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Latest items for RISW-PRACTICE-2

July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Covid has placed millions more girls at risk of FGM as families have turned back to the practice during lockdowns. It has also resurfaced in countries, including Cameroon, where it had been largely abandoned. The procedure is performed for a number of reasons. In some communities it is a prerequisite for marriage; culture and religion are also used to justify it" (Para 5).
June 30, 2021, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Turkey withdrew from a European treaty on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, according to the country’s Official Gazette early Saturday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a decree to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention that was signed in 2011" (para 1-2).
June 26, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Less than a month after voters in Switzerland supported a ban on the burqa and niqab, its neighboring nation, France, has taken a more severe stance against 'religious' clothing and symbols with its move to outlaw the hijab on women under the age of 18 in public places. On March 30, the French senate voted in favor of the 'prohibition in the public space of any conspicuous religious sign by minors and of any dress or clothing which would signify an interiorization of women over men.' In addition, hijabi mothers would be prohibited from accompanying school field trips and burkinis would be banned at public swimming pools. These laws, which...more
June 25, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The woman, 27, is among hundreds who have reported that they were subjected to horrific sexual violence by Ethiopian and allied Eritrean soldiers after fighting broke out in November in the mountainous northern region of Ethiopia" (para 13). "At least 829 cases of sexual assault have been reported at the five hospitals since the conflict in Tigray began, though Fasika believes these cases are only the tip of the iceberg, especially because of the stigma surrounding rape" (para 17).
June 25, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Across much of China, the authorities are encouraging women to have more children, as they try to stave off a demographic crisis from a declining birthrate. But in the Xinjiang region, China is forcing them to have fewer, tightening its grip on Muslim ethnic minorities and trying to orchestrate a demographic shift that will diminish their population growth" (para 4). "While the authorities have said the birth control procedures are voluntary, interviews with more than a dozen Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim women and men from Xinjiang, as well as a review of official statistics, government notices and reports in the state-run media, depict a coercive effort by the Chinese...more
May 15, 2021, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The proportion of women on the boards of the 100 biggest listed companies rose 1.4 percentage points to 17.6% as of end-2020 from a year earlier, according to the Council for Board Diversity. The target was 20%. Some companies didn’t view board diversity as a priority last year as they battled the global outbreak, the council said...The percentage of top companies with 30% or more women on their boards rose to 16% in 2020 from 12% the year before, the report showed. There were still 18 all-male boards in 2020, and only seven of the top 100 firms were chaired by women" (para 2, 4).
Jan. 19, 2021, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Yasmine Mohammed, ex-Muslim activist who campaigns and writes on women's rights said there was a tragedy in the way Apple and Google were facilitating 'archaic misogyny.' 'What irony. In the West, these technologies are used to improve lives and in Saudi Arabia they're used to enforce gender apartheid.' Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have expressed concern about the app which has been downloaded from the Google and Apple stores more than one million times. 'Apple and Google have rules against apps that facilitate threats and harassment. Apps like this one can facilitate human rights abuses, including discrimination against women,' Rothna Begum a Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch...more
Jan. 19, 2021, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Intra-Afghan peace talks have yet to take place. Many women fear losing freedoms hard-earned since U.S.-backed Afghan forces overthrew the austere Islamist militants in 2001” (Para 10).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"But even using their conservative calculation, Kilómetro Cero and Proyecto Matria found that in the two six-month periods following Hurricane Maria, more femicides were committed than in any other six-month period they studied: Nine women were murdered in the six months after the storm, and 13 more in the second half of the year" (para 28).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"But even using their conservative calculation, Kilómetro Cero and Proyecto Matria found that in the two six-month periods following Hurricane Maria, more femicides were committed than in any other six-month period they studied: Nine women were murdered in the six months after the storm, and 13 more in the second half of the year" (para 28).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SMES-DATA-1, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Among single mothers, the poverty rate has worsened under Mr. Abe. More than half fell below the poverty line in 2019, up from nearly 45 percent when Mr. Abe became prime minister in 2012, according to the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, a think tank" (para 13).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GP-DATA-3, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Already, many kids are at risk of languishing in an endless cycle of poverty – an estimated 23 percent of the population survives on less than 1.25 dollars a day – particularly since the government slashed the budget allocation for the ministry of women and child development by 1.5 billion dollars this year" (para 21).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities" (para 1).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Government’s efforts to fulfil its commitments are reflected to a certain extent in its policies on Health, Population and Women’s development, and programmes including Primary Health Care and Family Planning, and Maternal, New-born and Child Health. The country still, however, ranks low in gender indicators and its gender equality measurements are deteriorating" (para 5).
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"BiH has an established legislative framework for tackling gender-based violence and human trafficking and institutional gender equality mechanisms, including in politics. Implementation remained patchy or non-existent in 2019, according to women’s rights organization Kvinna Till Kvinna, leaving women vulnerable to domestic violence and employment discrimination, and underrepresented in political life" (19)
Oct. 22, 2020, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The state fails in practice to protect women from gender-based violence or hold most of those responsible for it to account" (para 1).
