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Latest items for GP-DATA-5

Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-5

"The PNP and the Social Welfare Department (DSWD) both maintained help desks to assist survivors of violence against women and to encourage reporting. In addition, the DSWD operated residential centers and community-based programs to assist women and children who were victims of rape, domestic violence, and other abuse. By the end of the second quarter, the DSWD reported it had assisted 194 women and girls who were, specifically victims of rape. With the assistance of NGOs, the CHR, and the Philippine Commission on Women, law enforcement officers continued to receive gender sensitivity training to deal with victims of sexual crimes and domestic violence. The PNP maintained a women and children’s...more
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Outside of the Ministry of Women and Human Rights, there is the Somali National Women's Association (SNWA). The SNWA has been around for over fifty decades. The SNWA building is adjacent to the National Theatre of Somalia. SNWA receives funding from International donors" (1).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1, GP-DATA-5

"The Federal Institute for the Equality of Men and Women is responsible for promoting gender equality and may initiate lawsuits if it discovers violations of equality laws. Most complaints received during the year were work related and most concerned the termination of employment due to pregnancy. Economic discrimination against women continued. According to Eurostat, women’s hourly wage rates were 6 percent less than those of their male colleagues in 2017. The law requires that one-third of the board members of publicly traded companies, but not private ones, be women" (16).
Dec. 3, 2021, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-LAW-3, GP-DATA-5

"The law allows third parties to file domestic violence reports. The government encouraged abused women to file complaints with the appropriate authorities and offered the victim protection against the abuser. The government’s Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights operated 39 safe houses and 26 emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and maintained an around-the-clock telephone service. Safe-house services included food, shelter, health assistance, and legal assistance. The government-sponsored Mission against Domestic Violence conducted an awareness campaign, trained health professionals, proposed legislation to improve legal assistance to victims, and negotiated protocols with local authorities to assist victims" (10).
Dec. 3, 2021, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2, GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-5

"The law criminalizes physical, sexual, and psychological violence in the home or community and at work. The law punishes perpetrators of domestic violence with penalties ranging from six to 27 months in prison. The law requires police to report domestic violence to judicial authorities and obligates hospital personnel to notify authorities when admitting patients who are victims of domestic abuse. Police generally were reluctant to intervene to prevent domestic violence and were not properly trained to handle such cases. The law also establishes women’s bureaus at local police headquarters and tribunals specializing in gender-based violence, and two-thirds of states had specialized courts. The Public Ministry’s Women’s Defense Department employed a...more
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"In September 2017 congress approved the State Plan against Gender Violence, with a budget of one billion euros ($1.1 billion) over five years, to support efforts to counter the problem. On August 9, the government approved an additional 20 million euros ($22 million) to municipalities to fight gender violence until June 30, 2020, under the framework of plan. It also allocated more than 5.26 million euros ($5.77 million) to institutional campaigns to combat gender-based violence, trafficking, and childhood sexual abuse within the existing framework of the plan" (15).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The GoIRA has taken practical measures to enhance women’s accessibility to formal justice system such as: (…) The judicial institutions where women who are victims of violence can seek justice consist of EVAW attorneys in 34 provinces as well as special EVAW courts in Kabul and 15 provinces. Women can seek justice in criminal courts if no special EVAW court exists in the province" (4). "[T]he AGO has established the Deputy Office for EVAW, juvenile delinquency, supporting human rights, primary, appeal, and high investigations attorney directorates in the capital and the provinces, and social interrogators’ departments for EVAW. Women victims can also register their cases and access to justice in...more
Oct. 25, 2021, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Under the Posh Act, complaint committees must be led by a woman and include at least one outside expert in the field of sexual harassment. The committees have the power of a civil court to subpoena witnesses and evidence, and can recommend remedies, including actions against the alleged perpetrator ranging from fines to termination" (para 9). "The Posh Act was created to give women an alternative to the courts, said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director for Human Rights Watch. 'More people are reluctant to go to the police or go to the court — that is almost always a barrier for people to report because they find that it could...more
Oct. 15, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-5, NGOFW-DATA-1

