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Latest items for NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 21, 2022, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania

"Nevertheless, the government continued to work with UNICEF to implement a program to combat child marriage through a series of judicial and political reforms" (17).
Nov. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Cuba

"Authorities continued to ignore applications for legal recognition from new groups, including several new religious groups as well as women’s rights and gay rights organizations, thereby subjecting members to potential charges of illegal association" (22). "The government opposed any programs not state-sponsored that focused on gender violence" (28).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey

"In December the government closed Antakya Purple Solidarity Women’s Association, alleging the association was providing training without the requisite permissions" (37).
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain

"On January 15, the interior minister enacted an action plan to combat hate crimes and discrimination and to protect vulnerable groups from abuse based on, inter alia, gender. The plan provided for increased training for security forces to identify hate crimes; digital tools to identify and counteract hate speech on social media; an increase in coordinating efforts with human rights NGOs; increasing attention for victims of hate crimes; and amplifying the legal response to these incidents. The National Office Against Hate Crimes is responsible for coordinating and assisting responses among the ministry and security forces" (14).
Oct. 28, 2021, 12:31 a.m.
Countries: Austria

"A number of domestic and international human rights groups generally operated without governmen restriction, investigating and publishing their findings on human rights cases. Government officials generally were cooperative and responsive to their views" (Page 8)
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam

"Some registered organizations, including governance, women’s rights, and environment-focused NGOs, reported increased scrutiny of their activities" (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. 18, 2021, 6:06 p.m.
Countries: France

"The government also supported the work of 25 associations and NGOs dedicated to addressing domestic violence" (19).
Oct. 12, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Germany

"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..." (22).
Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic

"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" (15). "The Vodafone Foundation, police, and the NGO Rosa launched a new mobile application, Bright Sky CZ, in October. The application enables endangered persons to document incidents of domestic violence and provides a list of nearby domestic violence support services. It also serves as a resource for family and friends to help those suffering from abuse" (16).
Sept. 22, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Russia

"'It's much more dangerous when the threat exists in your home which is meant to be a safe place," says Diana Barsegyan of the anti-domestic violence advocacy group, at just got that bit harder. In December last year it was added to the justice ministry's list of foreign agents, which now includes a wide range of civil society organisations. All of its campaign material including guidance on shelters or hotlines for battered women now needs a gigantic 'foreign agent' stamp on it. 'It's a huge problem,' Ms Barsegyan says. 'All our supporters understand it's just a stupid law and we're not agents of another country, but for people...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China

"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 that sought to increase public awareness of sexual harassment reported harassment by public security and faced challenges executing their programs" (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).
Aug. 30, 2021, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Denmark

"The government and NGOs operated 24-hour hotlines, counseling centers, and shelters for female survivors of violence"(11).
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia

"From October 2009, the GEA regulation also includes an obligation of these agencies to consult, in implementing the aforement ioned obligations, if necessary, relevant interest groups and non profit organisations who have a legitimate interest to help to combat discrimination based on sex in order to support compliance with the principle of equal treatment" (8). "In October 2013, the Government of the Republic established the Gender Equality Council, an advisory body to the Government set forth in the GEA. Its main responsibilities are advising the Government in matters related to strategies for the promotion of gender equality, approving general objectives of gender equality policy and presenting opinions to the Government...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

"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).
Aug. 11, 2021, 10:20 a.m.
Countries: Iceland

"The government helped finance the Women’s Shelter, the Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the rape crisis center of the national hospital, and other organizations that assisted victims of domestic or gender-based violence. These organizations offered services free of charge, regardless of the victim’s citizenship. In addition, the government assisted immigrant women in abusive relationships, offering emergency accommodation, counseling, and information on legal rights"(8).
July 22, 2021, 5:07 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"IDLO, in partnership with the National Gender and Equality Commission and the International Association of Women Judges – Kenya, has released Women’s Professional Participation in Kenya’s Justice Sector: Barriers and Pathways" (Para 2).
July 22, 2021, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"The Nigerian authorities have not taken any genuine steps towards investigating and prosecuting crimes by Boko Haram or the Nigerian security forces, including crimes of sexual violence. Last December, the chief prosecutor of the ICC announced that her office had concluded a decade-long preliminary examination into the situation in Nigeria, saying that it had found sufficient evidence of crimes to open a full investigation. No formal investigation has yet been opened" (Para 29).
July 20, 2021, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo

