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Sept. 29, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

Finland is facing calls from the Council of Europe to reform its rape laws to criminalise a lack of consent rather than just the use of violence (para 1). "The human rights body said Finland's legislation lagged behind international standards despite the country's strong record in furthering gender equality" (para 2). "The council's group of experts on action against violence against women and domestic violence 'strongly encouraged' swift action in its first report on the country" (para 3). "In response to a series of high-profile cases where lax penalties imposed on offenders caused an outcry, the Finnish ministry of justice has recently established a working group to recommend on required...more
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In May, authorities registered a criminal case for inciting violence and defaming state institutions against Gulalai Ismail, a women's rights activist and Pashtun leader, following protests against the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in Islamabad. After months in hiding, Ismail fled to the US, where she sought asylum" (para 11).
Sept. 28, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"But the practice persists, because of deeply held superstitions about menstruation and the immense social pressure to enforce the menstrual taboo" (para 4). "'If we don't, God will be angry' was a phrase Brian and I heard over and over again in our conversations with the girls, when they explained to us why their families and communities believed they must follow such oppressive rules. And this is the reason ending the practice has been so difficult. Because the menstrual taboo in Nepal is rooted in long-held beliefs about the intrinsic inferiority of girls and women, the solution isn't to destroy menstrual huts but to eradicate deeply internalized ideas about the...more
Sept. 27, 2020, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In her January report, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic called on Armenia to improve women's rights, protect vulnerable groups, and ensure accountability for past human rights abuses" (para 24).
Sept. 27, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The cases sparked protests and government pledges to examine possible changes to the criminal code" (para 5).
Sept. 6, 2020, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A controversial new law banning full-face coverings, including the niqab and burka worn by some Muslim women, on public transport, in hospitals, town halls, and educational institutions, entered force in August. There were complaints from public sector organizations that the law was unclear and from nongovernmental groups that it would have a discriminatory impact on Muslim women. Some local police forces and transport authorities said they would not prioritize enforcing the ban" (para 1).
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“[Daughters of Fawzia Koofi (female presidential candidate), Shuhra and Shaharzad] were too young to remember like their mother does an Afghanistan that, under Taliban rule, forbade girls to go to school and sanctioned the murder of women perceived to have shamed their male relatives. Her girls will only hear of the days when the Taliban ordered homeowners in some parts of Afghanistan to darken their windows so the women inside could not be seen” (Para. 15).
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Britain's largest Muslim organization has spoken out against female genital mutilation (FGM), for the first time explicitly condemning the practice as un-Islamic and against the teachings of the religion, the Guardian newspaper reported Monday" (para 1). "'Some people who practice FGM believe it to be an Islamic practice. This is NOT true. FGM is NOT a Muslim requirement,' the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) wrote on a leaflet that will be distributed to 500 mosques and community centers associated with the group" (para 2). "'FGM is practiced contrary to the teachings of Islam and is prohibited in the U.K. and most [European Union] countries. Many girls could be saved from...more
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"He was informed that a number of political leaders, including parliamentarians, have denied the problem of domestic violence in Armenia and even justified it in some cases. The Commissioner systematically raised this issue with his official interlocuters at national level and encouraged them to send a clear message of 'zero tolerance' for violence against women" (para 6). "The raise of public awareness is not enough to resolve this problem, the adequate law should be adopted" (para 12).
Aug. 30, 2020, 12:51 a.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights advocates have battled religious and conservative groups in the predominantly Catholic nation for years. Experts have noted time and again that banning abortion does not deter women from terminating pregnancies" (para 5).
Aug. 30, 2020, 12:33 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'I decided to write a book on my experiences and the contradictions in the legal proceedings,' she said. This work, 'I Survived: I Can Tell My Story' ['Sobrevivi: Posso Contra' in Portuguese], was noticed by two nongovernmental organizations, the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights and the Center for Justice and International Law, which invited me to submit a case against Brazil to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States'" (para 8). "While Brazil did not respond to her petition, the Inter-American Commission later criticized the government for not taking effective measures to prosecute and convict perpetrators of domestic violence"...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 3:10 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“[Raha Moharrak] stepped into the history books by becoming the first Saudi woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest…[Her] only hope is that her achievements will help change the perception that Saudi women have of themselves…For Moharrak, the achievement is not being the first Saudi woman to conquer Everest, but to ensure she is not the last” (para 11, 19, 21).
