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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-2

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).
Feb. 7, 2017, 9:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Japanese women still face a 100 day wait before they can remarry following legal changes approved Tuesday by the country's cabinet, a move condemned as discriminatory by a UN rights group. The approval, from conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration on International Women's Day, came after Japan's Supreme Court ruled in December that the six-month waiting period for women to remarry after divorce was excessive and should be reduved to 100 days" (para 1-2). "It also condemned a Japanese law which requires married couples to share a common surname as discriminatory against women because it 'in practice often compels women to adopt their husbands' surnames.' In December, the top court...more
Feb. 2, 2017, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"One of the first things the trustees have done in recent weeks is to begin to dismantle the [male and female] co-executives, closing some women’s centers and ruling the diversion of abusers’ paychecks illegal. 'This crackdown is actually aiming at women and shutting down women’s organizations,' said Feleknas Uca, a member of Parliament from Diyarbakir. 'It’s a blow against women’s freedom. They made lots of statements like, ‘You should go and have three kids’'" (para 11-12). "While no other national [Turkish] party has women standing for 50 percent of offices, like the [Kurdish] H.D.P., female political candidates have increased greatly even in the conservative, pro-Islamic ruling A.K.P. party" (para 30).more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-LAW-1, GP-DATA-1, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Saudi Arabia’s government agreed to abolish the guardianship system twice – in 2009 and 2013 – after a review by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. It instituted some reforms by, for instance, making it easier for women to work, appointing women to the King’s advisory board, and allowing women to vote and run as candidates in municipal elections. However, these reforms had limitations and stopped short of providing women basic rights" (para 10).
Jan. 23, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"A new proposal by a group of parliamentarians from opposition party ARENA in El Salvador to increase jail terms for women accused of having an abortion to up to 50 years is scandalous, irresponsible and flies on the face of basic human rights standards, Amnesty International said. 'Parliamentarians in El Salvador are playing a very dangerous game with the lives of millions of women. Banning life-saving abortions in all circumstances is atrocious but seeking to raise jail terms for women who seek an abortion or those who provide support is simply despicable,' said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International" (para 1-2).
Sept. 30, 2016, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“The report shows that, in recent years, female genital mutilation and/or excision (FGM/E) has been inflicted on girls at a younger age than was previously the case. According to a recent study, 69 percent of women aged 20 to 24 were excised before the age of 10" (para 3). “Whereas in most countries where FGM/E is still occurring, women and girls seem to be largely in favour of its abolition, in Guinea the number of women supporting it has increased. A study by the Institut national de la statistique showed that the proportion of women and girls in favour of it rose from 65 percent in 1999 to 76 percent...more
June 7, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Japan’s highest court on Wednesday upheld a law dating back more than a century that requires married couples to share the same surname, rejecting a claim that it discriminates against women by effectively forcing them to give up their names in favor of their husbands’. The ruling was a blow to Japanese women seeking to keep their maiden names after marriage. Some couples have chosen not to register their marriages — opting instead to stay in common-law relationships with fewer legal protections — in order to keep separate surnames. 'When I heard the ruling I started crying, and even now it hurts,' said Kyoko Tsukamoto, 80, a retired high school...more
April 30, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Table 3.4 shows that television is the most popular mass media among ever-married women and currently married men (78 and 80 percent, respectively), followed by radio with 27 percent of women and 32 percent of men. Readership of print media is much lower for both women and men (12 and 24 percent, respectively). Since 2002-2003, there has been a decrease in the proportion of women exposed to all three media, from 9 percent to 6 percent in the 2007 IDHS” (27).
March 17, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Cyprus
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

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