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Latest items for SEGI-PRACTICE-2

Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

Emilida Misomali is part of a mothers group in the village of Chimoya, in Dedza district. They warn parents about the long-term ills of early marriage and childbirth, but say it falls on deaf ears.'Most of them say 'It's better that she gets married. We can't afford to keep her ... she will make us poorer',' Misomali tells. No matter the rationale, whether better health, education or wellbeing, Misolmali says stubborn parents" won't stop giving away their children" (para 12-14). "In this area - outside Kachindamoto's jurisdiction - Misomali says that chiefs and police "can't intervene" as the community backlash is too strong. The litany of sexually abusive traditions here...more
Dec. 13, 2018, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"During the election campaign, President Ashraf Ghani and Mr. Abdullah Abdullah both promised to uplift the status of the women population. However, both of them had also left the women out of the information and consultation loops while negotiating on the provisions of the National Unity Government agreement. We trust that our new President will not sustain the marginalization of women that his predecessor did in his 13 years of leadership" (4).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'Russians have long expected women to be silent in order to preserve the family,' said Ms. Pisklakova-Parker of ANNA. 'If a family is emotionally sick, it is the woman’s fault.'" (para 34).
Nov. 17, 2018, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"This process of 'building a family of support' is where her initiative truly shines. Through socially-engaged projects, Not Your Habibti offers an opportunity for public discourse. In one series featured on her blog, Mjalli sat outside the Clock Tower in Ramallah, offering to listen and catalogue women’s stories of sexual harassment...'Some women told me they had never been sexually harassed. Others told me it only happened in other parts of the world,' she wrote in a blog post (para 6, 7).
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"On Friday, 25-year-old social media star Qandeel Baloch was strangled at her family's home in Pakistan's Punjab province. Both adored and reviled, Baloch referred to herself as a 'modern-day feminist' and had almost 750,000 followers on Facebook. Her brother, Waseem Baloch, later confessed to the killing in a video and expressed no remorse. 'Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions,' he said. 'My sister never did that.'" (para 9-12).
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Saudi working women have launched a social media hashtag to reject links between the rise in divorce figures and the trend of women taking up employment" (para 1)."However, working women rejected the link drawn between employment and divorce and launched a campaign on Twitter with a hashtag in Arabic saying 'work is no reason for divorce' to rally support for their views" (para 7). "Most users who posted comments said that the excessively controlling nature of some husbands was the main cause for divorces in the kingdom whereas others stressed that problems also arose when men accused their wives of not making time for family matters or blamed them for...more
Oct. 31, 2018, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Boldrini, who is the speaker of the Italian Parliament and the country’s highest-ranking woman politician, gets a level of harassment that even her critics say is extreme — and even by Italian standards. Many of them are sexist and threatening comments on Facebook, but they’ve been so relentless since she took office in 2013 that she began posting the names of her harassers on her own page. “Death to Boldrini” has been scrawled on city walls across Italy, and she is closely guarded by a heavy security detail" (para. 2). "The threats against Boldrini have gone on for so long they rarely make news" (para 4 ). "When she called...more
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The government collaborated with the NGO Tostan and other groups to educate individuals about FGM/C’s inherent dangers. The government also collaborated with the NGO Group for Population Studies and Education to develop a course on the dangers of FGM/C, which was being integrated into high school and college curriculums. At the community level, Tostan continued to implement a three-year community empowerment program that influenced 760 villages to decide to abandon FGM/C" (page 15).
Oct. 24, 2018, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3, SRACE-PRACTICE-1

