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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 26, 2018, 8:46 p.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
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.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).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.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).
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).
June 8, 2018, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"I realized that we women did not have a voice. We never spoke and were afraid of being criticized”, said Martha Chango, the Municipal Councilor of Pelileo, who is also the Chair of the Gender Commission in Tungurahua province" (para 5).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned about the increasingly restrictive and oppressive measures taken over the years, such as imprisonment, against representatives of civil society organizations, women’s organizations, women human rights defenders, journalists and other activists, including those in the Kurdish community. The Committee recommends that the State party provide an enabling and conducive environment for the establishment and active involvement of women’s and human rights organizations in promoting the implementation of the Convention and all other international human rights instruments in the State party" (page 3).
May 4, 2018, 1:52 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The country awoke on May 17 to shocking news that a young woman had been stabbed to death in a bar restroom in a busy shopping district in Seoul. Reports of murder are hardly rare in this country, but the 30-something male suspect’s motive stunned people. After the arrest, he told the police that he committed the crime because women had always ignored him. The incident prompted testimonials from many women about the amount of misogyny they endure. A large number of men, in turn, dismissed the notion that the killing was an act of misogyny and said that women were being hysterical...The typical male response to the May 17...more
May 1, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Mona Ezzat, the director of the Women and Work Program at the New Woman Foundation, sees the call for a council for men as a response to women's issues having become so central to the public discourse. 'Some argue that men also have their rights trampled upon, and this is not true,' she told Al-Monitor" (para 7).
April 29, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"That fear is disrupting women’s already limited freedoms in Kabul, said activist Frozan Marofi, who travels to dangerous parts of the country to meet with women and discuss economic and health empowerment. She receives frequent anonymous death threats on the phone and was rescued by male neighbors as two men threw punches at her on the street near her home a year ago" (Para 12).
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