"There are no anti-discrimination laws in Qatar, no agency you can go to if you want to complain. There are no functioning women’s rights organisations who can monitor how women are treated or hold the government to account" (para 11).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana, Ghana
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-4, GP-DATA-5

"Reintegration is also the strategy currently being championed by the Presbyterian Church’s Gambaga Outcast Home Project as well as by Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children, and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, who has indicated that the government of Ghana plans to close down all the outcast homes in Northern Region" (para 27).
June 29, 2021, 8:45 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"[T]he legislation... establishes a special government office for Female Yazidi Survivors' Affairs, which will open in northern Iraq's Ninawa province" (para 9).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Basilicata regional Act No. 9/1999, establishing an ad hoc Fund for women victims of violence; Friuli Venezia Giulia regional Act No. 17/2000,... Abruzzo regional Act No. 31/2006,... Latium regional Act No. 64/1993, ...Campania regional Act No. 11/2005,... Liguria regional Act dated 6 March 2007,...Calabria regional Act No. 20/2007,... Sardinia regional Act No. 8/2007, implementing projects on violence against women and centres against violence" (27). "... the Department approved 28 projects, the budget of which amounted to 3,404,629 Euros. However, in the absence of a decree of allocation and allotment, these resources have been charged to the 'Fund for the policies relating to rights and equal opportunities'. Instead, the resources devoted...more
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes that changes in the allocation of Government funding from needs-based to 'commissioning' frameworks, and the gender neutral interpretation of the Gender Equality Duty, have had a negative impact on funding to women’s organizations and the provision of 'women-only' services, in particular domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centres. Despite the establishment by the Government of an interim short-term emergency fund, the Committee notes with concern the impending closure of a number of rape crisis centres, as well as of domestic violence shelters, women’s health organizations and black, minority and ethnic women’s organizations" (7).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"There is the Department for Family, Gender Policy and Counter Human Trafficking in the MSP as of the date of making the Report, which is a coordinating body for creating and implementing gender policy in Ukraine. The Interagency Board on Family, Gender Equality, Demographic Development and Counter Human Trafficking and the Expert Council for Sex Discrimination Issues are established to prevent discrimination, ensure equal rights and opportunities for women and men, prevent gender based violence, and human trafficking. There are Interagency Boards for family policy issues, ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men, preventing domestic violence, and human trafficking acting on the local level" (9). "One of the...more
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“The Out-of-Court Dispute Settlement Centre is staffed by lawyers and trainee lawyers. It provides information and legal consultations and ensures that the principle of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, social or cultural status or insufficient financial means is respected and that people know and can exercise and defend their rights and legitimate interests” (pp. 6). “The great potential and transformative nature of the quest to advance women’s rights and the cross-cutting approach taken by the Angolan Government form the basis for clear innovations in the efforts to implement the provisions of the Convention, as reflected in: The Organic Statute of the Ministry of Family and Promotion of Women, which...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"But Superintendent Pili Simon Misungwi, who heads the gender desk at the Shinyanga district police station, dismisses any claims of wrongdoing by her staff. In 2008, the Tanzanian government requested that every police station have such a specialist unit, with trained personnel who could handle cases of gender-based violence and child abuse across the country" (para 34-35). "And Misungwi says it is the lack of police resources, rather than corruption, that has contributed to the prevalence of child marriage in the region. 'When the government is giving budgets to ministries like Home Affairs, they don't have a separate pot of money for the police gender desk,' she says. As a...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Girls Court brings an all-hands-on-deck approach to the lives of vulnerable girls, linking them to social service agencies, providing informal Saturday sessions on everything from body image to legal jargon, and offering a team of adults in whom they can develop trust. And while still in its early years, the system is showing promise. Founded two and a half years ago and carved out of the existing juvenile court, the Girls Court is for young women considered most at risk, especially those forced into prostitution. It is part of a network of a half-dozen or so Girls Courts around the country, each with a different emphasis. The results have been...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“The declaration [from the President of Sierra Leone] calls for a special police division to handle sexual assault cases involving minors. Most significantly, it calls for life imprisonment for those convicted of raping children” (para 10).
Dec. 17, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Through chemical castration, drugs are used to reduce a person’s sex drive. A number of countries have employed the punishment for convicted sex offenders and pedophiles, in many cases in exchange for more lenient prison sentences. They include Australia, Russia, South Korea and the United States. However, there are many skeptics of the procedure, which was first performed in the 1940s.“Chemical castration risks offering a false solution, and a simple one, to what is inevitably a complex and difficult problem,” said Heather Barr, a senior researcher on women’s rights with Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organization. “Protecting children from sexual abuse requires a complex and carefully calibrated set of...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Australia, Russia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Through chemical castration, drugs are used to reduce a person’s sex drive. A number of countries have employed the punishment for convicted sex offenders and pedophiles, in many cases in exchange for more lenient prison sentences. They include Australia, Russia, South Korea and the United States. However, there are many skeptics of the procedure, which was first performed in the 1940s.“Chemical castration risks offering a false solution, and a simple one, to what is inevitably a complex and difficult problem,” said Heather Barr, a senior researcher on women’s rights with Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organization. “Protecting children from sexual abuse requires a complex and carefully calibrated set of...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Through chemical castration, drugs are used to reduce a person’s sex drive. A number of countries have employed the punishment for convicted sex offenders and pedophiles, in many cases in exchange for more lenient prison sentences. They include Australia, Russia, South Korea and the United States. However, there are many skeptics of the procedure, which was first performed in the 1940s.“Chemical castration risks offering a false solution, and a simple one, to what is inevitably a complex and difficult problem,” said Heather Barr, a senior researcher on women’s rights with Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organization. “Protecting children from sexual abuse requires a complex and carefully calibrated set of...more
Dec. 5, 2020, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“The government will also establish a so-called 'national security task force' on sexual- and gender-based violence” (para 4).
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“The Committee…notes the establishment of a high-level working group to address women’s access to justice, and that legal assistance is provided through the Public Solicitor’s Office” (3). “The Committee…remains concerned, however, about the insufficient human, technical and financial resources allocated to the Department [Women’s Affairs] to date to coordinate and work effectively for the promotion of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in all policies and programmes across all sectors and levels of government” (3) The Committee believes that the government’s financial support for the department is insufficient (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 26, 2020, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“[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 that can lead to eating disorders, drinking, acting out sexually, suicide and bullying… 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...more
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:41 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

