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Latest items for ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

July 6, 2022, 10:35 a.m.
Countries: Djibouti

"In 2002, the Government enacted a law on the family that enhances the protection of women and children. These initiatives have yielded substantial results" (6).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname

"Breaking with the false assumption that some values are private, traditional or cultural in order to justify or perpetuate gender inequality or male dominance (sexual harassment, (domestic) violence (against women), position of women in decision making)" (42).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia

"Socioeconomic factors, women’s household responsibilities, as well as a lack of opportunities for women to gain leadership skills played a role in limiting women’s political participation, as did their lack of access to the informal, male-dominated communication networks that form the foundation of the country’s politics" (30).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia

"Men are the ones who make decisions for the government. Women are not in leadership position nor are women at the table where decisions are being made" (1).
Oct. 15, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Qatar

"'The government in Qatar don’t want women to know the rules,' she said. 'They want men to have power and control. So if laws are changed, the government don’t inform women and when they introduce restrictions they don’t tell them that clearly, either. These laws exist in a nefarious way and women have to base decisions on an assumption that they must be obedient to men'" (para 8).
Oct. 8, 2021, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Israel

"After a three-week period of internal elections, Hamas on Sunday announced the new members of its political bureau, which is the organization’s highest decision-making body. The 15-member political bureau will for the first time have a female member, Jamila Alshanti, of Gaza" (para 1). "She told The Media Line that women 'on the working level, were already inside the political bureau because we have our own shura [council], administrative and organizational bodies, and we have representatives at the general regional shura office as well. The relationship with our brothers in the movement is based on consultation and we are very close to the decision-making' process" (para 14).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala

"'Here, there is still the sexist attitude that women are not capable of making decisions, for example,' said Trujillo. 'That is why they earn a quarter less than their male colleagues and why there are just 10 women among the 340 mayors in Guatemala'" (para 11).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Traditional societal practices continue to limit women’s participation in politics and activities outside the home and community, including the need to have a male escort or permission to work. These factors, in addition to an education and experience gap, likely contributed to the central government’s male-dominated composition. The 2016 electoral law mandates that 25 percent of all provincial, district, and village council seats 'shall be allocated to female candidates.' Neither district nor village councils were established by year’s end" (27).
June 30, 2021, 9:05 p.m.
Countries: Mexico

"Some say that the concept of women's rights has a different meaning within the patriarchal framework of Indian society. Social worker Mendoza argues that the Western concept of equal rights is jarring within the Indian context. Mendoza regularly makes the back-wrenching, four-hour journey from the city of Tlapa, where she now lives, to Metlatonoc in order to teach Mixtec women to value their traditional roles. At the same time, she encourages women to pursue an education and to demand a role in community decision-making" (para 28-29).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Japan

"Yayoi Kimura, a Liberal Democratic member of the House of Representatives who endorsed the letter, said that when she co-sponsored a bill to provide a tax break for unmarried parents, some of her male colleagues argued that most single mothers were either mistresses of rich men or hyperambitious career women who did not need government assistance. The measure passed, Ms. Kimura said, because women of all parties banded together to vote it through" (para 22-23).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan

"Cultural traditions discourage women from working outside the home, according to Mashooque Birhamani, SSO’s chief executive officer. While he hopes this will change one day, male community members are stepping up in the meantime. 'We men think that we must work for the rights of girls and women,' Birhamani tells TakePart. 'These issues are basic issues that are keeping our society from progressing. The time will come when women will be empowered and they will replace men and work for their rights' (para 2-3).
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu

“The Committee is concerned…at the persistence of discriminatory gender stereotypes and patriarchal attitudes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which prevent women from asserting their rights and actively participating in decision - making and other aspects of political and public life. The Committee is particularly concerned about the insufficient measures taken to address the prevalence of such discriminatory stereotypes” (4-5) According to the Committee, Vanuatu experiences patriarchal attitudes in both society and the family. The Committee also asserts that the government has not sufficiently intervened to change these discriminatory practices (CODER COMMENT-MLB).
Oct. 30, 2020, 12:32 a.m.
Countries: Greece

"The Committee continues to be seriously concerned about patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in all spheres of life and the State party’s limited efforts to tackle such discriminatory practices. The Committee is concerned that such customs and practices perpetuate discrimination against women and girls and that they are reflected in women’s disadvantaged and unequal status in many areas, including education, public life and decision-making, as well as in the persistence of violence against women. It is also concerned that, to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate stereotypes and negative traditional values and practices" (Article...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan

"Despite the fact that Article 34 of the Constitution guarantees the equality of rights and duties of husband and wife in family relations, patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes regarding the roles of women and men in the family and in society are still deep-rooted in Azerbaijan" (3).
June 22, 2020, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"It is, however, important to recognise that, at least in theory, this system of control is framed as a mutual set of rights and obligations, whereby Afghan men are expected to provide for the entire family and treat women in an appropriate fashion, and there is scope for women to wield a degree of influence within the domestic sphere" (pg 2).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea

