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Latest items for SEGI-PRACTICE-2

March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned about reports that women human rights defenders, in particular those working on sexual and reproductive health and rights, face harassment, attacks, threats and intimidation. The Committee recommends that the State party create an enabling environment for the participation in public life of women human rights defenders, including those working on sexual and reproductive health and rights, in accordance with international standards, and protect them from harassment, intimidation and violence" (page 7).
March 8, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'The bill suffers from so many shortcomings; it is a shame to be referred to as a law', said Stephanie Willman Bordat, founding partner of Mobilizing for Rights Associates, a Rabat-based non-government group. 'Together with dozens of women associations, we sent emails, messages, held private meetings, organized conferences, wrote reports and lobbied for a revision,' added Bordat, who has worked for years on promoting women's rights across the Maghreb and North Africa. But the law was approved, virtually unchanged" (para 20-22).
March 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In a bid to raise awareness of the problem of sexual harassment on public transportation, a group of young feminists in Guangzhou raised more than $6,000 last year from the public for an advertising campaign. But the authorities blocked it, saying it would cause 'panic to the public,' according to Xiao Meili, one of the founders of the collective. The authorities later told them that only government organizations were allowed to sponsor public-interest ads, Ms. Xiao said" (para 14-15).
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The dialogue with organizations began by recognizing that our society harbours and reproduces gender stereotypes that sustain discriminatory practices, which, despite the actions undertaken thus far, continue to obstruct progress on crucial aspects of the Convention and are justly reflected in the Committee’s recommendations...The information was systemized to design strategies to more creatively and systematically confront stereotypes that continue to undermine progress in regulatory reforms and hinder moves towards a more equitable exercise of roles between men and women" (5-6).
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Domle and other campaigners knew they would have to convince the Yazidis’ supreme spiritual leader, Khurto Hajji Ismail. Known to believers as Baba Sheikh, he is over 80 and frail, but his authority is undimmed. The complex where he lives and hosts visitors, a kind of Yazidi Vatican, is a disconcertingly ordinary concrete courtyard home on the backstreets of the nearest large village to Lalish. It was here that Baba Sheikh met the first two women to escape from Isis, and decided to jettison centuries of tradition, declaring them still members of the faith. 'We brought them to Baba Sheikh’s house, and he welcomed them,' Domle says. 'He said: ‘Don’t ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Domle and other campaigners knew they would have to convince the Yazidis’ supreme spiritual leader, Khurto Hajji Ismail. Known to believers as Baba Sheikh, he is over 80 and frail, but his authority is undimmed. The complex where he lives and hosts visitors, a kind of Yazidi Vatican, is a disconcertingly ordinary concrete courtyard home on the backstreets of the nearest large village to Lalish. It was here that Baba Sheikh met the first two women to escape from Isis, and decided to jettison centuries of tradition, declaring them still members of the faith. 'We brought them to Baba Sheikh’s house, and he welcomed them,' Domle says. 'He said: ‘Don’t ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"As a result of the approach taken by the Equality Ombudsman, Roma have asserted their right to non-discrimination to a greater extent than in the past by complaining about discrimination. Not infrequently these complaints relate to discrimination of women together with children in everyday situations in the supply of goods and services, including housing" (page 10). "Some 30 of the complaints received have been decided by a court or through a settlement. In all, some 50 people have obtained redress in this way" (page 11). "The Government has strengthened preventive work and has worked to improve the protection and support for women who are subjected to violence and children who ...more
Jan. 30, 2018, 12:41 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Sahar Nasief, a Jeddah-based activist who campaigns for an end to the guardianship system, welcomed the decree, which is to come into effect in three months, as a first step towards equal rights. 'Women are very happy, men too,' she said. 'Everyone is talking about it'" (Para 5-6). "Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher at Human Rights Watch, called the directive a 'real step forward'. 'It's a very clear acknowledgment from the king himself that this is a problem,' Coogle ...more
Jan. 25, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). Public discourse and lobbying appears to be influencing policies, meaning that the discourse is taken at least somewhat seriously. Some issues, such as sexual assault/rape, are given more consideration than others, such as domestic violence laws (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 19, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Despite their nervousness, Hong Fincher wagers authorities will not completely snuff out the debate, so long as it remains 'manageable troublemaking'. 'It’s OK for an individual woman here and there to come out and talk about her experience … but if any of these women made it a really big deal or started to get a lot of sustained attention on social media I have no doubt that the police or somebody would come and visit her'" (para 14-15).
Jan. 18, 2018, 5:27 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“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, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Since 2003, the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women's Shelters (ROKS) has carried out a successful campaign, Porrfria Hotell [Porn-free Hotels] to certify those hotels and conference centres that remove all ...more
Jan. 16, 2018, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). Gender issues are being discussed in the public sphere, but this particular government official is down-playing the seriousness of such issues (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Aamir Khan, one of India’s most popular actors, was among those to voice their disgust at the recent incidents, saying Indians were 'saddened and feel ashamed when something like this happens in our country'” (para 19). Although government officials are ...more
Jan. 12, 2018, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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)."Thanks to these efforts, none of the traditional leaders were reluctant to see the programme implemented. Instead, they have welcomed the opportunity to create supportive services and disseminate information to youth. Many have re-evaluated their preference for abstinence-only education, for example" (para 9).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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, as well as an angry response from what many Australians consider a core element of this country’s identity: its hypermasculine culture" (para 7). "'It is standard, in fact, that when a student exposes sexism or misogyny in their own university they are almost always met with horrendous backlash and ostracism, including reprisals,' said Nina Funnell, a victims’ advocate and writer. 'That’s incredibly common in Australia'" (para 8).
