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Feb. 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The 'Buona Scuola' Act provided for the introduction of periodic training of women teachers on a variety of ‘sensitive’ issues, including those relating to gender issues" (10).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In 2011 the National Agency for Education was commissioned to take action in 2011-2014 to strengthen quality and gender equality perspectives in study and vocational guidance. As part of this action the National Agency for Education is to offer continued professional development for study and career guidance advisers. The purpose of this action is to be able to give pupils broad, balanced and gender-neutral guidance to the labour market. This guidance is to assume that all occupational areas are possible for both girls and boys, women and men . . . According to the new curriculum for upper secondary school, which is to be applied as of 1 July 2011, ...more
Feb. 2, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In 2012 the Government appointed an inquiry to review the rules in the Discrimination Act on active measures and propose how to design and clarify requirements concerning active measures so as to make them a more effective instrument in work to prevent discrimination and achieve equal rights and opportunities. The inquiry’s proposals were presented in June 2014. They include the introduction of a regulated working method for systematic work on active measures. The proposals are being processed by the Government Offices . . . In spring 2014 the Government intends to appoint a committee of inquiry whose remit will include further work on the modernisation of the Freedom of the ...more
Jan. 30, 2018, 12:41 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A Saudi royal decree allowing women greater access to government services without the consent of a male relative has drawn positive, but cautious, responses from human rights advocates" (Para 1). "The decree by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issued last month but first reported on Thursday, said women should not be required to obtain consent for services 'unless there is a legal basis for the request in accordance with the provision of the Islamic [law]', according to local media. Women's rights activists said the memo codifies the rights of Saudi women to access a job, higher education or medical procedures and to exit prison, among others, without a guardian's ...more
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Academics and women’s rights activists maintained that the measure within the law that allows for offenders younger than 18 years to avoid prosecution by choosing to marry their victim constituted a violation of women’s rights. They also maintained that victims underreported rapes and domestic assaults, in part due to a lack of understanding by police, prosecutors, and judges of gender and women’s rights matters that impeded effective implementation of the law regarding violence against women...NGOs lobbied for more female investigators in police stations to deal with violence against women cases, and police made some efforts to increase women’s enrollment into the Police Cadet Academy" (35). Academics, activists, and NGOs are ...more
Jan. 24, 2018, 7:03 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Asma Khader, a leading women's rights activist and lawyer, said that her organisation, the Sisterhood is Global Institute, and other NGOs worked hard to ‘provide parliamentarians with the right information about victims of this article [that allowed rapists to avoid punishment through marrying the women and girls they raped]” (p 14)
Jan. 24, 2018, 7:03 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Hundreds of civil society activists staged a sit-in outside the parliament building on Tuesday [July 25 2017] to call for the complete abolition of the provision” (p 5)
Jan. 22, 2018, 4:35 p.m.
Countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"According to a joint Nordic research study, the situation concerning prostitution and trafficking is different in Sweden compared to that in the other Nordic countries due to the effective implementation of this legislation. There is still trans-national prostitution from several countries, particularly from Eastern and Southern Europe. However, 'no large groups of foreign women have established themselves in the visible prostitution market, contrary to what is the case in Norway, Finland and Denmark'" (page 8).
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the restructuring of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Women, the many awareness-raising and training activities carried out and the establishment of equal opportunity units in various ministries and government bodies. Nevertheless, the Committee reiterates its concern about the limited support provided by the Supreme Council for Women to non-governmental organizations" (pg. 3-4).
