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Latest items for WAM-PRACTICE-1

April 14, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to address discriminatory stereotypes, including through the revision of educational curricula in the French-speaking cantons, and to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes concerning minority and migrant women" (Pg 7). "Structural barriers in the media have resulted in a decline in female media professionals in recent years, while stereotyped and sexualized images of women continue to be depicted in the media and advertisements. Stereotyped media portrayals and negative images of ethnic minority and migrant women undermine their ability to integrate into society" (Pg 7).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In the framework of the observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), awareness-raising workshop for 60 journalists and publishers on “Gender and journalism: What role, and what image, for women in the media?”; Study, followed by the formulation of guidelines, on the promotion of gender equality in the media; and training, for private and public media actors from the country’s 13 regions, in the gender perspective in dealing with information" (16). "Textbook revision to remove formulations that belittle women and girls or their role" (16).
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence in the media and in society of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family, which perpetuate women’s subordination within the family and society and which are reflected, inter alia, in women’s educational and professional choices, their limited participation in political and public life, their unequal participation in the labour market and their unequal status in family relations. The Committee recalls that such discriminatory stereotypes are also root causes of violence against women and expresses concern that, to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory stereotypes ...more
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the high literacy rate and the high level of enrolment of women and girls in tertiary education. It also notes that the State party allocates 13 per cent of its national budget to education and that it is planning to increas e the length of compulsory formal education from 9 to 12 years. The Committee is concerned, however, that women and girls continue to choose traditionally female -dominated fields of education and remain underrepresented in technical and vocational education. While noting the continuing review of school curricula and textbooks, the Committee remains concerned about the persistence of some negative stereotypes against women in textbooks and curricula" (Pg ...more
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The State of Kuwait is endeavouring to eliminate any stereotypes and conventional images of the role of men and women in society. Indeed, the culture of partnership and equality in respect of rights and duties is one of the core principles contained in textbooks. Indeed, in some subjects, more may be said about the role of women than that of men. For example, a subject entitled, “Women’s rights” is taught, which deals in detail with the following: the concept of women’s rights, a review of the forms of abuse of women’s rights throughout history, the importance of women’s rights, women’s rights in Islam, women’s rights in international charters and the ...more
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about discriminatory patriarchal stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family and the role of the media in overemphasizing the traditional role of women as mothers and wives, thus undermining women’s social status and their educational and professional careers. The Committee notes with concern that the advertising sector persistently conveys stereotyped and sometimes degrading images of women" (pg 6).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat gender stereotypes through education in schools, promotional materials and legislation prohibiting sex-based and gender-based discrimination in the media. It notes with concern, however, that gender stereotypes continue to persist in all spheres of life, as well as in the media, and that the State party lacks a comprehensive strategy for addressing discriminatory stereotypes. The Committee recommends that the State party further strengthen its efforts to overcome stereotypical attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society by adopting a comprehensive strategy addressing the issue and continuing to implement measures to eliminate discriminatory gender stereotypes, ...more
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"It also notes with concern the prevalence of harmful practices such as child marriage in some areas of the State party and about the persistence of gender bias and gender stereotypes in the media" (5).
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about gender stereotypes in the mass media, and sexist portrayals of women in particular" (5).
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"While noting the intention of the State party to review the school curricula and textbooks, the Committee remains concerned about the persistence of some negative stereotypes of women in those curricula and textbooks" (7).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society. It also remains concerned about the very high prevalence of harmful practices, in particular female genital mutilation, child marriage, polygamy and levirate, and the fact that they are not prohibited by law. The Committee urges the State party: (a) To adopt legal provisions explicitly prohibiting harmful practices, such as polygamy, child marriage, female genital mutilation, levirate and unequal inheritance rights for women, provide for adequate sanctions and ensure the effective implementation of the provisions; (b) To expeditiously adopt a comprehensive strategy ...more
March 13, 2018, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion has funded research into media representation of girls and women, resulting in a report on retouched advertisements and body-image pressure. This report, by the National Institute for Consumer Research (SIFO), concluded that many young people are under extensive social pressure to conform to body ideals. The Government has recently strengthened the school health service and health centres. It has been documented that girls use these services to a larger degree than the boys" (8).
March 5, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"These legislative provisions and regulatory measures have been accompanied by major efforts of awareness-raising and information targeting the population at large through educational campaigns in the traditional and non-traditional mass media, covering various issues on women’s human rights and political participation (with a view to the 2016 municipal elections); sexual and workplace harassment (State universities report an increase in this type of violence, attributable both to the change in internal regulations and information campaigns); economic rights; labour rights; the right to live a violence-free life, co-responsibility and care, and gender myths and stereotypes (the “Male Chauvinist in Rehabilitation” campaign in social media)" (19). "Lastly, in a consultation held among over ...more
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"School instructional materials have been engendered to remove stereotypes that depict women as only capable of taking up careers like nursing while men take up engineering and medical courses" (27).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Taking into account the recommendations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Ministry of Education has taken some measures to eliminate gender stereotypes from teaching materials and the educational process. Thus, during 2009-2010 a new National Curriculum was developed, more sensitive to gender compared with the previous one. In 2010 the MEd in partnership with the NGOs working in the field and UNFPA support conducted the gender analysis of disciplinary curricula and training of the director and staff of editorial offices and of the authors that participated in the development of 46 textbooks. The share of stereotypes decreased significantly in the textbooks and the national curriculum ...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address discriminatory gender stereotypes on the role and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, including by revising school curricula, textbooks and visual representations of situations of daily life" (6). The Committee is concerned, however, that...Traditional images of women’s roles and responsibilities in school textbooks perpetuate the disadvantaged status of girls and women" (11).
Feb. 14, 2018, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, WAM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes by promoting the sharing of household duties and parenting responsibilities and to address the stereotyped portrayal of women in the media by strengthening the role of the Advertising Self-Regulation Institute. Nevertheless, it notes with concern: (a) The entrenched stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, perpetuating traditional roles of women as mothers and housewives and undermining their social status and educational and career prospects; (b) The limited measures taken to eliminate stereotypes in the education system, including in school curricula and textbooks; (c) The growing influence of men’s organizations ...more
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Local media devote space to discussion of women’s affairs, but most discussion focuses on such aspects of the traditional role of women as cooking, health, the family, children and fashion. Most media attention is granted to specific categories of women, namely, women who work in elite and professional positions, instead of on the most vulnerable women, such as rural women, women in refugee camps and women in Bedouin villages. Although there has been a significant increase in women’s involvement in the media sector, particularly in visual media, that quantitative increase has more to do with media-related variables and requirements than with a fundamental change in the status of women. In ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In 2008 the former National Board for Youth Affairs was commissioned to prevent the sexual exploitation of young women and men from the age of 16 years. The agency had produced material on methods and held training courses on the sexual exploitation of young people and the exposure of young people to sexual harassment, threats, violence and experiences of selling sex. In 2014 the agency has a commission to produce a guide along with a number of municipalities for work on preventing sexual exploitation of children and young people and also for work on providing support for victims. The agency also has a commission to carry out action against violations, ...more
Jan. 26, 2018, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional images of women’s roles and responsibilities in schoolbooks perpetuate the disadvantaged status of girls and women" (Pg 12).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"It also notes that the State party, through public awareness-raising campaigns and legislation concerning the media, is preventing sexism and banning sex-trade advertisements" (6).
Jan. 20, 2018, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain

