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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).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras

"The increasingly repressive measures, attacks, sexual violence, harassment, intimidation, reprisals and defamation campaigns against women human rights defenders, especially in contexts of land development projects, advocacy for environmental protection and the defence of the human rights of women from indigenous communities and from communities of African descent" (9).
Jan. 10, 2019, 9:35 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In June 2017, Magar was one of two plaintiffs in a public interest case that challenged Nepal's laws on acid and burn violence. As a result, the Supreme Court ordered that victims should get immediate financial support from the government to cover treatment. This change came into effect on Aug. 17 as part of a new civil and criminal code, intended to modernize the legal system. The new code also strengthened other laws related to gender-based violence, including longer jail sentences for rape and criminalizing the practice of secluding menstruating women outside the home" (para 7).
Jan. 10, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Mutlu Kaya is gifted with a strong, pure voice, and it nearly cost her her life. Or rather, many Turkish women say, it was the reaction to her singing by the men in Kaya's life. She's in the hospital, a bullet in her skull" (para 1). It's not quite true that nobody here is talking about the critically wounded singer, who doctors say has regained consciousness. Young women are quite aware of the case. In a Diyarbakir cafe, 19-year-old university student Rojin says Kaya's is a classic example of men not recognizing a woman's abilities because they can only see a female body. 'She was there competing with her voice,...more
Jan. 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The draft law will now be returned to a commission which will take into account the views of the opposition and civil society, Mr Yildirim said. This would allow for 'broad consensus' and to 'give time for the opposition parties to develop their proposals'" (para 7-8).
Jan. 9, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"So far, at least 56 students have refused to marry men before age 18, despite pressure from their families, and credit the Safe Space with giving them the skills and confidence to negotiate the postponement. And many girls who were forced to drop out of school early are returning to class" (para 15).
Jan. 8, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Activists are also concerned that the law will not be enough to change people’s deep-rooted beliefs. Why, they ask, would a law override a practice that is written in Hindu scriptures? 'Smashing deep-rooted stigma and taboos is not an easy task,' said Pragya Lamsal, a women’s rights activist and development worker based in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. I think the government needs to mobilize local leaders, teachers, priests [and] civil society members in awareness campaigns, because locals who are practicing the tradition are the core agents of change" (para 22-24).
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Civil society and feminist organizations have been asking for the abolition of Article 522 of the penal code, nicknamed the 'rape law,' for years. The first step taken by Lebanese lawmakers not only invalidates it but also improves the law for women and against rape in general. This was made possible by a very strong advocacy campaign led by the nongovernmental organization ABAAD, which gathered data and statistics on public opinion in Lebanon about that law and talked with lawmakers" (para 1).
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The ruling — which has been described as a 'crash course in Syrian Islamic marriage law' — ignited a firestorm of criticism. Some accused the court in Bamberg of applying Sharia law over German law to legalize a practice that is banned in Germany" (para 9).
Jan. 2, 2019, 10:04 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"A prestigious Hungarian university on Tuesday blasted a government decree that prohibits gender studies courses as a 'major infringement' on academic freedom" (para 1). "'This is a major infringement on academic freedom and university autonomy,' said the Budapest-based Central European University (CEU) in a statement" (para 4). "'Eliminating this programme will be a significant loss to the Hungarian scholarly community and for democratically-minded public policy,' said the CEU, one of only two universities in Hungary that offered gender studies degrees" (para 5). "In June a magazine owned by a close ally of Orban published a list of researchers at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, accusing them of working on 'gay...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has once again urged Brunei to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18, in light of the Malaysian government saying it will take steps to eradicate child marriage. Marianne Clark-Hattingh, UNICEF’s special representative to Brunei, said the UN Committee on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) had already made this recommendation to the Brunei government before" (para 1-2). "In its written response to the UN, the Brunei government said it had no immediate plans to raise the minimum age of marriage, explaining that Islamic law as well as the diverse religious and cultural backgrounds of people living in the country...more
Dec. 19, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"Mainstream Muslim clerics almost universally see the inheritance rules as enshrined in the Quran, Islam's holy book, and consider the rules on marriage to be equally unquestionable in Islamic law. The country's leading imams and theologians have issued a statement denouncing the president's proposals as a 'flagrant violation of the precepts' of Islam" (para 9, 10).
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

"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

"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

"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

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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

"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

"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).