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Latest items for SRACE-LAW-1

Nov. 7, 2018, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2, ASR-LAW-2, SRACE-LAW-1

"The Saudi education ministry said on Tuesday that P.E. for girls would start with the coming academic year, marking a slight loosening of the rules in a country that has long had one of the world’s most restrictive environments for women" (para. 3). "Saudi Arabia first formally allowed sports for girls in private schools four years ago, although girls whose families permitted it have worked out and played sports in private settings" (para. 12).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"The Sultanate has striven to provide opportunities to participate in recreational activities, athletic games and all aspects of cultural life for all residents, including women. The Department of Women’s Sports has been established in the Ministry of Sports Affairs. It is concerned with all sports programmes and activities suited to girls. The Law on private organizations active in the area of sports issued by Royal Decree No. 81/2007 entitles women to establish sports clubs and federations and to participate in the management of sports clubs and federations and the Omani Olympic Committee through membership on the boards of directors of those organizations. Women are thus permitted to form and manage...more
Sept. 12, 2018, 5:09 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Women have been campaigning for fair access to sport for years inside Iran, and while they have been granted access to some sports, football was off limits until now (20/06/2018)" (par. 7)."Earlier this year women were allowed into basketball matches at the Azadi sports complex" (par. 26).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Women have the same rights as men in New Zealand to participate in recreational activities, sports and aspects of cultural life" (page 30).
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-2, SRACE-LAW-1

"The opportunity to take part in games and sports is available to both sexes without discrimination and the subject of physical education is taught to male and female students alike. Competitions and tournaments provide opportunities to engage in sports as part of daily school activity or at national level" (21).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Women are able to engage in sports and recreational activities" (46).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"National sports policy is intended to give women and men and girls and boys the same conditions for participation in sporting activities. The Swedish Sports Confederation, which distributes government support to sports, conducts active gender equality work and adopted new gender equality objectives in 2011. The boards of the specialist sport federations in Sweden have become more gender equal. In 2002 the proportion of men was 73 per cent and in 2012 it was 67 per cent" (page 57).
Jan. 19, 2018, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"When Al Maeena returned home after college in 2000, female sports were essentially prohibited" (para 8).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Mr. Erdogan's toughest critics fear he secretly hopes to creat a second Iran, where a teenager was expelled from the national chess team on Monday for refusing to wear a head scarf during a tournament in Spain" (para 12).
Dec. 13, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"...women’s athletic clubs have become popular social activities" (para 4). There appears to be no legal barriers to women's participtation in these clubs (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 1, 2017, 7:28 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Saudi Arabia is planning to open its first women-only gyms to aid with weight loss, although they will still be banned from competitive sports such as volleyball, basketball and football" (para 1). "Saudi women will be allowed to run and swim but football is still on the banned list" (para 6). "Any Saudi women hoping the emulate the Williams sisters are also facing disappointment as tennis is also still on the banned list. Women will be permitted to go swimming, running or bodybuilding - as long as there are no men present" (para 8-9).
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ASR-LAW-2, SRACE-LAW-1

"The round table discussion was led by Princess Reema Bint Bandar al-Saud, the vice president of Women’s Affairs at the General Sports Authority, a largely moot title in a country where girls and women are not allowed to participate in sports" (para 3).
Sept. 17, 2016, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-1, SRACE-LAW-1

"Senior women participate in the cultural and social life of the community at community centres, in drama, arts and craft activities. The National Senior Games provides an avenue where older persons are encouraged to pursue various activities. Women are the majority participants, and senior female athletes have won medals representing the country internationally" (41)
Aug. 23, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"According to Article 59 paragraph 4 of the RDTL Constitution, the government 'should ensure the access of every citizen, in accordance to their abilities, to the highest levels of education, scientific research and artistic creativity'" (39).
July 26, 2016, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-1, SRACE-LAW-1

