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Latest items for UVAW-PRACTICE-1

June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with concern that the number of cases of violence against women is increasing." (para 19). "The Committee is, however, concerned about...The absence of legislation specifically criminalizing psychological violence and online harassment and stalking." (para 19).
June 17, 2019, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

"Women in Saudi Arabia, according to Amnesty’s latest human rights report, face 'systematic discrimination in law and practice and were inadequately protected against sexual and other violence'" (para 8).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons faced physical attacks, rape, and blackmail" (48).
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Thirty-four percent of women have experienced physical violence since age 15, and 20% have experienced sexual violence. Five percent of ever-pregnant women report experiencing physical violence during any pregnancy" (279).
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The most significant human rights issues included: ... violence against LGBTI persons" (1). "Kidnapping women for marriage occurred in remote areas and ethnic minority communities but was very rare. Police rarely took action in these cases, because there was usually no way to distinguish whether the event was a kidnapping or an arranged elopement" (33). "The Public Defender’s Office reported that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals continued to experience systemic violence, oppression, abuse, intolerance, and discrimination in every sphere of life. According to NGOs, the government rarely enforced the law, and law enforcement authorities lacked robust training on hate crimes" (39).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Discrimination based on gender is prohibited in terms of access to and supply with goods and services. It is not prohibited, however, in the fields of education and social protection. In these areas, protection against discrimination only applies to discrimination based on ethnicity. There is no protection for cases of discrimination based on other grounds outside of the work environment. So far, no agreement could be reached on a political level to adjust provisions regarding protection outside of the work environment" (7). "Austria already reported on this specific recommendation in the follow-up report of March 2015. In addition to that, the inter-ministerial Working Group on the Protection of Women against...more
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that article 5.62 of the Code of Administrative Offences prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, but is concerned at the absence of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law addressing all aspects of direct and indirect discrimination, as well as intersecting forms of discrimination, against women, in line with the Convention" (2). "The Committee recalls that such stereotypes are among the root causes of violence against women and expresses its concern that, to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory stereotypes and negative traditional attitudes. The Committee notes with concern that the media persistently convey stereotyped and sometimes degrading images of women...more
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee commends the State party on its efforts to address gender based violence against women. It notes that the State party is currently preparing a new holistic strategy to eliminate violence by men against women, and that new legislation to regulate the export of arms is expected to be presented to the parliament in 2017. The Committee is deeply concerned, however, that despite all the measures taken, concrete results are lacking and the prevalence of violence against women remains high in the State party" (7).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights abuses included the use of...violence and discrimination against women, children, persons with disabilities, and minorities" (1-2). "Muhamasheen women were particularly vulnerable to rape and other abuse because of the general impunity for attackers due to the women’s low-caste status" (43).
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Accepting his guidance she married the man only to discover he was subjecting her to polygamy and was already married to two other women and had four children who she was expected to look after whilst he travelled. The eldest son was extremely abusive and threatening to her and her young children, and eventually she fled." (para. 20).
May 16, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

“Gender-based violence remains one of the most pervasive forms of violence against women in Kyrgyzstan and we will continue to work with NGOs and other United Nations agencies to flag this issue and give it more visibility” (para 10).
May 10, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Seventeen percent of women age 15-49 have experienced physical violence since age 15. Five percent of women experienced physical violence in the 12 months preceding the survey (Table 15.1)" (220).
April 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"She has received more death threats than she can count, one of which even specified an exact date. So when the insurgents stormed into Kunduz on Sept. 28, she knew she had to run." (para 11). "“The Taliban had a list of all the women who were working in the government, civil society, media, women’s organizations,” she said. “I knew they were going to come for me.” She hid in a relative’s basement for two days before donning an all-covering burqa and fleeing the city." (para 12).
April 27, 2019, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

