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Latest items for IIP-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2013 of the State party’s combined initial and second periodic reports in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following:...(b) Criminal Code, which contains provisions regarding crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes and under which...the harassment of women are criminalized...promulgated by presidential decree in 2017" (1-2).
Sept. 21, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Despite the law defectors reported the populace generally accepted sexual harassment of women due to patriarchal traditions. They reported there was little recourse for women who had been harassed. Defectors also reported lack of enforcement and impunity enjoyed by government officials made sexual harassment so common as to be accepted as part of ordinary life" (19-20).
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"According to the survey, published in a report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for UN Women, 71% of women of any age said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces" (para 3). "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. The survey of more than 1,000 women, carried out by YouGov and seen exclusively by the Guardian, exposes a damning lack of faith in the UK authorities’...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: China, New Zealand
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The government complained to the Chinese embassy following a July 29 incident at the University of Auckland in which three mainland Chinese men verbally and physically assaulted a Hong Kong student while she was at a rally in support of Hong Kong’s antiextradition law protesters. The focus of the government’s complaint was a statement issued by the Chinese consulate in Auckland praising the mainlanders’ actions as 'spontaneous patriotism' and criticizing biased coverage of the Hong Kong situation" (5-6).
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Prominent Chinese journalist Huang Xueqin, known for her publications about the #MeToo movement in China, was arrested in Guangzhou in October after she wrote about antigovernment protests in Hong Kong" (33). "There were multiple reports, however, of sexual harassment in housing, the workplace, and in universities [in Hong Kong]" (125). "Cathay’s cabin crew union head Rebecca Sy told the press in August that Cathay Dragon, a Cathay subsidiary, fired her after company officials showed her printouts of proprotest movement postings on her private Facebook account" (128-129).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The Antiharassment Law criminalizes all forms of harassment of women and children, including physical, verbal, psychological, and sexual. By law all government ministries are required to establish a committee to review internal harassment complaints and support appropriate resolution of these claims. Implementation and enforcement of the law remained limited and ineffective. The AIHRC reported more than 85 percent of women and children faced various forms of harassment. Women who walked outside alone or who worked outside the home often experienced harassment, including groping, catcalling, and being followed. Women with public roles occasionally received threats directed at them or their families. Businesswomen faced myriad challenges from the traditional nature of society...more
Sept. 5, 2021, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Members of Uzbekistan's National Security Service (SNB) in civilian clothes made their way through the crowds and forced women wearing head scarves to remove them" (para 1). "One woman said she removed hear head scarf when the SNB confronted her, then put it back on after they left, only to be spotted and again asked to take it off. She finally left the Ipak Chilar Bazaar and put her head scarf back on after she was a safe distance away" (para 4). "Soviet officials literally ripped the scarves and veils off women in some cases. Some women who went along with the hudjum campaign were killed by their pious menfolk"...more
Aug. 6, 2021, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Ireland

The Irish charity, Women’s Aid, has reported that the incidence of image-based sexual harassment has increased during lockdown, noting that one in five women between the ages of 18 to 25 is subjected to intimate partner abuse of some kind.
Aug. 4, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Even while peacefully protesting for their rights on the streets of Sudan, women were not safe. During the 'feminist parade' march, one woman deliberately hit by a car being driven by a man who was against the protest, while a number of other women were sexually harassed, with one even threatened to be raped publicly" (Para 10). "Some talked about their male guardians preventing them from wearing what they wanted to, while others commented on not being able to participate in the 2019 protests that led to the fall of former president Omar el-Bashir" (Para 13).
Aug. 3, 2021, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"It’s salutary to listen to young women talk about their experiences of 'gallantry' on the streets of Paris. 'Men hit on me in the street at an absolute minimum once a day,' says Anita Farrès, 18, a first-year law student. 'If you ignore them they immediately begin insulting you, calling you a bitch or a filthy slut. It can be quite frightening. I always carry a little tear gas spray with me when I go out. It’s like there’s an epidemic of male incivility in France'" (para 16).
Aug. 3, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Ms. Idhanur is part of a growing, peaceful movement of Muslim women who believe they can receive rewards from God through Islamic activities like wearing a niqab and practicing sports that the Prophet Muhammad is thought to have enjoyed. Many also say it offers protection from prying eyes and harassment by men in a country where unwanted sexual advances are common" (para 3-4). "But for Aisyah Tajudin, 25, wearing a niqab is not enough. She also wears black gloves and a black mesh over her eyes, so that every inch is covered. She says that being exposed to men in public could lead to unwanted male attention and that having...more
July 28, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"As tension increases throughout the country following the 1 February military coup, women of all ages in major towns and cities across Myanmar have flooded the streets to call for the reinstatement of Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically elected government" (Para 2). "'This time, women are standing at the front and, in many cases, they are leading the protests, which makes us proud,' said Phyu. She heads the Gender Equality Network (GEN), a coalition of more than 100 organisations spread across the country. 'Over the past ten years we have worked tirelessly to expose the many forms of gender-based discrimation and violence,' she added" (Para 7). "'Even the participation of...more
July 21, 2021, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"'[Women] can't go out like maybe after 19:00 and they can't wear whatever they want. If you go out here with a very short skirt after 21:00, you are possibly going to be raped' Anonymous woman, Fleminsgsberg" (Para 27).
