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Latest items for IIP-PRACTICE-2

Jan. 24, 2022, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Journalists were threatened online with violence and, in the case of female journalists, rape" (23).
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Sexual harassment remained widespread and underreported, including in the workplace due to victims’ fear of losing their jobs. A 2016 Social Weather Stations study showed that 60 percent of women in Metro Manila were harassed at least once in their lifetime. In July, President Duterte signed the Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act to prevent and punish acts of sexual harassment in public places, online workplaces, and educational institutions. For example, in October a passenger complained of harassment by a driver for an application-based ride service. Senator Risa Hontiveros, author of the law in the Senate, urged the ride service to investigate and resolve the case using the newly signed...more
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women are typically not harrassed when in public areas. But if she is dressed differently from a typical Somali women (jilbab) she will be stared at" (1).
Dec. 27, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Incidents of sexual harassment were reportedly on the rise in public spaces, schools, the legislature, and in the government" (12).
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).
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Moscow activist Vera Oleynikova... had staged a single-person picket calling for freedom for prisoners of conscience in front of the Omsk FSB headquarters" (37).
Dec. 3, 2021, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"On June 1, members of the DGCIM arrested Karen Palacios Perez, a clarinetist, for 'instigating hate.' Palacios posted tweets critical of the regime after losing her position with the National Philharmonic Orchestra for signing a petition in opposition to Maduro. On July 16, Palacios was released from prison, one month after a judge ordered her immediate release" (13).
Nov. 30, 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"No PA law specifically relates to sexual harassment, which was a significant and widespread problem in the West Bank and Gaza. Some women claimed that when they reported harassment, authorities held them responsible for provoking men’s harassing behavior" (95).
Nov. 17, 2021, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"According to police statistics, outrage of modesty incidents continued to increase, with the number increasing 5 percent in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2018 (from 797 to 837 cases). The women’s rights advocacy group AWARE reported that government campaigns encouraging women to report sexual molestation led to the increase" (22). "In April, National University of Singapore student Monica Baey drew national attention to sexual harassment on campuses when she expressed unhappiness about the punishment a voyeur received for filming her in a shower at a university hostel without her consent" (22).
Nov. 16, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and violations carry penalties of up to three years’ imprisonment. According to the Women’s Rights Center, sexual harassment continued to be a serious and underreported problem" (16).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In September-October, Ankara police prevented mothers of military cadets sentenced to life in prison for their alleged involvement in the coup attempt from gathering outside the AKP headquarters building in Ankara" (36). "Istanbul police continued to prevent the vigil of the Saturday Mothers from taking place on Istiklal Street, instead requiring the group to hold the weekly gathering on a nearby side street. Since the 1990s, the Saturday Mothers gathered to commemorate the disappearances of relatives following their detention by security forces in the 1980s and 1990s and to call for accountability" (36). "[I]n February a police officer sexually harassed a university student being detained during a protest in Ankara....more
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"It has been found that crimes against women dominate the stories in gender beat. This category is in turn dominated by sexual violence against women that include rape and murders, followed by harassment and molestation" (para 7). This is in reference to the region of Kashmir (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Detainees were often denied access to a lawyer during interrogation. For example, on May 30, occupation authorities from the 'ministry of interior’s' 'center for combating extremism' detained two Crimean Tatar female activists--Mumine Salieva, the wife of a political prisoner and a participant in the Crimean Solidarity movement, and Luftie Zudieva, a director of a children’s center and a civic activist. According to the Crimean Human Rights Group, the activists were interrogated for several hours, while authorities refused to inform their lawyers where they were detained or grant them access to their clients. Both women were charged with propaganda for public display of 'extremist symbols.' A court fined them 1,000 Russian...more
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"There were reports of societal violence against Roma. For example, according to press reports, on October 24, an unknown assailant in Zaporizhzhia attacked Romani rights activist Anzhelika Belova with a knife. According to press reports, the attacker followed her home from a supermarket into her apartment building, where he stabbed her. Belova survived, and police arrested the alleged perpetrator. An investigation was under way" (49). This may indicate that women are able to participate in movements that are not related to gender issues, but that such participation as activists may put them in danger (JLR-CODER COMMENT). "Detainees were often denied access to a lawyer during interrogation. For example, on May...more
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"A female student at the National College of Arts in Lahore, requesting anonymity, said the women of Pakistan lived in fear of being groped or assaulted, and being blamed for any attacks. 'I have to think twice as to what I should wear before going out just so I don’t come off as provocative in front of my [taxi] driver. Now going out for work has become an extreme sport, because you must think twice and you can’t be careless at any point' (para 16).
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"As of November no charges had been issued in the case of blogger Huynh Thi To Nga, who frequently shared views critical of the government on her Facebook account" (8). "(T)he Ministry of Public Security held activist Cao Vinh Thinh at its headquarters for more than 10 hours to question her about her environmental activism" (9).
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"...There are dozens of Pakistani female influencers, each with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube. These women are friendly and opinionated — but they have to be brave too, because online public spaces are just as hostile to women as physical public spaces are in Pakistan" (para 4). "Being a journalist, I too have had public social media accounts since 2010 but, for years, I didn’t share my private life online. Despite that, I still received abuse online, mostly for airing my opinions..." (para 7). "Founder of the 250,000-strong Facebook group Soul Sisters of Pakistan, Kanwal Ahmed’s Instagram account @Kanwalful has close to 60,000 followers. She rarely uses...more
Oct. 18, 2021, 6:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"On July 16, the University Toulouse Jean-Jaures announced that two professors would be barred from positions in all public higher-education institutions due to 'sexual and moral harassment' of several students" (20). "In August the Ministry of Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination reported that authorities fined 713 men for harassing women in public since the introduction of the new law in 2018" (21). "On June 17, a Paris court sentenced a man to an eight-month suspended sentence after he masturbated on the Paris metro in front of a woman and told her she was 'beautiful.' The man, 48, was ordered to pay 500 euros ($550) in damages to the...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Sexual harassment was also prevalent at public events such as concerts and during Carnival street festivals. The 2019 Carnival celebration was the first one in which sexual harassment was illegal, and police departments throughout the country distributed rape whistles and informed Carnival-goers of the women-only police stations and the sexual assault hotline" (20).
Sept. 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law does not prohibit sexual harassment, which routinely occurred, including in schools, without any government efforts to prevent it" (23).
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
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

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).