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April 5, 2021, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

Women's advocates are calling for better support to help reduce femicides, after a recent report showed an uptick in the number of women violently killed in Canada last year (para 1). "Amanda Dale is an advisory member with the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.She said the organization's report on femicide tries to highlight that women like Nichole were 'human beings with lives that were cut short, children that lost mothers, families that lost daughters'" (para 12).
April 2, 2021, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"When the Zanan-e Emrooz magazine started publishing again in June 2014, after eight years of suspension, women's rights activists in Iran felt a spark of hope that there would be further oppurtunities to demand women's rights. However, the life of the magazine was short-lived. After less than a year and only publishing 11 issues, the Press Supervisory Council ordered its closure on April 27, 2015. The council's speaker said the suspension was due to Zanan-e Emrooz 'encouraging the anti-social and religiously unsanctioned phenomenon known as white marriage'" (para 1). "In Iran, 'white marriage' is a reference to unmarried cohabitation. Zanan-e Emrooz​ —​ previously known as the Zanan Magazine before its...more
March 31, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A march during the time of Covid is a difficult thing to plan safely. For Pakistan's women, determined to have their 'Aurat March' today, there are other risks - to their physical safety as well as of online abuse and trolling" (para 1). "'The pandemic has hindered mobilisation significantly,' said Noor, who added that the closure of public transport alone has been a huge obstacle to women in the country. But it is the healthcare crisis that is the focus of this year's marches in Pakistan to mark International Women's Day. The event is being organised online as well as on the streets, with organisers encouraging women to stay at...more
March 31, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Across Latin America, there has been increased pro-choice campaigning, known as the 'green wave', based on the colour worn by protestors" (para 5). "Mario Perez, a lawmaker with the ruling party of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, formally proposed the change last week, calling it a 'constitutional lock' to prevent any future moderations of the abortion law. 'Every human being has the right to life from the moment of conception,' said Mr Perez" (para 10-11). "Ahead of the vote, UN human rights experts condemned the move, saying in a statement: 'This bill is alarming. Instead of taking a step towards fulfilling the fundamental rights of women and girls, the country is...more
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom's guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the eastern city of Dammam, was convicted of 'inciting to end guardianship of women' in statements he posted on Twitter and in public posters, the Okaz daily said. He was arrested while putting up posters in mosques in Al-Hasa district calling for an end to the globally unique system that subjects women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to male control. During questioning, police found out that the...more
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The driving force of gender transformation is represented by Ukrainian СSO, international organizations and numerous projects for gender problems, financed by external donors" (9). "The Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations of the Verkhovna Rada, the competencies of which include gender policy issues, as well as the gender policy subcommittee frequently consider various aspects of gender policy implementation" (10-11). "The Parliamentary Hearings on the topic: 'Ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men. Problems and effective measures for their solving' were held on 16 October 2013" (11). "Over the reporting period, for the first time two court cases of discrimination against women were examined in Ukraine,...more
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Starting on the day after the rape, and for over a month, ordinary men and women came out on to the streets of India's cities in unprecedented numbers to protest. They braved a freezing December and a ferocious government crackdown of water cannons, baton charges, and teargas shells. Their courage and determination to be heard was extraordinarily inspiring” (para 27).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A series of events in the past few weeks have again highlighted the injustices being committed against women in the name of Islam in Pakistan. Recently, the three accused of raping an 18-year old woman at Jinnah’s Mausoleum were set free by a court in Karachi. The court refused to entertain the DNA evidence, which reportedly proved the guilt of the accused, and gave the accused the benefit of the doubt because the victim could not produce four eyewitnesses to the rape. Weeks later, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) decreed that the DNA evidence in the absence of four righteous men as witnesses to rape is not sufficient for...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:49 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"France’s culture minister, Franck Riester, said that he supported Mr. Matzneff’s victims and announced that the government would review a writer’s allowance given to him — an abrupt shift in the government’s position. In 1995, long after Mr. Matzneff had written about his past, the minister of culture at the time awarded him the Order of Arts and Letters" (para 9). "Caught now in the crosscurrents of France’s changing attitudes toward sex, Mr. Matzneff is the product and longtime beneficiary of France’s May 68 movement, the social revolution started in 1968 by students and unions against France’s old order. With the slogan, 'It’s forbidden to forbid,' the movement rebelled against...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Some rebel women have started to shun the obligatory abaya when they leave the house in a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis” (para 1). “Last year Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted during an interview with CBS that the dress code may be relaxed, saying the robe was not mandatory in Islam” (para 3). “Jaloud is one of only a handful of women who have abandoned the abaya in recent month. But the trend underscores a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis that may outstrip the monarchy's capacity for change. Manahel al-Otaibi, a 25-year-old activist, has also foregone the garment. ‘For four months I have...