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Oct. 9, 2018, 7:39 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The June 24th, 2018 election manifestos of the majority of the parties aimed to address issues related to gender equality and particularly in economic and educational areas. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), Republican People’s Party (CHP), Good Party (İP), Islamist Felicity Party, People’s Democratic Party (HDP) raised notably the notion of women’s empowerment and the fight against violence against women" (para. 2) Nevertheless, it is common that is in order to instrumentalize women’s rights for their own political purposes.
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"When TV presenter Doaa Salah broached the thorny issue of single motherhood on her weekly “Dodi Show” on Al Nahar last July, she probably had no idea that she would end up fired and sentenced to three years in prison. Sporting a fake baby bump in the studio, she boldly asked female viewers if they had ever considered engaging in premarital sex. She also suggested that women marry for a short period to have a baby and lamented that sperm donation is prohibited in Egypt. She faced a fierce backlash for her 'immoral remarks.'" (para. 1 - 2). "Topics like sex and sperm donation are taboo in conservative Egypt, where...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Abdel Rahim told Al-Monitor, 'We hope a woman can fill the position of president or prime minister for the first time in the elections that will be held in 2019,” while saying that the patriarchal view that still prevails is preventing her from becoming the first woman to head the Tunis municipality'" (para. 4).
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Twenty pages of thumbprints serve as the signatures of Rohingya women and girls who are demanding the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate atrocities committed against their community. On Wednesday, the group Shanti Mohila—or “Peace Women”—submitted the request on behalf of four hundred women refugees, asserting that the Myanmar government is conducting “a genocidal campaign that spans both Myanmar and Bangladesh.” Women and girls face devastating and systematic sexual violence, with many arriving in Bangladeshi camps pregnant and lacking adequate maternal care. One of the signatories of the petition told The Washington Post she was “proud to be one of the women taking action to get justice for my people.” Although...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Twenty pages of thumbprints serve as the signatures of Rohingya women and girls who are demanding the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate atrocities committed against their community. On Wednesday, the group Shanti Mohila—or “Peace Women”—submitted the request on behalf of four hundred women refugees, asserting that the Myanmar government is conducting “a genocidal campaign that spans both Myanmar and Bangladesh.” Women and girls face devastating and systematic sexual violence, with many arriving in Bangladeshi camps pregnant and lacking adequate maternal care. One of the signatories of the petition told The Washington Post she was “proud to be one of the women taking action to get justice for my people.” Although...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Argentina has enacted one of the most liberal laws on gender identity to be found anywhere in the world. Its code allows people to change the gender listed on their legal documents without a diagnosis of gender dysphoria or permission from a judge, as is required in most countries. The country has also granted same-sex couples reproductive rights, such as access to in vitro fertilization under the national health plan, and has banned programs that aim to 'cure' same-sex attraction" (para. 1). Pope "Francis apparently reached out to Argentine Powered By legislators personally to push them to oppose the measure. Pedro Guastavino, a proabortion rights senator, told the BBC that...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The [legalization of abortion] debate has divided Argentine society, which is still heavily influenced by the Catholic Church" (para 6).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s social conservatives launched a vitriolic social media campaign warning of moral decay if women were elected. 'I say: it is forbidden for Muslim women to participate,' one cleric with 161,000 Twitter followers, Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al-Barrak, wrote in a fatwa, warning of 'consequences in the afterlife' for those who took part" (para 15).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On February 6, in recognition of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM/C, the Women’s High Council of the KRG, in collaboration with local NGO WADI and UNICEF, hosted a conference to raise awareness about the issue. Also in February WADI, with support from UNICEF, sponsored four television announcements to combat FGM/C" (para 246)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Saʿid and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman have been concerned with the conditions and rights of Omani women and have developed Government policies, plans and programmes to ensure the participation of women in all areas as primary actors in sustainable human development in the Sultanate" (Pg 3). "The Sultanate held a discussion session on 8 October 2015 in the framework of the events of Omani Women’s Day to expand the discussion and request comments on the second and third national report. Participants reviewed the final draft of the second and third national report on the implementation of the Convention. They included representatives of...more
Sept. 19, 2018, 12:11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Since many of these deaths occur in remote and volatile areas, a small fraction of these were ever reported by national media outlets. The majority of the cases that we get are not in any newspapers,' Asim said. 'The areas that we work in, there are no NGOs there, there are no journalists there anymore, so there’s no news coming out of those areas. The reports that we get [of honor killings] are the only ones, really.' While she does make her findings public, they’re often buried in annual reports that don’t often get cited by national or local media — and don’t allow for up-to-date figures or disaggregate information...more
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The UNHRC expressed concerns that lack of data on children in the country engaged in the worst forms of child labor could lead to denial of a problem. The UNHRC was particularly concerned about girls found in commercial sexual exploitation and working as domestics in private households" (26).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In September the Equal Opportunities Department of the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Protection, and the Elderly launched a public awareness campaign regarding domestic violence" (24). "In June, following a complaint filed by the Gender Equality Coalition, the CNCD fined the Romanian Automobile Club 2,000 lei ($480) for a campaign launched in September 2014 that included misogynistic messages and images" (25).
