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Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In 2008, the government announced it would bar judges from wearing headscarves and similar religious or political symbols - including crucifixes, Jewish skull caps and turbans - in courtrooms. . . . That move came after pressure from the Danish People's Party (DPP), known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, which has since called for the ban to be extended to include school teachers and medical personnel" (para 56-57).
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Though there are no plans for a national ban in Spain, in 2010 the city of Barcelona announced a ban on full Islamic face-veils in some public spaces such as municipal offices, public markets and libraries. At least two smaller towns in Catalonia, the north-eastern region that includes Barcelona, have also imposed bans. Barcelona was the first major city in Spain to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings. But a ban in the town of Lleida was overturned by Spain's Supreme Court in February 2013. It ruled that it was an infringement of religious liberties. Barcelona's city council said the ban there targeted any head-wear that impeded identification, ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In late 2009, Swiss Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf said a face-veil ban should be considered if more Muslim women begin wearing them, adding that the veils made her feel 'uncomfortable'. In September 2013, 65% of the electorate in the Italian-speaking region of Ticino voted in favour of a ban on face veils in public areas by any group. It was the first time that any of Switzerland's 26 cantons has imposed such a ban" (para 62-64).
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On 11 April 2011, France became the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places. Under the ban, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine. As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were 'not welcome' in France. In 2016 France introduced a controversial ban on women's full-body swimsuits, known as 'burkinis'. Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the swimsuits 'the affirmation of political Islam in the public space'. The burkini ban, imposed by French Riviera mayors, was later lifted in ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In November 2016, Dutch MPs backed a ban on the Islamic full veil in public places such as schools and hospitals, and on public transport. The niqab and the burka full-face veils were included in the ban along with face coverings such as ski-masks and helmets. In order for the ban to become law, the Dutch Senate must approve the bill. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's ruling Liberal-Labour coalition described the bill, which will see offenders fined up to 410 euros (£350, $435), as 'religious-neutral'. The proposed ban reflected the influence of the anti-Islamist Geert Wilders, whose Freedom party was at that time the third largest in parliament and the minority ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Russia's Stavropol region has a ban on hijabs - the first of its kind imposed by a region in the Russian federation. The ruling was upheld by Russia's Supreme Court in July 2013. In Chechnya, the authorities have defied Russian policy on Islamic dress. In 2007 President Ramzan Kadyrov - the pro-Moscow leader - issued an edict ordering women to wear headscarves in state buildings. It is a direct violation of Russian law, but is strictly followed today. President Kadyrov even voiced support for men who fired paintballs at women deemed to be violating the strict dress code" (para 59-61).
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"For more than 85 years Turks have lived in an officially secular state founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who rejected headscarves as backward-looking. . . . Scarves are banned in civic spaces and official buildings, but the issue is deeply divisive for the country's predominantly Muslim population, as two-thirds of all Turkish women - including the wives and daughters of the prime minister and president - cover their heads. In 2008, Turkey's constitution was amended to ease a strict ban at universities, allowing headscarves that were tied loosely under the chin. Headscarves covering the neck and all-enveloping veils were still banned. In October 2013, Turkey lifted rules banning women from ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There is no ban on Islamic dress in the UK, but schools are allowed to decide their own dress code after a 2007 directive which followed several high-profile court cases. Many Islamic groups see a ban on full-face veils as discrimination against Muslims. In January 2010, then Schools Secretary Ed Balls said it was 'not British' to tell people what to wear in the street after the UK Independence Party called for all face-covering Muslim veils to be banned. In September 2013, Home Office Minister Jeremy Browne called for a 'national debate' about Islamic veils in public places, such as schools. In 2014 UKIP came first in the European elections ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The ruling coalition agreed in January 2017 to prohibit full-face veils (niqab and burka) in public spaces such as courts and schools. It said it was considering a more general ban on state employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols. The measures were seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party, which almost won the presidency in December 2016. The coalition, made up of the left-wing Social Democrats and the conservative Austrian People's Party, said that full-face veils in public stood in the way of 'open communication', which it said was fundamental to an 'open society'. Only an estimated 150 women wear the full ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Several towns in Italy have local bans on face-covering veils. The north-western town of Novara is one of several local authorities to have already brought in rules to deter public use of the Islamic veil. In the Lombardy region of Italy, a burka ban was agreed in December 2015 and came into effect in January 2016. Governments have discussed extending laws to impose penalties on Muslim face coverings, but these have not yet been enforced nationally. This sign in Varallo says that the Burqa, Niqab and Burqini are not allowed by communal decision. In 2004 local politicians in northern Italy resurrected old public order laws against the wearing of masks, ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A law banning the full-face veil came into effect in Belgium in July 2011. The law bans any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. Veiled women in Belgium have staged protests against the ban. In December 2012, Belgium's Constitutional Court rejected appeals for the ban to be annulled, ruling that it did not violate human rights. Before the law was passed, the burka was already banned in several districts under old local laws originally designed to stop people masking their faces completely at carnival time" (26-29).
