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Aug. 28, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Bangladesh's top court has ruled the word 'virgin' must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in a landmark move after campaigners challenged the 'humiliating and discriminatory' term...'It is a landmark verdict,' Aynun Nahar Siddiqua, a lawyer for the groups which filed the case challenging the term in 2014, said on Monday. Rights groups have long criticised the term - used in certificates since they were introduced in 1961 - saying it is 'humiliating and discriminatory', and that it breaches the privacy of the woman getting married" (para 1, 5, 6).
Aug. 6, 2019, 8:14 a.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In October as part of the implementation of the 2017 National Child Protection Policy Action Plan, the National Commission for Solidarity, Social Protection, and Gender Promotion, with the financial support of UNICEF, organized awarenessraising and training workshops on child marriage for religious leaders" (page 10).
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The National Family Safety Program (NFSP), a quasi-governmental organization under the Ministry of National Guard, was founded in 2005 to spread awareness of and combat domestic violence, including child abuse, and continued to report abuse cases" (40). "To increase awareness, in July 2016 a female lawyer launched an Arabic mobile phone application, 'Know Your Rights'" (41). "The government engaged in news campaigns highlighting the plight of abused workers, trained law enforcement and other officials to combat trafficking in persons, and worked with the embassies of labor-sending countries to disseminate information about labor rights to foreign workers. As in previous years, during Ramadan the HRC broadcast a public awareness program on...more
July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In January, campaigners condemned the arrest of five pregnant pupils in the Tandahimba district, on the Mozambique border, saying that the men who impregnated them should be arrested instead" (para 6). "In an official statement, a bank spokesman said: 'The World Bank supports policies that encourage girls’ education and make it possible for young girls to study in schools until they reach their full potential. The economic and social returns for girls finishing their education are very high in every society for both current and future generations. Working with our partners, the World Bank will continue to advocate girls’ access to education through our dialogue with the Tanzanian government'" (para...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia

"FGM/C reportedly occurred regularly, and no laws prohibit the practice. A February 6 UNICEF report, which reflected 2013 government data, estimated that 49 percent of girls age 11 and younger, or an estimated 60 million women and girls, have undergone some form of FGM/C, despite laws prohibiting medical professionals from administering it. The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment has been vocal about its opposition to FGM/C but has run up against conservative groups, including the Indonesian Ulema Council, who claimed a religious foundation for the practice. For more information, see" (Pg 27).
July 13, 2019, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Sudanese women are fighting back against the Islamist state of Sudan after 30 years of oppression and humiliation… women… spoke out through WhatsApp and Facebook and rallied the people to defy the authoritarian regime. Women continued to lead peaceful street demonstrations, call for civil disobedience actions and take to social media in protest. Doctors, lawyers, students, teachers, and stay-at-home mothers have been steering the #SudanUprising for three months now, in the most sustained revolt against the regime in recent history. But… When it is reported, women are seen to have “joined” protests – rather than being represented as leaders. ‘Zagrouda’ (or the women’s chant) has become the calling code for...more
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Primary prevention is one of the main pillars of NAPVAW II and targets the promotion of gender equality and non-violent relationships, and addresses harmful norms against women and girls. NAPVAW II includes specific interventions to 1) enhance knowledge and skills of children, youth and adolescents to promote and build gender-equitable, non-violent relationships, and to improve their attitudes, behaviors, and practices on human rights (including sexual rights, gender equality and sexuality), 2) enhance positive parenting knowledge, understanding and skills among parents and couples to build safe, gender equitable and non-violent families and environments, 3) change social environments and norms by strengthening gender equality in the community and workplace to promote cooperation...more
July 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Police officers, border guards, and social workers received training related to domestic and gender violence from NGOs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Justice" (p. 9).
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia

