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Latest items for SEGI-PRACTICE-1

June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recommends that the State party enhance awareness-raising through the media and implement measures to eliminate stereotypes and structural barriers that might deter boys and girls from enrolling in non-traditional educational and occupational choices or impede women’s advancement in academic institutions, the labour market, the family and society." (para 18).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India

"On September 11, Hindustan Times (HT) owner Shobhana Bhartia announced editor in chief Bobby Ghosh’s exit from the media outlet. Ghosh had been critical of BJP leadership, including Prime Minister Modi, and was the creator of HT’s 'Hate Tracker' regarding violence against Muslims; Dalits; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals (LGBTI); and other discriminated groups" (20).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Federal law criminalizes female circumcision or genital mutilation, but the federal government took no legal action to curb the practice. While 12 states have banned FGM/C, but once a state legislature criminalizes FGM/C, NGOs found they had to convince local authorities that state laws apply in their districts. The Ministry of Health, women’s groups, and many NGOs sponsored public awareness projects to educate communities about the health hazards of FGM/C. Underfunding and logistical obstacles limited their contact with health-care workers" (Pg 34).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"While the law does not explicitly prohibit domestic violence, a woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($17) to 30 years’ imprisonment. The government tried with limited success to enforce these laws, and courts prosecuted cases of domestic violence when they received complaints. Charges stemming from family disputes often were dropped in favor of traditional dispute resolution mechanisms. While women have the right to seek redress for violence in the customary or formal courts, few did so due to ignorance of redress offered by the legal system and fear of...more
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government and media focused national attention on gender-based violence (GBV). Police reported 39 GBV cases resulting in death between January and August. The current and previous presidents spoke publicly against GBV" (Pg 13).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government conducted a campaign to prevent discrimination against women and strengthen women’s political participation. The parliamentary committee on gender equality and the Center for Feminist Culture NGO also ran a campaign on curbing violence against women through the establishment of support groups" (Pg 27).
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In partnership with Civil Society Organizations, trainings were carried out for associations providing legal support to women, in order to ensure and exercise their rights in key areas such as access and control of land and natural resources, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS and gender based violence" (12).
June 8, 2019, 3:40 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"This is a defiant act in Mutua's native Kenya, where it's taboo for women to drum." (para 4). ""There's been a ton of problems I've faced as a female percussionist," she tells CNN." (para 6). "While her ability seems effortless, growing up in part of the world where it's often forbidden for women to play such a symbolically potent musical instrument, the 29-year-old has had to work hard for recognition." (para 7). ""Drumming has been a subject of taboo to women in Africa and me rising as a percussionist and going publicly with it and making a living out of it is problematic to some people," she says." (para 8)....more
June 8, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"This is a defiant act in Mutua's native Kenya, where it's taboo for women to drum." (para 4). ""There's been a ton of problems I've faced as a female percussionist," she tells CNN." (para 6). "While her ability seems effortless, growing up in part of the world where it's often forbidden for women to play such a symbolically potent musical instrument, the 29-year-old has had to work hard for recognition." (para 7). ""Drumming has been a subject of taboo to women in Africa and me rising as a percussionist and going publicly with it and making a living out of it is problematic to some people," she says." (para 8)....more
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In terms of awareness raising and social mobilization, in 2014 a total of 14 trainings on Gender and GBV were conducted in all islands, with local associations, community leaders, local level public servants (education, health, etc.) (321 participants), creating an enabling environment for the implementation of the GBV Law at local level. The support manual for the Community dissemination of the GBV Law was developed and disseminated, with particle guidance for CSOs. The Laço Branco Network (Cape Verdean White Ribbon campaign has worked with men in communities, through theatre sessions: all forms of GBV are addressed as well as notions of masculinity/femininity, responsible fatherhood, among others. Between 2013 and 2015...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In order to overcome gender-based stereotypes, a number of projects, public events and studies were carried out. The organisation Gender Platform held a subsidised workshop series in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The aim was to raise awareness about gender-based stereotypes, increase self-reflection and find a more gender-sensitive approach to schooling and teaching. The target group were educational institutions such as schools and kindergartens" (11-12). "The subsidised symposium Girls*boys*gender*AND addressed topics and challenges related to working with girls and boys from a gender-sensitive perspective. The inter-disciplinary and inclusive event made a major contribution to enhance professionalism in gender-sensitive child and youth work" (12). "Gender and diversity management was defined as a...more
June 3, 2019, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