Nov. 22, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On 6 December 2016, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in Germany 'wherever it is legally possible'. Her comments, made at a CDU party meeting, came after plans to outlaw the burka - or any full-face veil - in public buildings were proposed by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere in August. There has been no national law restricting the wearing of veils in Germany prior to these proposals. In September 2003 the federal Constitutional Court ruled in favour of a teacher who wanted to wear an Islamic scarf to school. However, it said states could change their laws locally if they wanted to. At ...more
Nov. 22, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Speaking about the survey, ActionAid India executive director Sandeep Chachra said, 'Cross country findings suggest immediate action is needed to curb harassment and violence against women. While awareness on rights of women, women's abilities and potential has increased over decades, we are still a long way off from realizing the promise of a just and equal world for half of our humanity. Threats to safety of women are directly related to patriarchal mindsets that manifest itself on streets, at the workplace and at homes.'" (para 4).
Nov. 10, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Ghida Anani, the founder and director of Abaad, a women’s rights group in Lebanon told The Times the repeal was 'the first step to changing the mind-set and traditions.For us it’s the start,'Anani said. 'Now the awareness and behavioral campaign will start to make women aware that it’s no longer an option: He cannot escape punishment.' Abaad’s campaign tactics included erecting billboards that showed women wearing bloodied bridal gowns captioned with 'A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.' The group also hung soiled dresses along the Corniche, Beirut’s famous seaside promenade" (p 3-5)
Nov. 10, 2017, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Adolescent pregnancy is one of the biggest sexual and reproductive health challenges in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Factors contributing to the region’s high rates of teen pregnancy include widespread gender-based violence, lack of comprehensive sexuality education, and barriers to sexual and reproductive health services. In El Salvador, UNFPA is working with the government and local partners to increase awareness of these issues. Students, teachers and parents have been targeted with training sessions, educational programmes and awareness-raising messages, all covering the issues that fuel adolescent pregnancy as well as the consequences of early motherhood. Community members learn about topics including sexual violence, the importance of eliminating child marriage and ...more
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"HRNK’s [Committee for Human Rights in North Korea] Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression & Prisoner Disappearances reported that the Sorimchon/Kumchon-ri zone within Yodok political penal-labor camp (Camp 15) in South Hamkyung Province was demolished in late 2014. The whereabouts of the former prisoners of this section of the camp remain unknown"(2)."The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, ...more
Nov. 8, 2017, noon
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The effort got a boost on International Women’s Day last month, when President Enrique Peña Nieto called on Mexico 'to launch a frontal assault against all expressions of machismo.' He urged the eradication of 'a deeply rooted machista culture,' one that 'ultimately and truly generates violence against women'" (para 4). "Last year, Mexicans in dozens of cities took to the streets in the first nationally coordinated demonstration against machismo and violence against women. Major Mexican companies are weighing in as well. Tecate, a popular beer brand, started a television advertising campaign last summer featuring a woman covered in bruises. 'A man is defined by how he treats a woman,' the ...more
Nov. 8, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The interior minister didn't provide an explanation [for the ban on producing or selling burqas] , but the news quickly made the rounds online"(para 6)
Nov. 7, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Lots of people worked very hard and progress was achieved, but it was patchy,' said Wendy Graham from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who was a co-coordinator of the report. 'Like many things in health, in the progress that the average receives invariably there are some left behind.' It is estimated that 210 million women become pregnant every year, with 140 million babies born. But according to the report – a series of six papers published in the Lancet by an international team of researchers – provision of maternal healthcare worldwide is hugely variable.'This is about human rights and a lack of standardised care across the world,' ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Women are now aware of their rights and can raise their voices. Before [the formation of a community development committee which women are included in] we couldn't do this,' said committee president Kalpona Begum, 55.The community's meeting hall, a tin-roofed shed with a cardboard ceiling and orange tarp stretched over its concrete floor, is plastered with hand-drawn posters illustrating ways to reduce earthquake and fire risks and to combat social ills - including one image of an old man and a young girl in a red wedding veil, with a big red X marked over it"(para 17-18)."Two months ago, she [Shaheen, a Village Education Resource Centre community coordinator] stopped by ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Consequently, the Palestinian Ministry of Labor and the National Committee for Women’s Employment (NCWE) coordinated with the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU), with the support of the International Labor Organization, to launch the first Guideline for Women’s Employment Rights on Oct. 4 in Ramallah"(para 1)."Many of the women are not well-informed of the Palestinian Labor Law and the issued laws related to their rights and duties. Consequently, they keep mum about their employers’ violations, such as depriving them of leaves and increasing their work hours without paying them overtime"(para 7)."[Iman] Assaf said, 'We will work in the coming phase on promoting the guideline [Guideline for Women's Employment Rights] ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Last week, Saudi activists circulated on social media a video of two young women, identified only as Ashwaq and Areej, apparently sisters, who said they were in Turkey and were in danger of being repatriated to Saudi Arabia, where they claimed they would face violence. Thanks to cases like theirs, a social media campaign by Saudi women with the hashtag #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen has gone viral" (para 9). "Ms. al-Dosari published a petition, which more than 14,000 Saudi women signed last year, calling on King Salman to abolish the guardianship system completely" (para 16).
