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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In September 2018 five government departments, including the National Health Commission and the State Drug Administration, jointly released a regulation on banning the use of ultrasonic diagnostic equipment to take 'fetus photos' after the government found that such tools had been used to reveal the gender of the fetus" (70). "In December 2018 the Supreme Court issued instructions announcing infringement of equal employment rights was an acceptable cause of action for litigation" (85).
Aug. 4, 2021, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"China has long promised to overhaul policies that affected families, but changes had been slow. The only real shift in the last five years, said Lu Hongping, a professor of population studies at Hebei University, had been a lengthening of statutory maternity leave to around 160 days in most areas. But even then, he said, it was too short" (Para 10). "Some women pointed out that the government had already barred employers from asking women about their marital or childbearing status in 2019, and the problem was weak enforcement. The government has often encouraged women to retreat to more traditional gender roles, in an effort to increase the birthrate" (Para...more
July 29, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Outcry was swift — including from the press, an attorney who has worked with minors seeking to marry in the state, advocates and local officials. After intense bipartisan negotiations, the bill was amended yet again to raise the age floor for marriage to 16, and that version of the bill passed without opposition in the Senate. While this version still falls short of the age of 18 standard that was initially proposed — a deeply disappointing development that leaves children at risk — I remain hopeful. Until recently, New York law permitted marriage as young as 14, and the first successful legislative effort to address this was able to increase...more
July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"When schools were closed during Covid, cutters were going into homes to convince mothers that their daughters should be cut. In response, Ahmed’s foundation trained 80 women in settlements for internally displaced people and distributed radios to receive broadcasts of anti-FGM messaging. Over the past five years, her foundation has trained more than 5,000 university students, MPs, community groups and religious leaders to speak out against the practice, debunking myths around the idea that FGM is a requirement under Islamic law" (Para 8).
July 21, 2021, 11:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Women in Saudi Arabia are now able to join the military as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman continues his efforts to modernise the kingdom" (Para 1). "It is now common to see women working as cashiers in shops, waiting tables and working in coffee houses, professions which were outlawed until recently" (Para 7). "The harsh crackdown against women who had pressed for the right to drive before the kingdom lifted the ban in mid-2018 came to symbolize the dual strategy of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman" (Para 19).
July 21, 2021, 10:18 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Adultery has been decriminalised in Taiwan after the country's top court ruled the law against it breached constitutional protections for sexual autonomy today" (Para 1).
July 21, 2021, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Amendments to the FGM law approved by the cabinet on Wednesday include hiking the maximum sentence from the current seven years and banning doctors and other medical staff involved in FGM from practising their profession for up to five years. Under the changes, prison terms of between five and 20 years will be recommended depending on who performed the surgery and whether it caused permanent damage or death, a government statement said. The person requesting FGM will also face imprisonment, according to the amendments, which must still be approved by parliament and the president" (Para 3-5). "The law was tightened five years ago to make it a criminal offence to...more
July 20, 2021, 8 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"There have been some positive legal changes in the last few years, at least on the surface. For example the UAE's penal code used to explicitly permit men to be violent towards their wives, but this was removed in 2016. A requirement in the Personal Status Law for women to be 'obedient' to their husbands was revoked in 2019. Last March a new law came into effect that allowed women access to protection orders - that is, restraining orders - for the first time. There were further legal reforms at the end of last year" (Para 13).
July 20, 2021, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"There have been some positive legal changes in the last few years, at least on the surface. For example the UAE's penal code used to explicitly permit men to be violent towards their wives, but this was removed in 2016. A requirement in the Personal Status Law for women to be 'obedient' to their husbands was revoked in 2019. Last March a new law came into effect that allowed women access to protection orders - that is, restraining orders - for the first time. There were further legal reforms at the end of last year" (Para 13).
July 20, 2021, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Last year, Sudan outlawed female genital mutilation (FGM), a move that was hailed by women’s rights campaigners. The new law states that anyone who performs FGM, whether inside a medical establishment or elsewhere, will risk a fine and three years in prison" (Para 16-17).
July 12, 2021, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1). "The bench, comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and S Ravindra, also directed that courts should not suggest, entertain or encourage marriage between the survivor and the accused, or mandate mediation between them, as these forms of compromises are beyond the power and jurisdiction of the court" (para 5). "The Attorney General, KK Venugopal, had suggested gender...more
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The kingdom[Saudi Arabia] has granted women greater rights in recent years, like the right to drive, run and vote in local elections and play sports in school"(para 50)."But the biggest change over the past year came on June 24, 2018, when women took the driver's seat for the first time in the kingdom's history. While the end of the driving ban was a welcome major step, a number of women's rights activists were rounded up that same month and put behind bars - some of them campaigners for the right to drive"(para 99,100)."In January 2018, women were allowed into a special section in select sports stadiums for the first time....more
July 1, 2021, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Forty-three other states and the District of Columbia have legislation that offers at least some protection to prevent rape victims from facing their attackers over parental rights; eight of those laws were just adopted in 2016" (para 5).
July 1, 2021, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Interestingly, two women are at the forefront of this effort [to reform the police force this year]: Eka Zguladze, the first deputy interior minister, and Khatia Dekanoidze, the country’s national police chief. In addition to improving training programs and introducing new uniforms, they have also overseen a rapid increase in the hiring of female police officers. Once there were almost no women in police uniform, and now about a quarter of the officers are women" (para 3-4).
June 30, 2021, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Moscow's metro says it has hired its first female train drivers since controversial rules banning women from certain jobs were lifted last year" (para 1). "The profession [train driving] had been added to a list of jobs considered too physically demanding or dangerous for women to undertake. However, it was removed from this list - along with jobs including lorry drivers and boat skippers - after much of the physical aspects of the role became automated" (para 5-6). "In recent years, Russian women have appealed to the courts to cancel or change the restricted jobs list. This year, the list has finally been amended and now comprises of just 96...more
June 29, 2021, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday directed lower courts to avoid expressing any stereotypical or patriarchal opinions on women and their place in society such as 'women are physically weak, should be submissive and obedient, good women are sexually chaste' in court orders relating to crimes against women, especially for verdicts on bail" (para 1). "The bench, comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and S Ravindra, also directed that courts should not suggest, entertain or encourage marriage between the survivor and the accused, or mandate mediation between them, as these forms of compromises are beyond the power and jurisdiction of the court. It further emphasised the need for displaying sensitivity towards the...more
June 25, 2021, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The mother is the first person to be sentenced in Queensland for removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation. Cutting or removing some of a girl or young woman's genitals is considered traditional in some cultures but illegal here" (para 6-7).
June 23, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The cabinet is now composed of 12 women and 10 men, with the four key posts of deputy premier held by women." (Para 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
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

“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).