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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 10, 2021, 7:09 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Borgen Project, Sierra Leone joined the Global Education Partnership in 2007, and this has tremendously helped the country’s progress towards equitable education. The latest grant with the Global Education Partnership is designed with the objective of 'increas[ing] equitable access to education and improve learning outcomes for all boys and girls in pre-primary and primary schools.' They have a slotted timeline of 2018-2022 to work on this strategic plan" (para 4).
Jan. 31, 2021, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“In recent years, the Angolan State has adopted a set of laws that strengthen the promotion and protection of women, in particular the fight against all forms of violence against women, including: Act No. 25/11 of 14 July, the Domestic Violence Act; in order to ensure the Act’s effective implementation, the following instruments were also adopted: Presidential Decree No. 26/13 of 8 May, which approves the Executive Plan to Combat Domestic Violence and the respective timetable of actions; Presidential Decree No. 124/13 of 28 August, which sets out the implementing regulations for the Domestic Violence Act and provides for a set of measures to ensure support and protection for victims...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In late July, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers promulgated landmark amendments to the three laws that will begin to dismantle the country’s discriminatory male guardianship system" (para 19).
Jan. 15, 2021, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“The ascension ceremony in a state room at the imperial palace will make history in another way: For the first time in the modern era, a woman will be present. Satsuki Katayama, the sole woman in the cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will be on hand to witness this first step in Naruhito’s enthronement” (Para. 3). “When Japan’s Parliament passed a one-time law in 2017 allowing Akihito to abdicate, it attached an addendum that encouraged the government to study possible reforms that would allow women in the royal family to remain within the imperial household after marrying and grant them the right to head legitimate lines of succession. Bowing...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"And while the percentage of women in the work force rose during his prime ministership to an all-time high of 52.2 percent, more than half of them work in part-time or contract jobs that offer few benefits or paths to career advancement. Those workers have also suffered the most during the pandemic, losing income and working hours" (para 8). "Mr. Abe did shift the tone from previous leaders who had declared that a woman’s rightful place was in the home. And in one area, at least, women have made noticeable progress: By 2020, more than a third of hires for management-track jobs in central government ministries were women, up from...more
Dec. 17, 2020, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Women's rights activists in the country have been campaigning to have this reversed for years and were recently allowed to attend volleyball matches if accompanied by their husband. An exception was also made last November when women were allowed to attend the Asian Champions League final at Azadi Stadium in Tehran. However, they were seated separately from the men” (para. 8-11).
Nov. 24, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“This week, the government announced a 10-point ‘emergency plan’” (para 7). “Sanchez said the new plan ‘takes into account prevention, as well as care to victims and punishing violence, macho violence.’ A commission will also look at increasing government spending on gender violence and prevention, and evaluate various initiatives’ success” (para 11-12). “Other measures include obligatory training courses for civil servants and public sector employees on gender violence and prevention. School and university teachers will also receive training about ‘the psychological, sexual and physical violence’ women and girls face. The commission will also consider if femicide should be regarded as a crime of lesser humanity” (para 14-16).
Nov. 8, 2020, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has toughened penalties for the killing of women by family members as part of an overhaul of the country's Islamic laws. The UAE's government said it would repeal a law that allowed judges to issue lenient sentences for such killings" (para 1-2). "Imposing stricter sentences for such killings showed the UAE's 'solid commitment to protecting women's rights', the official WAM news agency reported" (para 8).
Oct. 16, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Natan Sharansky, a Soviet-era dissident and former government minister, to sort out the mess… Sharansky’s deal, almost finalized, is a measured compromise with a grain of irony. To accommodate American Jews’ liberal leanings he brokered a “separate but equal” arrangement: The area near the wall where visitors can worship will be expanded to include a new section in which WoW — and all other Jews wanting to avoid strict Orthodox custom — can pray as they wish. Women will be able to wear a prayer shawl without being detained by the police; men and women will be able to mix, pray and celebrate together” (Para...more
Sept. 24, 2020, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia has abolished flogging as a punishment, the supreme court announced… Previously the courts could order the flogging of convicts found guilty of offenses ranging from extramarital sex and breach of the peace to murder. In future, judges will have to choose between fines and/or jail sentences, or non-custodial alternatives like community service, the court said in a statement seen by AFP on Saturday” (Para. 1, 5-6).
