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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 24, 2020, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced… Previously the courts could order the flogging of convicts found guilty of offenses ranging from extramarital sex and breach of the peace to murder. In future, judges will have to choose between fines and/or jail sentences, or non-custodial alternatives like community service, the court said in a statement seen by AFP on Saturday” (Para. 1, 5-6).
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:49 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Girls in New Zealand high schools will no longer have to pay for sanitary products after the government announced it would foot the bill in an attempt to stamp out widespread period poverty. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity and too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons… Fifteen Waikato schools – identified as those most in need – will have access to free products from term three of this year, with the programme going nationwide on an opt-in basis by 2021” (para 1-2, 4).
July 22, 2020, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The law — the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act — was issued in 2009 as a decree by President Hamid Karzai. In a first for the country, it outlined basic protections from practices common throughout Afghanistan, including child marriage, forced marriage, physical abuse and the practice of giving women in marriage to settle disputes between families, called baad" (para 13).
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"(c) Amendments to the Gender Equality Act which entered into force in 2009, further defining direct and indirect discrimination based on sex and extending the right to compensation for discrimination in the workplace to other areas of life" (2).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women comprehensively provides for the principles to be adhered to in protecting women’s rights, their rights to public and political life, education, culture, health care, employment, security of person and property, marriage and family, national guidance system for the protection and promotion of women’s rights and the obligations of the institutions concerned. With the adoption of this Law, the legal basis for the enjoyment by women of their rights set forth in the Law has been further consolidated, protection and promotion of their rights become legal obligations of the institutions, enterprises, organizations, officials and individuals, and the social climate...more
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Through Decision No. 154-2010, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) authorized implementation of the project entitled ‘Promoting increased participation by women in the exercise of citizenship’, which involved workshops to inform women of their rights and duties as citizens. Participants would then pass on the information to their communities" (23).
April 30, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Tunisian women enjoy far greater rights than many of their North African or Middle Eastern sisters, and this is the result not only of government policies which promoted women’s equality and education but of a strong women’s rights movement which has a history dating back to the 1930s" (para 3).
April 30, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"When Egyptians overthrew the dictator, the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of public hatred of the dictator to ally him with Western progressive ideals, including gender equality. Out went the nongovernmental organizations that worked to make divorce easier and inheritance laws fairer. In came the thugs who stripped and beat women in the streets" (para 8).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The percentages of the household population, especially of women who have a secondary or higher level of education, have increased in the past 5 years, whereas educational attainment among men has remained the same" (15). "Women have been getting more access to media in the last 5 years, so the proportion of ever-married women having no access to any of the three media declined from 51% in 2012-13 to 47% in 2017-18" (35).
March 4, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"From the start of 2012 to end 2018 the AWRO implemented some project on women’s access to higher education, women’s access to work, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s access to justice, based on the formal and informal justice in around 18 provinces of Afghanistan for around 9000 women and men direct beneficiaries, in these projects majority of the influential people, community leaders and elders, governmental officials form all ministries including the justice sectors and the ministry of women’s affairs, Mullahs, university scholars, school teachers, land lords were involved... In 2009 to 2012 the AWRO implemented the projects on Human rights, UN security council Resolution 1325 and the CEDAW which covered...more
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

"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

"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

"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

"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).