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Child killers and rapists 'should not only be given the death penalty by hanging, but they should be hanged publicly,' said Ali Muhammad Khan, Pakistan's parliamentary affairs minister, who presented the resolution in the national assembly, or lower house. ‘The Quran commands us that a murderer should be hanged,’ Khan added Though a majority of lawmakers approved the resolution, human rights minister Shireen Mazari stressed it was not sponsored by the government” (para 3-5). “‘Public executions, which are thankfully now very rare in the world, are a throwback to a crueller age. Pakistan should focus on proper child protection and crime prevention measures’ [said by Omar Waraich, Amnesty International's Deputy...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“The move comes amid a growing backlash by women in the Islamic Republic, hundreds of whom have been arrested for taking off their head coverings in public in protest at the law. A campaign by rights activists called ‘White Wednesday’ encouraging women to wear white and discard their hijabs has also gained support, much to the consternation of conservative clerics” (para 4-5). “Mohammad Abdulahpour, the commander of Gilan province’s Revolutionary Guards unit, has said that the survival of the Islamic revolution depends on the full implementation of Islamic traditions and that ‘the issue of hijab is not a simple matter, but rather a serious political and security issue for our...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Brave women are increasingly risking the wrath of Iran's morality police by ditching the hijab - while hardliners demand they should be lashed for ‘disrupting social peace.’ More and more women are said to be pushing back against the country's strict dress codes as they test the response of the ruling Shiite Muslim clergy and their security agencies” (para 1-2). “Hardliners have called for harsh punishment, even lashes, arguing that allowing women to show their hair leads to moral decay and the disintegration of families” (para 4). “For one young woman, the simple act of going out for a walk without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab, has become a display...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“The case mirrors a similar case in Pamplona last year that caused widespread outrage and triggered large protests in Spain” (para 9). “The protests in response to the initial Wolf Pack verdict caused pushed the ruling PSOE caretaker government to create a commission to review Spanish rape laws. However the findings of the commission, which concluded in December last year, have still not been acted on by the Spanish government” (para 13).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Despite the grave nature of the child abuse committed across Afghanistan, this tragic phenomenon has received relatively little global attention. It has been highlighted mainly in sporadic news articles and one Afghan-produced documentary, while other Afghan issues such as women's rights and poverty are center stage” (para 19).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'She is going to have to go through with the pregnancy,' said Fatou Kiné Camara, president of the Senegalese women lawyers' association. 'The best we can do is keep up pressure on the authorities to ensure the girl gets regular scans and free medical care'" (para 3). "'The greatest unfairness is that the poor are the victims of our archaic legislation,' said Camara, a law professor at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar (para 9).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:01 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A retired lawyer, Pourfazel was one of 14 female Iranian activists who signed an Aug. 9, 2019, open letter calling for the resignation of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the introduction of a new constitution enshrining equal rights for women" (para 16). "Earlier this month, Pourfazel and nine other Iranian rights activists wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization, saying they had formed a "National Relief Committee" to appeal for more international aid for Iran's battle against the pandemic. They said the new committee also would monitor the government's usage of such aid to prevent further corruption and mismanagement" (para 19).
Feb. 10, 2021, 1:09 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'It is important that the whole of society is engaged in issues such as this. Ultimately, that change for women that we all seek must come from within the affected societies themselves. And of course, education of girls is crucial. The more educated girls are, the more they can assert their basic rights and determine the kind of life they want to live. They become leaders and, thereby, agents of change within their communities'" (para 36). This implies that the whole of society is not currently engaged in these issues (JCE- CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 9, 2021, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

Some local African leaders on the island are trying to form a bridge between the authorities and victims to try to break the psychological chains. Sister Mary Anne Nwiboko, a Catholic nun working in a convent in Carlentini in Syracuse, says she has helped more than 300 Nigerian women escape their traffickers since 1998. A trained counsellor and psychotherapist, she works with the police to help identify and approach potential victims. 'I have always battled the juju,' she says. 'I do not believe in these ceremonies but I understand the power that they hold over these women.' In recent months, she says the number of women independently seeking her out...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Four million women born in the 1950s have been left 'disenfranchised' by 'catastrophic' changes to the state pension age, the Court of Appeal heard today. Campaigners are arguing that the increase of women's state pension age from 60 to 66 by the Government is discriminatory, unlawful and unfair” (para 1-2). “But the increase in women's state pension age became contentious because in 2011 then Chancellor George Osborne brought forward the timing of changes, initially for women alone and then also for both genders” (para. 12). “Lord Justice Irwin and Mrs Justice Whipple dismissed the claim against the Government decision to raise women's state pension age, saying: 'The court was saddened...