Aug. 26, 2020, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“[Mayor of NYC,] Mr. Bloomberg[,] is taking on the popular, unattainable notions of beauty promoted by professional image-makers with a campaign that tells girls that they are beautiful the way they are. Mainly through bus and subway ads, the campaign aims to reach girls from about 7 to 12 years old, who are at risk of negative body images that can lead to eating disorders, drinking, acting out sexually, suicide and bullying… The ads show girls of different races and sizes, some playing sports and one in a wheelchair. Each one ends with the campaign’s overall slogan: ‘I’m beautiful the way I am.’ City officials and experts in adolescent health...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“The Northern Territory state government [of Australia] passed new laws fully decrimialising sex work on Tuesday…Liberal Opposition and independent MPs have called for more changes, amid fears the new laws allow for brothels to be established in 'virtually every suburb'. Lawyers and women's groups are also concerned the laws will set a possible precedent for unhappy customers to sue for poor performance. Feminist Legal Clinic principal solicitor Anna Kerr described the proposal as 'abhorrent'. 'This is a rapists' charter, at odds with the criminal law of ¬sexual assault, which rightly provides no recourse or punishment for withdrawal of sexual consent,' Ms Kerr told The Australian. The Australian arm of the...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Lots of vibrant young women enter UK politics – but only a few of them stand the test of time. Twenty-five year-old Charlotte Henry, a former Liberal Democrat candidate in the May 2010 London Assembly election and political blogger, explores why, just as Labour leader Ed Miliband is cited as looking to promote more female MPs in the shadow cabinet” (para 1). “Both Kaushik and Quigley mentioned the ability of a young woman [in politics] to raise an issue a man just would not, such as rape culture, and work place discrimination, problems that they are currently using their positions to highlight” (para 23).
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Scandinavia's largest hotel company [Nordic Choice Hotels] has since 2008 worked with UNICEF. In 2012 more than 2500 of the hotel chain's employees voted to support the project "Free to grow" which focus on trafficking, particularly child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse” (para 6).
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Scandinavia's largest hotel company [Nordic Choice Hotels] has since 2008 worked with UNICEF. In 2012 more than 2500 of the hotel chain's employees voted to support the project "Free to grow" which focus on trafficking, particularly child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse” (para 6).
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Scandinavia's largest hotel company [Nordic Choice Hotels] has since 2008 worked with UNICEF. In 2012 more than 2500 of the hotel chain's employees voted to support the project "Free to grow" which focus on trafficking, particularly child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse” (para 6).
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Scandinavia's largest hotel company [Nordic Choice Hotels] has since 2008 worked with UNICEF. In 2012 more than 2500 of the hotel chain's employees voted to support the project "Free to grow" which focus on trafficking, particularly child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse” (para 6).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:41 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims…Human rights groups in the North African country had campaigned for the ban’s abolition, saying it undermined the fundamental human right to choose a spouse” (para 1, 6). “Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims…The announcement came a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to lift the ban…Mainstream Muslim clerics almost universally see the inheritance rules as enshrined in the Quran, Islam’s holy book, and consider the rules on marriage to be equally unquestionable in Islamic law. The country’s leading imams and theologians have issued a statement denouncing the president’s proposals as...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“My name is Julienne Lusenge and I’m an activist for women’s rights in the DRC…We work all day and night. We have no rest, because each day we have women coming to us who have been attacked and raped. There are so many victims of sexual violence, so many problems of security and human rights violations that we always have victims at our door. So we have to take care of them; we have to take them to the hospital, organise counselling for the women and accompany them at each stage of the pursuit of justice. We help them to find a lawyer and then we pay the legal fees,...more
Aug. 24, 2020, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Platforms such as Ondjango Feminista that has been mobilizing, informing and educating women in the past 2 years in Angola about feminist and women’s rights have been pushing the LBT agenda to their platform, making it possible to LBT women to speak up about their struggles. Arquivo de Identidade Angolano is not only a partner of Ondjango Feminist but has also two of its members sitting at Ondjango’s feminist coordination, guaranteeing that all the issues raised can incorporated LBT women needs also. The LINKAGES project has been one key partner in bringing the conversation about gender, sexuality and stigma and discrimination to service providers and among LGBTI community members themselves...more
Aug. 16, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2018, a man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for kidnapping Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy and stabbing her to death in a police station, a case that sparked national outrage" (para 16). "Activists organizing a March 8th parade for women's rights and equality said officials threatened to suspend the march if LGBT groups took part" (para 18).
