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Latest items for NGOFW-DATA-1

Nov. 17, 2022, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"This is an interview with Aminata Massaquoi, a member of the Informal Alliance Against Industrial Oil Palm Plantations in West and Central Africa. Aminata is accompanying and supporting women in Sierra Leone who are opposing and denouncing the oil palm plantations model, and has recently visited several communities affected by Socfin’s plantations" (para 8).
July 7, 2022, 12:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit organization that focuses on public policies surrounding women and families, community births – births carried out at home or in community birthing centers – increased by 20% from 2019 to 2020, with the spike largely situated among communities of color" (Para. 2). "The report also found that in recent years, severe maternal morbidity (SMM), which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as unexpected outcomes of labor and delivery that result in significant short- or long-term consequences to a woman’s health, increased overall and especially among people of color" (Para. 4). "In its report, the NPWF cited various...more
July 1, 2022, 11:43 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Social norm change programmes implemented by NGOs under the NAP GBV framework also contribute to reduce discriminatory stereotypes. The Nabilan program from The Asia Foundation has been particularly active in this sector by implementing a community-based prevention methodology (SASA!)54 which encourages community members to think about the positive effects of balancing power in relationships between women and men" (13).
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"...Professionals in contact with potential victims of trafficking, NGOs etc. will be provided with knowledge about the course of a criminal case and about the right of the victim ensuring that they are capable of providing advice to victims" (11). "The National Board of Social Services (NBSS) and various NGOs also provide counselling to people engaged in prostitution as well as institutions working with especially young people. Activities targeted women engaged in prostitution are funded by the state, municipalities or private donations. NBSS conducts nationwide social outreach work on the indoor prostitution scene in order to provide counselling and support to women involved in prostitution. NBSS also provides support to...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Leatherwood's bill comes after Florida passed the Parental Rights Act - which has been dubbed the 'Don't Say Gay' bill - which Republicans are using to ban the discussion of sex and gender in the classroom. Republicans have increasingly claimed that liberals advocating to strike down the bill are 'grooming' and 'sexualizing' children by indoctrinating them. The Sexual Assault Center of Middle Tennessee has also denounced Leatherwood's bill, saying it 'does not believe the age of consent for marriage should be any younger than it already is. It makes children more vulnerable to coercion and manipulation from predators, sexual and other,' the organization said in a statement" (10-12).more
May 30, 2022, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR) was founded in autumn 2010 under the auspices of the Confederation, which is financing its current five-year pilot phase. SCHR is a service centre whose mandate is to encourage and facilitate fulfilment of the nation’s international human rights obligations at every level of the Confederation. It focuses on six thematic areas: migration, police and justice, gender policy, childhood and youth policy, institutional issues, economy and human rights" (6).
May 16, 2022, 8:09 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The NGOs also promote human rights, and women and children’s rights through education and training, workshops, conferences, publishing of articles in newspapers and through radio and television programs" (14). "There are signs of an ICT related trend in child sexual abuse and exploitation, the last few years, including cell phone pornography. The distribution of pornography through a data carrier, for example a cell phone, is penalized by law. Until now, children or youth proved to be both victims and abusers. The non governmental organization Rachab (former Maxi Linder) provides social assistance to child victims of prostitution and/or trafficking" (17). "NGOs are involved in providing HIV/AIDS services" (31). "In this context,...more
May 12, 2022, 5 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The law prohibits sexual harassment in cases of employer- employee relations in the public and private sectors and in teacher-student relations. Violators face a maximum three-year prison sentence. The extent of the problem was difficult to determine, because convictions for sexual harassment were rare, pre-employment sexual harassment was not actionable, and there was a lack of formal reports. During the year the Ministry of Labor, UN Development Program, and NGO SUMARSE began to develop a protocol for private sector employers on how to investigate and deal with labor and sexual harassment within companies" (12).
March 10, 2022, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"While the country has strong laws to protect children, it frequently had serious problems with enforcement. Media reported on the sex trafficking of minor girls in the illicit gold mining sites of the remote Amazonian Madre de Dios region. In 2018 a local NGO estimated there were approximately 400 brothels in the Madre de Dios mining region, with hundreds of minor girls living in debt bondage and subjected to sex trafficking. In February the PNP and the armed forces launched an enforcement campaign in Madre de Dios to eliminate illegal gold mining and its related crimes, including human trafficking" (15).
