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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

Dec. 14, 2018, 8:25 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Algerian authorities [have] banned female public sector employees from wearing full-face veils, or niqabs, at work. Prime Minister Ahmed Ouayhia publicized the decision in a letter to ministers and regional governors in the Muslim-majority country last Thursday. Civil servants, he wrote, need to 'observe the rules and requirements of security and communication within their department.' He said public sector workers needed to be able to be 'physically identifiable' while in the workplace” (para 1-4). This could indicated a desire to elevate the status of women (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Over the summer, Parliament passed the first changes to Japan’s sex crime laws in 110 years, expanding the definition of rape to include oral and anal sex and including men as potential victims. Lawmakers also lengthened minimum sentences. But the law still does not mention consent, and judges can still suspend sentences" (para 62).
Oct. 28, 2018, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Ethiopia’s new Cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country’s first woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. 'Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can’t lead,' Abiy said while presenting his choices. 'This decision is the first in the history of Ethiopia and probably in Africa'" (para 1-2).
Oct. 17, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"But in the two years before the 2018 midterm election, amid marches for women’s rights and the growing #MeToo movement, something shifted in a field that has historically paved an easier path for men: 'Women are running whether or not Democrats and Republicans invite them to,' said Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, a political science professor at USC" (para 3-4). "In the first few weeks after President Trump was elected over Hillary Clinton, about 1,000 women reached out to Emily’s List about running for office. The group’s record until then had been 920, and that covered from 2014 to 2016. By the end of 2017, as the #MeToo movement exploded and Women’s...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"After more than a generation of struggle by women’s rights activists, Sri Lanka’s patriarchal political scheme has, reluctantly, opened up a bit to require that 25 percent of candidates in local elections be women" (para 2). "'We have fought for this for two or three decades,' Ms. Hettiarachchi said, her eyes gleaming with excitement. 'It’s not an easy thing. But this is a turning point'" (para 4). "Only half of them belong to her United National Party. The rest are all independent candidates, joined with Ms. Hettiarachchi in the cause of seeing more female leaders in a society where some developmental indicators have been improving but where opportunity for women...more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Saudi ruler, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and their many supporters, the monarchy is verging on a great feminist leap forward. The change reflects the tectonic shifts in a society that have helped women reach the pinnacles of academic and professional success, combined with the effects of globalization, which have brought more openness to the kingdom than at anytime in its recent history" (para 5). "'There is no doubt that there is a deep transformation happening in Saudi now,' said Kristin Smith Diwan, the senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. 'But we are also witnessing a...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"One of the most significant feats of the Sindh government is promulgation of a set of progressive laws on the rights of women" (para 1).
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:11 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The appointment of a woman at the labor ministry is part of efforts to modernize and promote a more moderate form of Islam. Prince Mohammed has loosened social restrictions, scaling back the role of religious police and permitting public concerts" (para. 17).
Sept. 12, 2018, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"'The agreement acknowledges the different forms of violence that women have suffered, including conflict-related sexual violence, and integrates gender equality comprehensively'... 'It emphasizes the specific impact that the conflict has had on women and girls, and acknowledges the transformative potential of gender equality and the protection of women’s rights,' (said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict)" (Par. 4)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 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
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Egypt

"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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The treatment of citizen and noncitizen women differed. The treatment of Emirati women showed some signs of improvement, while noncitizen women continued to face women’s rights abuses" (22).
Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Sheikh Mutlaq's intervention follows earlier moves to modernise Saudi society, part of a social reform plan spearheaded by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has pledged to transform the country with the government's Vision 2030 programme.It is aimed at giving more freedom to Saudi women, who face strict gender segregation rules, and follows the historic lifting of a driving ban in September 2017. In the same month, women were allowed to participate in Saudi Arabia's National Day celebrations for the first time. Last month women were permitted to watch football live in stadiums in some cities" (para 13-15).
July 16, 2018, 4:02 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Tunisia has embarked on a bold and painful experiment, gathering testimony from victims of six decades of abuses under two dictatorships before its revolution four years ago led to a still-fledgling democracy. Already, thousands have arrived to lodge complaints at the country’s Truth and Dignity Commission, which is scheduled to begin public hearings in June with the goal of exposing the violations, making reparations and holding the abusers accountable in a search for national reconciliation. Just a few months into the process, 12,000 victims have come forward, most of them men. But what has surprised even longtime human rights activists is the number of women starting to tell stories of...more
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

"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

"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

"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
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).