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Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The state supports the women’s federation organizations in representing and safeguarding women’s rights and promoting gender equality. As the organizational system of women’s federations is better established, it has been playing an increasingly prominent role in conducting theoretical studies and carrying out publicity, education and training programs in relation to gender equality" (para. 8). "Principles and concepts of gender equality are gradually extending into teaching and scientific research. More and more schools have begun to introduce the idea of gender equality in educational content and teaching methods, and some primary and high schools are now offering courses in gender equality, directing younger students to relate to the idea of gender...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:25 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A bill to stop child marriages was recently blocked in the Majles, Iran's parliament, by legislators who included women" (para. 12). "The ultra-conservative ayatollahs insist that a girl can be allowed to marry once she reaches puberty. This sometimes is determined to be as young as nine years old. Some dissenting clerics condemn child marriage as 'illegitimate and against religious principles.' A Grand Ayatollah whose senior status is not recognized by the ruling clerics, Assadollah Bayat Zanjani told ILNA news website last February, 'Since marrying underage children is unfair, it is illegitimate, against religious principles, and therefore harmful to the religion.' But a 100-year old ultra-conservative clergy, 'official' Ayatollah Lotfollah...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"But the Afghan government since the collapse of the Taliban regime has included many conservative Islamists and former warlords whose attitudes about women are similar to the Taliban. Sima Simar, the head of Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission, says the gains for women since 2001 can easily be overturned and have rarely been implemented in rural areas where most Afghans live" (para. 19-20).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'This will allow women to get their rights and resolve problems they face,' said the order, which human rights activists said was the first of its kind in the country" (para. 3). "'The Maharashtra government move is a positive step towards ensuring greater equality, and the physical and economic security for these widows,' said Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN's executive director. 'But the government also needs education campaigns to spread awareness about the order, and steps to ensure its implementation. Policy changes are also required to recognise women as farmers so they can access credit and other resources' (para. 11-12).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'This will allow women to get their rights and resolve problems they face,' said the order, which human rights activists said was the first of its kind in the country" (para. 3). "'The Maharashtra government move is a positive step towards ensuring greater equality, and the physical and economic security for these widows,' said Shivani Chaudhry, HLRN's executive director. 'But the government also needs education campaigns to spread awareness about the order, and steps to ensure its implementation. Policy changes are also required to recognise women as farmers so they can access credit and other resources' (para. 11-12).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:10 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Citizens want change. On Wednesday, September 5, more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside South Africa's parliament in Cape Town and marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the World Economic Forum (WEF) was being held. The protesters demanded that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa take action amid a growing crisis of violence against women. Frustrated, protesters, most of whom were women, started to block the streets in the city. The police used stun grenades to disperse them. Eleven protesters - eight women and three men - were arrested" (para. 1-2). "After Mrwetyana's murder, the rage of women across South Africa could be felt. Online, the hashtag #AmINext...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to crack down on the rape and murder of women, unveiling a raft of plans to tighten laws. Women across South Africa have been protesting against the 'war on their bodies', calling for the government to do more to protect them. Recent murders of university students and other women have sparked outrage in a country seen as one of the world's most dangerous places, and that often appears numb to femicide and sexual violence" (para. 15-17).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says urgent action is needed to tackle gender-based violence in the country. At an emergency sitting of parliament, Mr Ramaphosa said the figures for violence against women and children were similar to those of a country at war. Some 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered by men last year, and at least 100 rapes were reported daily. The spike in violence against women has ignited protests in many areas. 'There is a dark and heavy shadow across our land. Women and children are under siege,' Mr Ramaphosa said, describing South Africa as one of 'the most unsafe places in world to be a woman.'...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"More than a half of Swedish women aged between 16 and 29 claim they have been sexually assaulted or harassed, a new study has revealed. Sweden's Public Health Agency claimed this is a 'major public health issue' which needs to be stopped. Officials discovered the alarming statistic after surveying about 50,000 Swedes between aged between 16 and 84 as part of a study into sex habits" (para. 1-3).
Dec. 7, 2019, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In the lead up to the 2016 election, one sheikh in Mogadishu seemed to suggest that equality of men and women was contrary to Islamic teachings, though he has since retracted the statement" (5). "For Hajimumin, there is nothing un-Somali or un-Islamic about women in government: “Neither the Quran nor the Sunnah reject what current women political aspirants are aiming for,” which is simply a seat at the table" (6).
