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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-2

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
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Since the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) took office nearly 15 years ago, restrictions on wearing the headscarf have been eased and more women in the country have chosen to wear it. The march also saw several women protesting against the criticism they have faced for choosing to wear headscarves" (para 10-11). Despite the change in law that would be viewed as positive, the criticism and violence faced by the women who take advantage of the law is discouraging and illustrates that in practice things are not improving as we would hope (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"On Jan. 14, the Turkish parliament established an investigative commission called “Protecting the Integrity of Family,” with the purpose of investigating the causes of the skyrocketing divorce rates. . . . Following the report, Turkish women all over the country stood up against it in novel ways. In Antakya province, women wore white shrouds on May 26 to protest the report, while several college campuses joined in protests by women’s rights groups. Members of the group Mor Cati (Purple Roof) sent a “stigma certificate” to Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentarians on the commission. On Twitter, hundreds of critical tweets poured in under the hashtags #BosanmaKomisyonu (Divorce Commission) and #DevletTecavuzcuyleEvlendiriyor...more
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Tanzania’s Attorney General George Masaju has appealed against a July 2016 ruling by the High Court raising the marriage age for girls from 15 to 18" (para 1).
Oct. 24, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Gender-based violence has increased by 63% [since the start of the civil war]" (para 12). According to the infographic near paragraph 3, 'child marriage is on the increase. Today, more than two thirds of girls are married off before the age of 18, compared to 50 per cent before the crisis' (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Violence against women and the number of rapes in India have risen for over a decade — more than two rapes occur every hour on average, one study says — yet activists, attorneys and officials say that female crime victims still face many barriers in the country’s courts” (para 6). “Instances of reported rape have increased faster in the state [Uttar Pradesh] than in the rest of India in recent years, with the number of rapes more than doubling between 2014 and 2015” (para 12).
Aug. 24, 2017, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Progress on gender equality eroded in Greece during the [economic] crisis, according to the European Parliament. Women reported being regularly rejected for jobs if they were of childbearing age, or having contracts that were involuntarily converted to part time if they became pregnant” (para 28).
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“After the race in Islamabad on Sunday, the riders, mostly aged in their 20s, … talked of the need to fight growing conservatism on Pakistan's streets, saying there are fewer women out in public today than 20 years ago. ‘We are letting that space go and society is getting more narrow-minded,’ said one of riders” (para 13).
July 28, 2017, 7:07 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Russia looks likely to enact a law decriminalizing domestic violence, downgrading first offenses from a criminal act to a misdemeanor punishable by fine. The bill was approved by all but two present members of Russia’s Lower House on Wednesday, the Moscow Times reports. Critics say the bill is a clear backslide on women’s rights; it would remove most legal and disciplinary distinctions between violence in the family household and street assaults, which were decriminalized in Russia in 2016" (para 1-3).
June 12, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Girls under the age of 18 can be married off by their parents in undefined special circumstances under a new Bangladesh law passed this week. The Bangladesh Parliament approved the new legislation by a voice vote Monday. It allows exceptions to the minimum marriage age, currently set at 18 for women and 21 for men. Under the Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017, parents or guardians can get a court order to allow children to be married if it is in their 'best interests.' There is no minimum age for when these special considerations can apply, nor any definition of what "best interests" could mean, but human rights groups are concerned...more
March 23, 2017, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in 'special cases', a global alliance of charities said on Thursday" (para 1).
March 7, 2017, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have provoked outrage in some quarters by rejecting proposals to change the criminal code that would have outlawed the religious consecration of marriage rites for minors" (para 1).
Feb. 23, 2017, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The leader of a Pakistani Islamic council has proposed a bill that allows husbands to 'lightly beat' their wives as a form of discipline" (para 1).
Feb. 7, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-LAW-4, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Turkey's Government has come under fire for proposing an 'amnesty for rape' law that would allow men accused of sexually abusing girls to avoid punishment if they marry their victims. The proposal, put forward by the ruling AK Party, would allow sentencing in cases of sexual abuse committed 'without force, threat or trick' before November 16 to be indefinitely postponed if the perpetrator marries the victim" (para 1-2).