"At the end of last year, Kosovo’s government at the time allocated 105,000 euros for shelters. But Jubilea Kabashi, director of the Prizren shelter, said it was not enough, not least because some women end up staying longer than the three to six months the shelter usually provides for" (Para 8-9).
July 20, 2021, 8 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"'What seems to be happening is that the state is removing the most egregious things that it has written down, in its own words in its laws, on the statute books, that show an attitude hostile to gender equality,' Devin Kenney, Gulf researcher for Amnesty International, tells BBC News. Amnesty, he says, hasn't been able to enter the UAE to conduct its own research since 2014, when it published a report critical of discriminatory laws in the country" (Para 16).
July 20, 2021, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates

"'What seems to be happening is that the state is removing the most egregious things that it has written down, in its own words in its laws, on the statute books, that show an attitude hostile to gender equality,' Devin Kenney, Gulf researcher for Amnesty International, tells BBC News. Amnesty, he says, hasn't been able to enter the UAE to conduct its own research since 2014, when it published a report critical of discriminatory laws in the country" (Para 16).
July 16, 2021, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq

"There are cemeteries like this in several parts of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, full of the unmarked graves of women and girls who have been murdered by male relatives in the name of 'honour.' There are moves to address the existence of these graves. Through the efforts of grassroots women’s rights organisations in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, such as the Sofia Society, attention is starting to focus on the issue of 'honour crimes'(para 8,10).
July 15, 2021, 11:17 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"Rezaie stood before the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission building, protesting violence against women and the acid attacks she and others feared. That day, Nafisa Nouri, a wife and mother of two girls, was hospitalized after an attack. Nouri’s 7-year-old daughter Parinaz and another female relative of the family also suffered burns to their bodies and face from the acid" (Para 2).
July 6, 2021, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador

"The court’s judges voted 7-2 in favor of declaring two articles of the country’s penal code unconstitutional. The decision came in response to a petition from seven women’s, feminist and human rights groups" (Para 2).
June 29, 2021, 4 p.m.
Countries: Palestine

"For example, a Gaza-based organisation, Society Voice Foundation (SVF), has recently launched a project to empower women’s engagement in fighting domestic violence" (para 9).
June 25, 2021, 9:03 p.m.
Countries: India

"His report prompted India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to instruct the state government to 'eradicate the custom' as it constituted 'a serious violation of women's human rights... their safety, hygiene and dignity' but years later, the tradition remains deeply entrenched" (Para 18).
June 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro

"In 2012, the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights unsuccessfully urged Montenegrin authorities to investigate the prevalence of sex-selective abortions there" (Para 27). "In 2017, the Podgorica-based Women's Rights Center launched a public-awareness campaign and petition drive called Unwanted, in an effort to get the government to more aggressively limit the abuse of prenatal tests and curb sex-selective abortion. In it, the organizers challenged 'negative patriarchal values' and primogeniture, while highlighting the reluctance of women to talk openly about their experiences" (Para 60-61).
June 23, 2021, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"Leethen Bartholomew head of the National FGM Centre - run in partnership with children's charity Barnardo's and the Local Government Association - praised the victim for assisting the investigation. He said: 'The effects of female genital mutilation have a lifelong impact on survivors both physically and psychologically, so it is vital support is in place for her for as long as she needs it'" (para 31-32).
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland

"On 5 March 2004, the inter-ministerial Team for Combating and Preventing Human Trafficking (together with a Working Group), headed by the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of the Interior and Administration, was established to provide opinions and advice to the Prime Minister. The institutions invited to cooperate within the framework of the Team for Combating and Preventing Human Trafficking included representatives of non-governmental organizations: the La Strada Foundation against Trafficking in Persons and Slavery, the Nobody’s Children Foundation (Fundacja Dzieci Niczyje), the Itaka Foundation – Centre for Missing People (Fundacja Itaka – Centrum Poszukiwań Ludzi Zaginionych), the Association Help-FULL for Women and Children of Immaculate Mary (Stowarzyszenie Po-MOC dla...more
May 22, 2021, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Oman

"'There are all sorts of different tricks that are pulled on them; they are told they would have their pick of jobs, or that they are coming to get an education,' says Sari Heidenreich, at Project 189, an organisation based in Germany that promotes the rights of migrant workers in the Middle East" (para 8). This suggests that some NGOs working in Oman may be from outside the nation (RAO-CODER COMMENT).