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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-2

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

"NO" (8)
March 17, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Certain religious and fundamentalists groups tend to water down progressive provisions in the passage of laws such as the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law" (14)
March 4, 2016, 2:51 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Yes, Government has made certain legislations in this regards 1) Constitutional amendments for women parliamentarian. 2) More seats of women in the parliament /senate 3) Hadood laws 4) Women harassment bill 5) Women police stations 6) Job quota in Government jobs at provincials and federal level 7) Women Judges in Judiciary 8) women protection bill" (5)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

""There has been much improvement within the last five years. The number of NGO's and international organizations in Ukraine have increased. Since the EuroMaidan Revolution, there has been an increased awareness of human rights in Ukraine, and it has given the Ukrainian population a fresh spirit and motivation to fihgt for freedom in every aspect of life. This has reflected itself in the further independence and empowerment of Ukrainian women, and has brought a fresh passion into the people to fight for equality among each other." Alyona Zubchenko" (25)
Jan. 23, 2016, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

Despite the efforts recently deployed by the State party in this regard, the Committee considers that the inadequacy and lack of accurate data to identify the victims and perpetrators of murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, over a long period of time, impaired the development of effective strategies and solutions within the criminal justice system," (34-35).
Jan. 12, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"How has the civil rights situation changed since [relative moderate] Hassan Rouhani was elected in 2013? Nothing has changed about women’s rights. Nothing has changed about human rights. Actually, the number of executions is even higher" (para 41-42).
Jan. 6, 2016, 1:04 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Baladi will be watching closely to see whether King Salman will follow up on Abdullah’s commitments. So far, he has implemented the reforms of his predecessor — but has shown little indication that he’ll loosen any more restrictions on women," (23).
Aug. 11, 2015, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee expresses deep concern about the risks that women human rights defenders and women humanitarian workers (women activists) face since the outbreak of the conflict in the State party. It is particularly concerned at: "1. Consistent reports indicating that women activists have been subjected to arbitrary detention, physical abuse and sexual violence by Government forces and affiliated militias for peaceful activism, offering medical care to members of non-State armed groups, providing humanitarian aid to civilians or in some cases for alleged anti-government activities of male relatives; "2. Consistent reports indicating that most of the women activists have been detained under terrorism charges, under the Law on Combating Terrorism (Law ...more
May 1, 2015, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"La presence de Boko Haram et Al Qaeda est un grand problème parce qu'il y a beaucoup d'hommes qui vont se battre. Ca cree plus des veuves. La société n'aide pas des veuves, alors ces femmes peuvent devenir des prostitués. Les veuves sont abandonnées par la société. (Translation)The presence of Boko Haram and Al Qaeda is a big problem because many men go to fight them. This creates many widows. Society does not help widows, so these women may become prostitutes. Widows are abandoned by society (Translation RMH)" (para 5)
April 3, 2015, 10:32 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The November elections brought a record number of female lawmakers to Washington. With 20 in the Senate and 84 in the House, women for the first time in history hold more than 100 seats in Congress. But the Republican takeover of the Senate has also cost women powerful committee leadership posts and presented new challenges to their wielding of power" (4)
March 31, 2015, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"There is currently no policy on women issues in Sierra Leone" (para.1)
Feb. 7, 2015, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Brunei plans to implement a tough new sharia criminal code next year that could see citizens stoned for adultery or having a limb amputated for theft...Those convicted of drinking alcohol or committing other violations – such as abortion – could be flogged" (para 1, 2).
Dec. 23, 2014, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Since the PP’s (Spanish right wing party) arrival to power in 2011 -in a context of severe systemic crisis provoked by the speculative neoliberal system- human rights have been at stake. Specially the rights of women and vulnerable groups have been suffering permanent and continuous attacks...The government has also directly targeted gender equality policies by closing shelters for battered women and pushing for male leadership into feminist’s and women’s rights organizations. They wanted to impose a new criterion to women`s organizations applying for funds. This criterion requested male presence at the women`s and feminist`s associations Boards alleging that not including men into these spaces is a form of “gender discrimination”. ...more
Nov. 19, 2014, 1:47 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Since the early 1990s, violence, abuse, and rape against Dalit women has escalated dramatically in response to the growing Dalit human rights and self-determination movements.” This text occurs at 5:37 and is attributed to Oxfam (Coder Comment-SPS)