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Latest items for NGOFW-DATA-1

Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize

"Despite legal provisions for gender equality and government programs aimed at empowering women, NGOs and other observers reported women faced social and economic discrimination. Although participating in all spheres of national life and outnumbering men in university classrooms and having higher high school graduation rates, women held relatively few top managerial or government positions" (12).
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Several acquittals in rape cases called attention to the high legal standard and prosecutorial burden, which NGOs asserted imposed an unfairly high burden on victims and deterred them from coming forward..." (16). "The law prohibits gender discrimination and generally provides women the same rights as men. The Gender Equality Bureau in the Cabinet Office continued to examine policies and monitor developments. Despite these policies, NGOs continued to allege that implementation of antidiscrimination measures was insufficient, pointing to discriminatory provisions in the law, unequal treatment of women in the labor market (see section 7.d.), and low representation of women in high-level elected bodies" (18). "...NGOs helping girls in the JK business...more
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Reports of rape and sexual abuse of women in police or protective custody continued. The Center for Women’s Resources noted that many of the rapes occurred in connection with police antidrug operations; however, updated data for 2018-19 has yet to be released" (6). "NGOs reported that because of cultural and social stigmatization, many women did not report rape or domestic violence. Reports of rape and sexual abuse of women in police or protective custody continued; the Center for Women’s Resources stated that 56 police officers were involved in 33 rape cases from July 2016 to October 2018" (26). "Despite the penalties, law enforcement agencies and NGOs reported that criminals and...more
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The NGO StopFeminicide reported that 36 women died in connection with rape or domestic violence in 2018. According to 2018 statistics from the federal police, there were approximately 39,000 official complaints of physical, psychological, and economic violence, including 139 complaints of sexual violence" (9). "Women have the same legal rights as men. The law requires equal pay for equal work and prohibits discrimination on the grounds of gender, pregnancy, or motherhood as well as in access to goods, services, social welfare, and health care. The government generally enforced the law effectively, although many NGOs and feminist organizations reported women often had to accept part- time work due to conflicting family...more
Dec. 16, 2021, 11:23 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on the accountability of perpetrators and the tendency of authorities to blame the victims. In one case, the Appeals Court of Budapest in January sentenced a 29-year-old mother to 10 years in prison for allegedly attempting to kill the father of her child by drugging and stabbing him. The couple met in 2011, and later the relationship turned abusive. In 2016 police found each of them with multiple stab wounds. Women’s rights organizations began a petition asking for a pardon for the woman, on the grounds that she was not a perpetrator of domestic violence, but a...more
Dec. 3, 2021, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: Portugal

"The Commission on Equality in the Workplace and in Employment, composed of representatives of the government, employers’ organizations, and labor unions, examines, but does not adjudicate, complaints of sexual harassment. In 2018 the NGO Association for Victim Support received reports of 23 cases of sexual harassment" (10).
Dec. 3, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"'When women get so desperate and traumatized, they think this is the only option,” said Mehnaz Rahman, director of Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights NGO in Karachi. “There have been cases where women jumped into a lake or canal and committed suicide with their children'" (para 11).
Dec. 3, 2021, 9:11 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Many advocates observed there was a lack of public awareness among women regarding resources and support available to prevent and combat domestic violence. The former regime offered some shelter and services for victims of domestic and other violence, but NGOs provided the majority of domestic abuse support services" (27). "State-run facilities, already filled to capacity, were unable to support the influx of children in need. Private institutions denounced the former regime’s refusal to provide subsidized food benefits to support their population. NGOs noted young girls made up close to one-half of the children living on the streets. The significant shift posed particular challenges for shelters, which historically managed predominantly male...more
Nov. 16, 2021, 6:38 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Women’s Rights Center reported that police were occasionally reluctant to intervene in domestic violence incidents if the perpetrator was a police officer or if victims were unwilling to cooperate" (15).
Nov. 15, 2021, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: Italy

