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Latest items for IIP-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"...In August custodial staff denied a transgender woman access to the women’s restroom at a mall in Quezon City, the first municipality in the country to adopt an antidiscrimination ordinance. The transgender woman recorded the incident. After public backlash, Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte condemned the incident and ordered a check of the mall’s compliance with the city’s ordinance requiring 'all- gender' toilets in both public and private establishments" (33).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Women are free to move around society. In Al Shabab controlled areas that is not the case" (1).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"There were reports of physical and verbal attacks against Muslims. In 2018, the most recent year of available data, the Collective Against Islamophobia in Belgium reported they had opened investigations into 90 Islamophobic attacks, 76 percent of which were against Muslim women. In February students at a Catholic high school in Melle dressed up as 'Saudi Muslims,' including one wearing a black face mask and a fake explosive vest. In March, two veiled Muslim women picking up their children from school in Uccle were verbally abused by a driver, who then attempted to run over the women. Police later arrested the driver" (12).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"For example, a 15-year-old transgender student from Ashkelon did not attend school for six months after being regularly attacked and threatened by children at her school. When she returned to school, she was attacked again and was rushed to the hospital with a concussion and internal injuries" (44).
Nov. 16, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"On August 9, the Rzeszow local prosecutor’s office pressed charges against a 34- year-old man for attacking a 22-year-old Polish Muslim woman and her three- month-old baby in Rzeszow. The man was charged with making threats and offending the woman on the grounds of religious affiliation. On August 2, the attack took place as the woman was pushing her baby in a stroller along the river. The man verbally abused her and tried to throw the stroller with her baby into the river. He also made death threats against the woman and shouted, 'heil Hitler' and 'white power'" (19). This incidence reveals that Muslim women may not be as safe...more
Nov. 15, 2021, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In March media reported that a Muslim woman wearing a hijab was riding a public bus in Turin when a local woman verbally and physically attacked her, including violently ripping the hijab off her head" (19).
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Karachi-based Anam Hakeem runs an Instagram account called @GirlWithaGreenPassport where she shares tips on travelling solo in Pakistan and abroad. 'I knew when I was starting this account that it would be from the lens of a middle-class girl who is from a third-world country that makes it difficult for her to travel, where the concept of a mehram is deeply entrenched,' she explains. 'The account is about me being brave and it should inspire other girls and show men that women can do these things.' While most Pakistani public spaces are designed with gender segregation in mind, social media platforms aren’t designed to pander to such a notion" (para...more
Oct. 15, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Women interviewed for the report described how their guardians denied them permission to drive, travel, study, work or marry someone of their own choosing. Some spoke of how this had affected their mental health, contributing to self-harm, depression, stress and suicidal thoughts. 'Girls are [constantly] in quarantine,' said one woman. 'What the whole world experiences now, this is normal life for girls in Qatar'" (para 5-6). "Even where they led 'privileged' lives, guardianship rules leave women treated 'as children', said 'Lolwa', 44, whose father agreed to let her drive when she was 33. 'When I am working in my job, I’m the one signing contracts. I am treated like an...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"[The Committee] is also concerned about the restrictions placed on the freedom of movement of women human rights defenders and the adverse effect of violence and intimidation on their work and on their right to participate meaningfully in processes relating to women’s rights" (11). "The Committee urges the State party to protect the life, personal liberty and security of women human rights defenders and journalists, to guarantee their freedom of movement and expression, to prosecute acts of murder or gender-based violence and intimidation committed against them and to adequately punish the perpetrators of such crimes. The Committee recommends that the State party work with civil society organizations to raise the...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"We are looking at a situation where younger women are constantly modifying their behaviour in an attempt to avoid being objectified or attacked, and older women are reporting serious concerns about personal safety if they ever leave the house in the dark – even during the daytime in winter" (para 5). Although it is not required that a woman be accompanied by a man in public, women tend to feel unsafe being alone in public when it is dark. (JLR-CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 10, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Using a woman's name in public is frowned upon and can be considered an insult. Many Afghan men are reluctant to say the names of their sisters, wives or mothers in public. Women are generally only referred to as the mother, daughter or sister of the eldest male in their family, and Afghan law dictates that only the father's name should be recorded on a birth certificate" (para 4).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Antigovernment elements continued to attack civilian targets, including NGOs offices and facilities. On May 8, for instance, the Taliban carried out a complex attack using a vehicle-borne IED, small arms fire, and mortars against Counterpart International, a NGO, resulting in eight civilian deaths and 27 injuries. While no Counterpart International staff were killed, three staff members of the neighboring CARE International NGO were among the dead. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, asserting that the organization 'promoted intermixing between men and women' and 'groomed Kabul administration security and other personnel in implementing pro-Western objectives.' On December 4, militants killed six individuals, including Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura who shortly before...more
Aug. 4, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Muntasir, along with eight other women filed a case against the man who called for flogging women on the streets for their appearances. 'We heard that he wants to travel so we filed an application to ban him from leaving the country before the trial,' she told The New Arab" (Para 17-18).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"But she had the inner strength to leave her rural home and move on her own to Chandigarh, the regional capital, to volunteer in the passport office. She knows she’s defying traditions back home, where married women don’t leave the house without male relatives or have a separate identity" (Para 25). "In Toosa, women don’t venture out at night and are rarely left home alone, even in walled family compounds" (Para 36).
July 21, 2021, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The teenager says the recent killings have amplified wider worries about women's safety in the area, where she rarely goes out alone. 'I am not so safe... Because there's so [many] people that kill around here'" (Para 6).
