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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).
Feb. 23, 2017, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In 2011, another young woman from North Africa, Amina Sboui, went even further: she posted a topless photo of herself on Facebook. Across her naked torso she had written, "My body belongs to me - it is not the source of anyone's honour." The image ignited a firestorm of controversy in Tunisia" (para 29).
Feb. 2, 2017, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Arzu Demir, who has written two books about the Kurdish female guerrillas, says that the female role in Kurdish military units was a major factor in their growing assertion of equal rights generally. 'Their strength comes from being organized, and because they are armed,' she said. 'There are always men thinking that women are slaves, but when women are an armed force, men are scared of them.' Both of her books have been banned in Turkey, and Ms. Demir is facing criminal prosecution for them. They have also been popular, going into multiple printings and making best-seller lists even in western Turkey among ethnic Turks" (para 25-27).more
Feb. 1, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In Malawi's central Dedza district, hyenas are only ever used to initiate widows or infertile women, but the Paramount Chief Theresa Kachindamoto - a rare female figurehead in Malawi - has made the fight against the tradition a personal priority. She is trying to galvanise other regional chiefs to make similar efforts. In some other districts, like Mangochi in the east of the country, ceremonies are being adapted to replace sex with a more benign anointing of the girl. In Nsanje, though, there is little effort to bring about change. With Malawi one of the poorest countries in the world, and suffering from growing reports of rural hunger, it's not ...more
Jan. 31, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Some of the men eventually changed their mind, and this led Ziada, almost two decades ago, at 17, to launch a campaign with some of her college classmates to spread awareness about FGM, a then-taboo topic. Though Ziada said people insulted and looked down on them, she saw that this was the path to change (para 2).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

But in recent years, a growing protest movement has sought to end the system [male guardianship over women]. Yousef and other prominent activists started holding workshops and performing studies on the religious validity of the guardianship system five years ago. The campaign picked up steam this summer after Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a blistering report on the system. The report gave birth to a hashtag #IAmMyOwnGuardian, which spread awareness on the issue. Hala Aldosari, researcher in women’s health, who wrote the petition and worked on the HRW report, said the hashtag gained support among women of all ages and backgrounds. On the two days leading up to the petition, ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"However, these peaceful protests were faced by various forms of violence, most obviously the exposure to sexual violence to the extent of detention and arbitrary murder by police forces. And with different political managements of transitional periods, starting from the period of Mubarak's rule followed by the military council then the Muslim Brotherhood until the current government, and according to the documentation of feminist groups and organizations, there were more than 250 cases of sexual assault during the broad popular protests, which signifies a systematic violation against women during their political participation of their right to peaceful demonstration" (1-2).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But the grandmother strategy [shifting atitudes and practices regarding womens health] has contributed to shifting attitudes and improving major health statistics, said Bouna Sall, a doctor who works in the region" (para 9). "Many women's rights groups focus on girls and young women to stop forced marriage and FGM, but it makes more sense to target grandmothers, who often perpetuate such practices, Aubel said. 'When the focus is on empowering girls, you create conflicts within families and societies,' she said, explaining how only educating younger women can lead to clashes with their elders" (para 20-21).
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"A member of Poland's conservative government said Wednesday that mass protests by women against a total abortion ban have been a lesson in 'humility' for the country's leadership and that 'there will not be a total abortion ban.' Jaroslaw Gowin, the minister of science and higher education, said the protests by women have 'caused us to think and taught us humility'" (para 1-2). "An anti-abortion initiative gathered 450,000 signatures in support of the total abortion ban. A parliamentary commission is now analyzing it. Lawmakers voted against considering a separate initiative for a more liberal abortion law. The matter has led to mass protests by women, the largest on Monday when ...more
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“In the state of Minas Gerais, police were investigating the killing of journalist Evany Jose Metzker, who was found tortured and decapitated in a rural area in the southeastern region of the state in May. The Union of Journalists in Minas Gerais reported he had been investigating child prostitution in the Jequitinhonha Valley region, one of the country’s poorest areas” (8).