Salmmah also has on-going anti-sexual harassment campaigns, raising awareness & taking actions in public spaces, markets, and universities. A next step is advocating to create secure, violencefree spaces for women in three markets in Khartoum, using stickers, posters, street-theatre and face-to-face meetings with market goers. The new campaign is called AMNA, a female name that means 'secure'" (Pg 37-37).
June 3, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In a highly publicized 2010 case, a Nigerian high court dismissed a case brought by a 26-year-old woman who says her father forced her to marry a senator. The BBC’s Haruna Shehu Tangaza in Sokoto says that these days forced marriages are frowned on in the predominately Muslim north of Nigeria. He goes to say that people have generally supported Ms. Mayana and consider her courageous in bringing the case against her father and Senator Ya’u. Judge Isiyaku Mohammed said under the constitution, the federal court could not intervene in the affairs of an Islamic court. BAOBAB was part of the campaign that signed various petitions against a Nigerian Senator...more
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"The ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis hampered media coverage and advocacy of women’s rights and investigations of violations of women’s rights" (36).
May 25, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Building on this opportunity for public engagement, FOSJ makes extensive use FOSJ makes extensive use of mass media (print, electronic, and radio) to engage in outreach. Radio is the primary means of communication since over 70% Afghans are still listening to the radio particularly in the rural areas of Afghanistan. FOSJ harnesses this media power, producing radio programmes, and also produced a feature film on forced and under aged marriage which was widely broadcasted through Afghan television. Unfortunately, the use of the media is becoming more expensive in Afghanistan for NGOs, as all media organizations are private and their charges for broadcasts of any campaign messages are almost impossible to...more
May 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On International Women’s Day in Pakistan last month, thousands of exuberant young feminists staged their second Aurat (women’s) March. Intended to build on the success of a well-received march last year, it was designed to be inclusive, peaceful and raucously joyful. It had women from all walks of life, some in Western clothes, others in full veils, head scarves and burqas. Women from cities and villages. Female health workers and teachers. Trans women and male allies" (Para 1). "Recalling the joys of the 2018 march, the activists and volunteers had gone to low-income neighborhoods and rallied women there. They bused women from rural villages. They printed fliers with artwork by...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"IKWRO is a registered London-based, national charity (1104550) founded in 2002, run by and representing women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM, spouse abandonment and domestic violence." (para. 1)
May 16, 2019, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"We work with the traditional leaders, the chiefs – they are the leaders of civil society. We ask, "Why don’t we [women] have a place anymore?" And the traditional chiefs see this, they hear us, they recognize this problem and they accept to give back to women their place in the society. And now we have more than 65 women who are in places of assistantships adjunct to the traditional chiefs and the community highly appreciates their work. We have women who are the chiefs of their village in certain territories." (para 14).
May 16, 2019, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: Morocco

"Morocco’s parliament ratified a law on Wednesday to combat violence against women after months of debate and discussion between political parties and civil society in a move aimed at containing violence against women, a phenomenon that is wide spreading among Moroccan society." (para 1). "A year and a half ago after drafting the law, 168 deputies voted today in favor of this law, prepared by the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in exchange for 55 votes against." (para 2).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government generally permitted visits by UN representatives. In August Rhona Smith, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, conducted her fourth visit to the country. In her meetings she discussed threats by the minister of social affairs to crack down on civil society; amendments to the law on political parties; disadvantaged and marginalized groups, such as women, indigenous peoples, and victims of racial and ethnic discrimination; and the use of provisional detention" (24).
May 14, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In Maradi, young girls cycle into a weathered building to talk about abusive husbands, jealous co-wives, overbearing mothers-in-law — and unfulfilled sex lives. Skimpy bikinis made only of plastic beads hang on the walls. Lotions and oils line the shelves. One young woman arrived for counseling from the organization, called Dynamic Women, saying she had followed the instructions to rub oil on herself and sit naked in front of her husband. Still, he wasn’t interested" (para 66-67).
May 13, 2019, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: United States