Dec. 6, 2019, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The CPS said the drop in rape charges was due to 'a number of factors', including reduction in the number of referrals from the police to the CPS, and an increase in the volume of time-consuming digital data. Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill announced that the independent CPS watchdog will hold a review of rape charging decisions . . . Speaking on the BBC Today programme, he said: 'There has not been a change in approach from prosecutors at the CPS" (para 22-23,27).
Dec. 6, 2019, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"""In Brazil, four girls under 13 are raped every hour and every two minutes police receive a report of violence against women. Those are just two of the findings from a new study released Tuesday by non-governmental organization Brazilian Forum of Public Security, which found that violence against women and girls is worsening in the country"" (para 1-2). ""'Brazil is still one of the most dangerous places in the world for women,' Valeria Scarance, a public prosecutor, told Brazilian newspaper Globo's Jornal Nacional show on Tuesday. 'And the most dangerous place for a woman is her own home'"" (para 8)"
Nov. 14, 2019, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The phone calls started about six weeks ago. Men who didn’t introduce themselves, working for Iran’s security agencies, rang the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists and demanded they show up for interrogations. All the activists were told the same thing: 'Don’t tell anyone we’ve called you here. Don’t speak to the media, don’t breathe a word to anyone.' But word seeped out, first in Tehran’s feminist circles and then among political activists, who traded accounts of interrogations and lines of questioning. The Iranian government’s crackdown on feminists, one of the Islamic Republic’s periodic intimidation campaigns against women’s rights activists, is still underway. But the present iteration isn’t just a...more
Nov. 8, 2019, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The IDF was the first official organization in Israel to take sexual harassment seriously by developing a series of procedures to prevent it. Many of the female officers spearheading this process were intimately familiar with the phenomenon and its scope" (para 14). "An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson announced Jan. 16 the appointment of Major T. (her name was not divulged by the army) as squadron commander, making her the first female pilot in this position. But alongside congratulations, there were also rabbis who expressed anger over the appointment and against IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot" (para 1). "Attempts by rabbis like these to undermine this achievement are evidence...more
Nov. 4, 2019, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"To his detriment, Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot is at the center of this fight. The 'eye of the storm' is his Joint Service Ordinance, a comprehensive order from the General Staff, which sets the standards for the joint service of men and women in the IDF, particularly in units serving in field conditions. Eizenkot is torn between liberal Israel, along with feminist and women's rights groups, and the religious Zionist movement, which has recently become so integral to the IDF that it could not manage without it" (para 6).
Aug. 28, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Bangladesh's top court has ruled the word 'virgin' must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in a landmark move after campaigners challenged the 'humiliating and discriminatory' term...'It is a landmark verdict,' Aynun Nahar Siddiqua, a lawyer for the groups which filed the case challenging the term in 2014, said on Monday. Rights groups have long criticised the term - used in certificates since they were introduced in 1961 - saying it is 'humiliating and discriminatory', and that it breaches the privacy of the woman getting married" (para 1, 5, 6).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In October as part of the implementation of the 2017 National Child Protection Policy Action Plan, the National Commission for Solidarity, Social Protection, and Gender Promotion, with the financial support of UNICEF, organized awarenessraising and training workshops on child marriage for religious leaders" (page 10).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The National Family Safety Program (NFSP), a quasi-governmental organization under the Ministry of National Guard, was founded in 2005 to spread awareness of and combat domestic violence, including child abuse, and continued to report abuse cases" (40). "To increase awareness, in July 2016 a female lawyer launched an Arabic mobile phone application, 'Know Your Rights'" (41). "The government engaged in news campaigns highlighting the plight of abused workers, trained law enforcement and other officials to combat trafficking in persons, and worked with the embassies of labor-sending countries to disseminate information about labor rights to foreign workers. As in previous years, during Ramadan the HRC broadcast a public awareness program on...more
July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In January, campaigners condemned the arrest of five pregnant pupils in the Tandahimba district, on the Mozambique border, saying that the men who impregnated them should be arrested instead" (para 6). "In an official statement, a bank spokesman said: 'The World Bank supports policies that encourage girls’ education and make it possible for young girls to study in schools until they reach their full potential. The economic and social returns for girls finishing their education are very high in every society for both current and future generations. Working with our partners, the World Bank will continue to advocate girls’ access to education through our dialogue with the Tanzanian government'" (para...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-LAW-1, INFIB-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"FGM/C reportedly occurred regularly, and no laws prohibit the practice. A February 6 UNICEF report, which reflected 2013 government data, estimated that 49 percent of girls age 11 and younger, or an estimated 60 million women and girls, have undergone some form of FGM/C, despite laws prohibiting medical professionals from administering it. The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment has been vocal about its opposition to FGM/C but has run up against conservative groups, including the Indonesian Ulema Council, who claimed a religious foundation for the practice. For more information, see data.unicef.org/resources/female-genital-mutilation-cuttingcountry-profiles/" (Pg 27).
