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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
Dec. 14, 2017, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Due to the old, unpleasant traditions, people in Zabul face poverty and other difficulties,” he continued. “Adhering to these customs mean that people don’t obey and respect the laws of the country, and instead do whatever they want" (para 4).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:29 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Sam Everingham, global director of the consultancy Families Through Surrogacy, slammed the "abrupt" ban and said it would likely trigger panic among expectant parents and surrogates now facing an uncertain future. "This sudden change does no favours to surrogates or children given the lack of information and lack of clarity," he told AFP" (para 6).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Niloofar Rahman, for instance, became the first fixed-wing pilot in the country's air force and was awarded the U.S. State Department's "Women of Courage" award in 2015. But there was an angry response from many in the country and last week she requested asylum in the United States, saying "things are not changing," in Afghanistan. Afghan officials responded by attacking Rahman" (para 6).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"When respected religious leaders, like Ayaz Neyazi, a prominent cleric, tried to justify the murder the public condemned them. When one of those involved, Sharif Baghdadi, bragged on social media about murdering Farkhunda, Afghan activists took screenshots of his online statements and demanded the government take action against him. His quick arrest, along with the initial arrest of many other perpetrators, offered a glimmer of hope that justice might be carried out" (para 14).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The decision to allow female soldiers to wear head scarves threatens to deepen concerns that Mr. Erdogan seeks to sever the country from its secular moorings" (para 9). "But many welcomed the decision. While some criticize Mr. Edogan for disregarding democratic norms, citing a continuing purge of thousands of people accused of being dissidents, others praise him for bringing dignity to Turkey's pious majority, which for decades was excluded from public life by the country's secular elite" (para 15). "[Merve Kavacki] was once one of those particularly affected by discrimination against veiled woman....she is herself a former lawmaker who was screamed at, and later expelled from parliament, when she arrived ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"However, the Union Home Ministry maintained that Delhi Police, as a conscious policy of 'truthful reporting', is registering complaints in the recent years with an objective that no crime, especially crime against the vulnerable groups, including women, goes unreported" (para 4). Police must have implemented this policy in reaction to previously held discussions surrounding gender issues. It is improbable that this would have occured otherwise (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"We should remind [women] MPs… [not embracing polygamy] despite increasing spinsterhood and divorced women, who now exceed four million, is selfishness,” Ms Ebeidi said, urging her fellow MPs to adopt her stance" (para 3). "Opponents of the law said it violates constitution guarantees regarding the traditions of religious minorities such as Christians, and vowed to appeal the decision" (para 10). There is an open conversation between the two sides in regards to the proposed polygamy law, indicating that gender issue discussions are possible and are taken seriously (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'While I welcome the statement by the CNDD-FDD condemning the chants in Ntega, reports that senior officials were present at other rallies are very disturbing. There also needs to be an acknowledgement that the Ntega rally was not an isolated incident, but rather the tip of the iceberg, brought to light only because it was captured on camera. This condemnation is meaningless if, instead of a putting a stop to such events, senior government officials continue to take part in such rallies,' he said" (para 5-6). The government has supposedly condemned rallies that involve the chants calling for militia members to rape locals, but the presence of high-ranking officials is ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."Online, Backpage published full statements from the company as well as supporters who view government efforts to shutter the website as unlawful attempts to stifle free speech.'Like the decision by Craigslist to remove its adult category ...more