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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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, GP-DATA-4

"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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, GP-DATA-5, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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).
Dec. 31, 2019, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Pakistan is to set up more than 1,000 courts dedicated to tackling violence against women, the country's top judge announced on Wednesday, seeking to tackle a problem activists say the criminal justice system has long neglected. Asif Saeed Khosa said the special courts would allow victims to speak out without fear of retaliation in the conservative Muslim country, where domestic violence is often seen as taboo" (para. 1-2).
Dec. 21, 2019, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"National police chief Vyacheslav Abroskin said this week: 'Five children were raped in four regions of Ukraine… within just 24 hours. And these are the crimes which parents reported to police despite their fear and anxiety to do so. We can only guess how many latent sexual crimes against children we have in the country'" (para 5-7).
Dec. 21, 2019, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Child marriage is common in Kapoeta because the communities are cattle keepers and so they use their daughters for wealth,' Karlo told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone" (para 6).
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Hakkaoui highlighted the country’s deep-seated patriarchy, arguing that societal constraints are keeping most victims of gender-based violence from speaking about their sometimes immensely traumatizing experiences" (para 3). "The study, which was sponsored by the government and conducted between January and March of this year, found that domestic violence and gender-based assaults are still alive and well in Morocco’s social fabric. The minister called gender-based violence a “prevailing reality” in Morocco, indicating that the national average for gendered violence stood at 54.4% at the time of the survey" (para 5). "[Bassima Hakkaoui] said in this regard that the government and regional authorities must put more efforts in awareness raising campaigns to...more
Dec. 16, 2019, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"Muslim and rights groups have voiced opposition to the law - formally called the 'partial ban on face-covering clothing' - and an Islamic political party in Rotterdam has said it will pay the 150-euro ($167) fines for anybody caught breaking it" (para 6).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"If any positive can come from such a horrendous attack, it is that the public reaction to the case has sparked an extraordinary cultural movement. Since the outcome of the first trial, hundreds of thousands of Spanish women have taken to the streets in protest. On International Women's Day this year, a whole year after the initial ruling, record numbers joined mass demonstrations, marches and strikes. I was living and studying in Valencia at the time, where 120,000 marched. I was 300 miles away from Pamplona, but could still hear the united chant, Tranquila hermana, aqui esta tu manada (Don't worry sister, we are your wolf pack). University lectures were...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Protesters took to the streets of more than 250 towns and cities across Spain on Friday night to declare a 'feminist emergency' after a series of high-profile rape cases and a summer in which 19 women were murdered by current or former partners" (para 1). "Organisers urged participants to 'turn the night purple'-- the color of the feminist movement-- to raise the alarm and protest against apathy, indifference and a lack of attention from politicians and the media. By 8 pm, people were massing for demonstrations in cities including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Tarragona, Salamanca, Seville and Alicante" (para 2-3). "The demonstrations come three years after the notorious gang-rape of...more
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

It [the 100th case of femicide this year] comes as the government announces measures to combat the killing of women related to domestic violence" (para 4). "Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday launched a summit around the subject [of femicide] which includes community and association representatives, police, judges, lawyers and government ministers" (para 8).
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).