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July 2, 2020, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Women's Museum of the United Arab Emirates is the creation of Rafia Obaid Ghubash, an academic, psychiatrist and former president of the Arabian Gulf University, who campaigns for women's education. Her aim is to educate visitors—locals, expats and tourists—that Emirati women have enjoyed more power and influence than is recognised" (para 2). "Dr Ghubash recalls her mother telling her: “You have to learn that your rights are born with you. Don't think the government or a man or your husband will give you a right. It's inside you, just practise it.” This belief emanates from the art and artefacts on permanent display, from photographs to literature, mosaics, paintings and...more
June 28, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Mass protests against that conviction led to an appeal in 2019 in which the Supreme Court ruled the men had committed rape" (para 1). "Combating gender violence has been high on Spain's political agenda since its women's rights movement was galvanised by the 2016 'Wolf Pack' trial, in which five men referring to themselves by that name were jailed for sexual abuse after gang-raping a young woman at the Pamplona bull-running festival" (para 6). "Mass protests against that conviction, which attracted international attention in the wake of the global #MeToo movement, led to an appeal in 2019 in which the Supreme Court ruled the men had committed rape" (para 10)....more
June 28, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A majority of women say the country hasn't gone far enough when it comes to giving women equal rights with men. About six-in-ten women (57%) hold this view, compared with 42% of men. But there are sharp differences by political affiliation and--among Democrats-- education. About three-quarters (74%) of women who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents say the country hasn't gone far enough on gender equality, compared with just a third (33%) of women who are Republican or Republican leaners. Among Democrats, women with a college degree are more likely than less-educated women to say the country hasn't gone far enough on gender equality" (para 5). The figure titled "About six-in-ten...more
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"At the local level, State bodies conduct awareness-raising and information campaigns among the population, with the involvement of public organizations, chairs of makhalla councils, women activists and religious leaders on the responsibility of men in the family, on equality of rights between men and women, and on the responsibility of parents in the upbringing of children" (7). "In order to attract the population, including girls who have dropped out of school, to vocational training courses, special programmes of courses are being developed. With a view to enlisting the educational system in efforts to modify social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women and to eliminate prejudices and all...more
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to eliminate discriminatory gender stereotypes through monitoring surveys, awareness-raising, media campaigns and educational measures" (5).
June 22, 2020, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The insistence on patriarchal control arose in part from the fact that in Afghanistan women symbolize honor—of the nation and of the family. Any deviation on the part of women from honorable behavior as it is defined by any given family or group is seen to besmirch the honor of those in authority and cannot therefore be tolerated. It is this attitude which has perpetuated overly protective institutions and customs such as the veil and seclusion" (pg 3). " In addition to this effort, AWN and other national NGOs managed, with the support of UNIFEM, to secure the holding of radio and television debates in which the main presidential candidates...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In honor of Women’s Month, the government hosted numerous events focused on empowering women in business, government, health, sports, and the arts" (24).
June 2, 2020, 12:51 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Your biggest risk factor for the most common surgery is not your preferences or your medical risks, but which door you walk through,' said Dr. Shah. According to a study published in Health Affairs in 2015, rates of C-section delivery at hospitals in the United States vary from 7 percent to 70 percent, which Dr. Shah said has created a buyer beware birthing environment — one that most women are unaware of" (para 10-11). "Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child population health at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford who is assisting efforts in the United States, said gathering data is an important step toward...more
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Being a good housewife must be more important than being a president or a business woman.' and he added that he won’t give his vote to any female candidate in the upcoming elections. He resigned from his position upon dense reactions" (para 18). "In the 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Women’s Assemblies held meetings in many cities of Turkey. They were invited as a speaker to many different universities for panels. Women’s Assemblies and We Will Stop Femicide Platform shared the types of violence and the methods of stopping it with the public via Twitter with a co-work" (para 20). "Through the fight...more
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s union played a pivotal role in the dissemination and awareness-raising efforts. Every primary organization of the union has a ‘correspondent’, whose mission is to report to the relevant institutions and the publishing house of the magazine Korean Women on women of laudable deeds and good conducts. Their active roles contributed to enhanced awareness by women of their important mission in society and family, particularly in child upbringing, and to the increased recognition by the general public of the important roles of women and changed views and attitudes towards them" (11)
May 29, 2020, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Those reforms [focused on social restrictions] have been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, including the arrest of over a dozen women's rights campaigners starting last May, most of whom had advocated for the right to drive and an end to the male guardianship system" (para 20).