July 20, 2021, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"'The idea of separation segregation of sexes is okay in Israel. Parts of the potential [Netanyahu] coalition we might see here, like the ultra-Orthodox parties and Religious Zionism, either actively promote segregated hours at public places, segregated driving courses, academic studies, military units, etc., or have been indifferent [toward the practice], like [the [Yamina party of Naftali] Bennett and Likud,' she[Dr. Yofi Tirosh, a gender equality expert at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law] said"(para 18).
July 16, 2021, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In July 2020, Saudi writer Mariam Al Otaibi, 32, won a historic ruling ending a three-year legal battle against her family, which sued her for living and traveling alone under the 'absenteeism' law. She was put on trial for living and travelling alone without her father’s permission. Mariam Al Otaibi won the battle after a court ruled that she had 'the right to choose where to live.' Saudi lawyer Abdul Rahman Al Lahem was Al Otaibi’s lawyer. He earlier said the court issued a historic decision that allows women to live independently. Al Lahem said it is not a crime for a woman to live separately on her own. He...more
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Militia checkpoints and those imposed by ISIS, Ansar al-Sharia, and other extremist organizations impeded internal movement and, in some areas, prohibited women from moving freely without a male escort. There were also multiple reports of women who could not depart from the country’s western airports controlled by pro-GNA militias because they did not have “male guardians,” which is not a legal requirement in the country" (p 18). "Women faced social forms of discrimination, which affected their ability to access employment, their presence in the workplace, and their mobility and personal freedom" (p 25). "On February 16, LNA commander Khalifa Haftar and the military governor of the region that extends from...more
July 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"On the question of women working, the law of the land was crystal clear. Raghda and Rafaa Abuazzah’s parents had ruled otherwise. 'What will people say? You’ll be in public!' their father said after the sisters scandalized their parents by announcing that they wanted jobs at a coffee shop in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, where the Prophet Muhammad was said to have died. 'It’s fine to work in an office because no one can see you there. But how can you work with men?' Two years and much ado later, Raghda serves lattes filigreed with milk art at a strip-mall coffee shop and Rafaa hosts community gatherings at...more
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Rahaf[Mohammed al-Qunun] fled her 'abusive' family while travelling in Kuwait, and had flown to Thailand in the hopes of reaching Australia to seek asylum. But she was stopped in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport by Kuwaiti and Saudi embassy officials, she said, and has since been held in an airport hotel awaiting deportation. She said a Saudi official in the Thai airport confiscated her passport after her father reported her for travelling without her male 'guardian'. He claimed she was mentally ill but failed to provide any evidence"(para 13,14)."There are no public statistics available for how many Saudi women try to flee abroad each year. The most recent statistics from the Ministry...more
June 30, 2021, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"She says that when she is filming on the streets, men often shout at her, telling her she should be indoors rather than embarrassing herself in public. 'I want it to become entirely normal for a woman like me to go out and about, filming and taking photos, without fear of harassment or worse'" (para 3-4).
June 30, 2021, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-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 6). "The instructions also say that people must step aside when a person who is at least one day older is walking toward them... 'Women stand up in the presence of men, showing respect to them no matter how old they are. Even...more
June 29, 2021, 9:16 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-1

"Both Madeleine and Shahed were detained under a controversial ‘male guardianship’ system in Jordan that has locked up women and girls for many months at a time without charge or trial, for activities like leaving the family home without permission" (para 3).
June 25, 2021, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A masked sharia officer known as an 'algojo' rained down between eight and 32 strokes from a rattan cane on their backs after they were caught with members of the opposite sex. The six men and five women - all in their late teens and early twenties - were rounded up by religious officers who caught them behaving amorously, a crime under local law. Authorities gave few details, but couples have been whipped in the past for cuddling or holding hands in public" (para 6-8).
June 7, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Among the dozens of women on social media talking about violence at the hands of male relatives were those telling stories of being beaten for visiting friends, for wearing clothes deemed unsuitable and for taking part in the 2019 protests that toppled the former president Omar al-Bashir" (para 6).
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1, CLCW-LAW-2, IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-LAW-1

"In January, the Egyptian cabinet approved a personal status law that would require women to get the consent of a male guardian to…travel abroad. The draft law also…allows fathers to prevent mothers from traveling with their children" (para 2).
April 22, 2021, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"North Korean citizens usually cannot freely travel around the country,let alone travel abroad.Emigration and immigration are strictly controlled.] Only the political elite may own or lease vehicles, and the government limits access to fuel and other forms of transport due to frequent shortages of gasoline/petrol, diesel fuel, crude oil, coal and other fossil fuels due to the severe sanctions placed on North Korea by the U.S. and other nations (satellite photos of North Korea show an almost complete absence of vehicles on all of its roads throughout the country, even in its cities).Forced resettlement of citizens and whole families, especially as punishment for political reasons, is said to be routine"...more
April 13, 2021, 10:43 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"Sharif said his biggest challenge was finding subjects willing to talk on camera. “"A lot more people want to share their stories now. But many of the people I talked to were reluctant to share their stories, they were afraid of being targeted again. It was important that their faces appear, because the objective is to overcome this fear. But the fear to talk about this reinforces how deep-rooted this issue really is,” he said (Para 5, 6). This is in reference to a film Sharif is putting together about street harrassment in the Maldives (BRC - CODER COMMENT).
April 6, 2021, 4:57 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The railway ministry on Saturday issued guidelines for the security of women across trains and stations and asked the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to analyse the data of crimes against women over the last five years and create a database of such criminals operating on railway premises" (para 2). "'All the Post Commanders (PC) should get details of the incidents of crime against women including rape reported during last five years and should analyse data thoroughly. The reasons for such offences, gaps in security procedure, failures of security apparatus, modus operandi of criminals involved, vulnerable section of women, places, duration day, month and year, status of investigation/prosecution of past cases,...more
March 31, 2021, 9:27 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"The parents were also tasked with accompanying their daughters when they are anywhere except for school or home" (para 10).