Oct. 16, 2020, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“[E]ight German states currently maintain restrictions on wearing the hijab by female teachers, after a 2015 decision by Germany's Constitutional Court overturned a blanket ban on teachers wearing hijabs, ruling that it was against religious freedom” (Para 10).
Sept. 14, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Taking into consideration that the Kingdom of Bahrain had accessed the cedaw convention 16 years ago; there are no legal frameworks to implement and monitor gender equality and non- discrimination" (1).
Aug. 11, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Although much legislation exists, due to lack of their enforcement, women continue to suffer in this patriarchal society. Due to this shortcoming of the legislations, the judiciary has come forward to protect women. The procedural shackles have been removed. The judiciary has adopted the pragmatic approach and efforts are made to grant constitutional provisions for all women. The judiciary had taken the initiative in helping the women folk when denied by the legislature. Many landmark judgments are there to substantiate this point. Some of the cases are cited below: In Municipal Corporation of Delhi v. Female Workers (Muster Roll) (AIR 2000 SC 1274), the Supreme Court extended the benefits of...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

“Mexico’s femicide crisis did not begin with the presidency of its current leader, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leftwing populist who took office in December 2018 and is best known as Amlo. But the number of killings is rising. Last year 1,006 of 3,825 murders were officially classified as femicides – women or girls killed because of their gender. That compared to 426 in 2015, when authorities began counting such crimes. And Amlo’s response to the recent killings has infuriated and alienated women’s rights activists, many of whom voted for him in 2018 believing a progressive leader would do more for their cause” (para 24-26). In the graph entitled, “In...more
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Modern contraceptive use by currently married women has stagnated over the last 5 years in Pakistan at 26% in 2012-13 and 25% in 2017-18 (Figure 7.2). Use of traditional methods persists at 9% over the same period" (114).
Feb. 5, 2020, 8:01 a.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Moreover, the progress achieved in terms of school enrolment is still not enough to change the attitudes of men who perpetuate inequalities that discriminate against women on the pretext of superiority and/or traditions that must be respected" (37).
Oct. 8, 2019, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Last month, the Legislative Arm of Government in Liberia backtracked on efforts to criminalise Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country. They deleted sections from the proposed Domestic Violence Bill (2014) that had sought to outlaw the practice. This demonstrates the lack of political will necessary to protect women and girls from harm and the institution’s problematic approach towards issues of women and girls’ rights" (para 1).
July 8, 2019, 12:38 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes that the State party has been facing political instability since April 2015, which has resulted in an increase in violence and high levels of insecurity. The Committee is particularly concerned that this situation, along with non-adherence to the rule of law, has contributed to an increase in the number of serious acts of sexual and gender-based violence committed against women and girls by the police, the military and the ruling party’s youth league, the Imbonerakure. The Committee regrets the intention of the State party to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, its rejection of the independent investigation on Burundi carried out pursuant to...more
June 25, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is concerned about anti-gender movements seeking to exclude reference to gender from the political, educational and social discourse in the State party. It is also concerned about the ban by the Ministry of Education and Science on all dissemination and use of educational materials referring to 'gender theory' and/or 'gender ideology', under Ministry decision No. 29664, and at the complete absence of the term “gender” from the Act on the comprehensive protection of women from all forms of violence. (...) It is also concerned at the proposal to create a ministry of family, which could interfere with the mandate of the Ministry of Women and the resources allocated...more
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern, however, the delay since December 2014 in adopting the new action plan. It also notes with concern that the Centre for Gender Equality, tasked with administering the Act on Equal Status and Equal Rights of Women and Men, lacks adequate human and financial resources and is remotely located. The Committee is also concerned that there are no full-time gender focal points working on gender mainstreaming in government institutions and that gender-responsive budgeting is not systematically implemented in all programming relevant for achieving the de facto equality of women." (para 11)
June 8, 2019, 3:39 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"In September 2017, at the beginning of the new school year, schools in some Regions of Kazakhstan banned girls wearing headscarves from further attendance. More schools started banning girls in headscarves in January 2018. Education officials and schools argued that headscarves violate the January 2016 Education and Science Ministry instruction on compulsory school uniforms, which does not allow clothes which demonstrate a religious adherence." (para 3). "However, as early as 2013, some schools banned girls from attending if they were wearing headscarves. A father in Aksai in West Kazakhstan Region challenged through the local court the school which had rejected his daughter. He argued that the ban amounted to discrimination...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is also concerned at reports of the increasing rate of femicide in the State party" (6).
May 15, 2019, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"Despite repeated vows by both major political parties to increase female representation, the number of female candidates elected in the June commune council elections actually declined from the 2012 result. The June elections also saw participation by the Cambodia Indigenous People’s Democracy Party" (23-24).
May 9, 2019, 3:36 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The lashings, however, have evoked comparison with the group’s treatment of women during its previous rule, before it was toppled by the US-led invasion in 2001. During the Taliban’s period of control in Afghanistan from 1996 until its fall, public executions and lashings were common. At that time, women faced serious discrimination. They were forced to wear an all-enveloping burqa, they were forbidden to leave their homes without an accompanying male relative, and girls’ education was banned" (para 7-8).