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Latest items for WAM-PRACTICE-1

April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"Female journalists in particular faced threats of sexual violence and harassment, including via social media" (23).
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Within the media system, the national public broadcasting service (RAI) adopted specific Guidelines to better and adequate portraying women." (para 38).
Dec. 14, 2019, 3:15 p.m.
Countries: South Korea

"Baeck is a member of EMIF, or 'Elite Without Marriage, I am going Forward,' a network created for women to host discussions, attend film screenings and hold networking events. At a recent evening meeting in western Seoul, nine members moved desks to form a circle to discuss being a 'bi-hon,' and the policies created to tackle South Korea's low birthrate" (para 22).
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Dr Neelam Singh - who runs Vatsalya, an NGO combating female foeticide in Uttar Pradesh - warns the gap has widened significantly since those figures [on the Indian sex ratio] were published" (para 7). "In 2015, the Indian Government did introduce the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao communication campaign which aimed to 'change people's mindsets towards the girl child.' The policy had phenomenal success in Haryana where the state government led a push to prosecute those offering illegal abortions" (para 37-38).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:28 p.m.
Countries: China

"The state has enhanced guidance and management of the media and has trained media workers to enhance their awareness of gender equality. China has improved supervision to ensure news media and advertising agents exercise strict self-discipline and avoid any discrimination against women in the media by depreciating or denying their independent personality. China has vigorously publicized the positive contribution made by women to economic and social development. Women are playing an important role in the media. By the end of 2014, female journalists and editors had made up 44.1 percent of qualified staff in this area" (para. 36).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"'Music concerts are absurd because they are forbidden,' Jami tells RFE/RL. 'Music is bad for the mind, memory, and even human psyche. When a girl performs in front of strangers, the whole society is corrupted' (para. 14). "To be sure, Khorsand says there have been important advances for Afghan women since 2001 -- including language in the Afghan Constitution that enshrines the right to education and to work. Women are members of parliament and can be seen on television, competing in sports, and performing in concerts in Kabul" (para. 17-18).
Nov. 14, 2019, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"...articles began trickling out on websites affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards. Hoodfar, [Iranian-Canadian academic and feminist] one piece claimed, was a foreign agent. Another published a day later featured an elaborate infographic showing the purported financial links between funding bodies in the West and the organs of the 'feminist conspiracy' they supported. They alleged that her research was part of a sprawling conspiracy, an international network that with the aid of foreign funding has been seeking to infiltrate Iranian society and government. Not long thereafter, the regime began using Hoodfar and her foreign connections to tarnish influential figures in the Tehran women’s movement. Many of them have received the ominous...more
Nov. 8, 2019, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Attempts by rabbis like these to undermine this achievement are evidence of the panic they are feeling. They have no way to hinder the changes underway, particularly given the media's embrace of the report that the first woman has been appointed commander of an air squadron" (para 6). "Social networks and the media have given extensive coverage to the appointment of Major T. as squadron commander. They celebrate her historic achievement" (para 8).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The government-controlled media regularly broadcast public service announcements regarding domestic violence" (20). "The secretary of state of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Gender Equality participated in a parade in Malabo marking International Women’s Day and held discussions with women from various ministries on women’s issues and the role of women in society. National radio and television covered the events" (26).
July 20, 2019, 10:39 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the negative perception of the concept of 'gender', as well as the persistence of discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, undermining women’s social status and their educational and professional careers. The Committee has been informed that such stereotypes and degrading images of women are conveyed through school textbooks and the media without sufficient monitoring" (5).
July 13, 2019, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Women who put food on the table spoke out through WhatsApp and Facebook and rallied the people to defy the authoritarian regime. Women continued to lead peaceful street demonstrations, call for civil disobedience actions and take to social media in protest. Doctors, lawyers, students, teachers, and stay-at-home mothers have been steering the #SudanUprising for three months now, in the most sustained revolt against the regime in recent history. But women’s leadership, as is the case in countless countexts, is rarely recognised in the media. When it is reported, women are seen to have 'joined' protests – rather than being represented as leaders" (1).
July 12, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications set up a technical working group to regularly monitor the spread of pornography and negative information and images of women on the Internet" (14).
July 9, 2019, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the information provided during the dialogue on the drafting of amendments to the national audiovisual policy and ongoing initiatives to cover gender equality in school textbooks. It is concerned, however, at: (a) Stereotypical and sometimes degrading images of women, especially of Roma women, in the media and the absence of gender equality education in school curricula and of relevant training for teachers" (5).
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about the prevalence of discriminatory gender stereotypes in the media, in particular sexist portrayals of women" (5).
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned that some media contribute to the traditional division of roles in the family between men and women." (para 47).
June 7, 2019, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In 2014, 67 journalists were trained and a Manual on Journalistic Good Practices to Combat GBV was published, to promote gender equality in media practices. Participants in the training established a virtual group (Voices) to further debate the way to implement gender sensitive journalism. Social communication is required to abstain from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation or disabilities, among others, while declarations found to incite to hatred are liable for criminal sanctions (Law 70/VII/2010, Law 71/VII/2010, Law 73/VII/2010, published 16 August, and Law No. 90/VIII/2015, published 4 July). The Social Communication Regulatory Authority (ARC), established in 2011 (paragraph 205 of CCD), in its 2016 annual report analyses the diversity...more
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Achieving a balanced gender ratio in scientific leadership positions, scientific bodies and young scientific/artistic staff is one of the targets of Austria’s outcome-oriented budget management. Having a balanced gender ratio in research, teaching and academic administration is one of the priorities of the Austrian University Development Plan for 2016 to 2021" (9). "In 2011, an Anti-Sexism Committee was integrated into the complaint procedure at the Austrian Advertising Council. The Committee provides academic expertise on complaints about gender-based discrimination in advertising. The Committee’s assessment informs the Council’s opinion on whether to recommend withdrawing the commercial in question. This is only a recommendation, however, and not a binding decision. The number of...more
May 28, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes, including by promoting the sharing of household duties and parenting responsibilities, in particular to address the stereotyped portrayal of women in the media, including by regulating broadcasting licences and creating the Swedish Media Council in 2011" (6-7). "The media and the advertising sector continue to convey stereotyped and sexualized images of women, and self-regulation does not sufficiently address that issue; The prevalence of pornography and the so-called 'sexualization of the public sphere' in the State party may exacerbate sexual harassment and gender based violence against women and girls" (7).
May 28, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes as positive Act No. 40/1995 Coll. prohibiting sexist and discriminatory advertising, but notes with concern the lack of practical enforcement of the Act and the insufficient capacity of supervisory authorities, including the Regional Trade Office, to promptly identify and remove sexist advertisements" (4).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen

