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Nov. 10, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The campaign [which raised awareness and provided training] was greeted with skepticism by many women. It also initially raised some hostility from men, as it was seen as intruding on 'male territory.' Meetings and the work of the women technicians improving water supply, however, gradually led women to gain confidence and men to accept the role of women in water maintenance, and to encourage them to participate in the program.Ten years after the launch of the campaign, it involved 30,000 women across 500 villages in Gujarat. Time previously dedicated to fetching water is now devoted to mostly productive activities, leading to increased incomes. In addition, women have demonstrated their ability ...more
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'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 a request from a minor doing a Girl Scout project,' scoffed one state representative, David Bates. In March the Republican-led House voted to kill the bill, leaving the minimum age at 13. (Legislators seem willing to marry off girls like Cassandra, but not to listen to them!)" (para 13).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"United Nations agencies and human rights expert bodies have repeatedly urged Morocco to enact domestic violence legislation. In 2013, the European Union agreed to provide financial support for such reforms, including through a €45 million grant for Morocco to implement the government’s Gender Equality Plan of 2012-16. However, the Moroccan authorities have yet to come through on all their objectives, including enacting legislation on violence against women"(4)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Even when Russian courts pass decisions in favour of women, the local authorities, especially in Chechnya, openly sabotage their implementation. They have, for example, ignored court orders in favour of women in custody disputes, citing 'tradition'. In one case taken to the European Court for Human Rights, the Russian state itself cited 'tradition' as an obstacle to enforcing custody decisions. Some mothers have been unlawfully separated from their children for years"(para 9)
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Since the success of Zhoushan Village, a wave of change has swept across villages and provinces in China, bringing about more gender sensitive regulations; this has also transformed national policies"(para 6)
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Newly minted terms like 'gender-hype' and 'gender-wahn' — gender madness — are circulating. Some prominent professors of gender studies have had to request personal protection after receiving threats to their safety" (para 40).
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'He [her father] told me that I should speak up if something is wrong and encouraged me to talk to the girls about this subject in order to discourage the practice,' Omaima told Al-Monitor in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, where she has lived with her parents and four brothers since they fled Syria in 2012.Encouraged by her parents and inspired by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai — she read her biography — Omaima, who will turn 15 in March, started campaigning against child marriage"(para 4)."Omaima said it's easier to talk with the girls and their mothers and grandmothers [about child marriage] than with their fathers. When she started this ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Omaima said it's easier to talk with the girls and their mothers and grandmothers [about child marriage] than with their fathers. When she started this campaign, some told her to mind her own business and were uncomfortable with the idea of such a young girl raising awareness on a sensitive subject"(para 14). Omaima is at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. She fled Syria in 2012 (ENB-Coder Comment)."Omaima believes she has persuaded several girls in the camp to abandon their plans to marry young and continue their education instead"(para 16)."Like her father, Omaima’s mother, Rana, is very proud of her daughter. 'Omaima is only 14 and she already achieved so ...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Omaima said it's easier to talk with the girls and their mothers and grandmothers [about child marriage] than with their fathers. When she started this campaign, some told her to mind her own business and were uncomfortable with the idea of such a young girl raising awareness on a sensitive subject"(para 14). Omaima is at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. She fled Syria in 2012 (ENB-Coder Comment)."Omaima believes she has persuaded several girls in the camp to abandon their plans to marry young and continue their education instead"(para 16)."Like her father, Omaima’s mother, Rana, is very proud of her daughter. 'Omaima is only 14 and she already achieved so ...more