May 19, 2020, 12:18 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Despite being paralysed from her waist downwards, Bai is working along with her women neighbours to end the water crisis in her village. Dressed in blue that symbolises water, Bai and her fellow women have a new name for themselves: ‘Jal Saheli’ (meaning ‘Water Friend’ in Hindi)" (para 2). "When it comes to fetching water from the community pond or well, women of dalit and tribal women must wait until those from the higher castes have first filled their vessels. Often, higher caste men also draw water from the community pond for irrigation or bathing their cattle, without any consideration for women waiting to collect water for their families. In...more
April 20, 2020, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Like Ben Ahmad, many women in rural Tunisia face long trips to access essential services, which are usually located in urban centres. But it’s not just better road networks and health systems these women want. They want to improve women’s rights at the national level and bring female leaders into their country’s politics. Tired of her grievances going unnoticed, Ben Ahmad now works on the Amal programme, which aims to increase rural women’s and girls’ awareness of their rights, and to empower them to play leading roles at the community, regional and national level" (para. 4-5). "On 17 March, women from five regions of Tunisia travelled to the capital, Tunis,...more
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Because honor crimes generally occurred within families, many went unreported. Police and NGOs reported that increased media coverage enabled law enforcement officials to take some action against a limited number of perpetrators. In July 2016 social media celebrity Fouzia Azeem (better known as Qandeel Baloch) was killed by her brother at their family home in southern Punjab. The brother said she had shamed the family with her “liberal” lifestyle. The government charged Baloch’s brother and accomplices with her murder, which made the state a party in the case and barred the family from “forgiving” the brother and setting him free, a common outcome in these types of killings" (40). "No...more
March 25, 2020, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"India’s #MeToo moment erupted on social media late last year as women shared stories they had been afraid to tell but just six months later, two high-profile cases are exposing the movement’s limit" (para 1). "“If the #MeToo movement proves one thing, it is the failure of the legal systems in the country to deal with a legal injury of a woman who has been a victim of sexual harassment,” wrote lawyer Indira Jaising. She suggested that a special commission of inquiry should be set up to function as a platform for women to share their stories without fearing legal consequences" (para 12).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"The Women’s Affairs Division in the Ministry of Social Affairs and several NGOs undertook some projects to address sexual or gender-based violence, such as providing counseling and shelter for victims and training ISF personnel to combat violence in prisons" (28).
Feb. 11, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"Despite the systematic marginalization and side-lining of Iraqi women in the official political institutions and processes, they have not merely stood by but have mobilized at the level of formal civil society organizations, social and political movements, as well as more informal community and interest groups. Women activists have been at the forefront of a growing political movement for democracy and human rights that, in line with current protest movements in the region, asking for greater transparency and an end to corruption and political authoritarianism. Many Iraqi women’s rights activists realize that their struggle for greater gender equality and social justice cannot be separated from the struggle against an emerging...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In order to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary practices, the various laws adopted by the country are complemented by many discussions at all levels to expose the practices carried out in the name of tradition that trap women in secondary statuses and roles, subjecting them to discrimination and violence and assault of all kinds. Outreach and awareness broadcasts (with informative pictures and sketches) are freely disseminated to the public through an increasingly engaged civil society" (24).
Jan. 29, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Lectures on human rights provided during such training sessions cover the content of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child... And such lectures also cover the matters pointed out or recommended by the Committees of each Conventions, as well as ‘matters to be considered in practice with respect to children and women’." (20). "Lectures are provided in relation to the duties of public prosecutors, including those on “international conventions related to human...more
Jan. 22, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Hundreds of women have spoken out about sexual harassment and abuse in Namibia, sparking what activists on Friday said was one of Africa's first major #MeToo movements. In the past fortnight more than 200 cases of sexual violence have been reported to the Namibian Women's Lawyers Association (NWLA), which is providing free legal advice to victims. 'Women are tired. And they're saying 'no more',' Merja Iileka, one of the movement's activists told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone from the capital Windhoek. 'We're slowly lifting the veil on this culture of silence. And we are encouraging each other to put aside the shame and the stigma, which is what we've...more
Jan. 22, 2020, 10:18 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Violence erupted last week, with militias known as the Rapid Support Forces and tied to the military, attacking protesters' camps. At least 70 people reportedly were raped, according to accounts compiled from hospitals by the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors. The total number may end up being even 'higher than what have been already documented,' according to Madani Abbas Madani, a leader of the opposition alliance called the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces" (para 6-7).
