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Latest items for WAM-PRACTICE-1

July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, WAM-LAW-1

"The widespread use of gender stereotypes in the media, notwithstanding the adoption by the national television channel of a code of ethics to monitor discriminatory practices" (page 6).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"As regards the work to eliminate gender stereotypes, the national television channel of Uruguay developed a code of ethics that includes, among other issues, the treatment of gender-based violence, discrimination and issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as self-regulation for content and promotion of equal participation between the sexes in the media . . . The Plan Ceibal has facilitated the dissemination of non-discriminatory content with a gender perspective. Since 2013 it has been doing coordination work with Inmujeres to develop computer tools for these undertakings" (page 10).
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"NZOC [New Zealand Olympic Committee] has also embarked on an ambitious programme to change the quantity and style of media coverage with a focus on the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. This programme manages the supply of information regarding athletes/teams with consistent messaging, language and coverage irrespective of gender. Work is underway with journalists, media channels and athletes in support of this initiative. The impact will be tracked in the period leading up to and during the Olympic Games" (page 30-31).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The existence of gender bias in the school curriculum and textbooks, reinforcing traditional gender stereotypes" (10).
June 8, 2018, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Furthermore, the Committee notes with concern: (a) That discriminatory stereotypes portraying women as mothers and housewives and men as active participants in economic and public life remain present in some textbooks, in particular textbooks for refugees, which are based on the Syrian curriculum" (page 13).
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Furthermore, the Committee notes with concern: (a) That discriminatory stereotypes portraying women as mothers and housewives and men as active participants in economic and public life remain present in some textbooks, in particular textbooks for refugees, which are based on the Syrian curriculum" (page 13).
June 5, 2018, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia has sought the help of Egyptian artist Ashraf Abdel Baqi to establish a mixed-gender Saudi theater troupe in the framework of the kingdom's social policy of becoming less sringent. Saudi Arabia recently opened its first cinema, is going to allow women to drive and held the first cycling competition in which women participated. To develop its performing arts sector, the kingdom invited Abdel Baqi, the founder of Masrah Masr theater troupe, to work in the country. Performances by Masrah Masr (Egypt Theater) were broadcast on the Saudi MBC TV network, Abdel Baqi’s efforts to build the Masrah al-Saudia (Saudi Theater) yielded their first results when a cast of...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, WAM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address stereotypes and harmful practices by, among other things, revising the national broadcasting code in 2010 to provide for minimum standards within the media and film industries in relation to combating stereotypes. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the persistence of harmful practices and discriminatory stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which perpetuate women’s subordination in the private and public spheres. It notes that such stereotypes also contribute to the increase in child marriage, polygamy and wife inheritance and, hence, to the disadvantaged and unequal status of women in society. The Committee...more
May 11, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Teachers, school textbooks and teacher training materials continue to convey discriminatory stereotypes regarding traditionally “female” and “male” roles in society, which leads to the perpetuation and reinforcement of the aforementioned stereotypes" (pg 8).
May 10, 2018, 7:17 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"“Show abusers the red card” campaign. This campaign, which is the fruit of a collaboration between the Argentine Government, Fundación Españoles en el Mundo, Asociación Cultural Latina Urbana and Asociación Civil Enlaces Territoriales para la Equidad de Género and the journalist Liliana Hendel, is centred around radio and television spots and posters in which leading figures from different spheres of Argentine life commit themselves to fighting abuse. Government representatives and leading figures in the arts and society took part in the Argentine launch of the “Show abusers the red card” campaign, which aims to mobilize the whole of society into preventing and condemning gender-based violence. In 2012, more than 10,000...more
May 9, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the measures taken by the State party to revise school texts and provide capacity-building to the judiciary on the negative impact of discriminatory stereotypes and preconceived notions of women’s roles and behaviour" (6).
May 5, 2018, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the various educational, awareness-raising and training measures taken to eliminate discriminatory stereotypes and encourage equal sharing between women and men of household duties and parenting responsibilities, including the 'Daddy, get active!' media campaign and the 'We are all active' project, which promotes the reconciliation of work and family life" (5).
May 4, 2018, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"South Korean movies often show images of unimaginable cruelty toward the female body. A popular television cooking show recently described sizzling strips of pork belly as ‘better-looking than the rear’ of a young girl-group member" (pp 10)
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Australia is committed to breaking gender stereotyping at all levels, including in the media and through achieving better work-life balance for parents, however Australian women still do significantly more unpaid work than men" (Pg 19). "In 2012, the WA Government launched the discussion paper Women and the Media: who do they think you are? to coincide with the inaugural United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. The paper’s launch included a screening of the US documentary Missrepresentation, which explores the links between women’s stereotyped portrayals in the media and their absence from leadership roles" (Pg 20).
April 25, 2018, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, WAM-LAW-1

"No law addresses the unfettered availability of sexually explicit cartoons, comics, and video games, some of which depicted scenes of violent sexual abuse and the rape of children. Experts suggested a culture that appears to accept the depiction of child sexual abuse harmed children" (17). While this statement is focused on the exploitation of children, it is probable that majority of the children experiencing abusive depictions are young girls (AA-CODER COMMENT).
April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“The Committee reiterates its concern about insufficient positive media portrayals and images of ethnic minority women, Roma women, migrant women and women with disabilities. The Committee also remains concerned that no measures have been taken to eliminate stereotypes in the education system and that school curricula and textbooks have not been revised" (5).
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).