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Latest items for SAB-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Breastfeeding is socially acceptable" (1).
Aug. 27, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"But Sir Lindsay said he would not block breastfeeding when asked if he would allow it in the chamber or committee rooms. 'I'm of the view there isn't a policy, my view is that it is up to a mother,' he said. 'I think it would be wrong for me as a male to dictate on that policy. If it happens, it happens. I wouldn't be upset by it, let's put it that way.' Several MPs in recent years have brought their young children into the Commons, including Labour's Ellie Reeves and Tory Kemi Badenoch. They both carried their children as they were sworn in for the new Parliament in...more
June 29, 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"But some kidnappings in Kyrgyzstan are clearly nonconsensual. Since 2018 at least two women, Aizada Kanatbekova and Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy, were killed by their kidnappers when they attempted to resist the marriage. Both murders spawned protests nationally and in their hometowns, some of the largest rallies against bride kidnapping seen in Kyrgyzstan since visible public opposition began in the 1990s" (para 13-14).
April 30, 2021, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"MPs can bring young children to work and breast or bottle feed under new laws" (para 1). "Babies and breastfeeding will be allowed in South Australia's House of Assembly under new laws which passed on Thursday" (para 2). "Breastfeeding was also permitted, with Senator Larissa Waters becoming the first woman to breastfeed her baby in federal parliament in 2017" (para 9). "The Queensland mother proudly breastfed her two-month-old baby girl, Alia, while passing a senate motion on black lung disease" (para 10).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"to encourage breast-feeding the Italian Authorities have agreement in the State-Regions Conference where they approved the first national guidelines on the protection of the rights of the parturient, the promotion of natural childbirth and the protection of the health of the newborn" (87). "On December 20, 2007, the Ministry on Health reached an agreement...with the Italian Region under special statute and...with the...State-Regions Conference, on 'The National Guidelines on the protection, and promotion of the breast-feeding practice'...this recommends: the breast-feeding as the solely method for feeding children, up to the age of six months...and the extension of such practice as long as mothers will manage; the establishment of an Ad...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:02 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The above situation was then compounded by a culture of complicity and silence. The sex trafficking market extended all over BiH, and spread rapidly from the entry point of Bijelina in the North East to a variety of other locations. Opposition proved impossible, because those in power, including men in international organizations, became patrons. This implied that everyone trusted the silence of the other, and all in the international community could ultimately rely on diplomatic immunity to cover their crimes" (para 4).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

“The marketing of infant formula is strictly regulated to try to halt plummeting rates of breastfeeding” (para 2).
Feb. 10, 2021, 12:36 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Unda, a leader of the feminist organisation Brujas del Mar, was one of the organisers of the country's National Women's Strike on March 9, when 6.6 million women did not leave the house to show the Latin American country what society would look like without women" (para 2).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Except the post-delivery period in case of the male baby, when higher allowances are given so that boy can be breastfed, generally meager nutritional allocation and repeated pregnancies make them malnourished" (para 35).
Dec. 20, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1, SAB-LAW-1

"Article 35 in the same law also provides provision, for lactating female working in the private sector, after their return from maternity leave, to two nursing periods of a minimum of one hour each, until the baby is six months of age, and when the baby is aged six months, to one year, a woman is entitled to two further periods of care, that last for a minimum duration of 30 minutes. In the public sector, lactating mothers are granted maternal hours for two years" (7).
Dec. 18, 2020, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The subject has been in the spotlight since the mass demonstrations that followed the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in 2012" (para. 14).
June 5, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy 2014-2024 specifically mentions the need for early breastfeeding initiation (National Department of Health 2014b)" (190). "Table 11.1 shows that 91% of last-born children born in the 2 years before the survey were breastfed at some point" (190). The near-universality of breastfeeding in Papua New Guinea suggests that it is considered socially acceptable (RAO-CODER COMMENT). "Breast milk contains all of the nutrients needed by children during their first 6 months of life. It is recommended that children be exclusively breastfed in the first 6 months of their life; that is, they should be given nothing but breast milk. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months prevents...more
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Further efforts were made to protect and promote women’s health and provide them with good working conditions. For instance, pregnant women were given light jobs and working women were given breastfeeding breaks between work hours (see para. 37 of the present Report). Female farmers with children under 4 years of age and during pregnancy were not allowed to be involved in work using pesticide and insecticide" (10).
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Early initiation of breastfeeding is more common among children whose deliveries were assisted by health personnel (50%) than among those whose deliveries were assisted by traditional birth attendants (33%), no one (36%), or others (37%)" (259). "Infants in urban areas were more likely to start breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth (49%) and less likely to receive a prelacteal feed (43%) than those in rural areas (38% and 53%, respectively)" (259). "Children born to mothers with more than a secondary education were more likely to start breastfeeding within an hour of birth (52%) than children born to mothers with no education (34%). Conversely, children born to mothers with no education...more
April 14, 2020, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The Indonesian government supported these guidelines by changing the recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding from 4 months to 6 months (WHO 2001)" (181). "The Indonesian government has stipulated a national policy related to exclusive breastfeeding in Government Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia No. 33/2012 (Republic of Indonesia 2012). In the 2015-2019 Indonesian strategic plan (Renstra), the target coverage for exclusive breastfeeding is 50% by 2019 (Ministry of Health 2015)" (181). "Almost all children (95%) have been breastfed" (182).
Jan. 22, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The #MeToo movement... has been slower to take off in Africa, where campaigners say many women fear reprisals for speaking out. Namibia's movement was initially triggered by a local student who spoke out on social media last month about being sexually abused on campus. 'A lot of people are asking 'why now?'. The #MeToo movement in the U.S. started about two years ago,' Iileka said. 'All I can say is social media has given survivors an opportunity to seek safety in numbers'... Namibia's first lady, Monica Geingos, has thrown her weight behind the movement and tweeted last week that her team would offer free advice to victims" (para 5-9, 16).more
June 5, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Armenia, as a member of the United Nations, has made the well-being and health of the mother and child a priority at the national level. This emphasis is reflected in the strategic documents of the RA government, particularly those of the Ministry of Health. They are the following: ...The national breastfeeding promotion program and the implementation of an action plan for 2016-2020" (3). "The importance and necessity of breastfeeding has been well recognized in Armenia since the 1993 adoption of the State Program on Breastfeeding by the Ministry of Health. In conjunction with the state program, reforms occurred in maternity hospitals as part of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)....more
May 24, 2019, 2:09 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Suzuki has chosen not to breast-feed and that, too, has drawn criticism" (para 9).
May 22, 2019, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"As part of their protest, the BNWLA and other rights groups intend to celebrate Women’s Day this year as a black day.' Their main agenda will be to raise awareness about child marriages" (Para 22).
May 10, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"National policies and guidelines on newborn care (DOH Administrative Order 2009-0025) and IYCF (DOH Administrative Order 2005-0014) are in place, in addition to Republic Act 10028: Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding (which amended the 1992 Rooming-in and Breastfeeding Act), to ensure national implementation at all levels in both the public and private sectors as well as at the community level" (161).
April 11, 2019, 11:47 p.m.
Countries: Cote D'Ivoire
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1, SAB-LAW-1