July 20, 2021, 8 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Any person resident in or visiting the UAE is subject to its laws: there are no exceptions for tourists. There have been a few high-profile cases of tourists getting arrested while on holiday in Dubai. In 2017, for example, a British woman was arrested and sentenced to one year in prison for having consensual sex with a man she wasn't married to. She had reported him to the authorities for sending her threatening messages, who found out the two had had sex" (Para 18).
July 20, 2021, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Any person resident in or visiting the UAE is subject to its laws: there are no exceptions for tourists. There have been a few high-profile cases of tourists getting arrested while on holiday in Dubai. In 2017, for example, a British woman was arrested and sentenced to one year in prison for having consensual sex with a man she wasn't married to. She had reported him to the authorities for sending her threatening messages, who found out the two had had sex" (Para 18).
July 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"It was not only their parents who objected. When they waited for Ubers after work, the young men hanging around the mall often heckled them, suspicious of their uncovered faces and light makeup. 'What are you doing with those guys?' they demanded as the sisters chatted with male friends" (Para 22-23).
June 30, 2021, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: Somalia

"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 29, 2021, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The Rescue Directorate of the Ministry of Interior deployed Nov. 17 a group of policewomen to patrol the streets of Baghdad and monitor the gates of girls’ schools, colleges, institutes and markets in a bid to combat harassment in public places. That's just one aspect of their jobs" (para 2). "In addition to patrols and problem solving, Ibrahim and her Community Police colleagues conduct awareness seminars for girls in schools to warn them of the risks of electronic harassment, threats and cyberextortion and make sure they know the harassment law provisions" (para 18).
June 25, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The ordeal started while she was travelling home to her children when uniformed soldiers ordered her to get off a minibus travelling from Mekelle to the city of Adigrat because it was overloaded. Once she had disembarked, the soldiers tied her up and marched her through fields to a bush camp. After 11 days of rapes and beatings in which the soldiers forced nails, cotton, plastic bags and a rock into her vagina, she was released and abandoned in the bush" (para 3-5).
June 18, 2021, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"'Every time mi a walk, some man always a comment pon mi body. One time one call out, ‘ Big b**y gyal, yuh breast dem stand up doh’, and went on to insinuate how I would look during sex. One guy even touched my breast and continued walking like nothing happened. The struggles,' one woman told THE WEEKEND STAR" (para 2).
June 18, 2021, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"You can simply go about roaming the street without being harassed" (para 6). This is taken from a solo female travel advice blog (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
June 18, 2021, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women need to take extra precaution when walking alone in Honduras, especially at night. Much of Latin America also has a reputation for a negative machismo culture, something that is prevalent in Honduras. It is likely that women could face sexual harassment in the form of catcalling and other suggestive noises" (para 6).
June 18, 2021, 5 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Haiti is not a safe place for women to travel to. Do not go anywhere unaccompanied, and under no circumstances leave your accommodation without company after dark. Women are easier targets and there have been many reports of sexual attacks, rapes and robberies" (para 15).
June 18, 2021, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women should definitely not travel alone in Guyana, but in a group or within a tour, especially at night but this applies to daytime, too. You should exercise precaution at all times and avoid dark and empty streets and locations" (para 16). This does indicate that women can face harassment on streets while traveling (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
June 18, 2021, 4:52 p.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"As a woman traveling by yourself, people are likely to stare at you and make unsuitable comments – in some cases. However, this depends on the area in which you’re in, whether it’s crowded, remote, and so on and so forth" (para 23).
June 18, 2021, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Guinea is not a safe place for women to travel to alone. It is not safe for anyone to travel unaccompanied, really. However, if you’re a woman and you plan on visiting Guinea alone, you are highly advised to follow every possible rule of precaution. Try avoiding dark alleys, walking alone along dark, poorly lit or deserted areas" (para 14).
June 18, 2021, 4:38 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"I've been living in Antigua for 2 months so far. There are definitely the occasional catcall. There are parts of town I don't want to walk in at night alone" (para 6). This is a personal testimony of a woman regarding street safety in Guatemala (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
June 18, 2021, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Bumsters are young men who approach tourists offering help; be it romantic, tourist, social or to act as a guide – basically anything they can do to get some money. The best way to avoid this is to be polite but firm and decline any unwanted help or conversation. Bumsters seem to target women in particular, so women should avoid walking alone, particularly after dark in The Gambia. These guys often use romance in hopes of gaining money or in the hope of departing The Gambia through marriage to a foreigner" (para 8).
June 18, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women are strongly advised against walking alone anywhere in Gabon. Keep in mind that you should never be outside alone if you’re a woman traveling solo, as the streets of Gabon are dangerous for men, too. Even if you’re accompanied by someone, stay away from poorly lit and deserted streets and areas and from people that are visibly intoxicated or under the influence" (para 15).
June 18, 2021, 4:28 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Violent crimes (e.g. assault, armed robbery) are generally less common than in many cities in the U.S. Sexual assaults are also a concern, particularly for women traveling alone at night; they occur more frequently than one would expect given Fiji’s reputation as an island paradise" (para 7).