"'The concept of a pre-existing relationship defense should've never been part of our criminal statutes. It's reprehensible and because of Jenny it is now going to be repealed,' [Minnesota Governor] Walz said Thursday. Rep. Zack Stephenson, who sponsored the bill, said the signing ceremony made history in Minnesota as the state moved its laws 'out of the 19th century.' 'All Minnesotans deserve to be safe, regardless of who they're married to,' he said. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said the bill is 'a testament to the hard work of victims, survivors and advocates' such as [marital raper survivor] Teeson. 'This journey has definitely been a long one and today is a...more
May 13, 2019, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Iran

"A pop group has been banned by Iran's religious police after a female guitarist sang a 12 second solo at their concert in Tehran. Negin Parsa was playing guitar in singer Hamid Askari's well known band on January 30 at the Milad Tower concert venue. But Iranian law - which is dictated by Islamic Sharia law - only permits that women sing in front of other women and can only sing in front of men as part of a duet or chorus" (para 1-3). "She thanked him for representing her and 'all the girls in your land.' As a result of the law breaking, the Iranian authorities told them they...more
May 12, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Yemeni women are demanding equal representation in a United Nations-led peace process aimed at ending the country’s devastating four-year war. The UN's special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths helped broker a deal between Yemen’s internationally recognised government and Houthi rebels in Sweden last December that agreed to a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeidah and a prisoner exchange. But the agreement is yet to be implemented, the government says because of rebel violations. Yemeni women say it failed to include their perspective" (para 1-3). "Ms Luqman, known as one of Yemen’s leading peace activists, became the third Yemeni woman to brief the council this week. 'We are frustrated because...more
May 11, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"These were some of the chants heard in the town of Moreno, Buenos Aires, where thousands gathered Saturday (8/4) to protest the femicide of Micaela Garcia, who herself was an activist against sexist violence. The 21-year-old Argentine had been missing for a week after she had attended a nightclub in nearby Gualeguay. Her naked body was found Saturday morning in a rural area with signs of having been strangled" (para 4-5). "'Here are two people responsible: the murderer of Micaela and a judge who released him despite being advised against doing so,' said Fabiana Tuñez, the president of the National Women’s Council" (para 7). "According to Pedromo, the anti-femicide movement...more
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Courts dismissed some cases of domestic abuse and incest or gave perpetrators light sentences. Traditional and religious practices of reconciliation between aggrieved parties in both indigenous and Indo-Fijian communities were sometimes considered to mitigate sentences in domestic violence cases" (16).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Subsequently, training sessions were held by WAB and MAB with the Guyana Business Coalition through the Guyana National Shipping Corporation and seven other rural-based NGOs. Gender awareness programmes held in workplaces and prisons covered gender-based violence, sexual harassment and anger management respectively. Along with support from UN Women, several initiatives were executed during the sixteen (16) days of activism across the country, including video shows, sharing of experiences by survivors and edutainment, dramatization to depict all forms of violence, discussions about the leading causes of domestic violence and rape. In November 2013, approximately thirty-five (35) persons benefitted from a two-day workshop on CEDAW and the Gender Dimension of HIV in...more
May 7, 2019, 11:16 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Hamas’s 'morality police' punished women for behavior they deemed inappropriate such as riding motorcycles, smoking cigarettes or water pipes, leaving their hair uncovered, and dressing 'inappropriately' in Western-style or close-fitting clothing such as jeans or T-shirts"(105).
April 30, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The new prime minister, who says he is a feminist, said his government marked a watershed moment in Spanish society." (para 9). "In a televised statement on Wednesday evening he spoke of Europe as "our new homeland" and said he saw his cabinet as a faithful reflection of a change in Spain that had emerged on 8 March through a feminist movement. An estimated five million women across the country staged a "feminist strike" on that day against wage inequality and gender violence." (para 10).
April 29, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In cooperation with Soot El-Arab radio station, ECWR has successfully launched the radio show 'She & Her Sisters' over the month of Ramadan. In its daily episodes, the show discusses issues that directly affect women, such as economic empowerment and the rights of women in Islam" (14).