Aug. 26, 2020, 2:49 p.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Girls in New Zealand high schools will no longer have to pay for sanitary products after the government announced it would foot the bill in an attempt to stamp out widespread period poverty. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity and too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons… Fifteen Waikato schools – identified as those most in need – will have access to free products from term three of this year, with the programme going nationwide on an opt-in basis by 2021” (para 1-2, 4).
July 22, 2020, 3:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The law — the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act — was issued in 2009 as a decree by President Hamid Karzai. In a first for the country, it outlined basic protections from practices common throughout Afghanistan, including child marriage, forced marriage, physical abuse and the practice of giving women in marriage to settle disputes between families, called baad" (para 13).
June 23, 2020, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"(c) Amendments to the Gender Equality Act which entered into force in 2009, further defining direct and indirect discrimination based on sex and extending the right to compensation for discrimination in the workplace to other areas of life" (2).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women comprehensively provides for the principles to be adhered to in protecting women’s rights, their rights to public and political life, education, culture, health care, employment, security of person and property, marriage and family, national guidance system for the protection and promotion of women’s rights and the obligations of the institutions concerned. With the adoption of this Law, the legal basis for the enjoyment by women of their rights set forth in the Law has been further consolidated, protection and promotion of their rights become legal obligations of the institutions, enterprises, organizations, officials and individuals, and the social climate...more
May 21, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Through Decision No. 154-2010, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) authorized implementation of the project entitled ‘Promoting increased participation by women in the exercise of citizenship’, which involved workshops to inform women of their rights and duties as citizens. Participants would then pass on the information to their communities" (23).
April 30, 2020, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Tunisian women enjoy far greater rights than many of their North African or Middle Eastern sisters, and this is the result not only of government policies which promoted women’s equality and education but of a strong women’s rights movement which has a history dating back to the 1930s" (para 3).
April 30, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"When Egyptians overthrew the dictator, the Muslim Brotherhood took advantage of public hatred of the dictator to ally him with Western progressive ideals, including gender equality. Out went the nongovernmental organizations that worked to make divorce easier and inheritance laws fairer. In came the thugs who stripped and beat women in the streets" (para 8).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The percentages of the household population, especially of women who have a secondary or higher level of education, have increased in the past 5 years, whereas educational attainment among men has remained the same" (15). "Women have been getting more access to media in the last 5 years, so the proportion of ever-married women having no access to any of the three media declined from 51% in 2012-13 to 47% in 2017-18" (35).
March 4, 2020, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"From the start of 2012 to end 2018 the AWRO implemented some project on women’s access to higher education, women’s access to work, women’s economic empowerment, and women’s access to justice, based on the formal and informal justice in around 18 provinces of Afghanistan for around 9000 women and men direct beneficiaries, in these projects majority of the influential people, community leaders and elders, governmental officials form all ministries including the justice sectors and the ministry of women’s affairs, Mullahs, university scholars, school teachers, land lords were involved... In 2009 to 2012 the AWRO implemented the projects on Human rights, UN security council Resolution 1325 and the CEDAW which covered...more
Feb. 15, 2020, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Within the Ministry of Justice, DAP actively participated in the interministerial Task Force on Violence Against Women; translated and disseminated the Bangkok Rules; signed an MoU with the Children’s Rights Ombudsman in March 2014; elaborated the 2010 Guidelines to manage women detainees affected by HIV; and determined the features of the so-called “protected family houses” for mother detainees, when a fixed abode lacks." (para 15). "As for “National machinery”, over the years DEO has strengthened its coordination role. It is now responsible for guidance, proposal and coordination of regulatory and administrative initiatives to support women’s human rights; prevent and eliminate all forms of discrimination, combat VAWG, exploitation and THB, as...more
Feb. 11, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq

"Despite the systematic marginalization and side-lining of Iraqi women in the official political institutions and processes, they have not merely stood by but have mobilized at the level of formal civil society organizations, social and political movements, as well as more informal community and interest groups. Women activists have been at the forefront of a growing political movement for democracy and human rights that, in line with current protest movements in the region, asking for greater transparency and an end to corruption and political authoritarianism. Many Iraqi women’s rights activists realize that their struggle for greater gender equality and social justice cannot be separated from the struggle against an emerging...more
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo

"Several national indicators reveal that many women know that there are laws protecting them against violence and that they are encouraged to report such violence to the competent authorities. Despite the paucity of reporting on national trends, experienced observers have noted that public security and justice services, as well as private organizations (legal clinics, specialized associations) are increasingly sought by women, and the number of applicants has also increased throughout the country" (9).
