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Jan. 18, 2021, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Five girls and women who recently escaped agreed to be interviewed at the end of October… Their accounts tell of girls and young women separated from their families, divvied up or traded among the Islamic State’s men, ordered to convert to Islam, subjected to forced marriages and repeatedly raped... The five victims consented to speak publicly only on the condition that their names not be revealed for fear that the Islamic State would punish their relatives. At first, though, the 15-year-old felt differently. 'I want my name used because when the Islamic State reads it, it will be like a revenge for me,' she declared at the outset of her...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In March, the police called in for questioning at least nine organizers and speakers of the Women’s March held in observance of International Women’s Day after a public backlash against the visible presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists and their allies in the march. The organizers were investigated for sedition and violation of the Public Peaceful Assembly Act, but ultimately no charges were filed against them. In July, parliament passed amendments to the Peaceful Assembly Act, reducing the notice period from 10 to 7 days and removing the restriction on protests in which participants march from one place to another. However, the law still permits criminal prosecution...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In March, Saudi Arabia opened individual trials of prominent Saudi women before the Riyadh Criminal Court and dismissed all allegations that the women faced torture or ill-treatment in detention. Most of the women faced charges that were solely related to peaceful human rights work, including promoting women’s rights and calling for an end to Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system" (para 8).
Jan. 8, 2021, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“In its judgment last Friday, the Supreme Court held that the Court of Appeal, Lagos was right to have voided the Igbo’s native law and custom that disinherit female children” (para. 6). “Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read the lead judgment, held that “no matter the circumstances of the birth of a female child, such a child is entitled to an inheritance from her later father’s estate” (para. 7).
Jan. 7, 2021, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Even though some of these women have awareness about family planning, and have been told that It will allow them rest between pregnancies in order to regain their health and strength and enable them to have healthy children, yet the quest for a male child have made them refuse family planning” (para. 24). “According to a Legal Practitioner and The Chairperson Child Right Protection Network Crossriver, James Ibor, “one of the most challenging acts of power imbalance between men and women in Nigeria is patriarchy. ‘Due to the patriarchal structure of the society, women and girls are usually the victim of sexual violence and other forms of violence in the...more
Jan. 7, 2021, 5:47 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Julia Klöckner, vice-chairman of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU), stirred a public storm in Germany this week when she called for a ban of the full body Muslim veil in public spaces. "Burqas don’t stand for religious diversity," she told German media, "but for a degrading image of women." The politician referred to the German constitution, emphasizing that women and men are equal, and described the act of looking at other people’s faces as a key feature of an open society” (para. 1). “German politicians have repeatedly called for a ban on the burqa in the past months, following a ruling by the European Court of Justice which held...more
Jan. 4, 2021, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Despite these stark numbers, Brazil hardly registers on the international agenda as a hotspot for child marriage, and the subject is largely absent from national research and policy discussion. One reason for this could be the sheer size of Brazil's population, which is the fifth largest in the world: given the overall number of people in the country, the absolute number of child marriages represents a smaller portion of the population than in most places where this practice is considered to be a serious challenge" (para 2).
Jan. 2, 2021, 7:44 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A dozen senators and Obama Administration leaders highlighted the need for the U.S. Senate to ratify CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. This global treaty for women's equality was recognized as a critical tool for the U.S. to speak out against violence and discrimination against women and girls. Senator Boxer, a long-time champion of CEDAW said, “It’s ridiculous, it’s embarrassing, it’s inexplicable” that the United States has not yet joined 187 other countries in ratifying CEDAW. Boxer is the chair of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues" (para. 2-3). "A joint statement was issued by 75 NGOs calling...more
Jan. 2, 2021, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Together the two cases suggest that it is becoming increasingly hard for the government to remain quiet about an issue [face coverings] that has already prompted legislation in continental Europe, most notably in France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe” (para. 4). “Speaking on Monday in Glasgow, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, said that Britain “shouldn’t end up like other countries issuing edicts from the center or laws from Parliament telling people what they should and shouldn’t wear. This is a free country and people going about their own business should be free to wear what they wish’” (para. 9). “Earlier, Jeremy Browne, a Home Office minister,...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Labour MP Jess Phillips described the figures as 'horrendous', but said they were 'no surprise whatsoever' in light of cuts to public services over the years. She said: 'In a week where the Government has shown it can quickly act to change legislation where the risk of homicide is prevalent, I have no idea why the same level of urgency is never given for murders of women and girls. 'When you degrade the escape routes, when you make women poorer, when you cut the council budgets for vulnerable children, when you reduce the police and increase the number of perpetrators released under investigation, you endanger women and children'" (para. 8-10)....more