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In the interview, the 16-year-old's face is hidden as she recounts what she remembers from the attack [she was the victim of a gang rape in a Rio de Janeiro slum] and the mix of humiliation and support that she has received since the images surfaced online"(para 3)."The [gang rape] case has shocked Brazil, a country accustomed to a high level of violence, and sparked backlash on social media and impromptu protests in a number of cities"(para 4)."In Brasilia, police used pepper spray on protesters who tried to march on the Supreme Court with bouquets of flowers and signs denouncing what they called a 'culture of rape' in Brazil"(para 6)."In ...more
Sept. 12, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'It's a historic day for women,' Sheila Copps, the former Canadian deputy prime minister, told CBC News. 'Gender parity in the national Cabinet is huge. It sends a great message to our daughters and sons'"(para 8)
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Amnesty International understands that the interrogations focused, in particular, on two local initiatives: a website called 'Feminist School', which posts reports and articles on issues related to feminist theories and practices and the state of women’s rights in Iran and globally; and the Campaign to Change the Masculine Face of Parliament, launched ahead of the February 2016 parliamentary elections in Iran to push for the increased presence of pro-women’s rights candidates in parliament. Members of both initiatives have been pressured to close or suspend their activities and practice heightened self-censorship. In its final statement, the Campaign to Change the Masculine Face of Parliament explained how its achievements in terms of ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“The leader of its [Uttar Pradesh’s] governing political party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, caused a stir two years ago when he suggested that rapists should not be given the death penalty. ‘These are boys,’ he said, ‘they make mistakes’” (para 12). “The doctor also performed what is known as the ‘two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen. The exam has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history, although courts have said that should have no bearing. This ‘blame the victim’ mentality long outraged human rights groups” (para 24). ...more
Aug. 16, 2017, 9:46 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The burkini — and the decisions to ban wearing them on beaches — has become the focus of spirited global debates over women’s rights, assimilation and secularism"(para 2)."'Obviously we welcome the decision by the court,' Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s chief spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, who had expressed concern about the burkini ban, said at a news briefing, emphasizing 'the need for people’s personal dignity to be respected.' Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said the United States did not want to 'second-guess' France, but noted that President Obama 'believes strongly in the freedom of religion'"(para 11-12)."The town’s mayor, Lionnel Luca, denounced the ruling [overturning a burkini ban]. 'Apparently, the terrorist attacks ...more
Aug. 15, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"[Joan] Siyuama is among many Maasai girls who are bucking a tradition that has disfigured millions of their ancestors. For the Maasai community, traditional culture permeates every aspect of daily life. Until recently, that culture dictated that elders must remove a girl’s labia and much of her clitoris before she could marry. But with the help of a generation of activists campaigning against female genital mutilation and early forced marriages, traditional African communities like this one have accepted an alternative ceremony. As a result, fewer girls are being married off as teenagers, and more are going to school"(para 3)."Thirteen years ago, Maasai elders appointed Kanunga as the chief moran , ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"It is Friday noon in Kabul, Afghanistan, and men dressed in traditional clothes hurry to mosques to pray in congregation. Friday prayers are usually men’s business, and during the Taliban rule in the 1990s, women were not allowed in mosques. But in one neighborhood in the city, an imam has kept the doors of his mosque open to women for 12 years now. He often preaches about women’s rights in Islam – that women are equal to men and have the right to work and study.This is all because of a woman named Jamila Afghani and the gender-sensitivity training program she has created"(para 1-2)."After 2001, when the Taliban were ousted ...more
Aug. 11, 2017, 10:32 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The shed gets so cold if I wouldn't use fire. Two babies were dead due to cold. But are not all born babies survive. Everyone's babies died so mine also dead. Health workers said that we shouldn't live in cowshed but we are living in shed"(para 3). "The sir and madam from organizations are saying not to stay in shed, but we have goodness from living in shed. We eat, we are with family. I will stay in this shed if I would get another baby"(para 4)."'Today is the 12th of baby born. I stayed at health institution for first 24 hours of birth. I returned to home when doctor ...more
Aug. 8, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The publication of a regional white paper on the issue of paid menstrual leave in China has recently reignited widespread concerns over its practical implementation"(para 1)
July 17, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

