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July 21, 2019, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In an official statement, a bank spokesman said: 'The World Bank supports policies that encourage girls’ education and make it possible for young girls to study in schools until they reach their full potential. The economic and social returns for girls finishing their education are very high in every society for both current and future generations. Working with our partners, the World Bank will continue to advocate girls’ access to education through our dialogue with the Tanzanian government"' (para 8-9). "Judy Gitau, the regional coordinator for Equality Now Africa, an advocacy group that has been lobbying to have school expulsions lifted, said:...'Unfortunately, the taking away of $300m means all children...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-LAW-1, INFIB-DATA-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"FGM/C reportedly occurred regularly, and no laws prohibit the practice. A February 6 UNICEF report, which reflected 2013 government data, estimated that 49 percent of girls age 11 and younger, or an estimated 60 million women and girls, have undergone some form of FGM/C, despite laws prohibiting medical professionals from administering it. The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment has been vocal about its opposition to FGM/C but has run up against conservative groups, including the Indonesian Ulema Council, who claimed a religious foundation for the practice. For more information, see data.unicef.org/resources/female-genital-mutilation-cuttingcountry-profiles/" (Pg 27).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"That there have been vigorous campaigns by non-State actors, including religious and civic organizations, the media and politicians, advocating traditional family values, overemphasizing the roles of women as mothers and caretakers and criticizing gender equality as 'gender ideology'" (5). "Committee is further concerned at the recent resurgence of the negative discourse by political leaders, private organizations and religious groups and of violence directed against Roma women and women belonging to other ethnic minority groups, migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women" (12).
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In October 2014 Radio Dabanga, a media outlet with on-the-ground sources and local journalists (but which broadcasts from outside Sudan and which the government accuses of being a propaganda outlet for the armed groups of Darfur) reported SAF soldiers belonging to the military garrison near El Fasher, North Darfur, raped approximately 200 women and girls from Thabit village. The government rejected the allegations and delayed for several days UNAMID’s travel to Thabit to investigate the allegations. In February, Human Rights Watch issued a report detailing the mass rape. As of November the government had not made its full investigative report available to the public. Humanitarian and human rights groups reported...more
June 21, 2019, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In addition to blocking the websites of local and international human rights NGOs in the country, during the year authorities also blocked access to the websites of expatriate Saudi dissidents, such as Ali al-Demainy and the website for the October 26 Women’s Driving Campaign" (Pg 22).
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Some women’s NGOs that sought to increase public awareness of sexual harassment reported harassment by public security and faced challenges executing their programs. In May police searched the houses of feminists suspected of printing clothing with antisexual harassment slogans. In September 2016 women’s rights activist Shan Lihua was found guilty by the Gangzha District People’s Court in Nantong, Jiangsu Province, of 'picking quarrels and stirring up trouble.' The indictment specifically cited Shan’s activism on a rape case in Hainan Province as evidence, according to media reports" (54).
June 3, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In a highly publicized 2010 case, a Nigerian high court dismissed a case brought by a 26-year-old woman who says her father forced her to marry a senator. The BBC’s Haruna Shehu Tangaza in Sokoto says that these days forced marriages are frowned on in the predominately Muslim north of Nigeria. He goes to say that people have generally supported Ms. Mayana and consider her courageous in bringing the case against her father and Senator Ya’u. Judge Isiyaku Mohammed said under the constitution, the federal court could not intervene in the affairs of an Islamic court. BAOBAB was part of the campaign that signed various petitions against a Nigerian Senator...more
May 25, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Increased insecurity has also resulted in threats against women’s rights organizations in Afghanistan, many of which are on the front-lines in the battle against forced/early marriage and other forms of culturally-justified violence against women. The threats are not only coming from the Taliban, but also from the very conservative elements and traditionalists within the Afghan society. Some women’s rights activists have already been killed for their work, others forced to flee the country, and many face threats and attacks on a daily basis" (Pg 24).
