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Latest items for SEGI-PRACTICE-1

May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the efforts undertaken by the State party to counter stereotypes against women. It is concerned, however, about the prevalence of discriminatory stereotypes and patriarchal attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which is reflected in, among other things, the unequal distribution of household and child-rearing responsibilities between women and men in stereotypical portrayals of women in the media, and the frequent depiction of women as sexualized commodities, notably in advertisements. The Committee also notes with concern that the prevalence of patriarchy and the subordination of women in society are root causes of violence against women" (pg 5).more
May 4, 2018, 5:41 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations working to end human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of women and girls worldwide. CATW engages in advocacy, education and prevention programs, and services for victims of trafficking and CSE in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe and the Americas" (pp 8)
May 4, 2018, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Rachel Moran, founder and executive director of SPACE International (Survivors of Prostitution-Abuse Calling for Enlightenment), was a key Irish abolitionist activist who advocated for the law as part of the Turn Off the Red Light campaign, a coalition of direct service providers, survivor-led groups, women's rights organizations, labor unions, medical providers and other groups in Ireland" (pp 3)
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Australian Government has clearly stated reducing violence against women is a national priority. This is why the Government has elevated the issue of women’s safety to the Council of Australian Governments to accelerate efforts and address cross-jurisdictional issues. A jointly funded national campaign was delivered in April 2016 to help reduce violence against women and their children. These efforts complement a $100 million women’s safety package that trials new technologies to keep women safe, strengthens frontline support and provides resources to help parents and teachers engage with young people on respectful relationships" (Pg 2). "As well as enforcing laws, Australia is investing in community education and awareness-raising by funding...more
May 3, 2018, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Since Ms. [Sandi] Toksvig [a British-Danish writer and comedian] and two journalists — Sophie Walker, 44, and Catherine Mayer, 54 — officially introduced the Women’s Equality Party, known here as WE, last month it has set up more than 65 branches and says it has drawn over 45,000 members and supporters" (pp 4)
May 1, 2018, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Iraqi women are ramping up pressure to abolish a law that lets rapists off the hook if they marry their victims…Activists plan to demonstrate and use billboards to condemn the controversial law ahead of May parliamentary elections" (para 1-2).
May 1, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"An Egyptian lawyer has called for the establishment of a national council to advocate for men’s rights. On the TV program 'Hona al-Kahera' Feb. 14, attorney Essam Hajjaj said, 'The national council will aim to support men harmed by the personal status laws issued during the last 20 years and passed with the support of the National Council for Women'" (para 1). "Hajjaj had accused the National Council for Women (NCW) of harming men’s rights through its positions and laws it has drafted and endorsed since its establishment. 'We have not seen a similar council for men's affairs,' he said" (para 4). "Mona Ezzat, the director of the Women and...more
April 29, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In early July, the citizens of Kabul were faced with a confronting sight. Armed with a loudspeaker, novice rapper Elinaa Rezaie hit the streets, lifted the front of her burqa and displayed a bandaged face to passersby in the Pul-i-Surkh district of the city. Rezaie stood before the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission building, protesting violence against women and the acid attacks she and others feared. That day, Nafisa Nouri, a wife and mother of two girls, was hospitalized after an attack. Nouri’s 7-year-old daughter Parinaz and another female relative of the family also suffered burns to their bodies and face from the acid. Mobilzed by her anger, Rezaie rapped...more
April 23, 2018, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Officials acknowledged domestic violence as a significant social concern, and the media discussed it openly. While police and legal systems generally remained unequipped to deal with cases of domestic violence, the government, with the help of international and domestic NGOs, continued to train police, lawyers, and legal system officials in the law" (39). Domestic violence as a gender issue is being discussed and steps are being taken to solve the problem. However, critics argue that this steps are weak and slow-moving (AA-CODER COMMENT).
