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Latest items for UVAW-PRACTICE-1

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).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The government directed efforts to combat genderbased violence mainly by preventing such crimes and not by protecting or assisting victims, although crisis rooms provided limited psychological and medical assistance to victims" (36). "As of January the Ministry of Education ran 138 social-educational centers nationwide for minor victims of any type of violence or minors finding themselves in vulnerable and dangerous conditions" (37).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included the killing and intimidation of journalists by organized-crime groups; corruption, discrimination, and violence against women and indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons; and trafficking in persons" (page 1).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"In the next 5 years, during the GTP II, Ethiopia will establish hotlines for women and children experiencing violence, set up 11 new one-stop centres and rehabilitation centres, and also strengthen existing ones. The new national Women’s Development and Change Strategy and the revised package on how to realize the strategy has put in place a clear direction on protection, prevention, and provision of services for women survivors of violence. Furthermore, the MOWCYA is committed to ending violence against women by including indicators on violence reduction in its 5-year sectoral plan (2016-2020)" (291). "The experience of physical violence was more likely among employed women, whether employed for cash or not,...more
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon

"In 2016, 1,976 young women benefited from the Women and Girls Safe Spaces set up by ABAAD in 2015, which provides psychosocial activities, follow-up and psychological support, legal advice and representation in court, and emergency shelter for women fleeing violence or high-risk situations" (para 6).
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:35 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"In Afghanistan, 87% of women have faced physical, emotional, or sexual violence" (para 2). "Violence against women is deeply rooted in our cultural practices and communities. In fact, we are surrounded by women who have faced violence without realizing or acknowledging it ourselves. I think at the heart of gendered violence lays the idea that women and girls are the property of men and families, instead of being independent human beings. This has allowed even women to overlook violence, think it is a normal part of being female and remain silent. On the other hand, authorities at the rural and local levels makes it hard for women to report violence...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included . . . gender-based violence" (page 1).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"A study released by Hacettepe University in January found that, on average, 35 percent of women experienced physical violence at least once in their lives" (page 56).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Violence against women is a widespread and institutionalized problem in Burma. Women face violence at home and in public and there is an inadequate legal framework to provide justice to victims, contrary to claims in the State Report . . . The Government has failed to implement the Committee’s 2008 recommendations to take action to address violence against women and the State Report provides little evidence that the Government has developed and implemented adequate legal, support, or policy measures to eliminate violence against women and punish perpetrators. A Prevention of Violence against Women Law (PoVAW Law) has been discussed and drafted but not distributed for comment, prioritized or passed. Meanwhile,...more
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Other reported abuses included: . . . violence and discrimination against women" (page 1). "While the law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, disability, language, or social status, the government did not effectively enforce the law. There were reports of violence against women" (page 27).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"While the penal code is used more for coercion or bribery, LGBTI persons, particularly transgender women, were most frequently charged under so-called shadow and disguise laws. These laws use the justification that a person dressed or acting in a way that is perceived as not being in line with their biological gender is in 'disguise.' According to a report by a local NGO, transgender women reported higher levels of police abuse and discrimination than other members of the LGBTI community" (44).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Fourteen percent of women age 15-49 reported having experienced, at least once, since the age of 15, acts of physical violence at a given moment in their life. Over the twelve months preceding this survey, the proportion was 6%. In nearly a quarter of cases (24%), the perpetrator of such acts of violence was a brother or sister . . . Nearly two women out of five who were subjected to physical or sexual acts of violence sought aid, in the majority of cases, from their families (64%)" (page 249). "Table 17.1 presents the percentages of women who reported having experienced acts of physical violence since the age of 15...more
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"During 2014 the National Commission on Violence against Women recorded 37 cases of violence against LGBTI individuals" (para 183)
Oct. 4, 2018, 9:44 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"From 2007 to 2016, crimes against women in India surged 83 percent" (para 3).
Oct. 2, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Bolivia has one of the highest rates of gender violence, with nine in 10 women experiencing it in their lifetime" (para 1).