¨The movement (The Happy to Bleed campaign in response to a ban on women entering a shrine because they may be menstruating) resulted in the Sabarimala ban coming under legal scrutiny with the Indian Young Lawyers’ Association filing a petition in the Supreme Court. The petition seeks entry for all women which prompted the court to ask temple authorities to explain the ban¨(para 5).¨Public pressure seems to be working. The Bombay high court on March 30 asked the state government of Maharashtra to ensure that women are not denied entry to any temple. Hearing a public interest litigation challenging the prohibition on women’s entry to the Shani Shingnapur temple, the ...more
July 15, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

¨In a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto is dismantling child marriage—about 850 unions in three years, according to Al Jazeera and more than 300 in one month, according to UN Women.Malawi recently passed a law making marriage under the age of 18 illegal, but in many villages, custom supersedes law. The backlash was immediate, with some telling Kachindamoto she had no right to overturn tradition. She’s ignored the death threats, and is instead lobbying the government to increase marriageable age to 21¨(para 1-2)
July 13, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

¨Until recently, indigenous women giving birth in a health facility were forced to abandon their traditional labour preferences, including their tradition of giving birth in an upright position. Many women chose to deliver at home instead, where they would be unable to access help if complications arose.But today, attitudes are changing. With UNFPA’s support, the health ministry and a women’s advocacy group have devised a way to make childbirth both safe and culturally sensitive.´I was not taught this technique at school,´ said Dr. Marlene Saira, an obstetrician at the Vilcashuamán health centre. ´It was a shock when the protocol for culturally appropriate births came out, but I gradually began to ...more
July 7, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

¨MADRID — Teresa Rodríguez, the leader of the far-left Podemos Party in the southern region of Andalusia, was visiting an exhibition in the Chamber of Commerce of Seville when she ran into a member of the group she had never met before. In no time, the man, Manuel Muñoz Medina, pushed up against her and simulated kissing her on the mouth — before handing her his business card.Ms. Rodríguez, 35, said she was too upset and shocked to react at the time, just before Christmas. But she then took to social media and started legal action this year. Mr. Muñoz Medina, 72, later apologized for his behavior, saying he had ...more
July 5, 2017, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

¨The petition [for a law that no company can require a woman to wear heels to work] garnered more than 150,000 signatures, helped spur a popular backlash — dozens of professional women posted photographs of themselves on Twitter defiantly wearing flats — and prompted an inquiry overseen by two parliamentary committees¨(para 3).¨On Wednesday, more than two years after Ms. Thorp, now 28, strode into that office in her chic but sensible black flats, the committees released a report concluding that Portico, the outsourcing firm that had insisted she wear high heels, had broken the law. It added that existing law needed to be toughened to overcome outmoded and sexist workplace ...more
July 5, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

¨As the first female Arab Knesset member to serve in this position, Touma-Sliman found the Likud minister to be a committed partner in her struggle to reduce the disparities that Arab women have long experienced between them and their Jewish counterparts. For her part, Gamliel found in Touma-Sliman a partner in the liberal spirit of feminism and the effort to advance the status of women overall¨(para 2)
June 9, 2017, 7:57 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"One reason why khatna [female genital cutting] continues is because the Syneda, or the Bohra high priest, refuses to engage on the issue either with the women or the media" (para 21).
April 24, 2017, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Jewish women sing songs of worship as they march arm in arm with male supporters through an ultra-Orthodox area of Jerusalem's Old City. They're from a group called Women of the Wall, which lobbies for women to be allowed to pray, sing and read the Bible aloud at the Western Wall, the most important site for Jewish prayer. They hold these marches about once a month, and they often get heckled. Today is no different. Ultra-Orthodox men sneer and beseech the women to go silent. Young boys from a nearby Jewish seminary, or yeshiva, taunt the women and blow high-pitched whistles to try to drown out the female voices. Some ...more
April 18, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Over a million Muslims from across India, the majority of them women, have signed a petition to end the controversial divorce practice of triple talaq...The positive response to the petition has been linked with BJP's recent success in state elections in northern Uttar Pradesh" (para 1-6).
April 1, 2017, 11:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

"The underground water is often over thirty meters deep. Traditionally it is the women who draw the water with their bare hands. Each day, they fetch tens of liters needed for their household. It is back breaking work. On the other hand, men are responsible for collecting water for the livestock. The donkeys used to carry out this work belong to them exclusively...Today after their discussion, the women decided to ask for permission to use the donkies. It’s a step towards reducing their work burden. A few days later, the dimitra clubs all gather in the village assembly, which is chaired by the traditional chief. Thanks to the dimitra clubs, ...more
March 22, 2017, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The mass implantation of IUDs amounted to 'involuntary, forced acts of mutilation,' Han Haoyue, a popular columnist, wrote in a post shared nearly 3,000 times on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. 'And now, to say they are offering free removal as a service to these tens of millions of women — repeatedly broadcasting this on state television as a kind of state benefit — they have no shame, second to none'" (para 16).
March 14, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The bill proposing ratification of the convention [outlining a country's minimum standards for response to violence against women and girls] faced opposition in two previous readings on the floor of the Commons, with an MP staging a 77-minute speech against its adoption" (para 2).