April 23, 2018, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"She says women’s rights activists have long been engaging with different stakeholders to educate the Indonesian public about the facts of polygamy. 'Years ago, at the Women’s Crisis Centre, we actually started a pro-monogamy movement, working with the sultan of Yogyakarta, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is the only Javanese ruler not to practice polygamy,' Siti Ruhaini says. 'Perhaps it’s time for us to start another pro-monogamy movement'" (Para 32-33).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The substantial reduction in domestic violence against women and girls can lead to economic and social prosperity in Fiji, Dr. Jiko Luveni launched a campaign called, “Zero Tolerance Violence Free Communities” (ZTVFC) in 2008. The campaign encourages women to speak against an injustice and violence against them. It promotes behavioural change and attitudes and largely involves male leaders, church leaders, youth leaders and women leaders to work with the various service providers to identify the strategies to encounter challenges. Communities take ownership of the campaign and form gatekeepers’ committee that works closely with the stakeholders to stop all forms of violence. There has been an overwhelming positive response from men...more
April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to address discriminatory stereotypes, including through the revision of educational curricula in the French-speaking cantons, and to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes concerning minority and migrant women" (Pg 7).
April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices by launching awareness-raising campaigns, but remains concerned that such stereotypes and practices remain prevalent. The Committee is particularly concerned about the persistence of such harmful practices as child marriage, families choosing husbands and the payment of a bride price or dowry, which remain prevalent in rural and remote areas and among minority communities. It also notes with concern the re-emergence of concepts of justice (kanun) and codes of conduct that condone killings of women and girls in the name of so-called 'honour'" (Pg 5). "The Committee commends the State party on its efforts to combat...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Note should also be made of the following activities: 1) Panel discussion on forced and/or early marriages, held in Ouagadougou on 24 November 2011 as a contribution to combating such practices through information and awareness-raising" (16). "The following steps have been taken against the above practice: ...2) Implementation of a joint programme between Burkina Faso and Mali and a related action plan, 2009-2013, for encouraging the termination of the cross-border practice of female circumcision; 3) Adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of draft resolution A/C.3/67/L.21, dated 17 October 2012, on intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations, based on an initial proposal submitted by Burkina Faso;...more
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In each school, there is a council in which the parents of students, local elders and managers of school are members. The goal of this council is to encourage enrolment of children, particularly girls and monitoring the provision of the education" (Pg 7). "'We still have 1.2 million girls of school age who do not have access to schools,' said Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Country Representative in Afghanistan (Pg 8). "As part of its achievements, The High Commission on Elimination of Violence Against Women has prepared its 5-year strategy and has conducted study trips and seminars on child and forced marriages which lead to the endorsement of prohibition of the Eradication...more
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In recent years, the Ministry of Education has amended the school curricula to bring it into line with modern developments and include such topics as women’s rights, stereotypes of women’s role in society and the importance of women’s rights issues. The subject of women has come to occupy a large place in the curriculum, including in Islamic education, Arabic language and social subjects, affirming that women have an important role to play in the life of the community and that they have the same rights as men in the Islamic religion and under Kuwaiti law. Women’s rights topics taught as part of the human rights curriculum at secondary level address...more
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the rise of religious conservatism and sectarian divisions in the country’s pluralist society, which have had a negative impact on women’s rights. The Committee is also concerned that the recurring political crises affecting the State party are also being used to justify the sidelining of women’s issues as being “non-critical” instead of according them the priority that they deserve" (pg 2).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, WAM-PRACTICE-1, DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat gender stereotypes through education in schools, promotional materials and legislation prohibiting sex-based and gender-based discrimination in the media. It notes with concern, however, that gender stereotypes continue to persist in all spheres of life, as well as in the media, and that the State party lacks a comprehensive strategy for addressing discriminatory stereotypes. The Committee recommends that the State party further strengthen its efforts to overcome stereotypical attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society by adopting a comprehensive strategy addressing the issue and continuing to implement measures to eliminate discriminatory gender stereotypes,...more
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned: ...(c) That the general lack of knowledge about gender equality persists" (3).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Last year, Parliamentarian Intisar Aljubory submitted a proposal to repeal Article 398 supported by 66 of her fellow MPs. Moreover, in October 2017, the coalition sent a letter to the Iraqi Speaker of the House demanding repeal of Article 398" (para 4).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the State party intends to strengthen and increase the number of legal clinics. It notes with concern, however, the persistence of many barriers to women’s access to justice . . . Recalling its general recommendation No. 33 (2015) on women’s access to justice, the Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Strengthen and increase the number of legal aid clinics, enhance their availability and quality in all provinces and ensure appropriate resources for their operation and for the free provision of effective legal aid before all courts; (b) Enhance women’s awareness of their human rights and implement legal literacy programmes to empower women to claim their...more