March 9, 2022, 8:57 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Many NGOs, most of them affiliated with labour trade unions or political parties, actively and effectively promote women’s rights: The National Commission for Equal Opportunities between men and women; the National Committee for the implementation of the principles of equal treatment and equal opportunities for male and female workers; the gender equality Advisors; the Committee for Women Entrepreneurs" (13). "Along these lines, the NGO ACMID Donna established a toll free number for abused Muslim women and received 3,600 calls from November 2007 through May 2008. Approximately 56 percent of those cases involved violence or other mistreatment by husbands or relatives, including unwillingly being in a polygamous marriage, a situation affecting...more
March 3, 2022, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Feng Yuan, the founder of Equality, a Beijing-based advocacy group, welcomed the move for its potential to impose “moral responsibility and pressure” on institutions. But she noted that the draft does not specify clear punishments for the violations it outlines. Instead, it uses phrases such as 'will be ordered to make corrections” or “may be criticized and educated.' 'This law, to be honest, is more of a gesture than a specific plan of operation,' Ms. Feng said" (Para. 9-10).
Feb. 27, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"The 'religious' conservatives’ assault on women’s rights and freedoms in Senegal is not limited to victim-blaming in high-profile cases either. Conservative NGO Jamra, for example, is actively campaigning to curtail abortion rights and turn public opinion against feminist activists. The NGO’s vocal leader Mame Mactar Gueye recently held a press conference, where he showed the widely discredited anti-abortion film The Silent Scream and accused feminists of being controlled by 'Freemason organisations'" (Para. 18).
Feb. 24, 2022, 10:11 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"Unemployment disproportionately affected women, who faced hiring discrimination and received salaries that generally were not commensurate with their education and experience. The NGO Sisma Mujer reported that on average women were paid 28 percent less than men. In a previous year, a senior government official estimated that 85 percent of persons with disabilities were unemployed. Afro-Colombian labor unions reported discrimination in the port sector" (40).
Feb. 17, 2022, 11:59 a.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"...According to NGOs and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, domestic violence was widespread, and thousands of women received treatment for injuries sustained in domestic altercations..." (13). "CODEHUPY and other NGOs documented widespread trafficking in persons, rape, sexual harassment, and physical abuse of women in indigenous communities. Perpetrators were often male members of the community, workers, and employers from neighboring ranches and farms. NGOs also alleged agribusiness operations in the Chaco exploited and violated the rights of indigenous workers" (18).
Feb. 5, 2022, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Government agencies and NGOs implemented public outreach campaigns to combat violence against women nationwide. Police and NGOs worked together to combat domestic violence. The PRM operated special women and children’s units within police precincts that received high numbers of cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violence against children" (15). "The law prohibits FGM/C. FGM/C existed in the country, but NGOs and the government stated the incidence was low. There were no reliable estimates of the numbers of girls and women subjected to FGM/C..." (15). "Child labor remained a problem. NGOs reported some girls who migrated from rural areas to urban centers to work as domestic help for extended family...more
Feb. 4, 2022, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"In June the government released its Action Plan against Domestic Violence. The Ministry of Justice implemented the plan with specific responsibilities delegated to the Ministry of Children and Families, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry Elderly Care. The plan also engaged the Sami community and a range of NGO’s and research organizations as implementing partners" (11).
Feb. 2, 2022, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"With the support of UNICEF, the cities of Antananarivo, Toamasina, Mahajanga, and Nosy Be hosted one-stop victim support centers, called Vonjy Centers, in public hospitals. These centers received child victims of sexual abuse, including rape and sexual exploitation. Apart from the medical care, these centers provided psychological support through social workers assigned by NGOs. Police from the minors and child protection brigade recorded their complaints, and volunteer lawyers provided free legal assistance" (22).
Jan. 24, 2022, 12:55 p.m.
Countries: Djibouti
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"With the support of the local National Union of Djiboutian Women (UNFD), mobile courts traveled to the largest camp, Ali Addeh, to hear the backlog of pending [domestic violence] cases" (13).
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).