Jan. 19, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"As a result, she suspects authorities have ordered China’s intensely controlled media to avoid aggressive, in-depth coverage. 'There is a history of the Chinese government being really worried about political upheaval outside its borders affecting its own population and there is no question whatsoever that the #MeToo movement is seen by the authorities as potentially posing a threat,' she says" (para 7). "On 1 January Luo published an eloquent online denunciation of her alleged experience. '[There’s] no longer any need to be afraid … we need to stand up bravely and say ‘No!’,' she wrote, urging others to speak out using the hashtag #我也是 (#WoYeShi or #MeToo)" (para 9). "Zheng ...more
Jan. 19, 2018, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"At the center of that shift [towards encouraging women to participate in sports] is Al Maeena, whose strategy has been to rally the community before pushing for tectonic change. Armed with data supporting the link between sports and physical health, public piety and social values such as hard work and commitment, she looks at critics and sees potential allies" (para 3). "JU [a women's basketball team] grew quietly until 2009, when the team traveled to Jordan for a game broadcast on Saudi cable station Al Arabiya. After the match, newspapers published cover stories filled with outrage and decrying moral decline. Conservative clerics urged followers to 'protect' their daughters, wives and ...more
Jan. 18, 2018, 5:27 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Now, attempts are underway to introduce a total ban on abortion in Poland...But many Poles, already alarmed by a spate of actions that appear to endanger civil liberties, are taking to the streets” (para 3). " The letter calls upon all people, parliamentarians and government officials to ensure the legal protection of “unborn children”. In a church in the Gdańsk region, women and men walked out of a service in protest" (para 12). "These attempts to mobilise support in favour of restricting abortion yet further are, however, being fiercely resisted. There have been mass protests across Poland and even a show of support in London, with more action planned" (para ...more
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In March 2013, the Attorney General issued a scathing report against the phenomenon of gender segregation and the exclusion of women. Its unequivocal conclusion was that these discriminatory practices undermine the very foundations of Israeli democracy which recognizes the inherent value of every human being" (22).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The initiative to criminalize the men who buy sexual services originally came from the Swedish women’s movement, and was carried forward by the women’s associations of the political parties. Feminists, including women with experience of prostitution, analyzed women’s position in society and how men, through the exercise of power through violence against women ensured that the subordinate position of women was maintained, including by men using some women and children, mostly girls, for prostitution purposes" (page 1). "In 1997, Sweden was the first country in Europe to appoint a National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings following a joint declaration of the European Union in 1997. This declaration recommends all ...more
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Indian’s National Commission for Women on Tuesday sought the resignation of G Parameshwara, the home minister for Karnataka state, for his claims that incidents such as the alleged mass sexual assault 'do happen' and were the fault of young people acting and dressing 'like westerners'” (para 7). "The violence in Bangalore has received extensive coverage in the Indian media and triggered another round of national soul-searching, the latest since a notorious 2012 gang-rape and murder of a Delhi student shone a spotlight on sexual violence in India" (para 16). "Aamir Khan, one of India’s most popular actors, was among those to voice their disgust at the recent incidents, saying Indians ...more
Jan. 15, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Activists from different platforms, like the Iraqi Women Network, Iraqi Women Journalist’s Forum and Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, have pushed for progressive reforms of the personal status code rather than its questioning along regressive lines. An international campaign — launched by academics, activists and individuals (including this author) — started a petition demanding the parliament speaker and Iraqi MPs reject these changes" (para 4).
Jan. 12, 2018, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Yet many conservative, rural communities have resisted publicly discussing topics that would improve the health and rights of young people – including adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections like HIV" (para 2). Traditional leaders like Ms. Obed have significant influence over the health and rights of young people in their communities. For this reason, UNFPA’s Safeguard Young People programme has begun working closely with traditional leaders, gaining their support to bring life-saving sexual and reproductive health information and services to the country’s youth" (para 4)."Traditional leaders in 13 chiefdoms – include chiefs, their councils of advisors, as well as community leaders – have been engaged in implementing this ...more
Jan. 12, 2018, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared 2017 the Year of Women" (para 10). "The NCW has been recently making remarkable efforts. It launched in June 2016 a media campaign under the slogan 'The Taa' Marbouta is your strength' — in Arabic, a language where words have grammatical gender, the taa’ marbouta is a letter at the end of a word to denote femininity. The campaign aims to encourage women to break all barriers standing in their way and not to accept society’s narrow perceptions. It was launched in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, UN Women, the United Nations Development Program and the Swedish Embassy" (para 16-17). "During a meeting ...more
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"And while the problem is global, each new scandal here — just this week, a young woman accused a Greens party member of date rape — has led to more women speaking out" (para 7).
Jan. 12, 2018, 7:30 a.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"To enable greater empowerment among women, WFP staff concluded that the programme needed two new elements. First, a human rights perspective should be incorporated into education strategies - educating women about their rights at the same time as building their understanding of good nutrition practices. Second, there is a need for sensitisation strategies directed at men, including young men, adults, leaders and community authorities. This will help create the conditions for women's rights to be recognised. As part of this, men should be involved in training on good feeding and childcare practices, to tackle the perception that this is solely the responsibility of women" (para 6).