“Tunisia has abolished a decades-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims…The announcement came a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to lift the ban…arguing that existing practice violates Tunisia’s constitution…He created a commission, led by a female lawyer and rights activists, aimed at drafting revised rules" (para 1, 3-4).
July 28, 2020, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) provide holistic, culturally safe legal and non-legal assistance, casework, counselling and court support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence (nationally 90% of their clients are women and their children). FVPLS also undertake important community legal education and early intervention and prevention work. Currently, FVPLS are only funded by the Commonwealth Government to service specified regional and remote locations, leaving vast swathes of the country un-serviced. Thirteen (13) of the 14 FVPLSs operating across Australia have received no increase in core funding since 2013-14. Further, over the last five years, not one FVPLSs’ funding has been increased to match Consumer Price...more
June 28, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The draft law seeks to set up specialized courts for dealing with sexual offences" (para 1). "Aggravating factors such as physical violence or the use of drugs or alcohol to incapacitate the victim would carry heavier sentences. Such cases would be heard by special judges in courts dedicated to sexual crimes, as is already done with crimes relating to gender violence" (para 16).
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Under the national plan of action, a legal unit and an expert council on gender analysis of legislation were established in the Committee on Women and the Family on 1 January 2015. The objective of the council’s work is to carry out a gender analysis of draft laws before they are submitted to the Government and Parliament. A gender network on mainstreaming gender approaches into the work of ministries and departments has been established. The expert council reviewed and proposed a State programme for the education, selection and placement of capable women and girls in leadership positions in the Republic of Tajikistan for the period 2017–2022" (4). "For its part,...more
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"Since late May 2017, the new job classification at the MLEVSA includes a Department for Anti-Discriminatory Policy and Gender Equality. There are more than a hundred gender equality bodies in Serbia. Some LSGs units have both gender equality bodies and gender equality officers" (7).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Korea Democratic Women’s Union (KDWU) plays an important role in protecting women’s rights and interests. A mass organization of women, the KDWU has its branches all over the country" (9)."