Jan. 29, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Moreover, considering the recent situation of trafficking in persons such as cases of trafficking in persons becoming more sophisticated and invisible, the government revised the Action Plan in December 2009 and drew up Japan’s 2009 Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Based on the 2009 Action Plan, the government aims to further enhance its efforts to prevent and eliminate trafficking in persons and to protect the victims. Relevant institutions will comprehensively implement the respective measures in cooperation with each other." (52). "The government has taken budgetary measures for various support systems provided at Women’s Consulting Offices, such as the protection of women victimized by trafficking in persons, allocation of...more
Jan. 10, 2020, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Yet anti-FGM campaigners are hopeful that things will change given that last month the country repealed a restrictive public order law that controlled how women acted and dressed in public, including banning women from wearing trousers. It was introduced during the nearly 30-year rule of Omar al-Bashir, who was deposed as president in a coup earlier this year after mass street protests. Under the public order law, the authorities had sweeping powers to control what women wore, whom they spoke to and saw, and any job they might hold - with any perceived offender facing punishment by flogging, or in rare cases stoning and even execution."
Dec. 31, 2019, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In the most significant reforms to Chinese land laws in more than 15 years, the Chinese government adopted several new amendments to its 2002 Rural Land Contracting Law (RLCL) late last year that will help strengthen the land rights of 240 million Chinese farm households. The amended RLCL includes key provisions that protect and strengthen women’s land rights, and responds positively to shifting demographic trends as China’s farming communities undergo rapid urbanization" (para. 1-2).
Dec. 16, 2019, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"Voters in Colombia’s capital Bogota elected a woman as mayor for the first time on Sunday in local and regional contests marked in some places by violence against candidates and the power of political clans" (para 1). "Left-wing Claudia Lopez, a former senator and vice-presidential candidate, won about 35% of the vote for Bogota mayor, widely considered the second-most important political post in Colombia after the presidency" (para 2).
Dec. 14, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"But change, however slow, is coming. Surveys indicate that nearly 65% of Spanish women under 30 now call themselves feminists--double the number of five years ago. The number of rapes reported shot up by 28% in the first three months of 2018--the outcome of the first trial seemed to encourage more women to come forward, rather than deter them" (para 6).
Dec. 8, 2019, 5:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"India's parliament has approved a bill that makes the Muslim practice of 'instant divorce' a criminal offence. 'Triple talaq', as it's known, allows a husband to divorce his wife by repeating the word 'talaq' (divorce) three times in any form, including email or text message. The Supreme Court declared the practice unconstitutional in 2017" (para. 1-3).
Dec. 6, 2019, 1:53 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2013, the UN General Assembly issued a resolution recognising the unique challenges that female human rights defenders face and calling on countries to ensure these women's right to carry out their activism in peaceful ways and to provide specialised protections, including legal, medical and social services" (para 44).
Nov. 15, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Yesterday, the Tanzania Court of Appeal upheld the landmark 2016 ruling by the High Court against child marriage." (para 1).