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Not surprisingly, the marriage didn’t work out — two-thirds of marriages of underage girls don’t last, one study found — but it did interrupt Johnson’s attendance at elementary school. Today she is campaigning for a state law to curb underage marriages, part of a nationwide movement to end child marriage in America" (para 5). "'We’re asking the Legislature to repeal a law that’s been on the books for over a century, that’s been working without difficulty, on the basis of a request from a minor doing a Girl Scout project,' scoffed one state representative, David Bates. In March the Republican-led House voted to kill the bill, leaving the minimum age ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Moroccan police, prosecutors, judges, and other authorities often fail to prevent domestic abuse, punish the abusers, or assist survivors, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Moroccan government. In part, that is because Moroccan laws don’t provide officials with guidance on responding effectively"(1)."Women from various regions of Morocco hold placards as they protest against violence towards women, in Rabat, November 24, 2013. The placard reads, 'In memory of all women victims of violence'"(1)."Human Rights Watch in September 2015, interviewed 20 women and girls who had suffered domestic abuse. They said that their husbands, partners, and other family members punched, kicked, burned, stabbed, and raped them, or subjected ...more
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: Malawi, Uganda, Zambia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"At the recently ended United Nations General Assembly, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Peter Mutharika of Malawi pledged to support efforts in ending child marriage in Africa by 2030" (para 9).
Nov. 1, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that while Quebec makes its own laws, he believed women could make up their own minds on what to wear" (para 24).
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Internationally, the [maternity leave] bill has been touted as a success for India, which has one of the world’s lowest female employment rates – 25% – and where mothers often feel under pressure to leave their jobs after having children. A headline in Fortune magazine said India’s move 'puts the US to absolute shame'"(para 6)
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Campaigners brand maternity bill elitist over failure to include women working in India’s informal sector, who represent 95% of female workforce"(para 1)."According to women’s groups, the new rules – which raise maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, putting India ahead of France and the US – will apply only to a small fraction of the female workforce.'It’s as if, for the government, 95% of India’s women don’t even exist,' said Juin Dutta, from Paatshala, a group helping impoverished female handicraft workers. She pointed out that the extension will only apply to women in the formal sector, which amounts to just 5% of India’s working women.India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, ...more
Oct. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Asma Mahmoud, the organizer of the Alternatives Forum in Cairo, told Al-Monitor that discussion of the issue of marriage of Nubian women outside of their societies is met with severe hostility. 'I found it extremely difficult to deal with non-Nubians. All of my friends were Nubians, and I was afraid to speak with anyone else' she said. 'I believed that Nubians were the greatest people on the earth, but my perspective changed, and I made friends with people from other provinces [in Egypt]'"(para 3)."Wahibah Saleh, a senior archaeological inspector in Dahshur, produced a film on the Ahwal Masriyah website titled 'The clash between Nubian women and marital traditions.' The film ...more
Oct. 30, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The campaign follows calls by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Sept. 30 to impose measures against customary marriage of underage girls. 'I was surprised that the number of married 12-year-olds was not low,' Sisi said during a ceremony marking the population census that took place in April. Sisi wondered how these young girls can assume the responsibility of marriage and a household. 'This is something that pains me and pains anyone with a real conscience who cares for their sons and daughters,' he said" (para 2-3).