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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-2

July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes that the State party has been facing political instability since April 2015, which has resulted in an increase in violence and high levels of insecurity. The Committee is particularly concerned that this situation, along with non-adherence to the rule of law, has contributed to an increase in the number of serious acts of sexual and gender-based violence committed against women and girls by the police, the military and the ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure. The Committee regrets the intention of the State party to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, its rejection of the independent investigation on Burundi carried out pursuant to...more
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned about anti-gender movements seeking to exclude reference to gender from the political, educational and social discourse in the State party. It is also concerned about the ban by the Ministry of Education and Science on all dissemination and use of educational materials referring to 'gender theory' and/or 'gender ideology', under Ministry decision No. 29664, and at the complete absence of the term “gender” from the Act on the comprehensive protection of women from all forms of violence. (...) It is also concerned at the proposal to create a ministry of family, which could interfere with the mandate of the Ministry of Women and the resources allocated...more
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern, however, the delay since December 2014 in adopting the new action plan. It also notes with concern that the Centre for Gender Equality, tasked with administering the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, lacks adequate human and financial resources and is remotely located. The Committee is also concerned that there are no full-time gender focal points working on gender mainstreaming in government institutions and that gender-responsive budgeting is not systematically implemented in all programming relevant for achieving the de facto equality of women." (para 11)
June 8, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"In September 2017, at the beginning of the new school year, schools in some Regions of Kazakhstan banned girls wearing headscarves from further attendance. More schools started banning girls in headscarves in January 2018. Education officials and schools argued that headscarves violate the January 2016 Education and Science Ministry instruction on compulsory school uniforms, which does not allow clothes which demonstrate a religious adherence." (para 3). "However, as early as 2013, some schools banned girls from attending if they were wearing headscarves. A father in Aksai in West Kazakhstan Region challenged through the local court the school which had rejected his daughter. He argued that the ban amounted to discrimination...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is also concerned at reports of the increasing rate of femicide in the State party" (6).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Despite repeated vows by both major political parties to increase female representation, the number of female candidates elected in the June commune council elections actually declined from the 2012 result. The June elections also saw participation by the Cambodia Indigenous People’s Democracy Party" (23-24).
May 9, 2019, 3:36 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The lashings, however, have evoked comparison with the group’s treatment of women during its previous rule, before it was toppled by the US-led invasion in 2001. During the Taliban’s period of control in Afghanistan from 1996 until its fall, public executions and lashings were common. At that time, women faced serious discrimination. They were forced to wear an all-enveloping burqa, they were forbidden to leave their homes without an accompanying male relative, and girls’ education was banned" (para 7-8).
April 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"She has received more death threats than she can count, one of which even specified an exact date. So when the insurgents stormed into Kunduz on Sept. 28, she knew she had to run." (para 11). "“The Taliban had a list of all the women who were working in the government, civil society, media, women’s organizations,” she said. “I knew they were going to come for me.” She hid in a relative’s basement for two days before donning an all-covering burqa and fleeing the city." (para 12). "The Taliban held Kunduz for three days, during which they looted businesses and hunted down activists and journalists. Afghan forces backed by U.S....more
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes that, as a general rule, legislation adopted in Norway is gender-neutral. The Committee repeats its concern that gender-neutral legislation, policies and programmes might lead to the inadequate protection of women against direct and indirect discrimination and hinder the achievement of substantive equality between women and men, as explained in paragraph 5 of the Committee’s general recommendation No. 28 (2010) on the core obligations of States parties under article 2 of the Convention (...) . The Committee also notes that the new Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act, which merges the previous gender equality, sexual discrimination, ethnic discrimination and discrimination and accessibility laws, is 'particularly aimed at strengthening the position...more
March 1, 2019, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation. Mr Duterte in February imposed a prohibition on workers heading to Kuwait following the murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in the Gulf state. The crisis deepened after Kuwaiti authorities last week ordered Manila's envoy to leave the country over videos of Philippine embassy staff helping workers in Kuwait flee allegedly abusive employers" (para 1-3).
March 1, 2019, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Sudanese Islamist groups have waved aside the equating of men and women and called for keeping the legal procedures for marriage that are based on the Shari’a, rejecting all draft amendments to the Sudanese Constitution" (para 6).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Women are considered to participate in household decisions if they make decisions alone or jointly with their husband in all three of the following areas: (1) their own health care, (2) major household purchases, and (3) visits to their family or relatives. . . The proportion of currently married women age 15-49 who participate in all three decisions has declined since 2012, from 43% to 33%. Women’s participation in each of the separate decisions has also declined, with the sharpest decrease observed for participation in decisions about major household purchases. In 2012, 55% of women said that they participated in decisions about major household purchases, as compared with 38% in...more
Feb. 17, 2019, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The allegations about the women's football team have particular resonance because it was earlier celebrated internationally as a symbol of a new, more liberal Afghanistan - and a showcase for the freedoms enjoyed by girls and young women after the fall of the Taliban in 2001" (para 18).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The government failed to resume operations of a national hotline for assisting children despite various NGOs’ requests to support the hotline" (37). I am coding this here because child abuse is an aspect of domestic violence, which primarily affects women and children (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 8, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"However, it reversed a 2012 law that was gradually increasing and equalizing the retirement ages for men and women. Now, the retirement age is set to be lowered back to 60 years for women and 65 for men" (p. 40).