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words that mean someone who bears an impurity, and it has been going on for hundreds of years. But now, the Nepali government and advocates for women are trying to end it. Starting in August, for the first time, it will be a crime to force a menstruating woman into seclusion, punishable by up to three months in jail, though it’s not clear if that’s going to make a dent in the tradition" (para. 6). "Pashupati Kunwar, who runs a small aid group to help women (said:) 'Domestic violence is still bad. Child marriage is still high. We are trying to...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:11 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A senior Saudi cleric said last month that women need not wear the abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robe symbolic of religious faith - and another prominent sheik said that celebrating Valentine's Day did not contradict Islamic teachings, defying the religious police's hardline position" (para. 19).
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:56 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"But the death of the baby girl helped lift the taboo surrounding FGM and has prompted Colombian authorities and the UNFPA to start an awareness-raising campaign - in the hope that Embera communities will stop the practice" (para. 8).
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:46 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Malaysian authorities are investigating the marriage between an 11-year-old Thai girl and a 41-year-old Malaysian Muslim that has sparked public outrage and calls for child brides to be banned" (para. 1). "'Paedophilia, child exploitation, child pornography... we must be firm on this as children are our responsibility,' she (Wan Azizah) was quoted as saying. Activists have urged the government to raise the minimum age for marriage to 18.The U.N. children agency called the latest child marriage 'shocking and unacceptable'. The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia expressed concern that allowing child marriage in the name of religion might 'provide cover for paedophiles and child sexual predators.'The National Human Rights Society said...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:34 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A study showed that many girls weren´t killed and, by contrast, they aren´t registred. 'Kennedy said the findings also question the idea that Chinese villagers were willing to kill their daughters on a massive scale. But even if the report might be seen as positive for China, Kennedy said it was until recently too politically sensitive to publish, especially for his Chinese co-researcher. The findings are published this month (november, 2016) in the journal China Quarterly'" (para. 16 - 17).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Female ministers spoke publicly on the dangers of early marriage and collaborated with UN agencies to educate the public regarding these dangers" (para 115)
Sept. 12, 2018, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In Parliament, recently, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhry, made an amazing statement. He told the House that marital rape cannot be criminalised in India due to various factors, which include ‘level of education, illiteracy, poverty, myriad social customs and values, religious beliefs, mindset of the society to treat the marriage as a sacrament’. This was in response to a question by Member of Parliament, Ms Kanimozhi, who asked whether the government was bringing an amendment to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to remove the exception of marital rape from the definition of rape. She had also inquired whether CEDAW had recommended to India to criminalise marital...more
Sept. 12, 2018, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The women victorious in May who spoke to Al-Monitor agreed that the absence of a gender-based quota system is a primary reason for women’s under-representation. Yaacoubian told Al-Monitor, 'A quota for women could be adopted temporarily, for once or twice, so that the voters get used to electing women and men grow accustomed to seeing women as part of the decision-making picture'” (para. 10). "Ezzeddine remarked... 'The culture of voting for women is still not well established in Lebanon. Based on that, we demand that a quota for women be introduced, and I’m certain that the law largely alters people’s behavior'" (para. 16).
Sept. 10, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Leaders including David Cameron and Theresa May had referred to forced marriage as a form of slavery, repeated calls to translate this into policy have been unsuccessful" (para. 27).