Aug. 13, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Over the past two years, Iranian courts have handed down harsh sentences to dozens of women who protested compulsory hijab laws in Iran, as well as well-known human rights defenders, including Farhad Meysami and Reza Khandan, Sotoudeh’s husband, who supported their efforts. On July 31, branch 31 of Tehran’s revolutionary court sentenced Yasman Ariani, her mother Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavarz, who were all arrested for protesting compulsory hijab laws, to 5 years for 'assembly and collusion to act against national security,' one year for 'propaganda against the state,' and 10 years for “encouraging and providing for [moral] corruption and prostitution.” The court sentenced Keshavarz to an additional seven-and-a-half years...more
Aug. 13, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The #MeToo movement also continued to gain ground in 2019, reaching political elites and entertainment stars. On January 23, Ahn Tae-gun, a former senior prosecutor, was sentenced for two years for sexually harassing Seo Ji-hyun, a junior colleague who publicly accused him in 2018 and helped fuel the nascent #MeToo movement in the country. On February 1, the Seoul High Court sentenced Ahn Hee-jung, a prominent politician in South Chungcheong province who had been considered a possible presidential candidate, to three-and-a-half years in prison for raping his former secretary, Kim Ji-eun" (para. 5).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“In 2014, armed group Boko Haram abducted more than 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. The kidnapping captured the world's attention, with celebrities and prominent personalities such as former US First Lady Michelle Obama joining a ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign to free them” (para 7-8).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Swiss analysts say the initiative is an effort to establish a ‘parallel’ legislative body in Switzerland that will be a mouthpiece for Islamic fundamentalists who are seeking to impose Sharia law on the country, according to an exposé published by the newspaper Basler Zeitung” (para 4). “In September 2010, the secretary of the Muslim Community of Basel was acquitted of publicly inciting crime and violence. The charges were pressed after the 33-year-old made comments in a Swiss television documentary saying that Islamic Sharia law should be introduced in Switzerland and that unruly wives should be beaten. The judge said the defendant was protected by freedom of expression” (para 14).more
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Two weeks ago, there was a meeting on “women in society“ in Saudi Arabia that involved, not surprising but still shocking, no women. As one Twitter wag noted, at least some men wore pink” (para 1). “This year, for the first time ever, Saudi Arabia launched a landmark campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence (which used the off-putting hashtag #hither); and two women competed as part of the Saudi Team in the 2011 Olympics” (para 11).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Virginia state Sen. Richard H. ‘Dick’ Black’s past may come back to bite him as he runs for Congress. Mother Jones highlighted Wednesday some of the Republican politician’s more extreme statements on spousal rape and homosexuality, among other issues” (para 1). “In 2005, when Black was serving in the Virginia House of Delegates, he made a speech in which he said he ‘did not know how on earth you could validly get a conviction of a husband-wife rape, when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth, there’s no injury, there’s no separation or anything’” (para 2). “Black opposes both same-sex marriage and...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Bao was fired as the vice-president of a Chinese oil company and resigned from his role advising the tech giant ZTE after the allegations and an interview with the victim were published in Chinese media this week” (para 3). “A Weibo account run by the Chinese #MeToo activist Zhou Xiaoxuan and her friends published a statement on Wednesday saying minors were much more easily abused in a system that ascribed the power of consent at such a young age, when ‘they have very few ways to protect themselves in the first place.’ ‘Most of the time they don’t know how to retain the evidence and must report the case in...more