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Latest items for ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

Sept. 12, 2023, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: China

" 'The Communist Party aggressively perpetuates traditional gender norms and reduces women to their roles as reproductive tools for the state, dutiful wives, mothers and baby breeders in the home,' Leta Hong Fincher, a Hong Kong-American writer, wrote in the Washington Post. 'The party also is carrying out an unprecedented crackdown on feminist activists because China's all-male rulers seem to think that China's entire security state would collapse were it not for the subjugation of women' " (para 8-9). "All forms of activism are viewed as a form of civil disobedience that the CCP cannot afford to tolerate, meaning that progressive ideas such as gender equality are viewed as potentially...more
Aug. 8, 2023, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria

"[A] concept of traditional family values that confines women solely to the role of mothers with domestic responsibilities and the lack of a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of discriminatory stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society [are being promoted]" (5).
July 21, 2023, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan

"In 2013, a particular emphasis was put to the involvement of women in public agencies and decision-making processes, including their participation in intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental sectors. It sought to develop various training programs on women’s leadership and organize events enabled both men and women to combine their family and corporate commitments" (3). "[The Society of Women for Rational Development] implements the Family Academy project since 2017 in collaboration with municipalities while noting the capacities of those institutions in places to increase the activeness and participation of women in the society and ensuring equality of men and women within a family as a support to the State family policies" (34).more
July 10, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Maldives

"On the Committee’s CO regarding temporary special measures (TSMs) in the Gender Equality Act and implementation of these, including measures to address the disadvantages and inequalities faced by women outside Male and in remote islands, migrant women, women with disabilities and women heads of household, since 2008, under the leadership of the MOGFSS, efforts have been made to establish TSMs among political parties to increase women’s leadership, but with no success. There is no specific study or finding however, below are some challenges that women face in competing and winning: Women find in difficult to get funds and lack of support they receive from families and community in participating politics;...more
June 20, 2023, 9:30 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua

"At the heart of the system of production, consumption and commerce are rural families, in which women participate actively on an equal basis in the various production chains, which in turn contributes to their empowerment and economic independence." (29).
March 31, 2023, 2:31 p.m.
Countries: Egypt

"[T]he persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deeply rooted discriminatory stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which stress the role of women as mothers and caregivers, particularly in rural and remote areas" (6).
March 8, 2023, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"[M]any citizens have a stereotypical view of gender roles, both in private and family life and in the public sphere. More than half of the citizens are of the opinion that as a rule, men are better political leaders, who possess better leadership skills and that they should occupy leading positions in society, while one in two citizens believes that successful business women must inevitably neglect their families" (32). "A research of the Women’s Political Network on Violence against Women in Politics in Montenegro... showed that despite the steps forward, a number of systemic shortcomings remained a challenge to women’s political participation, and that patriarchal attitudes, prejudices and insufficient interest...more
Feb. 24, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Nepal

"The Education Act of 1971 provisions 33%-50% of seats for women to partake in all educational management decision-making bodies, from district-level school policy entities to the national level, and the participation of women in School Management Committees has been increasing." (41)(NF - CODER COMMENT - The mandate of including women in the decision-making process in educational decisions implies that women were typically not involved in these decisions nor were they considered the main voice).
Feb. 19, 2023, 1:18 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria

“While the law provides women the same legal status and rights as men, women faced some discrimination in economic participation and political empowerment. The law provides for equal opportunities in all spheres of public, economic, and political life; equal access to public resources; equal treatment; exclusion of gender-based discrimination and violence; balanced representation of men and women in all decision-making bodies; and overcoming gender-based stereotypes” (p. 23). “Women faced discrimination in employment, in the workplace, and in access to pension benefits and retirement” (p. 23).
Feb. 6, 2023, 12:07 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"The Committee [on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women] is concerned…about the reliance on the legally undefined terms of morality, ethics and traditional family values in the context of the ongoing large-scale inventory of legislation, which can be used to undermine women’s rights" (2). "The Committee remains concerned about the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, exacerbated by growing religious influence, and the lack of a comprehensive strategy to address such gender stereotypes" (5).
Jan. 7, 2023, 10:02 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"'They must have someone,' Sadeq Akif Muhajir, a spokesperson for the ministry for the propagation of virtue and prevention of vice told Rukhsana Media recently. '[Women] have brothers or nephews.' (para 21).
Jan. 6, 2023, 8:24 p.m.
Countries: China

" '[Tan Weiwei's new] song has received some opposition, because [some] feel uncomfortable criticising the patriarchal Chinese culture,' ...says [activist Lu Pin]" (para 21).
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).