"The Committee appreciates the efforts of the State party to re-examine the stereotyped content of school curricula and books and to provide vocational education to both girls and boys, including in non-traditional fields. The Committee welcomes the efforts of the State party, in partnership with the media, to increase the participation of women and to show a positive and diverse image of women in public life. The Committee remains concerned, however, about the persistence of traditional stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and, in particular, within the family" (pg 4).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Pictures of women who appear on advertisements, political posters and historical photographs are vandalized and/or removed. On Meir children's Internet channel, which is popular among the national Haredi sector, girls and women do not exist…One local radio station, 'Kol Barama', prohibits the broadcasting of women voices and hiring women presenters" (19).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden

"Almost 50% of young women Internet users have had to field requests to send sexualized photos, talk about sex or act in front of a web camera. Only 13% of young men have had the same experiences" (page 9) (Coder comment: Such disparity in the number of requests indicates how the general public expects women to be represented online - ARR).
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"A photo of a young woman with a swollen eye and bruises on her cheek went viral on social media on Monday. She was allegedly assaulted for taking off her hijab three months ago. A Facebook account named Nehal Kamal, the girl in the photo, says the injuries were the price of taking off the veil. She did not go through details and was not available for further comment. 'The one who wants to take off [the hijab] is not as untroubled as the one who wants to put [it] on,' says Nehal, who identifies herself on Facebook as an interior designer, vocalist and actress"(4)
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Television’s ability to deliver easily accessible audio-visual news and information from around the world makes it an important tool for shaping and directing public opinion. A comparison between respondents who watch television programs and those who do not, reveals that those who watch TV are more likely to support women’s rights than those who don’t. For example: Those who watch TV are less likely to agree with the practice of baad (the practice of giving away a daughter to another party as penalty or payment for an offence); 14.6 percent vs 29.8 percent, respectively. 79.3 percent of those who watch television programs say women should be allowed to work outside ...more
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama

"The office developed program plans with the 11 regional offices, including those within the indigenous reservations, and as of September held two workshops in each region with 6,000 participants. The Panamanian Observatory Against Gender-Based Violence, run by the Ombudsman’s Office, translated a 67-page booklet on women’s rights into the Ngabe and Guna languages and distributed it on both reservations, as well as printing the booklet in braille. The observatory also joined private media conglomerate MEDCOM in a campaign to create awareness of domestic violence"(16)."The observatory [The Panamanian Observatory Against Gender-Based Violence, run by the Ombudsman’s Office] also joined private media conglomerate MEDCOM in a campaign to create awareness of domestic ...more
Dec. 20, 2017, 7:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

Saudi women found an innovative way to break their silence and expose stories of harassment, rape and physical abuse they face often on a daily basis. The hashtag #Break_Your_Silence_Speak_Up went viral among Saudi women who started sharing their bitter stories that often go untold (para 1-2).
Dec. 13, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"What allowed this new form of activism to emerge, and how does it matter? In addition to the creation of new youth movements, significant structural change in the Egyptian TV sphere after 2011 markedly expanded televised discussions of public sexual violence. This coverage has helped to spread and normalize two arguments central to anti-PSV activism" (para 5)."Privately owned satellite TV channels — as opposed to programming created directly by state agencies on state channels — are widely viewed in Egypt, with cost not a significant barrier due to the ubiquity of illegal access. Coverage of PSV on satellite TV began during the late Mubarak era, but until December 2010 it ...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 10 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"More than 40 Afghan civil society and women’s organizations have formed an alliance and are using social and traditional media and events to demand that the Supreme Court decision be investigated and overhauled. Women’s Political Participation Committee, a civil society organization, held a press conference on March 19th to call on the government to reassess the Supreme Court’s decision and ensure more transparency in the process" (para 15).