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Kretschmann added that such coverings, which are usually worn by conservative Muslim women and girls, do not belong in a free society, although he admitted that banning them at university level was a more complex matter” (para. 5). “The country's left-wing Green party has been divided on the issue, but in Baden-Württemberg, Green party leaders were in agreement with the CDU, with state party leaders Sandra Detzer and Oliver Hildenbrand referring to the burqa and the niqab as 'symbols of oppression.' Other party members have argued that a ban could stoke tensions and negatively impact cultural integration” (para. 7-8). “Hamburg's social-democratic education senator Ties Rabe immediately said that he would...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Yet, Sadia sees signs of change in the air – and across the region. 'Social media has opened up new possibilities for women and girls in Afghanistan,' she said. 'Before we didn’t know what to do, but now women are telling their stories'" (para 4). "The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has taken a special interest in providing support for media organizations determined to break the silence and help marginalized women, girls, and boys tell their stories. The UN has sponsored forums and athletic events to promote conversation and awareness of gender-based violence and harassment, and has worked with local media outlets to extend these messages across the...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Many more Egyptian girls will be forced to undergo the procedure, and many of them will die - as long as there is no clear strategy from the state and a true criminalisation of the practice,' said Amel Fahmy, managing director of Tadwein Gender Research Centre" (para 6).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:45 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Neighbours began reporting cases of violence like never before and they began to see posts with hashtags #FeminicidioEsPandemia, or #FemicideIsAPandemic, #ViolenciaDeGenero or #GenderBasedViolence on social media. 'This has never happened. I just hope that this never goes back to being hidden, that violence against women becomes a public issue because of this surge,' she said" (para 28-29). "Marta Restrepo is a leader of Colombia's Femicide Observatory, an initiative tracking the killings of women like the one that happened on the first day of the country's lockdown" (para 31).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:24 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Like many other Afghan girls, she was surprised the first time she menstruated, and worried she might be ill. Her mother offered no explanation, since such topics were deemed inappropriate to discuss" (para 65).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
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"The Committee urges the State party...To strengthen the efficiency of the police, to ensure that police officers fulfil their duty to protect women and girls against violence and are held accountable, to adopt standard procedures for the police in each state on gender-sensitive investigations and treatment of victims and of witnesses and to ensure that first information reports are duly filed...To provide systematic training on women’s rights to all law enforcement personnel, medical staff and judicial officials" (3-4). "It is particularly concerned about the: Provisions of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act requiring prior authorization by the Government to prosecute a member of the security forces and the reportedly high...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Recognizing that access to justice begins in the educational sphere, where women, on an equal footing with men, have the opportunity to learn about their rights and the mechanisms for exercising them, the Government is harmonizing the national education programmes with medium- and long-term national objectives in a vision of sustainable development that includes policies on population and balanced territorial and sectoral development, with specific prioritized goals in the social sector” (pp. 5). “From 2013 to date, the Ministry of Family and Promotion of Women has published and distributed a total of 5,045 pamphlets and organized various seminars. The Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, in collaboration with the Red...more
Jan. 30, 2021, 8:52 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Nigeria's Minister of Women's Affairs Pauline Tallen said at a government meeting on Wednesday: 'There has been an outcry against the rape epidemic because of the lockdown" (para 10). "There has been a recent wave of rapes and killing of women in Nigeria, which have led to a national outcry, with thousands signing a petition and using the hashtag #WeAreTired. In Lagos on Monday rights groups marched to parliament calling for it to declare a state of emergency on rape and sexual violence" (para 14-15).
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:57 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Jaha Dukureh, the face of a Guardian campaign to raise awareness of FGM in the US, who has taken her campaign back to her home country, said equipping young people at the event with religious arguments was vital in the battle to end FGM within a generation” (para 6). “Amie Bojang-Sissoko, a veteran anti-FGM campaigner, who has worked with the Gambian feminist organisation Gamcotrap for more than 20 years, said she hoped young people would go directly to the Qur’an to arm themselves with the facts” (para 12). “Bojang-Sissoko said that the youth summit had given new energy to the campaign to end FGM in Gambia, adding that she hoped...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On March 8, International Women’s Day, an estimated 100,000 women of all walks of life poured into Mexico City’s center. With a small group of male allies taking up the rear, they marched the mile and a half from the Monument to the Mexican Revolution to the Zócalo, Mexico City’s central plaza. The march coincided with other large demonstrations in cities across the country, from Tapachula to Tijuana. The outsized rallies were just the beginning of a landmark 48-hour effort by Mexican women to demonstrate the urgency of the national emergency of femicide and other violence against women in the country" (para 1). "Following large demonstrations in August and November...more