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Latest items for WAM-PRACTICE-1

Aug. 26, 2020, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“[Mayor of NYC,] Mr. Bloomberg[,] is taking on the popular, unattainable notions of beauty promoted by professional image-makers with a campaign that tells girls that they are beautiful the way they are. Mainly through bus and subway ads, the campaign aims to reach girls from about 7 to 12 years old, who are at risk of negative body images… The ads show girls of different races and sizes, some playing sports and one in a wheelchair. Each one ends with the campaign’s overall slogan: ‘I’m beautiful the way I am.’ City officials and experts in adolescent health said it was the first campaign aimed at female body image that they...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland

“In September 2010, the secretary of the Muslim Community of Basel was acquitted of publicly inciting crime and violence. The charges were pressed after the 33-year-old made comments in a Swiss television documentary saying that Islamic Sharia law should be introduced in Switzerland and that unruly wives should be beaten. The judge said the defendant was protected by freedom of expression” (para 14).
Aug. 10, 2020, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, WAM-LAW-1

“Two weeks ago, Wajeha Al-Huweidar and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, two Saudi activists, were sentenced to 10 months in prison and a two-year travel restriction for ‘corrupting’ Nathalie Morin, a Canadian national who has been trying to leave Saudi Arabia, for the past several years. Al-Huweidar and al-Oyouni gained, along with others, international visibility when they openly violated their country’s ban against women driving in 2011. Huweidar’s personal experience attests to the driving ban’s real and daily impact. When her mother developed a heart condition, Huweidar had to wait during critically important hours until a man could drive her to the city where her mother lived. A prominent and tireless activist, she...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“Bao was fired as the vice-president of a Chinese oil company and resigned from his role advising the tech giant ZTE after the allegations and an interview with the victim were published in Chinese media this week” (para 3). “According to Chinese media, Xingxing reported the allegations to police in April 2019, but the investigation was closed before the month was out” (para 10).
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“But the current mutiny began in February with a trio of macabre, headline-grabbing femicides that shocked the nation and highlighted the government’s failure to protect women. First came the killing of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla on 9 February. She was stabbed and skinned by her partner before having a picture of her corpse splashed onto a local tabloid’s front page. Two days later a seven-year-old girl, Fátima Cecilia Aldrighetti Antón, was abducted and murdered in Mexico City, adding to the outcry. In Tijuana, meanwhile, all eyes were on a third crime: the murder of Marbella Valdez Villarreal, a 20-year-old student whose body was found on a rubbish dump on 8 February....more
Aug. 9, 2020, 8:29 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"So you would never see an assignment, like the school in Utah, which forced girls to go on dates with male classmates, telling girls to 'keep it to yourself' if they feel fat" (para 20).
Aug. 9, 2020, 8:25 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Sic of media, treating women as sex objects? That doesn't fly in Iceland, where a law bans gender discriminatory advertising" (para 1). "Iceland has no time for sexist books or assignments either" (para 19). "This applies to public advertising too. No ad may belittle any gender or go against the country's fierce mission to achieve gender equality" (para 25).
July 15, 2020, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"As such, Iran’s education system, media and religious institutions must all be marshaled to combat these notions of paternal ownership, female purity and social reputation" (para 11).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Under the IPA project Strengthening Media Freedom, a Report on the Situation regarding Gender Equality and the Status of Women in the Media has been prepared and will serve as the baseline document for the working party tasked with drafting the future strategy for the development of the public information system" (15). ". One of the advantages of prospective projects that are taken into account when awarding the funds is the contribution they would have to public information and improvement of the status and equality of all segments of the society, which has boosted the number and quality of the media projects addressing the issue of improving the status of...more
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In September a video clip of a Johannesburg woman on a bus beating a pupil with a disability went viral. In the clip the pupil, who has bipolar disorder, is seen being beaten with bare fists. The bus driver is seen stopping the altercation and forcefully pushing the child off the bus. The attacker, a school cook, was charged with assault and suspended. The bus driver was also suspended" (30). "In March a video clip of a white man threatening to attack a black woman inside a restaurant went viral on social media. The man had approached the woman to alert her that his child was bullied by her child,...more
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Much publicity was given to women devoting themselves for the good of the society and collective, building harmonious family and being exemplary in the upbringing and education of children. In particular, feature films, novels and plays criticizing such practices as disregarding women’s role and persisting in male chauvinistic attitudes were produced for wide dissemination. As a result, awareness of the position and roles of women in society and family was raised significantly and the atmosphere of respecting women and giving prominence to them has been fostered on a higher degree" (11).
May 15, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The media and the advertising sector continue to convey stereotyped and sexualized images of women" (7).
May 12, 2020, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Seventy-one percent of ever-married women and 30% of ever-married men age 15-49 reported hearing a family planning message in the past few months on television. Fifty-eight percent of women and 24% of men were exposed to family planning messages from print media such as newspapers, magazines, posters, bulletins, or booklets. Overall, women appear to be more exposed to family planning messages than men; 17% of women and 55% of men have no exposure to family planning messages in any of the four types of mass media assessed (radio, television, print media, and the Internet)" (pg 110).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"The survey gathered information on exposure to family planning messages in the media among women and men age 15-49. In the few months prior to the survey, 23% of women and 44% of men heard a family planning message on the television; which makes television the most likely source of family planning messages. Respondents were also exposed to family planning messages via radio (2% of women and 7% of men), newspapers (3% of women and 19% of men), and mobile phones (1% of women and 2% of men). Despite these messages appearing in various media, 76% of women and 51% of men were not exposed to any family planning messages...more
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