July 13, 2019, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Sudanese women are fighting back against the Islamist state of Sudan after 30 years of oppression and humiliation… women… spoke out through WhatsApp and Facebook and rallied the people to defy the authoritarian regime. Women continued to lead peaceful street demonstrations, call for civil disobedience actions and take to social media in protest. Doctors, lawyers, students, teachers, and stay-at-home mothers have been steering the #SudanUprising for three months now, in the most sustained revolt against the regime in recent history. But… When it is reported, women are seen to have “joined” protests – rather than being represented as leaders. ‘Zagrouda’ (or the women’s chant) has become the calling code for...more
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Primary prevention is one of the main pillars of NAPVAW II and targets the promotion of gender equality and non-violent relationships, and addresses harmful norms against women and girls. NAPVAW II includes specific interventions to 1) enhance knowledge and skills of children, youth and adolescents to promote and build gender-equitable, non-violent relationships, and to improve their attitudes, behaviors, and practices on human rights (including sexual rights, gender equality and sexuality), 2) enhance positive parenting knowledge, understanding and skills among parents and couples to build safe, gender equitable and non-violent families and environments, 3) change social environments and norms by strengthening gender equality in the community and workplace to promote cooperation...more
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Police officers, border guards, and social workers received training related to domestic and gender violence from NGOs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Justice" (p. 9).
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"The ZPS Victims Support Unit (VSU) was responsible for handling cases of domestic assault, wife beating, mistreatment of widows, and property expropriation (“grabbing”) by a deceased husband’s relatives. Police pursued reports of domestic violence more aggressively than in previous years, and the government established a fast-track court in Lusaka for GBV cases. Data on the extent of rape and domestic violence were limited. A WLSA Kasama One-Stop GBV Treatment Center recorded 6,506 cases of GBV as of September, compared with 5,188 during the first half of 2014. The VSU recorded 164 rapes countrywide during the period, compared with 118 in 2014" (Pg 21). "The legal age of marriage is 16...more
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The recent resurgence of stereotypical discourse by political figures and religious non-State actors, such as the Romanian Orthodox Church, in relation to the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, which are amplified through the display of stereotypical images on the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family through the media" (5).
July 8, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 17 for women and 18 for men, although a district may lower the age by one year in exceptional cases. The Women’s Committee and mahalla representatives conducted systematic campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of child marriage and early births. The committee also held regular public meetings with community representatives and girls in schools to emphasize the importance of education, selfreliance, financial independence, and the right to free choice. In some rural areas, girls as young as 15 occasionally were married in religious ceremonies not officially recognized by the state" (Pg 30).
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The law and constitution prohibit FGM/C of women and girls and establish a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for convicted perpetrators--or life imprisonment if the victim dies during the act of FGM/C. The government, women’s groups, and international organizations combated the practice through education and livelihood skills training. These programs, which received some support from local leaders, emphasized close cooperation with traditional authority figures and peer counseling. Nevertheless, the Sabiny ethnic group in rural Kapchorwa District and the Pokot ethnic group along the northeastern border with Kenya continued the practice; the Sabiny practiced types I and II, and the Pokot practiced type III" (Pg 27). "While traveling through Bukwo...more
July 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C for girls and women. It is usually perpetrated a few months after birth. According to 2015 data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), FGM/C had been performed on 3 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 and on 1 percent of girls and young women ages15 to 19. The most common form of FGM/C was excision. Penalties for those convicted of FGM/C range from two months to five years in prison as well as substantial fines. The law was rarely enforced because most cases occurred in rural areas where awareness of the law was limited or traditional customs often took precedence over the...more
July 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government and civil society actively promoted awareness campaigns to combat all forms of violence against women" (Pg 16).
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In October 2014 Radio Dabanga, a media outlet with on-the-ground sources and local journalists (but which broadcasts from outside Sudan and which the government accuses of being a propaganda outlet for the armed groups of Darfur) reported SAF soldiers belonging to the military garrison near El Fasher, North Darfur, raped approximately 200 women and girls from Thabit village. The government rejected the allegations and delayed for several days UNAMID’s travel to Thabit to investigate the allegations. In February, Human Rights Watch issued a report detailing the mass rape. As of November the government had not made its full investigative report available to the public. Humanitarian and human rights groups reported...more