marry by third party consent, Sections 13 and 17 of the Marriage Act CAP R.E. 2002 (Marriage Act) violate the right to equality, the right to expression and receipt of information as provided for under Articles 12, 13, 18 and 21 of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania 1977 (Constitution). The Court held that the differential treatment of girls and boys by the impugned provisions, which permitted the girl-child to marry underage with the consent of a third party (such as a parent or guardian) was discriminatory and infringed the right to equality. The Court ...more
March 23, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"the Duma (parliament) voted this week to decriminalise domestic violence against family members unless it is a repeat offence or causes serious medical damage. The change is part of a state-sponsored turn to traditionalism during Vladimir Putin’s third presidential term" (para 1).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. In November, Congress eliminated a provision that previously allowed girls to marry at 14 and boys at 16 with parental consent" (18).
March 14, 2017, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan

"President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan has selected his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, as the country’s first vice president, following a 2016 constitutional referendum that created the position and extended his own term. Aliyeva, who has served as the deputy chair of Azerbaijan’s ruling party since 2013, heads the Azerbaijan Culture Foundation and serves as a UNESCO goodwill ambassador. Although the responsibilities of her newly-created role have yet to be defined, the position sets Aliyeva up as the lawful successor to her husband should he be unable to rule" (para 1).
March 14, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"UK government aided development of the Istanbul Convention and signed the pan-European treaty in 2012, but had never ratified it. Friday’s successful vote for ratification requires the British government to guarantee funding for shelters, crisis centers, helplines, and violence-prevention training and education in schools, which would help to combat rising rates of violent gender-based crimes in England and Scotland" (para 2).
March 14, 2017, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Malawi

"In February 2015, a new law set the legal marriage age at 18" (para 20).
March 10, 2017, 1:40 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"President Tsai’s election in 2015 was a historic moment for Taiwan, as she is the country’s first female president" (para 6).
March 3, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In the past year, four states have taken steps to pass legislation to end child marriage following a New York Times op-ed that brought national attention to 'America’s Child-Marriage Problem.' New York was the first state to introduce a bill to end child marriage in November 2015, followed by Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey. While the bills died in New York and Maryland, and legislative action is ongoing in New Jersey, the bill was signed into law in Virginia in March 2016" (para 7).
March 3, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act 2015 seeks to set up a women's force at district level throughout the province, which would respond to women's complaints of physical, financial or psychological abuse...The law was drawn up in 2015 by the PML-N, the party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which also governs Punjab province. The draft was approved by the provincial cabinet, and subsequently passed unanimously by the Punjab parliament in February. The bill came as a surprise to many because the PML-N has long been seen as a right-of-centre party, often pandering to the religious lobby" (para 7-17).
Feb. 21, 2017, 7:35 a.m.
Countries: Egypt

"It’s not that the issue has been ignored, as several achievements have been made recently after years of efforts by civil societies and the state. Among these achievements are the sexual harassment law — the first of its kind in Egypt, enacted in June 2014 — and the establishment of the first female-only police force in May 2013" (para 4).
Feb. 8, 2017, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"ECWR welcomes Egypt’s cabinet approval on the draft of amending law prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through intensifying penalty on whoever does this act to reach imprisonment between five- seven years. This comes in comparison to the current law with the penalty of imprisonment between 3 months to 3 years. The draft law proposed classifies FGM as a felony instead of a misdemeanor that can reach 15 years in case the operation led to a permanent disability or death. Also, whoever escorts a girl to be subject for FGM will receive between one year to 3 years of imprisonment" (para 1).