"In order to combat malnutrition more effectively, several measures have been taken by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. These include: (i) the 2013 decree regulating the marketing of breast-milk substitutes" (34).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1, SAB-LAW-1

"A woman employee is granted two hours per day for breastfeeding for a two-year period" (21).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2016, the Ministry of Health (MoH) established the National Nutrition Programme II (NNP II) and the National Guideline on Adolescent, Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition (AMIYCN) (FDRE 2106b) to promote optimal feeding and care practices that follow international recommendations. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed exclusively until the child is age 6 months without adding any water, other fluids or foods, and to continue breastfeeding until the child turns age 2" (190).
Jan. 9, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

In secure spaces chosen in consultation with communities, Safe Space staff educates girls about sexual and reproductive health, self-esteem, their rights, money management, public speaking and literacy. In 2014 and 2015, over 10,000 girls completed the program (para 13).
Jan. 8, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Girls supported by Plan International have been at the forefront of the campaign to make sanitary pads free. Joyce, 14, petitioned the government on the International Day of the Girl last year demanding action. Today, she says: 'I feel so happy that the government listened to girls and is taking the step towards making Kenya a better place for all girls'" (para 2-4). "'Menstruation is linked to girls’ dignity and has a tremendous impact on their access to education and performance in school as girls will often miss days when they are menstruating,' says Mr Reinius. 'This is a pioneering step which will ensure that more girls can secure their...more
Jan. 7, 2019, 12:03 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

“Child marriage practices in Malaysia are often driven by poverty, patriarchal structures, customs and misconceptions around pre-marital sex.'To help a child climb out of poverty, you must educate her, not marry her,' one 15-year-old bride told the Special Rapporteur" (para 3-4) Sex education is considered taboo (AMG-CODER COMMENT). "De Boer-Buquicchio said there were encouraging discussions nationally spearheaded by the Deputy Prime Minister to raise the minimum age of marriage for girls and boys and the momentum must be seized to put an end to this harmful practice that affects children irreparably" (para 5).
Jan. 7, 2019, 11:47 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"The Malian Association for the Defence of Human Rights described Tuesday’s stoning as 'cowardly murder. This is barbaric. The people who did this should be arrested and put on trial,' said Oumar Diakite, an AMDH official" (para 8-9).
Dec. 14, 2018, 8:25 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

“Algerian authorities [have] banned female public sector employees from wearing full-face veils, or niqabs, at work. Prime Minister Ahmed Ouayhia publicized the decision in a letter to ministers and regional governors in the Muslim-majority country last Thursday. Civil servants, he wrote, need to 'observe the rules and requirements of security and communication within their department.' He said public sector workers needed to be able to be 'physically identifiable' while in the workplace. The ban has been met with both positive and negative reactions on social media, with some hailing it as progressive while others called it an attempt to control women and what they choose to wear. According to Arabic...more
Dec. 14, 2018, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Libya

"Colonel Qaddafi, in his bizarre style, had opened opportunities for women in ways that few other Arab strongmen ever did. “It is an undisputed fact that both man and woman are human beings,” Colonel Qaddafi wrote in the Green Book, his magnum opus of philosophical musings. He expanded women’s education, sharply reduced illiteracy among women, enabled women to enter new professions, and conspicuously included uniformed women in both the army and the police" (3).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:20 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"French President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a gender-balanced cabinet in accordance with an earlier pledge, with 11 of 22 posts taken by women" (para 1). The fact that the party in power had made a pledge to create a more gender-balanced cabinet indicates that gender-issues are a topic of discourse within the society and the parties are taking it seriously (AA-CODER COMMENT).