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Egyptian women and girls who for decades have endured sexual harassment and abuse in silence are now raising their voices en masse to demand justice and reform of Egypt's sexual harassment laws” (para. 1). “Defying the stigma associated with sexual violence, thousands of Egyptian women and girls are joining a rising call for harassers and rapists to be held accountable for their misdeeds. The Arabic hashtags "Listen to the voice of Egyptian women" and "Where is justice for Egyptian women" have gone viral on Egyptian social media platforms after multiple allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape surfaced against a purported “serial harasser” named Ahmed Bassam Zaki” (para. 2). “Zaki...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 4 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'It’s great we have these young women taking leadership roles. Sanna Marin is the same age as me, and she is a really big role model for all of us working mothers,' said Susanna Mikkonen, vice-chair of the Mothers in Business group that organised the networking event" (para 6). "'If I look at how it has been for me growing up, it was the time when Finland had Tarja Halonen as female president, she was quite an important icon, at least in terms of people doing politics,' said Li Andersson, who at 32 heads the Left Alliance in the coalition and serves as education minister. 'There are all these stories...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Carmen Castelló used to use the term 'seguimiento de casos,' or case tracking, when she worked as a social worker managing client caseloads. Now it’s the name of the Facebook page she uses to track cases of murdered and disappeared women in Puerto Rico, information that became key to building the first-ever database of femicides on the island...From her home in Río Piedras, she posts updates when a person is found or a case advances" (para 1, 3). "This week, the anti-police brutality organization Kilómetro Cero and the feminist organization Proyecto Matria released a report on femicides in Puerto Rico, titled the 'Persistence of Indolence,' that used Castelló’s work as...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Carmen Castelló used to use the term 'seguimiento de casos,' or case tracking, when she worked as a social worker managing client caseloads. Now it’s the name of the Facebook page she uses to track cases of murdered and disappeared women in Puerto Rico, information that became key to building the first-ever database of femicides on the island...From her home in Río Piedras, she posts updates when a person is found or a case advances" (para 1, 3). "This week, the anti-police brutality organization Kilómetro Cero and the feminist organization Proyecto Matria released a report on femicides in Puerto Rico, titled the 'Persistence of Indolence,' that used Castelló’s work as...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"This was supposed to be the era when Japan finally stepped beyond its centuries of patriarchal dominance and empowered women in the workplace. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the country’s prosperity depended on it, and promised policies to help women “shine.” He even gave the push a name: womenomics" (para 1). "'If there are talented, competent women who get married or have children, their career paths are derailed,' Ms. Hojo said. Of Mr. Abe’s flowery rhetoric about elevating women, she added: 'I saw a huge gap between what he said and what was really happening'" (para 4). "Although many women are getting back into the work force, it’s often for...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Mr. Kataoka, a marketing web consultant, believed he was already doing his share. He gave his wife a list of tasks he regularly performs: bathing their two pre-school-age children, washing dishes, overseeing tooth brushing. How little he knew. In a meticulous spreadsheet, Ms. Kataoka, a nursing student, enumerated her 210 tasks to his 21...When he uploaded his wife’s spreadsheet on Twitter — writing that they had been in danger of getting a 'coronadivorce,' a term that has trended in Japan — the post was shared about 21,000 times" (para 3-4, 11). "'Japan fundamentally, and compared to other countries, imposes a lot more of the domestic work on women,' said Yuiko...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Austrian lawmakers have approved plans to ban girls in primary schools from wearing headscarves, a move that would add to existing restrictions on veils. Members of the governing coalition of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's conservative People's Party and the anti-migration Freedom Party supported the measure late on Wednesday" (para 1-2).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Itendelebanya, the legal and gender officer for the local NGO, Agape, says this sense of entitlement, in what is a perennially patriarchal society, also explains why passers-by don't intervene when they witness an abduction. 'When a Sukuma man is attracted to a girl he will start asking people where she lives, and what her routine is,' explains Itendelebanya. 'Once he finds out these details he might wait for her near the borehole - or whatever he thinks is the best place to get that girl - and then grab her'" (para 4-6). "The 1971 Marriage Act set the minimum age of marriage for girls at 15 with parental consent -...