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Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"In Pakistan, much of society nurtures the traditional belief that the ideal woman is quiet, unopinionated and keeps her life private for the safety and honour of her family. Yet, thousands of ordinary Pakistani women, such as Dananeer, are breaking these tropes on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok by sharing their lives, and opinions, with openness on public accounts" (para 3). "Mahvish Ahmad is a 36-year-old content creator and mother of two, based in Rotterdam. She shares styling videos and life lessons on her Instagram account @mahvishahmad. 'The first time I casually shared that my husband is going to feed the kids and manage their bath time while I go see...more
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).
Sept. 10, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Afghanistan remains a patriarchal society, in which 'male honour' forces women not only to keep their bodies hidden but also to hide their names, according to the Afghan sociologist Ali Kaveh. 'In Afghan society, the best women are those who are not seen and heard. As the saying goes: "The sun and moon haven't seen her",' Mr Kaveh said. 'The harshest and toughest men are the most respected and honourable men in society. If the female members of their family are liberal, they are considered promiscuous and dishonourable'" (para 21-23).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland

"The law provides that women and men have the same legal status and rights. The government enforced the law effectively, although inequalities in pay and promotions persisted in both the public and private sectors. In 2017 the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women noted a persistence of 'discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society.' It also observed a low level of participation of Traveller (a minority traditionally itinerant ethnic group), Roma, and migrant women in political and public life" (10).
Sept. 8, 2021, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"During the economic miracle, women were largely relegated to the domestic sphere or occupied clerical and secretarial roles in offices, largely due to attitudes at that time. '(The older generation) think back then society worked better and the economy was better -- there's that arrogance,' said Choo. Mori and Nikai both said women should remain silent. Choo says their disparaging remarks toward women were examples of traditional and outdated views on the place of women in society, which suggest men should remain the primary breadwinners and women should stay home" (para 12-14).
Aug. 3, 2021, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"These ideals are central to the quintessentially French notion of 'seduction', dating back to the 17th century and predicated on a dynamic in which the man is the séducteur, and the woman’s role is to consent. This, in turn, confers some 'power' on the woman – to spurn the man, to flaunt his love, or to exact favours or payment in return for her attentions. 'Gallantry' is another value inherited from the pre- revolutionary aristocracy that I have been told is inherent in French social dynamics. Karine Peyrsaubes, 50, a local councillor in St-Germain-en-Laye, a market town west of Paris, says: 'I absolutely believe in equality. But I love what...more
June 30, 2021, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"MAGAS, Russia -- Authorities in Russia's mostly Muslim-populated North Caucasus region of Ingushetia have issued a brochure instructing women 'to be deferential' to men" (para 1). "The brochure [issued by 'authorities in Russia's mostly Muslim-populated North Caucasus region of Ingushetia'] calls on Ingush girls 'to remember women's honorable place in Ingush society' and instructs 'a woman of any age to defer to a man of any age... Women's beauty is shyness, politeness, a calm tone and keeping a distance from strangers. Women cannot shout and laugh loudly in public,' the brochure says" (para 5-6). "'Women stand up in the presence of men, showing respect to them no matter how old...more
June 25, 2021, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"'Violence, male dominance and male aggression have existed for years, the tendency to glorify that these things didn’t happen in the past, and that it’s only happening now in our lifetime, is not true. Misogyny has been part of our culture, politics and society for centuries, especially across South Asia,' says Shireen" (para 3).
June 17, 2021, 10:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Rodriguez-Tornes was brought up to be a victim, the court said: Starting at age 5, her mother told her to obey her future husband’s orders and accept spousal abuse, and beat her almost daily to prepare her for the future" (para 3).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, inequalities remain and may widen, if considering...the persistence of gender stereotypes and an unequal share of family responsibilities" (6). "In recent years, there has been a challenge to the traditional female role related only to family and procreation" (12). "In Italy gender stereotypes are still deeply rooted, especially in Southern Regions of the South" (40).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Commissioner for Human Rights the low legal awareness of the population, inability to 'identify' a display of gender based discrimination or case of domestic violence, as well as fixed traditional gender stereotypes in the mass consciousness regarding the place and role of a woman and a man in family and society represent a reason of low frequency of appeals regarding this issue" (12). "Notwithstanding the evident achievements, the main problems remain the same, i.e., lack of political will to implement gender transformations at the management level of the legislative and executive bodies and at the level of local authorities; the low representation level of women in public...more
Feb. 23, 2021, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
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"Gender inequality was another major barrier, in particular the traditional roles girls and young women are expected to perform. While boys' education is valued, girls are expected to take care of domestic chores, look after siblings, and eventually become a wife and mother" (para 9).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:24 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"In most cases, a return to womanhood takes place when the child enters puberty. The parents almost always make that decision" (para 5).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee reiterates its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/IND/CO/3, para. 11) and urges the State party...To put in place without delay a comprehensive national campaign and strategy, with specific goals and timelines, to eliminate patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes that discriminate against women, in accordance with article 2 (f) of the Convention; (c) To strengthen its awareness-raising and educational efforts, targeting both women and men, with the involvement of civil society and community leaders, to eliminate all harmful traditional practices and to collaborate with the media to enhance a positive, non-stereotypical and non-discriminatory portrayal of women" (8).
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"[E]ren, wanted a subservient bride, and he said a Syrian woman would be suitable" (para 19).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"In Iran, values concerning the role of women in society are inscribed in the constitution which states it is the 'duty' of Iranian women to raise children within the respect of religion" (para 4).
Dec. 24, 2020, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"As men leave to fight, tens of thousands of women are becoming heads-of-households, responsible for meeting the urgent needs of their vulnerable families and communities" (para 9).
Dec. 23, 2020, 10:47 p.m.
Countries: India
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"Communal violence is also the ground where women from minority community are subjected to serious sexual and physical abuse. This is what creates the sense of social insecurity, weakening their movements in a serious manner. It’s not that Muslim women don’t want reforms or parity in social matters; it’s not that Muslim men are able to hegemonize the situation due to religion or due to what Koran says. The issue at stake is the physical insecurity due to which Muslim women’s groups have remained comparatively weak and unable to assert themselves within the community and society. There surely are number of groups from amongst the Muslim community asking for equality,...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"A locally conducted study in a metropolitan city of the country has shown that gender roles are repeated and culture and religion are used in socializing girls and boys to these roles. However, it is yet unclear why gender roles are reiterated, which mechanisms and processes society use to reinforce and naturalize them and what implications they have on women’s personalities, lifestyles and health" (para 6). "Women are not considered individuals and therefore have no identity and rights; a woman is a daughter, sister, wife or mother. They have to cover themselves from head to toe, remain within the house and comfort and obey those on whom their identities rely...more
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee urges the State party to intensify its efforts to overcome persistent stereotypes that are discriminatory against women, including through awareness-raising campaigns emphasizing the equal status and responsibilities of women and men in the private and public spheres through human rights education, the training of teaching staff with respect to gender equality and the revision of educational textbooks to eliminate gender stereotypes" (para 25).
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: Thailand

