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Latest items for SEGI-PRACTICE-2

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).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, IAD-LAW-1

"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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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