After Afghanistan and Jordan's women's footbal teams had a match, Senior Adviser to Afghanistan's National cricket Board made a disrepectul blog stigmatizing player´s bodies and disencouraging in thei participation. This generated a vicious online campaign against and in favor to this comment nd to Afghanistan Women's Nationa Footbal Team.
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The government restricted this right and closely monitored gatherings to prevent anything it considered as antiregime protests. Such gatherings included public entertainment and lectures, student and women’s meetings and protests" (para 101). "On January 27, authorities released women’s rights activist Mahdieh Golroo on bail. She was originally arrested in October 2014 after she attended a Tehran demonstration against acid attacks on women wearing 'improper' hejab, according to the ICHRI" (para 103). "The government also restricted groups advocating for women’s or minority groups’ rights" (para 107). "Several journalists, academics, opposition politicians, human and women’s rights activists, and artists remained subject to foreign travel bans and had their passports confiscated during the...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"When TV presenter Doaa Salah broached the thorny issue of single motherhood on her weekly “Dodi Show” on Al Nahar last July, she probably had no idea that she would end up fired and sentenced to three years in prison. Sporting a fake baby bump in the studio, she boldly asked female viewers if they had ever considered engaging in premarital sex. She also suggested that women marry for a short period to have a baby and lamented that sperm donation is prohibited in Egypt. She faced a fierce backlash for her 'immoral remarks.'" (para. 1 - 2).
Sept. 26, 2018, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s social conservatives launched a vitriolic social media campaign warning of moral decay if women were elected. 'I say: it is forbidden for Muslim women to participate,' one cleric with 161,000 Twitter followers, Abdulrahman Bin Nasser Al-Barrak, wrote in a fatwa, warning of 'consequences in the afterlife' for those who took part" (para 15).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Two symposia on Omani women were held based on royal orders during 2007-2009. These seminars were a qualitative leap for Omani women inasmuch as they outlined the approaches for future work to advance women in various fields. Since 2010, the competent agencies have monitored implementation of the recommendations of the second symposium. These recommendations have resulted in a number of practical gains for women, including, for example, the construction of 40 buildings for Omani women’s associations. In addition, the annual observance of Omani Women’s Day (17 October) does much to support efforts to advance women. On Women’s Day, many meetings, symposia, ceremonies etc. are held, new measures for the benefit...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"A few years ago during a Hindu festival, he (Dharma Raj Kadayat) stood up in front of the whole village and made a speech about how any woman who does not want to go into a shed when she was menstruating was welcome to stay in his house. 'Are you drunk?' a man yelled out from the crowd. He said that activists had persuaded many families in his village to destroy their huts. But a few months later, people got scared and rebuilt them all" (para. 33 - 35).
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:34 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"A study showed that many girls weren´t killed and, by contrast, they aren´t registred. "Kennedy said the findings also question the idea that Chinese villagers were willing to kill their daughters on a massive scale. But even if the report might be seen as positive for China, Kennedy said it was until recently too politically sensitive to publish, especially for his Chinese co-researcher. The findings are published this month (november, 2016) in the journal China Quarterly" (para. 16 - 17).
Sept. 6, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"What has not changed is the justifiable rage and legislative activism of women on the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, among them California Rep. Jackie Speier and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, veteran critics of the unchecked epidemic of sexual assault in the military and its academies. What has not changed is the military’s failing performance—it has been missing in action for years when faced with the online sexual aggression of “brothers in arms” against their “sisters in arms.” What has not changed is the ruinous impact of this latest form of assault on female soldiers" (Para 12). "In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama opened...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"On May 31, the Nicaraguan Telecommunications Office seized the broadcast equipment of Radio Voz de Mujer in the northern town of Jalapa, reportedly because the station was broadcasting on an unauthorized frequency. Voz de Mujer was run by an NGO that focuses on women’s issues and that many times criticized the government’s policies on such issues. The law does not provide for the seizure of equipment as a punitive measure against a radio station. Despite a request for an official review of the case, as of November the station had not resumed broadcasting" (11). It is unclear if the station was shut down specifically for speaking about gender issues. It...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:15 a.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
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:14 a.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
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 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).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee expresses serious concern that women human rights defenders, in particular those advocating for land rights, protection of the environment and the rights of indigenous women, rural women, lesbian women, bisexual women, transgender women and Muslim women in the southern border provinces, have increasingly become targets of lawsuits, harassment, violence and intimidation by authorities and business enterprises because of their work" (9).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The discussions generated controversy, however, because the government focused on men’s role in protecting women, while civil society advocated a more inclusive focus on gender-based violence. Many civil society organizations were also dissatisfied with the Ministry of Women’s general focus on women’s economic empowerment while neglecting the issue of gender-based violence" (32).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The Ministry of Interior further pressed for local enforcement of women’s entitlement to collective land rights. The government followed with training for local authorities on the implementation of the land allocation process" (29). This statement demonstrates at least some level of response from the government in regards to gender issues, although it is unclear if the government is only active in this particular issue or is active in many legal gender issues (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"There was an active community of women’s rights groups, which focused on the protection of victims of sexual abuse, participation of women in the political process, and legislative reforms affecting women. As of September a total of 26 government ministries, departments, and agencies had received the Gender Equality Certification and Seal under the National Policy for Gender Equality (NPGE). To earn the certificate each entity must have established a gender focal point, participated in at least 80 percent of NPGE-approved training sessions, and developed an action plan with the principal’s approval to implement the NPGE" (13). Discussions are leading to action on the part of the government (AA-CODER COMMENT).more
Aug. 15, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Through the Gender Programme IPA 2010, which was implemented in partnership of the Department for Gender Equality of the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and UNDP, with the financial support of the EU, intensive advocacy was undertaken in order to improve affirmative action in the Law on Elections of Counsellors and MPs. . . . The campaign resulted in the introduction of the measure which to an extent advances the quota for higher representation of women-the measure that women must be positioned as at least every fourth on the list" (page 21-22).
Aug. 2, 2018, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

Sheikh Mutlaq's intervention has generated intense reaction online, with people expressing both support and opposition.'The abaya is a matter of tradition in one of our regions and has become applicable to all. It is not an issue of religion,' wrote Twitter user Mashari Ghamdi. 'Even if one hundred fatwas have been issued, I swear to God I will never leave my abaya. Over my dead body. Girls, do not listen to the fatwas…'wrote twitter user @Kooshe90 (para 7-9).
July 21, 2018, 5:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"What is certain is that Afghan women who live publicly and participate in the political and social arenas of life do not feel safe. In interviews done over the last six months by phone and online, they say they do not see local officials as allies, but often as a hurdle or threat. They are not certain that they will not be beaten, raped, tortured or killed. Yet, they say they want to continue their struggle for a more progressive Afghanistan" (para 3). "Then-President Hamid Karzai spoke to religious leaders about gender-based violence and encouraged them to speak out against it. And Kabul youth organized protests and campaigns against violence....more
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The draft Penal Code was tabled in the House of Representatives in December 2014, but as a result of strong institutional pressure and representations by feminist and women’s organizations, it was decided to refer the project to a Commission to consider the objections raised" (page 10).
June 10, 2018, 8:24 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The outcome in Ms. Contreras’s case led thousands to take to the streets in 2016 under the slogan Ni Una Menos (Not one woman less), which has become a rallying cry in the region to confront violence against women. But little has changed" (para 29).