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Theater is certainly an effective way to shed light on an issue few want to discuss—and Pakistan-based nonprofit Sujag Sansar Organization, which promotes women’s rights, especially via anti–child marriage efforts in Dadu District, helms these performances" (para 2). "Precise figures are scarce but a 2007 UNICEF survey estimated that 24 percent of Pakistani brides are under the legal age" (para 6). ". Some religious leaders preach in support of early marriage, incorrectly teaching that it's against Islamic law for a girl to live with her parents after puberty" (para 8). "As many citizens are not literate, SSO employs theater to spread information. Before the show, many in the audience will...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“'The new amendment will push millions of innocent children into forced labour and deprive them of education and a normal childhood,' Rakesh Slenger of Bachpan Bachao Andolan told IPS. 'The girl child will be particularly disadvantaged as she will be denied education while being stuck with all the household work'" (para 9).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'It's very disappointing,' Khin Lay, a women's rights activist, said of the president's decision to sign off on the law. 'If the government wants to protect women, they should strengthen laws already in place to do that' (para 9).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“There's outrage among Iranians over the removal of the images of girls from the cover of a third-grade math textbook in what critics say highlights gender discrimination and the sexist attitude of the country's officials” (para. 1). “But the decision has infuriated both women and men who have taken to social media to protest what they see as the removal of women and point out that the first and so far only woman to receive the Fields Medal, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in mathematics, was from Iran” (para. 3). “She [Maryam Mirzakhani ] died three years later at age 40 after a long battle with cancer that caused...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Global health and women’s rights organizations have called for the practice [of virginity tests] to be banned, with the World Health Organization calling it a “violation of the victim’s human rights” (para. 8).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli and UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal made the commitment jointly that the provision would be amended to guarantee citizenship in the name of mother as well. PDCC chairperson Baburam Bhattarai said that the new constitution would guarantee of issuance of citizenship s to children through matrilineal descent. He assured the delegates that the committee would start the process to change the provision. Election Commission chief Bhojraj Pokharel, former CA members Sapana Pradhan Malla and Khimlal Devkota, chairperson of National Women Commission Sesha Chand Tara, commissioner Manu Humagain, Chairperson of Sancharika Samuha, Nirmala Sharma, senior mediaperson Babita...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:09 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“With a lack of safe, cheap and legal abortions, women are often left with no choice but to save money to pay a quack for an abortion, charities warn” (para. 23). “Activists have urged for a change in law to allow for safer abortions, as well as better sex education, to stop infanticide and unsafe abortions from rising” (para. 32). “A Coca-Cola spokesperson said: 'The recent reports of newborn deaths in Kenya are deeply distressing and our deepest sympathies go out to the women and children who face such desperate situations. 'We know soft drinks are safe and can be enjoyed by many people around the world. However, it is...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Women's groups have called for tougher action against rapists, including the death penalty” (para. 6).
Dec. 31, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Government will fund free sanitary products in schools to tackle period poverty, Philip Hammond announced today. Mr Hammond said 'some girls are missing school' because they can't afford to buy them…Mr Hammond said: 'In response to rising concern by headteachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products, I have decided to fund the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year'" (1-2, 5). "Last year a Labour council in Nottingham pleddged to fund free sanitary products in a new plan to tackle 'period poverty'. Nottingham City Council voted to provide free tampons in...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Our study is based on 800 households in five villages in south-western China. We examined the social behaviour of those who were labelled with a “witch” tag, and compared it with those who were not. The work, published in Nature Human Behaviour, was the basis of a long-term collaboration between scientists from University College London, the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and Lanzhou University" (para 3).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The decision to reach a consensus on the different schools of Islamic thought was the culmination of three consultations in Srinagar-Kashmir, organised by Ehsaas, a civil society initiative and supported by Conciliation Resources, an international peacebuilding organisation. The sessions were held last year on 3 August, 24 November with a consensus finally being reached on 26 December. Prominent members of civil society and representatives of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) sought the opinion of eight Ulemas from different schools of Islamic thought. Half-widows were also present at the consultative sessions" (para 3-4).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The change in policy began six months ago when a new head of the Hamas government’s media department, Ihab Ghussein, took over...Ghussein said he appointed al-Modallal in an effort 'to be more open to the West.' He said many women were among the dozens of applicants considered for the position. 'Women are partners in our society,' said Ghussein. Al-Modallal asserts that women in Gaza are finding their way into politics, medicine, education and media. 'Every day, women’s footsteps can be seen advancing more in society,' she said" (para 8-11).