"The ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis hampered media coverage and advocacy of women’s rights and investigations of violations of women’s rights" (36).
May 27, 2019, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The media and the advertising sector continue to convey stereotyped and sexualized images of women and the self-regulation of the media, including under the Advertising Code Foundation, does not sufficiently address the issue" (6).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Ministry of Women’s Affairs also coordinated with several NGOs and local media outlets to produce radio and television programming on topics related to women" (26).
May 14, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In Nigeria, a Nollywood movie called 'Wives on Strike,' about a group of women who band together against a bad husband and father, was so popular it spawned a sequel and a television series" (para 23). "Billboards, talk shows and even hip-hop lyrics remind young women of their rights as wives. Government-sponsored radio programs broadcast sermons teaching women that they have the right to leave failing relationships" (para 26).
May 13, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the legislative and other measures taken to address discriminatory stereotypes and notes the pilot projects relating to the portrayal of transgender persons in the media. It is nevertheless concerned that: (…) (b) Stereotyped and sexualized images of women continue to appear in the media and advertisements; (c) Stereotyped media portrayals and negative images of ethnic minority women and migrant women undermine their ability to become better integrated into society" (7).
May 11, 2019, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"A recent documentary by Alejandra Perdomo, titled “Every 30 Hours,” found that gendered violence in Argentina kills one woman every 30 hours" (para 10). "While Argentina has been a pioneer in implementing laws defending the rights of the LGBTI community over the past decade during the progressive administrations of Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernandez, the country only recently started to measure the extent of the femicide issue, after an accumulation of horrendous murders were covered in the media" (para 13).
May 4, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In 2016 the Ministry of Government submitted a bill that would fine media outlets that published material promoting violence against women" (p. 8).
April 30, 2019, 5:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six months after fleeing a Taliban assault on her city, the owner of an Afghan radio station devoted to women’s rights is back home and returning to the airwaves." (para 1). "Zarghona Hassan is a lifelong activist and the founder of a radio station in Kunduz that until last year reached hundreds of thousands of listeners across northern Afghanistan, where the vast majority of women are illiterate and largely confined to their homes." (para 2). "In northern Afghanistan, where just 15 percent of women can read and write, radio is a rare portal to the outside world. The U.N. Development Program says Shaesta reached up to...more
April 27, 2019, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"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" (7).
April 24, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In August the new commissioner for protection of equality appealed to media to end sensationalist reporting on violence against women, because they tended to only report on cases that involved murder or severe violence" (page 21).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The RS drafted specialized Guidelines on Gender Sensitive Reporting on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and special trainings and workshops for journalists were organized. The media make an integral part of most multisector teams in the FBiH, and special programmes are being developed for gender sensitive reporting on domestic violence. Five scientific researches on domestic violence in the FBiH were carried out, there around 500 different workshops, conferences and public gatherings organized and these events were attended by about 6,000 people" (20).