"The surveys revealed that the concepts and practices of male ‘superiority’ lingering in society and families even after the adoption of the Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women were ascribable to the lack of understanding by the general public of the State policy and laws as well as incomplete elimination of traditional assumptions and attitudes, necessitating proactive measures to address them" (10-11).
April 20, 2020, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"On 17 March, women from five regions of Tunisia travelled to the capital, Tunis, to meet members of parliament and representatives of ministries for the first time, and raise the issue of female development priorities, which has been long-neglected. They also made their voices heard at the World Social Forum, which ran in Tunis from 24-28 March. Ben Ahmad and other women in Azmour say they want easier and more transparent access to social services, and better roads between villages and urban centres. Most importantly, they want to establish a committee of local men and women to follow up on the progress and implementation of development projects in their region....more
April 4, 2020, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Rwanda

"There is a general lack of acceptance of women in decision-making positions and reluctance to implement decisions made by them" (5). "The Committee is also concerned about the persisting inequality between women and men with respect to leadership positions in the private sector" (9).
Feb. 11, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"Politically, Iraqi women have very limited influence and power to contribute to decision-making. To some extent, this is a direct consequence of the re-emergence of political authoritarianism under Prime Minister Al-Maliki: all political actors experience the systematic side-lining of political opposition, the lack of rule of law and widespread political violence. However, women are particularly marginalized in a context where they are perceived as incapable of leading and strategizing, where social attitudes have shifted towards more conservative gender norms, and where armed violence, political intimidation, attacks on political opponents as well as rampant corruption are shaping politics" (para. 4).
Dec. 14, 2019, 3:15 p.m.
Countries: South Korea

"Others also reject long-held roles for women in South Korea, including motherhood. 'This traditional role enforced on us from a boys-only soccer field at school, to a boys club in a company office already makes us second-class citizens, and I don't want to be used as a tool simply for baby-making,' said Jung Se-young, a co-host on Baeck's Youtube channel" (para 24).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria

"Women and minorities generally participated in the political system without formal restriction, although significant cultural and social barriers largely excluded women from decision-making positions" (Pg 42).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia

"That discriminatory stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family are deeply rooted in the State party and that women continue to bear a disproportionate share of family and household responsibilities" (5).
July 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary

"Representation of women in public life, however, was very low. Women constituted 10 percent of members of parliament, and there were no female ministers. Only 13 percent of sub-cabinetlevel government state secretaries were women. In May 2016 the UN Working Group on the Issue of Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice, in a statement following an official visit, noted 'pervasive and severe gender stereotyping of women which undoubtedly contributed to their low level of political participation.' The working group expressed concern over 'some public officials who legitimize and justify the low representation of women in politics'" (Pg 23).
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep

"No laws limit participation of women and/or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. Five of the 34 cabinet members were women, as was the senior presidential advisor for national reconciliation. There were 12 women among the 140 members of parliament. Some observers believed traditional attitudes and cultural practices limited the ability of women to participate in political life on the same basis as men. In November 2016 the National Assembly passed a gender equality law. The law outlaws gender discrimination and establishes quotas for women’s representation in elective offices, and public and private institutions. It also establishes an independent National Observatory for Male/Female Equality to...more
July 9, 2019, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Zambia

"There were no laws or cultural or traditional practices preventing women or members of minorities from voting, running for office, serving as electoral monitors, or otherwise participating in political life on the same basis as men or nonminority citizens. The Zambia National Women’s Lobby 2014 Gender Audit Report on the private and public sectors revealed low participation of women in decision-making positions within several government and quasi-government institutions and political parties. For instance the report revealed women’s participation in national executive committees of all political parties was very low, with the highest level of participation being 40 percent" (Pg 17).
June 28, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: South Sudan

"Women tended to be discouraged from assuming leadership positions because of the belief such activities conflicted with their domestic duties" (Pg 30). "Women also experienced discrimination in employment, pay, credit, education, inheritance, housing, and ownership and management of businesses or land. Although women have the right to own property and land under the transitional constitution, community elders often sought to prevent women from exercising these rights because they contradict customary practice, and the deceased husband’s family often usurped land. Traditional beliefs tended to discourage women from assuming leadership positions because of the belief this undermined fulfillment of domestic duties" (Pg 37).
June 26, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Somalia

"Cultural/traditional practices that prevented women from participating fully in political life included the popular notions that women should stay at home, the lack of legitimacy given to women in politics by traditional elders, and women’s own reluctance to participate in the political process" (Pg 29).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria

"In order to overcome gender-based stereotypes, a number of projects, public events and studies were carried out. The organisation Gender Platform held a subsidised workshop series in 2011, 2012 and 2014. The aim was to raise awareness about gender-based stereotypes, increase self-reflection and find a more gender-sensitive approach to schooling and teaching. The target group were educational institutions such as schools and kindergartens" (11-12).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which perpetuate the subordination of women in the family and in society, which is reflected in the educational and professional choices of women, their limited participation in political and public life and in the labour market and their unequal status in family relations. The Committee recalls that such discriminatory stereotypes are also root causes of gender-based violence against women and notes with concern that the State party has not yet taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory stereotypes" (5).more
May 28, 2019, 9:34 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which consider women primarily to be mothers and caregivers, discriminate against women and perpetuate their subordination within the family and society, restrict women’s educational and professional choices and their participation in political and public life and in the labour market, and perpetuate their unequal status in family relations. The Committee recalls that such stereotypes are among the root causes of violence against women and expresses its concern that, to date, the State party has not taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory...more