“…joint efforts were made [to change stereotypes of the roles and responsibilities of women and men] as follows…: 2010 — Barbados hosted the Women’s World Boxing Championship of the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA). One of the spin-offs of this event is expected to be a boost to the use of sports as a tool to defeat stereotypes about women" (5, 6)
May 15, 2016, 7:55 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"There are no obstacles for women in Montenegro to engage in recreational activities, sports or culture." (78)
April 8, 2016, 2:29 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Although women are not officially banned from engagement in singing, playing music, acting, sports and international competitions, the Ministry of Guidance prevents women from participating in such activities in other ways" (7).
March 3, 2016, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"With regard to recreational activities, sports and cultural life, participation in such activities is guaranteed to women under article 1, thirteenth subparagraph, and article 18 of the Constitution" (32)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"No legislation has touched on this except that this attitude and practice may be challenged under the general discrimination provisions. The Constitution may shed light in this regard and as it prohibits discrimination of all forms" (27)
Feb. 26, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"No legislation has touched on this except that this attitude and practice may be challenged under the general discrimination provisions. The Constitution may shed light in this regard and as it prohibits discrimination of all forms" (27)
Feb. 18, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"There are no legal barriers that could affect women’s participation in recreational activities" (59)
Jan. 13, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: SRACE-PRACTICE-1, SRACE-LAW-1

"Women in Vanuatu are allowed to participate in recreational activities, sports and cultural life" (40)
Jan. 1, 2016, 12:28 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"The Equality Act also prohibits discrimination against women and others in the disposal and management of premises and by private members’ clubs and other associations, such as golf clubs and working men’s clubs and in sports, games or other activities of a competitive nature (unless the physical strength, stamina or physique of average women would put them at disadvantage when compared to average men)" (41)
Sept. 22, 2015, 12:42 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Recreational activities, sports and cultural life in the Kingdom of Cambodia are open to all citizens. The Royal Government of Cambodia has worked to enable women to participate in all recreational, sporting and cultural activities. In order to guarantee this right, the Royal Government has created an enabling environment by expanding recreational activities through measures such as establishing recreational zones, including resorts, tourist sites, playgrounds and public parks. Meanwhile, sporting activities are also strongly encouraged. Women have the right to participate equally with men in all kinds of sporting activities, such as football, basketball, volleyball, swimming and boxing" (43)
Sept. 7, 2015, 11:57 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"The Physical Culture and Sport Act provides that State policy is directed at ensuring healthy lifestyles and promoting physical culture and sport and is conducted on the basis of the principles of voluntary participation, equality and accessibility for all citizens. There are no norms or regulations restricting the participation of girls and women in sports or physical education. Nor are there any clothing restrictions which prevent women from fully engaging in sports. Women and men have equal access to sports facilities and equipment" (33). "No laws or regulations prohibit the participation of girls and women in sports or physical education. Nor are there any clothing restrictions which prevent women’s full...more
Aug. 13, 2015, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: LO-LAW-1, SRACE-LAW-1

“Women also have the same rights as men in New Zealand to access financial credit, and to participate in recreational activities, sports and aspects of cultural life” (34)
Aug. 11, 2015, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

“Women in Vanuatu are allowed to participate in recreational activities, sports and cultural life” (40)
July 31, 2015, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

“As was reported in the previous report, there are no legal barriers to the participation of women in sporting and other forms of recreational activities in Sierra Leone” (40)
Nov. 13, 2014, 9:37 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"Three years after the revolution in Tunisia, the situation of these women has not really improved, despite the victory of the Islamist Ennahda party. Women wearing veils are still not allowed to enter university classrooms. Even though the law permits this, lecturers and university presidents encourage the removal of veils. 'The veil is not commensurate with the image of Tunisia and its universities,' declared the Supreme Science Council, which oversees academic institutions. Iman Al-Tariki, who heads a non-profit religious civil rights organization called 'Freedom and Equality,' says Salafist women are abused and threatened when they walk down the street wearing a veil. Her organization has documented dozens of instances of...more
Nov. 1, 2014, 8:39 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SRACE-LAW-1

"'It all started because Muslim women wanted to learn basic religious studies,' researcher Shui Jingjun, who is also Hui Muslim, said. 'That's why they started female-only classes. Female imams began during the mid-Qing dynasty around the 18th century.' The practice has spread to other parts of the country, while places like Xinjiang remain male-dominated Muslim communities" (Para 22-24)