Jan. 22, 2020, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In a major and coordinated protest over growing sexual abuse of women and children, and demanding expedited justice to the victims, several human rights groups, like-minded platforms and civil society organisations staged demonstration across the country on Tuesday. Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) held protests in association with 118 organisations, while Naripokkho, ActionAid Bangladesh, Utsha Bangladesh and Concern Worldwide did the same along with 50 of their associate bodies. The protests including sit-in programmes, human chains and distribution of leaflets were staged at 200 venues in all 64 districts of the country. MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam while addressing a rally in Banani of Dhaka suggested formulating child security committee at...more
Jan. 13, 2020, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Ecuador's National Assembly voted against decriminalising abortion in all cases of rape and for fetal malformation on Tuesday... Demonstrators who had been in favour of the plan gathered outside the National Assembly after the vote, some trying to tear down metal fences around the building" (para 1, 4). "The [abortion] reforms were strongly opposed by the Roman Catholic Church and more conservative members of the assembly in Ecuador. Many of their arguments focused on increasing penalties for rapists, instead of easing access to abortion. In a debate in February, Pedro Curichumbi of the right wing party CREO said if abortion was made legal for cases of rape, 'it would turn...more
Jan. 8, 2020, 12:17 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Hundreds of children and teenagers took to the streets of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion on Sunday, to protest against the impunity surrounding cases of sexual abuse and rapes in the country. They tried to convince the population to join their struggle, performing street theater, songs, holding drawings and banners that read 'Don't be indifferent, children are victims of abuses and the State would not do anything'... Protesters demand integral sex education in high schools, specific public policies directed to children and teenagers, the end of judicial impunity, and better protection for indigenous and rural women" (para 1-2, 5).
Jan. 6, 2020, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A wife who was reportedly jailed for having an affair in Iraqi Kurdistan has been shot dead by her husband outside court. The woman, who has not been identified, served one and a half years in jail for the affair… Executive director of Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation described the incident as an 'honour killing'. 'I was very upset and angry when I saw the news,' Ms Nammi told The Independent. 'We deeply condemn honour killings such as this case. She was in prison for one and a half years for having an affair. 'When she was released from prison, she went to seek a divorce in court, as...more
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:19 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The landmark ruling in a country where abortion is illegal in most cases was in response to a petition filed by the mother, whose daughter - known by her initials JMM to protect her identity - became pregnant after she was raped in 2014 aged 15. She had a backstreet abortion, leaving her with injuries that eventually led to her death last year... 'JMM’s case is a window into the plight of many other women and girls who have no place to turn, and no access to information or reproductive health services,' said Evelyne Opondo, senior regional director for Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights" (para 2-3, 13).more
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The news of record low birth rates comes in a week in which Prince Harry announced he and Meghan plan to have no more than two children in order to ease over-population and ‘leave something better behind for the next generation’. It was a decision which met with huge public support – with a YouGov poll finding 53 per cent agreed with the stance – suggesting many families may be opting for the ‘environmentally friendly’ number” (para 12-13).
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Tom Madders, campaigns director at charity YoungMinds said: 'It’s concerning that there has been a reported rise in the number of young people dying by suicide. We urgently need a new government strategy which looks at the factors that are fuelling the crisis in young people’s mental health and which ensures that anyone who’s struggling to cope can get early support. The reasons why young people feel suicidal are often complex, but we know that traumatic experiences at a young age – like bereavement, bullying or abuse – can have a huge impact on mental health. School pressure, concerns about how you look and difficult relationships with family or friends...more
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to reintroduce domestic abuse legislation in the next Queen's Speech. Mr Johnson tweeted yesterday: 'Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart. 'We are fully committed to tackling this horrific crime - which is why the Queen's Speech will confirm we will be reintroducing domestic abuse legislation in the next session'" (para 5-7). "Sir James Munby, former president of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, has called for the Domestic Abuse Bill to be brought back before Parliament. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday: 'This is a vitally important Bill, tackling what everyone agrees is a very...more
Jan. 2, 2020, 3:45 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'The way Boko Haram hold women and children against their will is by itself a form of slavery,' Rotimi Olawale of the group Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) tells IPS. The group is involved in a powerful campaign for the speedy and effective search and rescue of the Chibok girls and other abducted women and children" (para 11).