April 2, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women" (para 1). "Some 170 elected officials from the right were earlier criticised by hundreds of other lawmakers after they signed a statement backing Mr Macron. One accused Mr Macron of "blowing up" the political landscape" (para 6-7) The fact that the party in power had made a pledge to create a more gender-balanced cabinet indicates that gender-issues are a topic of discourse within the society and the parties are taking it seriously. The party embraced the call for change, but others within the society are reacting negatively...more
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The instruments that Burundi has developed to combat discrimination are to be found above all in the Constitution and in the National Gender Policy. Awareness-raising campaigns are conducted to ensure that this policy is implemented and the Constitution observed with respect to gender, particularly when it comes to nominating women candidates for decision-making positions" (10). "Every year the Ministry for Gender and Human Rights organizes: 1) The “16 days of advocacy against gender violence” campaign to provide information In addition, since 2010, it has been running an “open house day on Resolution 1325”; 2) The celebration of International Women's Day on March 8; 3) Publicity and communication via radio and...more
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, IW-PRACTICE-1, DMW-PRACTICE-1, DMW-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned at the persistence of harmful practices, as well as discriminatory stereotypes and deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society. The Committee is particularly concerned at the lack of data on the extent of harmful practices such as widow inheritance, sexual initiation practices and polygamy. The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NAM/CO/3, paras. 16 and 17) and notes that the State party has not yet conducted a study on the extent of and prevalence of traditional harmful practices and on the impact of the implementation of the Traditional Authorities Act (No. 25 of 2000) and...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the barriers faced by women in gaining access to justice. It is particularly concerned that women often have to resort to cadi courts and district tribunals, which are not sensitive to gender issues and continue to apply discriminatory provisions. While welcoming the fact that in 2009 most high court judges were women, the Committee notes with concern the lack of information on the gender composition of other courts. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Design a comprehensive judicial policy to eliminate the barriers faced by women and girls in gaining access to justice, provide adequate resources, including legal aid, and set up a...more
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"ISDEMU has opened a Substantive Equality Training School (EFIS) and reports that since 2013 training and awareness-raising courses have been provided to civil servants on the normative framework for equality and on women’s right to a violence-free life. The courses have been attended by 3,884 people. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has designed a self-assessment form for compliance with labour rights, containing a catalogue of labour rights for women, aimed at prevention and at ensuring compliance with labour rights by employers and knowledge of their rights by working women and men. The Ministry has conducted trainings at the national level, training a total of 569 employees on gender...more
March 16, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Thousands of women marched in central Istanbul today to demand an end to violence and greater equality with men in a country lagging behind its European neighbors in most benchmarks. 'We won’t shut up, we are not afraid, we won’t obey,' the crowd chanted, waving signs that read 'When women jump, it’s a revolution'" (para 1-2). "President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to combat the epidemic of violence [against women], calling it 'a bleeding wound'" (para 11). "Erdogan has indicated that gender equality 'is against human nature' and that the notion of 'feminist motherhood is unacceptable.' In 2016, he said, 'Working women who avoid motherhood disavow womanhood [and] humanity'" (para...more
March 16, 2018, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Spanish women are planning to down tools to mark International Women's day on Thursday to prove that 'if we stop, the world stops'. The ‘feminist strike' will not only be limited to women in the work place but will also stretch to the home, where women are being encouraged to abandon their usual duties including childcare, cooking and household chores. The nationwide walkout has wide support of Feminist groups behind the 8M Commission and has won high profile support from female leaders in Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona mayors Manuela Carmena and Ada Colau, who have both said they will take part in the strike action" (para 1-3). "The two...more
March 16, 2018, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Spanish women are planning to down tools to mark International Women's day on Thursday to prove that 'if we stop, the world stops'. The ‘feminist strike' will not only be limited to women in the work place but will also stretch to the home, where women are being encouraged to abandon their usual duties including childcare, cooking and household chores. The nationwide walkout has wide support of Feminist groups behind the 8M Commission and has won high profile support from female leaders in Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona mayors Manuela Carmena and Ada Colau, who have both said they will take part in the strike action" (para 1-3). "The two...more
March 15, 2018, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Notwithstanding these legal reforms, a wave of protests against gender-based violence has spread across the region, fueled by the global #MeToo movement, with protesters using hashtags #YoTambien and #NiUnaMas" (para 1).