"Patriarchy in Thailand has a long history. The Three Sealed Laws allowed men to absolutely control and own their wives and daughters, even to sell them. Women were regarded as property. The old saying, 'Woman is a buffalo while Man is a human' reflects this attitude which still persists today. Thai Tradition believes that a woman should stay and work at home, while a man should work outside. Domestic violence is an affair that falls into the private sphere. If an abused wife tells the public or reports to the police station, the community will mark her as a bad and unfaithful wife."
Nov. 30, 2020, 11:21 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands

"In the Solomon Islands, women are generally regarded as having a lower social status than men and there are gender inequalities in many areas of life. Women are expected to be obedient, faithful, perform household chores, defer to their husband on decision making and bear children. Physical punishment is often used to discipline women who are seen as stepping outside their prescribed gender role... Men gave the following reasons for intimate partner violence: alcohol, gender inequality, justified as discipline, bride price. Male perpetrators most often become angry with their wives for not conforming to traditional gender roles e.g. not preparing food on time or completing housework, refusing sex, being disobedient...more
Nov. 23, 2020, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"It is concerned, however, at the persistence of adverse cultural norms, practices and traditions as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men in the family and society. It notes that stereotypes contribute to the persistence of violence against women as well as harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, levirate and sororate, child marriage, polygamy, repudiation, and food prohibitions or taboos. The Committee is also concerned that the State party has not taken sufficient action to modify or eliminate such stereotypes and harmful practices" (Art. 18).
Nov. 12, 2020, 7:39 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/KAZ/CO/2, para. 13) and remains concerned at the persistence of some forms of harmful practices and traditions and patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, in particular those portraying women as caregivers. The Committee notes that such stereotypes contribute to the increased harmful practice of child marriage and polygamy among certain ethnic groups, and hence to the disadvantaged and unequal status of women in society" (Article 16).
Oct. 30, 2020, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the persistence of harmful traditional practices, patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men in all spheres of life. The Committee expresses concern that such norms, customs and practices justify and perpetuate discrimination against women, including violence against women and the persistence of harmful traditional practices, such as food taboos, early and forced marriage, and levirate marriage. It regrets that no sustained and systematic action has been taken by the State party to modify or eliminate such harmful traditional practices, patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes" (Article 13).
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
Oct. 19, 2020, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"However, the Committee expresses its deep concern at the persistence of adverse cultural norms, practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles, responsibilities and identities of women and men in the family (according to which men are considered breadwinners and women family caregivers), in the workplace, in politics and in society" (Article 21).
Sept. 26, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

" a wife is responsible for looking after the household and obeying her husband" (para 12).
Aug. 31, 2020, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

“[Fawzia] Koofi writes in her memoir that she saw him beat her mother badly, tearing out chunks of her hair. But Koofi's mother loved him. This was the way in Afghanistan [in the 70's]. Her mother was dignified, strong, yet at the same time she believed that women obeyed their husbands. When wives failed to please their husbands, they had earned a beating” (Para 34). “While her mother was pregnant with [Fawzia] Koofi, her father took a seventh wife, a 14-year-old. That depressed her mother terribly, and her pregnancy was troubled. ‘She was pale, sick and exhausted’, Koofi wrote. Her mother prayed she would give birth to a boy. After...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

“My name is Julienne Lusenge and I’m an activist for women’s rights in the DRC…If women speak out about what is going on in my region, if they come to public meetings and raise their hands they get called prostitutes, they are considered ‘bad’ women. There are those who talk to our husbands and try to win them round psychologically by saying, ‘hey mind your woman, why do you let her speak out and leave all the time? That’s not a wife, why don’t you get a proper wife?’ Some women lose their husband and their home because of their work” (para 2, 14). “My name is Julienne Lusenge and...more