Feb. 8, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Angola increased the number of legal restrictions on women’s work" (p. 36).
Feb. 8, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"However, the new labor code allows employers to terminate employees’ contracts when they reach the retirement age, which is unequal for men and women" (p. 38).
Feb. 8, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Bangladesh now prohibits women from carrying, lifting or removing weighty goods and instruments. It also establishes different weight-lifting thresholds for men and women" (p. 36).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"In Ethiopia, anaemia prevalence among women age 15-49 declined from 27% in 2005 to 17% in 2011 but then increased to 24% in 2016; these data suggest that anaemia is a moderate public health problem (Figure 11.10). Increases were observed from 2011 to 2016 in all anaemia categories" (199).
Jan. 4, 2019, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"In March 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) recommended that Kenya , '[r]epeal all provisions in family laws, including the Marriage Act (2014), that discriminate against women and have a negative impact on their children, such as those that authorize polygamy.' This followed Equality Now’s joint submission to the CRC with partner Rural Education and Economic Enhancement Project (REEP) – Kenya, which noted the harmful effects of this new law on women and girls" (39).
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Never mind the much-mythologised 'Gujarat model' of development — the state has seen the sharpest decline in the sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the country, according to the NITI Aayog’s health index report 'Healthy States, Progressive India'" (para 1). "The sex ratio at birth — or the number of girls born for every 1000 boys during a specific year — was recorded for the period between 2012-14 (base year) and 2013-15 (reference year). The SRB 'is an important indicator and reflects the extent to which there is reduction in the number of girl children born by sex-selective abortions,' as the report says. Gujarat topped the ‘most deteriorated’ category —...more
Dec. 1, 2018, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IIP-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Iran's prosecutor general said today that women would not be allowed to watch live football matches inside stadiums again, because seeing the players will 'lead to sin'" (para 1).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Ironically, despite increasingly stringent laws and a visible beefing up of police protection, crimes against women have surged" (para 3).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Other human rights problems included...violence and discrimination against women; sex tourism; sexual exploitation of children; trafficking in persons" (1). This is included as part of a list of human rights violations and issues after the military coup in Thailand in May 2014. While it does not indicate that the coup is a direct cause of these problems, it is implied that the military take-over has lead to an increase in human rights problems for the country (AA-CODER COMMENT). "
April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“The explanations given notwithstanding, the Committee notes with concern: (a) The restructuring of the State party’s national machinery for the advancement of women, the elimination of the Ministry of Equality and the replacement of the Institute of Women with the Institute for Women and Equal Opportunities; (b) That such restructuring measures have affected the ability of the State party to ensure the development and effective implementation of gender policies and may dilute the focus on gender as a cross-cutting element” (4)
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Marry-your-rapist exemption, polygamy, 'child marriage'. There is a disturbing pattern in Iraq in the last few months and years, with Parliamentarians proposing and backing laws that encourage violence and discrimination against women and girls" (para 4).
Feb. 13, 2018, 11:38 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2, ADDL-DATA-1

"Sri Lanka's president has reinstated a 37-year-long ban on women buying alcohol - just days after the restriction was lifted by his finance minister. Maithripala Sirisena said he had ordered Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to revoke his decision to overturn the 1979 law prohibiting the sale of all alcohol to women" (para 1-2).
Jan. 18, 2018, 5:27 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"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
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"This process has unfolded before each Universal Periodic Review conducted by the Human Rights Council at the United Nations, where Pakistan’s representatives try and put up a brave front in defending the country’s human rights record. Meanwhile, the Gender Gap Index 2015 ranked Pakistan second from the last among 145 countries in terms of the prevalence of gender-based disparities" (para 3).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"A chilling video circulating on social media shows more than 100 members of the Imbonerakure, the youth wing of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, repeating dozens of times their call to 'make opponents pregnant so that they can give birth to Imbonerakure'. Another group then repeats a chant in which the phrase 'he or she should die' is audible some 19 times. The rally took place in Ntega commune, Kirundo province, in the northeast of the country. Following the release of the video, on 5 April 2017 the CNDD-FDD issued a statement condemning the chanting and stating that a preliminary enquiry has found that there were 'influences outside the party.' However,...more