"The ZPS Victims Support Unit (VSU) was responsible for handling cases of domestic assault, wife beating, mistreatment of widows, and property expropriation (“grabbing”) by a deceased husband’s relatives. Police pursued reports of domestic violence more aggressively than in previous years, and the government established a fast-track court in Lusaka for GBV cases. Data on the extent of rape and domestic violence were limited. A WLSA Kasama One-Stop GBV Treatment Center recorded 6,506 cases of GBV as of September, compared with 5,188 during the first half of 2014. The VSU recorded 164 rapes countrywide during the period, compared with 118 in 2014" (Pg 21). "The legal age of marriage is 16...more
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The recent resurgence of stereotypical discourse by political figures and religious non-State actors, such as the Romanian Orthodox Church, in relation to the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, which are amplified through the display of stereotypical images on the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family through the media" (5).
July 8, 2019, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 17 for women and 18 for men, although a district may lower the age by one year in exceptional cases. The Women’s Committee and mahalla representatives conducted systematic campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of child marriage and early births. The committee also held regular public meetings with community representatives and girls in schools to emphasize the importance of education, selfreliance, financial independence, and the right to free choice. In some rural areas, girls as young as 15 occasionally were married in religious ceremonies not officially recognized by the state" (Pg 30).
July 8, 2019, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The law and constitution prohibit FGM/C of women and girls and establish a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for convicted perpetrators--or life imprisonment if the victim dies during the act of FGM/C. The government, women’s groups, and international organizations combated the practice through education and livelihood skills training. These programs, which received some support from local leaders, emphasized close cooperation with traditional authority figures and peer counseling. Nevertheless, the Sabiny ethnic group in rural Kapchorwa District and the Pokot ethnic group along the northeastern border with Kenya continued the practice; the Sabiny practiced types I and II, and the Pokot practiced type III" (Pg 27). "While traveling through Bukwo...more
July 6, 2019, 1:13 p.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C for girls and women. It is usually perpetrated a few months after birth. According to 2015 data from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), FGM/C had been performed on 3 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 and on 1 percent of girls and young women ages15 to 19. The most common form of FGM/C was excision. Penalties for those convicted of FGM/C range from two months to five years in prison as well as substantial fines. The law was rarely enforced because most cases occurred in rural areas where awareness of the law was limited or traditional customs often took precedence over the...more
July 3, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government and civil society actively promoted awareness campaigns to combat all forms of violence against women" (Pg 16).
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In October 2014 Radio Dabanga, a media outlet with on-the-ground sources and local journalists (but which broadcasts from outside Sudan and which the government accuses of being a propaganda outlet for the armed groups of Darfur) reported SAF soldiers belonging to the military garrison near El Fasher, North Darfur, raped approximately 200 women and girls from Thabit village. The government rejected the allegations and delayed for several days UNAMID’s travel to Thabit to investigate the allegations. In February, Human Rights Watch issued a report detailing the mass rape. As of November the government had not made its full investigative report available to the public. Humanitarian and human rights groups reported...more
June 28, 2019, 10:58 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka

"Many women’s organizations believed that greater sensitization of police and the judiciary was necessary to make progress in combating rape. The police Bureau for the Prevention of Abuse of Women and Children conducted awareness programs in schools and at the grassroots level, encouraging women to file complaints. Police continued to establish women’s units in police stations" (Pg 29).
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan

"FGM/C is a criminal offense under the penal code, but little data existed to determine its prevalence. The law prohibits subjecting children to negative and harmful practices that affect their health, welfare, and dignity. Although not a common practice, FGM/C occurred in some regions, particularly along the northern border regions in Muslim communities. Several NGOs worked to end FGM/C, and the Ministry of Gender raised awareness of the dangers of FGM/C through local radio broadcasts" (Pg 35).
June 20, 2019, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government continued a whole-of-government, multistakeholder campaign against GBV, child abuse, and other types of domestic violence. GBV was a required training module for police and military at all levels, and was included as a module for all troops and police deploying to peacekeeping missions abroad" (Pg 31).
June 20, 2019, 11:09 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In 2012 President Karzai himself dramatically undermined women’s rights when he publicly endorsed a set of guidelines issued by a religious council that described women as 'secondary' to men, called for full segregation of the sexes in public and in education and employment, and implied that violence against women can sometimes be justified" (2).
June 19, 2019, 8:49 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee further notes the pressure from groups that campaign against women’s rights, and the increasing risk of setbacks and reversals in the achievement of women’s substantive equality" (2-3).
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