""The Committee commends the State party for the efforts being made to address gender-based violence, but remains concerned about: (c) The lack of a national action plan to combat violence against women and disparities between cantons in addressing the issue" (9).
April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to implement the National Plan of Action for Gender in order to change stereotypical attitudes among the general public. It remains concerned, however, at the persistence of discriminatory stereotypes and deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society. (...) It recalls its previous concluding observations (A/59/38 (Part I), paras. 115 and 116) and notes that the State party has not yet conducted a comprehensive analysis of existing discriminatory stereotypes in order to assess their impact on the achievement of gender equality" (5).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Circular No. 005 of 18 March 2014 of the Minister of Justice, Human Rights and Public Liberties and Interministerial Circular No. 016/MJ/MEMIS/MPRD of 4 August 2016 relating to the receipt of complaints concerning incidents of gender-based violence make provision for the first level of reporting of cases of gender-based violence" (5). "Since April 2014, these units have recorded and responded to 1,541 cases of gender-based violence" (16).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Diplomats have called violence against women in the country a “silent emergency,” and rights advocates say the penal code’s failings are compounded by weak law enforcement and courts rife with corruption and misogyny" (para 6). "Firm statistics on violence against women in Myanmar are scarce, but recent studies suggest that the problem is widespread" (para 10).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"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). "Gender- based violence and other criminal activities were also reported at Dzaleka [refugee camp]" (para 63). "Police regularly investigated cases of rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence but did not normally intervene in domestic disputes" (para 83).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China

"Some observers noted that the agencies tasked with protecting women’s rights tended to focus on maternity-related benefits and wrongful termination during maternity leave rather than on sex discrimination, violence against women, and sexual harassment" (page 57).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Women faced widespread violence, discrimination, and significant restrictions on their rights" (para 184).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"A lack of police presence, prosecutors, and courts prevented San women from reporting and seeking protection from gender-based violence" (14).
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional beliefs in sorcery fueled violence against persons marginalized in their communities. Women were often targets of opportunity" (12).
March 14, 2019, 3:31 p.m.
Countries: Norway

"The Committee notes that, as a general rule, legislation adopted in Norway is gender-neutral. The Committee repeats its concern that gender-neutral legislation, policies and programmes might lead to the inadequate protection of women against direct and indirect discrimination and hinder the achievement of substantive equality between women and men, as explained in paragraph 5 of the Committee’s general recommendation No. 28 (2010) on the core obligations of States parties under article 2 of the Convention (...) . The Committee also notes that the new Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act, which merges the previous gender equality, sexual discrimination, ethnic discrimination and discrimination and accessibility laws, is 'particularly aimed at strengthening the position...more
March 13, 2019, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Measures are being taken in the health sector to overhaul social norms that validate and justify violence, with the following results: a) 13,358 direct participants in projects under way at six regional entities to promote coexistence and prevent violence, especially domestic violence. b) Eight violence prevention laboratories carried out in priority municipalities, as a cultural change strategy targeting the beliefs that make violence seem natural. c) 61 social mobilizations with participatory methodologies carried out for the prevention of gender-based violence in 23 departments. The Methodology for Communication and Social Mobilization to Prevent Gender-based Violence is being finalized. It includes conceptual and technical guidance for direct action by public officials and...more
March 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs claimed that LGBTI women were particularly vulnerable to discrimination and unequal protection under the law" (8).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Three out of four women age 15-49 who have experienced physical or sexual violence have never sought help or told anyone about the violence. Only 10% of women sought help to stop the violence, and another 15% did not seek help but told someone about the violence (Table 14.17)" (215). "About one-quarter (24%) of women age 15-49 have experienced physical violence since age 15. Seventeen percent experienced physical violence often or sometimes in the 12 months preceding the survey (Table 14.1)" (208).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Belief in sorcery and witchcraft has long been common across Enga province and Papua New Guinea, but the lynchings are not an ancient rite or custom. 'This is a new phenomenon,' insisted Anton Lutz, a Lutheran missionary in Enga Province and has rescued accused sorcerers, some as young as six" (para 15-16).
Feb. 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Although women have the same legal rights as men, serious discrimination against women persisted. The Office of the Advisor for the Equality of Women has primary responsibility for combating discrimination against women, but advocacy groups reported that the office remained seriously underfunded. The government continued its national public policy for gender equity" (30).
Feb. 21, 2019, 8:18 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"She was among a group of women arrested on March 9 2011 and taken to a military prison, beaten and tortured. She says that some of the women died. Those who survived were given a virginity test by a woman military doctor in front of a group of laughing, clapping soldiers." (para 19).
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Accepting his guidance she married the man only to discover he was subjecting her to polygamy and was already married to two other women and had four children who she was expected to look after whilst he travelled. The eldest son was extremely abusive and threatening to her and her young children, and eventually she fled." (para. 20).