"The law prohibits FGM/C and it is punishable by up to 12 years’ imprisonment, even if the crime is committed abroad. Cases of FGM/C occurred in some immigrant communities. Experts estimated that between 60,000 and 80,000 women were victims of genital mutilation and that most mutilations were performed outside the country. The European Institute for Gender Equality estimated that 15 to 24 percent of girls originating from countries where FGM/C is practiced were at risk of FGM/C in the Italy. Prosecutors often depended on coverage by NGOs and self-reporting from the migrant community to identify and prosecute FGM/C" (15).
Nov. 12, 2021, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The intervention of the church amid the reversal of the girl’s decision prompted agencies, activists and NGOs to assert the girl’s right to an abortion" (para 14).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to the Association to Support Women Candidates, the number of women participating in the March 31 municipal elections... was between 7.5 percent and 8.5 percent" (49). "Following the incident, women’s rights groups called for the enforcement of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence" (54). "Some women’s rights NGOs asserted that weak legal enforcement of laws to protect women... contributed to a climate of permissiveness for potential offenders" (55).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to the NGO La Strada, the conflict in the Donbas region led to a surge in violence against women across the country. Human rights groups attributed the increase in violence to posttraumatic stress experienced by IDPs fleeing the conflict and by soldiers returning from combat. IDPs reported instances of rape and sexual abuse; many claimed to have fled areas controlled by Russia-led forces because they feared sexual abuse" (43). "... According to the Romani women’s foundation, Chirikli, local authorities erected a number of barriers to prevent issuing national identification documents to Roma. Authorities hampered access to education for persons who lacked documents and segregated Romani children into special schools...more
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Some registered organizations, includ[e] governance, women’s rights..." (23). "While police and legal systems generally remained unequipped to deal with cases of domestic violence, the government, with the help of international and domestic NGOs, continued to train police, lawyers, community advocates, and judicial officials in the law" (29).
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"...DRF is a research-based, feminist NGO that aims to understand and better the digital rights landscape of Pakistan, with a special focus on how women interact with and access technology" (para 38).
Oct. 18, 2021, 6:06 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The government also supported the work of 25 associations and NGOs dedicated to addressing domestic violence" (19). "According to NGOs such as NousToutes and Fondation des Femmes, as of December, 148 women were.killed [sic] in such crimes during the year" (19).
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).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The federal government, the states, and NGOs supported numerous projects to prevent and respond to cases of gender-based violence, including providing victims with greater access to medical care and legal assistance. Approximately 340 women’s shelters offering a total of 6,700 beds operated throughout the country. The NGO Central Information Agency of Autonomous Women’s Homes (ZIF) reported accessibility problems, especially in bigger cities, because women who found refuge in a shelter tended to stay there longer due to a lack of available and affordable housing. ZIF also stated refugee women are particularly vulnerable, as they are required to maintain residence in a single district for three years and many live in...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"On November 25, the NGO Feminist Peace Organization launched a 16-day campaign supported by several cantonal governments on violence against older women. More than 100 organizations participated, and they sponsored more than 100 public awareness events across the country"(12).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:10 a.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to NGOs and public security data, domestic violence was widespread. According to the 13th Public Safety Yearbook released annually by the Brazilian Public Security Forum, there were 66,000 cases of rape in 2018. In cases of femicide, the killer was a partner or former partner of the victim 89 percent of the time. On March 18, in the municipality of Santo Andre, located in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, Manoel Gomes de Oliveira ran over his wife, who was walking on the sidewalk, got out of his car, shot and killed her, and fled. Later that day police arrested him and charged him with femicide" (19).more
Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The government announced in September it would cut funding by 70 percent for all NGOs working on gender issues. NGOs reported the cuts would lead to their closure or very limited services affecting not only lobbying for equal opportunities for women and men, but also other services they provide such as counseling and legal support to sexually abused women or victims of domestic violence" (15).
Sept. 22, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"In 2018, the government statistics agency recorded a total of 8,300 women killed. That works out at 22 a day. Contrast that with the UK rate of one woman murdered every three days. Like in Britain, NGOs say the majority of those happened in the home. The official number for domestic violence murders for 2018 was just 253" (para 19-20).
Sept. 21, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"There were no independent domestic organizations to monitor human rights conditions" (18).
Sept. 15, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua

"In May 2020, the Network of Women Against Violence warned about the vulnerability of the women, some of whom are even survivors of machista violence. The group indicated that among the more than 2,000 common prisoners released recently to house confinement are men who have committed crimes against women" (para 14).
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The condemned women and children who live there are provided with meager food rations and job training in skills like beading and soap-making by various international aid organizations. But according to Kenneth Adae, national coordinator of the Anti-Witchcraft Allegations Campaign Coalition-Ghana (AWACC-Ghana), 'Funding to Ghana has diminished since it established a middle class. This has affected food distribution to outcast homes, where residents are already fed unsatisfactorily'" (para 20).
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Legal aid institutions working to provide counseling and defense to victims of domestic violence were often pressured to suspend public activities and cease all forms of policy advocacy, an area that was reserved only for government-sponsored organizations" (65). "Some women’s NGOs... sought to increase public awareness of sexual harassment..." (66). "The government [in Macau] funded nongovernmental organizations to provide victim support services, including medical services, family counseling, and housing, until their complaints [of rape or domestic violence] were resolved" (140).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In major cities courts continued to decide criminal cases. Authorities frequently resolved civil cases using the informal system, the government mediation mechanism through the Ministry of Justice Huquq (civil rights) office, or, in some cases, through negotiations between the parties facilitated by judicial personnel or private lawyers. Because the formal legal system often does not exist in rural areas, local elders and shuras (consultative gatherings, usually of men selected by the community) are the primary means of settling both criminal matters and civil disputes. They also imposed punishments without regard to the formal legal system. UNAMA and NGOs reported several cases where perpetrators of violence against women crimes that included...more
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"During the reporting period, several other measures have been taken, by state agencies and NGOs, to promote gender equality, such as publishing handbooks, articles and educational materials. More specific activities are described under relevant articles. NGOs promoting gender equality are able to apply for financing of the projects and c onnected operational costs from the Gambling Tax Council. Project based financing has also been available from the state budget, European Social Fund and other foreign funds, e.g. Norway Grants" (9). "In April 2012 amendments were adopted to the Penal Code criminalising all elements of specific crimes of human trafficking in accordance with the relevant international law. The new legislation was...more
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"Government officials generally were cooperative and responsive to their views. Some human rights NGOs complained of a negative government reaction when they challenged government practice or policy. In June the minister of home affairs threatened to deregister NGOs that advocated for the right of girls to return to school after giving birth" (p 21).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Government officials often were cooperative and responsive to the views of local and international NGOs and generally acknowledged the problems presented. They often scheduled forums in conjunction with NGOs to discuss such topics as women’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities" (p 17). "Domestic NGOs such as 50/50, the Forum for African Women Educationalists, the Women’s Forum, and the All Political Parties Women’s Association raised awareness of gender inequality and other women’s issues and encouraged women to become involved in running for mayoral positions and local councils" (p 20).