Sept. 10, 2018, 5:07 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"During the year the Ministry of Health, Social Services, and Equality spent 4.8 million euros ($5.3 million) on awareness campaigns across the country, an increase of 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) over 2014. This spending did not include local government use of the ministry’s campaign images printed and disseminated at their own expense" (11). This campaign against domestic and gender-based violence indicates that the government is addressing gender issues (AA-CODER COMMENT) "On July 8, the Catalan parliament approved the Law for Effective Equality between Women and Men, which created an Observatory of Gender Equality to prioritize the struggle against gender violence" (12). "The Catalan Law for Effective Equality between Women...more
Sept. 6, 2018, 9:20 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"More than 50,000 people marched in Peru's capital and eight other cities on Saturday to protest violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the judicial system" (para 1). "'Today, the 13th of August, is a historic day for this country because it represents a breaking point and the start of a new culture to eradicate the marginalization that women have been suffering, especially with violence,' said Victor Ticona, president of Peru's judicial system" (para 3). "Newly inaugurated President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took part in the march along with first lady Nancy Lange" (para 5)
Sept. 6, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The law against forced conversion is a good attempt to halt the first case scenario by criminalising forced conversions, and providing protection to its victims…But, as soon as the bill was passed, religious parties protested. How can you restrict the age of someone who wants to convert of their own free will? How can you restrict the age of marriage when religion only requires that people have attained puberty and their guardians or families allow it? Islam doesn’t allow for forced conversion in the first place, so why should there be a law against such conversion?" (para 1,6)
Sept. 6, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"LaPorta recently testified at a congressional hearing hosted by the Democratic Women’s Working Group that he has found 'multiple examples of extortion, revenge porn, nonconsensual photo sharing, death threats and online harassment that target not only the women, but their friends and family members'" (Para 10). "What has not changed is the justifiable rage and legislative activism of women on the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, among them California Rep. Jackie Speier and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, veteran critics of the unchecked epidemic of sexual assault in the military and its academies. What has not changed is the military’s failing performance—it has been missing in action for years...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 3 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The two-day conference is organised by CAP International and Indian charity Apne Aap, bringing together 250 civil society groups from 30 countries to share experiences and strategies to end prostitution across the world. The conference had been titled 'Last Girl First' because the most deprived and forgotten girls were victims of prostitution, said Ruchira Gupta, Apne Aap's [an Indian charity] founder. 'It is always the most vulnerable person who is the victim. This is because she is a woman, she is poor, she is from a low caste or she is a teenager,' said Gupta. 'We want governments to acknowledge this and support their upliftment and their rights... We must...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"As the lead agency in the process, INAMU set up a discussion and analysis mechanism for representatives of women’s organizations and movements (attended by roughly 80 organizations), with the aim of discussing the main challenges facing the Costa Rican State in fulfilling the Convention, and jointly constructing strategies to address them (annex 3)" (5). "INAMU held training workshops on women’s human rights, stressing the principles of equality and non-discrimination, for 10,400 persons from public bodies, women’s groups and civil society" (7). "Women belonging to these population groups have been given various training resources, such as through the Centre for the Political Training of Women (an INAMU mechanism), which invests economic...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:20 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women" (para 1). "Some 170 elected officials from the right were earlier criticised by hundreds of other lawmakers after they signed a statement backing Mr Macron. One accused Mr Macron of "blowing up" the political landscape" (para 6-7) The fact that the party in power had made a pledge to create a more gender-balanced cabinet indicates that gender-issues are a topic of discourse within the society and the parties are taking it seriously. The party embraced the call for change, but others within the society are reacting negatively...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The rise in attacks on women has also led to a mushrooming of volunteer-led projects which provide a valuable social service...By engaging not only perpetrators and victims, but also spectators and passers-by, Blank Noise, launched in 2003, relies on ‘Action Heroes’ or a network of volunteers, from across age groups, gender and sexuality to put forth its message" (para 7-8). "By engaging not only perpetrators and victims, but also spectators and passers-by, Blank Noise, launched in 2003, relies on ‘Action Heroes’ or a network of volunteers, from across age groups, gender and sexuality to put forth its message. Effective legal mechanisms, staging theatrical public protests and publicizing offences help the...more