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But in a country still recovering from the oppressive rule of the Taliban, a woman coming to prominence in such a male-dominated sphere was upsetting too many people to ever fly under the radar. Afraid for her own safety, afraid for the safety of her family, Khalida left Afghanistan in 2011 when she was 23 years old" (para 2).
Jan. 11, 2018, 6:37 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

"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 white attire, which I believe takes a toll on their beauty. So, the main aim of this campaign is to change that mentality,' says Lily. Kicking off the challenge, Thapa herself shared her picture on Facebook in a red salwar kameez, asking people to join in, 'If you are with me and with all single women (widows), please participate by wearing a red tika and ...more
Jan. 11, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"TV advertisements supporting education access were pulled, and a politician was arrested for supporting education for expecting moms" (para 4).
Jan. 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"My coming forward [about my rape] made national news and shocked the public. The backlash hit me hard. I was vilified on social media and received hate messages and emails and calls from unknown numbers. I was called a 'slut' and 'prostitute' and told I should 'be dead.' There were arguments over my nationality, because a true Japanese woman wouldn’t speak about such 'shameful' things. Fake stories popped up online about my private life with photos of my family. I received messages from women criticizing me for failing to protect myself. The mainstream media discussed what I wore. On social media, people said leaving the top buttons of my shirt ...more
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Writer Cherif Choubachy recently called for a demonstration in which veiled women would take off their headscarves, arguing that the hijab is the result of oppression and backwardness. His proposed protest stirred up controversy, with some voicing support and others objecting to the call. There has still been no confirmation that any such rally will actually be staged"(2-3)."Similarly, [Cherif] Choubachy has unilaterally decided to talk on behalf of veiled women and express what he thinks is best for them, Arnaout says. 'I understand that people have the right to express their opinions. A writer would produce an op-ed for instance, but you don't get to tell people what to do. ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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 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 ...more
Dec. 22, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Still, progressive statements promoting gender equality in a free Algeria faced conservatism from nationalists little accustomed to female activism" (para 16). "But the USTA’s efforts to advance women’s rights were not enough. Unionist Fatma Mezrag said in 1959 in Lille, a working class town in the north of France, that fighting colonialism would not be enough to liberate Algerian women. She said men had to address their selfishness, lust and oppression" (para 23). "And despite the progressive views of some male leaders within the country, Algerian women couldn’t directly challenge religious oppression, economic exploitation, or nationalist patriarchy in a newly independent Algeria" (para 26).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Both Lan and Nguyen say in school their teachers had talked to them about trafficking. At the time, neither believed it could happen to them" (para 34).
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In an alarming submission made to several parliamentarians and other conservative groups with regard to proposed amendments to the muslim marriage and Divorce act (MMDA), the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama (ACJU) has said that they agree with the Hadith 'No people will ever prosper who appoint a woman in charge of their affairs' and therefore a woman isn't worthy of being appointed a Qazi (judge)" (Para 1).
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Meanwhile, the women’s campaign to expose the forms of harassment against them was faced with rejection and accusations of lying. However, despite the attacks by some deniers, those women have the support of several international human rights organizations" (para 19).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But Herrera expects the bill to run into tough opposition from the conservative Arena party. She has been called an apologist for what is considered by many Salvadorans to be a heinous crime. Even in the Ilopango women's jail-where most of those convicted on abortion charges have been incarcerated-sympathy can be in short supply. Ramirex and Ordonez say that during their time in prison they kept quiet for fear of being branded 'baby killers'" (para 30).
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In 2010, Tunisia’s National Board for Family and Population conducted a survey concerning the prevalence of domestic violence, and . . . in response, the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs in 2014 created a draft bill criminalizing domestic violence. . . . It is important to note that the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs developed the draft law with the input of civil society activists, who participated in the form of creating training workshops and forging coalition partnerships from the onset of this endeavor. As such, their expertise was incorporated into the development of the law" (para 4-5). "It would be inappropriate to give either party full credit ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In response to both these numbers and more than three decades of advocacy led by women’s groups, two ministries — the Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties — created a draft law and placed it before the general secretariat in September 2013. Due to criticism from women’s groups of the inadequacy of the scope of definition and protections provided under the proposed law, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane placed the law under a direct commission to be revised, and it was presented before the general secretariat yet again in July 2016" (para 8). "The law does not draw upon the expertise of ...more
Dec. 17, 2017, 3:41 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Though there have been workshops and anti-machismo training for men living in the community, true change, particularly among older generations, remains a challenge. Machismo has been reduced 'very little,' says Guerrero, adding that she holds out hope for the younger generation. 'The fact that women own the houses intensifies the violence,' she says. 'But the young ones who grew up in the city have seen a different model. They have been raised with a process, but the adults are still machismo; there is still violence and discrimination against women' (14)."
Dec. 17, 2017, 2:46 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'There’s a lot of media coverage, candlelight marches and social media angst if women are outraged but in reality little has changed,' says Pratibha Malik, an activist with a pan-India non-profit Aashrita. 'I feel the very presence of women in non-traditional spaces like offices, in bars, restaurants etc in a patriarchal society like India’s is responsible for this backlash'" (para 10). Gender issue discussions are occuring in India, but some feel that the discussion has yet to lead to real change (AA-CODER COMMENT). "Campaigns which help victims of violence fight social stigma have urged the government to enforce stricter laws and promote gender equality. Red Brigades, a female-only collective, for ...more