Jan. 11, 2018, 6:37 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Taking Nepal’s social media by storm is the ‘Red Tika Challenge’ wherein women are posting pictures of themselves, wearing red clothes, to stand in solidarity with widows. The Facebook challenge to bring down the stigma associated with widows, who have to dress only in white after their husband’s death, has gained a lot of traction among young women in the last ten days" (para 1-2). "With more than 60,000 youths taking up the challenge, Lily Thapa, the founder of Women for Human Rights, is overwhelmed by the response. 'The colour red symbolises passion and life so our culture prohibits widows from wearing anything red. Women are forced to wear only ...more
Jan. 11, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"On 22nd June 2017 while addressing the Bagamoyo District Residents in his 3 days tour to Coast Region in Tanzania President. John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania made a statement to the public who gathered during where he mentioned that all pregnant school girls from primary schools to secondary schools should NOT continue their education at all once they fall pregnant hence no re-entry meaning an end to their education career.'They are many things that girls who are impregnated can do after delivery, they can join VETA ( Vocational Educational Training Authority centres), they can learn sewing but they cannot go back to school' - said President J.P Magufuli'" (para 1-2).more
Jan. 10, 2018, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s organisations hold that there are dozens of similar situations in Argentina, where society is becoming more aware of cases of gender-based violence" (para 3). "People have responded by taking to the streets: since 2015, an extraordinary social mobilisation, which has continued to this day, has installed the issue on the public agenda and forced politicians to address the phenomenon of the high rate of femicides, the term given murders of women for gender-based reasons" (para 4). "'We submitted a draft law in 2014 aimed at removing parental responsibility from those who commit femicide,' she told IPS. 'It was discussed together with seven similar drafts and a consensus was reached. ...more
Jan. 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In late May, at a press conference in the Tokyo District Court, I went public about being raped. In Japan, it’s unthinkable for a woman to do this" (para 1-2). "It is taboo to even use the word 'rape,' which is often replaced by 'violated' or 'tricked' if the victim was underage. This contributes to public ignorance" (para 17). "There is a strong social stigma associated with speaking out against sexual assault" (para 24). "In mid-October, around the time the Harvey Weinstein story broke, my book 'Black Box' was published. Editor Izumi Ando had encouraged me to write about my experiences, saying that by going public, I’d cracked the door ...more
Jan. 9, 2018, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Campaigns and mass demonstrations have also been created in Equatorial Guinea to address gender inequality" (para 8).
Jan. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Now, Essebsi is confronting Sharia law itself. In an August 2017 speech—on National Women’s Day—he affirmed that the Tunisian state must acknowledge the rights of women. 'We must state that we are moving toward equality between them in every sphere,' he said. 'And the whole issue hinges on the matter of inheritance'" (para 7). "Traditional religious leaders point to text in the Quran indicating that daughters can inherit only half of the inheritance received by sons. Regional leaders have been reluctant to take on this issue, because doing so would mean confronting the way traditional religious leaders have viewed this issue. 'Essebsi’s proposals oppose sharia,' claimed Abbas Shuman, director of ...more
Jan. 8, 2018, 9:50 a.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Lucia Vijil pounds out a flurry of tweets directed at Honduras' leading presidential candidates, pressuring them to make specific proposals on women's rights. It's more than clicktivism, she says. Vijil is one of hundreds of feminist activists with a clear message for politicians ahead of Sunday's election: Honduran women won't vote for candidates who ignore them" (para 2). "Fed up with seeing their concerns sidelined, PoletikaH and more than 70 women's organisations came together to launch on September 12 a feminist political agenda to serve as a measuring stick to scrutinise the presidential candidates' focus on the problems women face ahead of the November 26 election" (para 5). "Through biweekly ...more
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Calls for women to take off their veils at a demonstration in Cairo initiated debate over Islamic attire for women in Egypt"(1). Included in the article is a photo that Nehal Kamal took of herself after being assaulted after taking off her veil. In the photo she seems to have a swollen eye. The photo was published on Facebook and went viral (ENB-Coder Comment)."The hijab became increasingly common among the working classes in Egypt from the 1970s. In the early 2000s, thanks to rhetoric from Islamic preacher Amr Khaled, who was massively popular at the time among the youth, many girls from upper and middle classes opted to be veiled ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"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). "In New Hampshire, a girl scout named Cassandra Levesque learned that girls in her state could marry at 13. So she set out to change the law. A legislator sponsored Cassandra's bill to raise the age to 18, and researchers found that two 15-year-olds had recently married in New Hampshire, along with one 13-year-old. But politicians resisted the initiative. '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 ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, TRAFF-DATA-1, LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-PRACTICE-2, LDS-DATA-1, CWC-DATA-4, IRP-PRACTICE-1, IRP-PRACTICE-2, IRP-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were anecdotal reports that [in Panama] Chinese citizens were forced to work in grocery stores and laundries in situations of debt bondage, as well as reports that Nicaraguan and Colombian women were subjected to domestic servitude. According to leaders of the Central General Autonomy for Workers, forced labor continued to be a growing problem, particularly in the commercial sex industry"(29-30)