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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).
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).
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