May 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But the backlash was immediate, and it grew uglier day by day. First came threats of violence: Anonymous groups of young men searched Instagram for pictures of women who participated in the march and sent them threats of rape and murder. A Muslim cleric declared on television that the march’s slogan — 'My body, my choice' — encouraged women to be promiscuous, which allowed men to rape them. Two weeks after the march, a resolution in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was proposed by a female legislator from a right wing religious party. It condemned the march and its slogans as 'shameful' and 'obscene.' The resolution was unanimously adopted" (Para 4)....more
May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"While the government does not have a law that explicitly prohibits NGO-run shelters for victims of gender based crimes, the law allows the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs to determine if a shelter may remain open. NGOs reported that communities often viewed the shelters as brothels and asked the government to close them. In order to appease community concerns, the ministry regularly closed shelters, only to allow them to reopen in another location later" (40).
May 16, 2019, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"We work with the traditional leaders, the chiefs – they are the leaders of civil society. We ask, "Why don’t we [women] have a place anymore?" And the traditional chiefs see this, they hear us, they recognize this problem and they accept to give back to women their place in the society. And now we have more than 65 women who are in places of assistantships adjunct to the traditional chiefs and the community highly appreciates their work. We have women who are the chiefs of their village in certain territories.
May 16, 2019, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Morocco’s parliament ratified a law on Wednesday to combat violence against women after months of debate and discussion between political parties and civil society in a move aimed at containing violence against women, a phenomenon that is wide spreading among Moroccan society." (para 1). "A year and a half ago after drafting the law, 168 deputies voted today in favor of this law, prepared by the Ministry of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Justice in exchange for 55 votes against." (para 2).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The government generally permitted visits by UN representatives. In August Rhona Smith, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, conducted her fourth visit to the country. In her meetings she discussed threats by the minister of social affairs to crack down on civil society; amendments to the law on political parties; disadvantaged and marginalized groups, such as women, indigenous peoples, and victims of racial and ethnic discrimination; and the use of provisional detention. The government regularly chastised UN representatives publicly for their remarks on a variety of human rights problems. The government routinely denied official visit requests by other UN special rapporteurs" (24).
May 13, 2019, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'The concept of a pre-existing relationship defense should've never been part of our criminal statutes. It's reprehensible and because of Jenny it is now going to be repealed,' [Minnesota Governor] Walz said Thursday. Rep. Zack Stephenson, who sponsored the bill, said the signing ceremony made history in Minnesota as the state moved its laws 'out of the 19th century.' 'All Minnesotans deserve to be safe, regardless of who they're married to,' he said. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said the bill is 'a testament to the hard work of victims, survivors and advocates' such as [marital raper survivor] Teeson. 'This journey has definitely been a long one and today is a...more
May 13, 2019, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"A pop group has been banned by Iran's religious police after a female guitarist sang a 12 second solo at their concert in Tehran. Negin Parsa was playing guitar in singer Hamid Askari's well known band on January 30 at the Milad Tower concert venue. But Iranian law - which is dictated by Islamic Sharia law - only permits that women sing in front of other women and can only sing in front of men as part of a duet or chorus" (para 1-3). "She thanked him for representing her and 'all the girls in your land.' As a result of the law breaking, the Iranian authorities told them they...more
May 12, 2019, 8:01 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"For his part, Mr Griffiths [UN envoy to Yemen] expressed gratitude for Ms Luqman’s efforts and called for a greater woman’s participation in the talks. 'There is no doubt we can all do a lot better when it comes to the inclusion of women and other sectors of civil society indeed in the political process,' Mr Griffiths said. The UN envoy said Ms Muna encourages 'us to do better in our efforts to include women, both in the formal delegations that come to rounds of formal consultations, but also in those much more extensive consultations that will help refine the issues we put before the parties.' Hooria Mashhour, a former...more
May 11, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"These were some of the chants heard in the town of Moreno, Buenos Aires, where thousands gathered Saturday (8/4) to protest the femicide of Micaela Garcia, who herself was an activist against sexist violence. The 21-year-old Argentine had been missing for a week after she had attended a nightclub in nearby Gualeguay. Her naked body was found Saturday morning in a rural area with signs of having been strangled" (para 4-5). "According to Pedromo, the anti-femicide movement 'Ni Una Menos' made the issue more visible, resulting in a surge of complaints" (para 12). "While Argentina has been a pioneer in implementing laws defending the rights of the LGBTI community over...more
April 11, 2019, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The law requires that advertising be produced domestically and prohibits any advertising deemed to be sexist, racist, or discriminatory in nature" (p. 12).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The ability of civil society organizations to fight for and protect women’s rights was significantly challenged by judicial harassment, intimidation, detention, and smear campaigns" (36).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The university came under criticism from nationalist politicians in 2016 because of a gender studies course it had offered" (29). "While members of the medical profession assisted assault survivors and sometimes helped confirm an assault or rape, doctors were often reluctant to provide testimony in court" (46). "The NGO Center for Women’s Support asserted that a majority of domestic violence cases filed with authorities were either dismissed on technical grounds or transferred to a reconciliation process conducted by a justice of the peace whose focus was on preserving the family rather than punishing the perpetrator" (47).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The most significant human rights issues included...lack of investigation and enforcement involving cases of violence against women, including rape" (para 3). "On September 14, during a march against gender-based violence, male police officers arrested protester Beatrice Mateyo and charged her with 'insulting the modesty of a woman' for carrying a placard deemed offensive. Released on bail, she was awaiting trial at year’s end" (para 55). "Data on the prevalence of rape or spousal rape, prosecutions, and convictions were unavailable; however, press reporting of rape and defilement arrests and convictions were an almost daily occurrence" (para 82).
March 22, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The federal government launched an independent national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in 2016 with a budget of C$53.8 million ($42.1 million) and a mandate to report by the end of 2018. By August the inquiry had held only one public hearing, and one of the five commissioners and a number of senior staff had resigned. In response to criticism, the commissioners widened the scope of the mandate to consider the conduct of policing services and policies across the country" (p. 10).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Victims did not report the vast majority of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Victims traditionally were reluctant to seek assistance outside the family due to fear of social stigmatization" (para 186). "In previous years the government sought to overcome traditional discriminatory attitudes toward women and encouraged women’s education by providing equal access to educational institutions, including universities" (para 195).
March 11, 2019, 7:35 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The law criminalizes expression considered to be hate speech and prohibits threats or statements of contempt for a group or member of a group based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious belief, or sexual orientation. Penalties for hate speech range from fines to a maximum of four years in prison. In addition the country’s courts have held that it is illegal to wear xenophobic symbols or racist paraphernalia or to display signs and banners with inflammatory symbols at rallies" (p. 5).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Insurgent groups coerced media agencies in insecure areas to prevent them from broadcasting or publishing advertisements and announcements of the security forces, entertainment programming, music, and women’s voices" (18).
March 1, 2019, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

""Whenever you have female leaders, if they're in these super-old and bigoted and awful parties, it doesn't mean they're good people because they're ladies," Crawford says. "And I love ladies! I'm a feminist."" (para 19). "Crawford says she's more concerned about candidates' policies than gender. After all, the U.K., Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all currently led by women. It's no longer a novelty to see women in power, she says." (para 20).
Feb. 28, 2019, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Several cases of sexual harassment in the film industry were publicized where women in the industry showed solidarity with victims of harassment at times by giving reference to #MeToo. All in all, the media attention to as well as the solidarity action in social media around these cases seem to be inspired by the global #MeToo movement" (para. 5).
Feb. 28, 2019, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Tara Fares, Rasha al-Hassan, Hamoudi Al Mutairi were some of the latest to be killed in a wave of misogynistic and homophobic attacks aimed at silencing diverse voices aiming to liberate their future from the dichotomy of extremisms" (para. 26).
Feb. 27, 2019, 6:05 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Corporate India has made a mockery of an order to appoint women directors by recruiting wives, daughters and even stepmothers, analysts said on Wednesday as the deadline set by regulators for boosting gender diversity in the boardroom passed" (para 1).
Feb. 21, 2019, 8:07 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

""Whenever you have female leaders, if they're in these super-old and bigoted and awful parties, it doesn't mean they're good people because they're ladies," Crawford says. "And I love ladies! I'm a feminist."" (para 19). "Crawford says she's more concerned about candidates' policies than gender. After all, the U.K., Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all currently led by women. It's no longer a novelty to see women in power, she says." (para 20).