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Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Silvia Trujillo was born in Uruguay and grew up in Argentina, but she said she first became a feminist in Guatemala. She moved there 20 years ago and has since worked both as a sociologist and the editor of La Cuerda, an internet portal with a 'feminist view on reality,' according to its website. 'We live here in a state that is incapable of protecting its women and where the political will to do so is lacking. This is compounded by the way society is so pervaded by machismo that violence against women is often not reported,' she said" (para 5-6). "But something is starting to change in Guatemala. Many...more
Sept. 15, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Feminists from different civil society organizations have denounced, according to Confidencial reports, the vulnerability of women’s rights in the absence of state measures that seek to eradicate violence. Martha Flores, from Catholics for the Right to Decide, notes that in Nicaragua women are 'completely unprotected…because in this country justice is hard to come by.' The Ortega regime, claiming to be concerned about justice to cases where women, female children and girls are murdered, approved a reform to the Political Constitution of Nicargua that established life imprisonment for 'hate crimes.' However, the measure has been criticized by feminists, since they consider that this is not the solution for machista violence. In...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Gambaga is one of the oldest and most famous witch camps on the continent. Established some 200 years ago by Islamic missionary Imam Baba as a refuge for women banished over witchcraft allegations, the camp is comprised of about 25 round huts roofed with thatch and plastered with a mixture of mud and cow dung. The structures are unventilated except for their small doors, and the settlement as a whole, which usually houses a fluctuating population of around 100 women at a time, offers no electricity, indoor plumbing, or health services. The condemned women and children who live there are provided with meager food rations and job training in skills...more
Sept. 10, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"But some Afghan women are now campaigning to use their names freely, with the slogan 'Where Is My Name?' The campaign began three years ago when Laleh Osmany realised she was fed up with women being denied what she thought was a 'basic right'. 'The campaign is getting one step closer to achieving its goal of persuading the Afghan government to record the mother's name on a birth certificate,' Ms Osmany, who is 28, said" (para 6-7). "Soon after Ms Osmany began her campaign three years ago, Afghan celebrities began to throw their support behind it, including the singer and music producer Farhad Darya and the singer-songwriter Aryana Sayeed" (para...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"For decades, gaffe-prone men in positions of power have caused embarrassment and sparked outrage among younger generations and women in patriarchal Japan, which is ranked 120 out of 156 countries in the World Economic Forum's latest Global Gender Gap Index -- between Angola and Sierra Leone" (para 4). "Kingston gives the example of the backlash that ensued on social media when Mori, the former Tokyo 2020 head, tried to handpick another octogenarian man as his successor. That move ultimately failed when he was replaced by former Olympian Seiko Hashimoto, a 56-year-old woman. Kathy Matsui, a former vice-chair and chief Japan strategist for global investment bank Goldman Sachs, said while sexist...more
Sept. 5, 2021, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"I would also like to commend the initiatives of the ABAAD Resource Center for Gender Equality for bringing together religious leaders and other civil society participants in an international platform to discuss the problem of violence against women in Lebanon" (para 1). This was a letter written by Professor Rashida Manjoo to a panel discussion about violence against women in Lebanon (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "While these are indeed positive steps toward the elimination of violence against women, I have repeatedly argued that any measures adopted will not bring about substantive change if not implemented within a holistic approach that simultaneously targets the empowerment of women, social transformation to address...more
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In recent years, matters related to gender equality have received more attention and coverage in the press and audio visual media, especially in the news. Participation of press, radio and TV has also helped to provoke public debate on the issue of violence against women. Several measures have been taken both by the state and other stakeholders, such as universities to target the topic of gender equality in the field of media. In 2010 and 2013 wide scale awareness raising campaigns were carried out to tackle gender stereotypes." (11). "Awareness raising efforts have also included training other different stakeholders and target groups, such as medical workers and girls, carried out...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Female cartoon characters shown on Iranian television must now wear a hijab, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled. Khamenei said that whilst it is not necessary for the women in cartoons and anime films to have their hair covered, it is 'required' because of the consequences of not wearing a hijab. Political activists in Iran have condemned the move as 'toxic', arguing that those in power are 'obsessed with the hair of female anything'" (para 1-3). "Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad mocked the decision and wrote on Twitter: 'This isn't a joke! The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran has announced women even in animations...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC said: 'I share the deep public concern over the growing gap between the number of rapes being reported, and the number of criminals being convicted of this sickening offence. Our prosecutors are highly trained, dedicated and committed to taking even the most challenging cases to court whenever the legal test is met.' Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, the National Police Chiefs' Council spokesman on rape, said: 'Policing has been under huge strain in recent years with rising crime and more complex investigations mismatched against our resources. The shortage of detectives, the large increase in digital evidence and tackling disclosure challenges have all impacted...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"An independent review in 2016 recommended that breastfeeding should be permitted in the chamber, with MPs with children having to sit for hours listening for a debate. Equal rights campaigners have called for breastfeeding in the Commons to tackle any taboo and to allow women MPs more flexibility with their work" (para 12-13).
Aug. 4, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Hundreds of Sudanese women took to the streets in April to demand security and safety in the private and public sphere, while calling for a prosecution system to deal with gender based violence. More than 50 local organisations participated in the march, with women and girls from different classes, ethnic groups and backgrounds" (Para 1-2). "No arrests were initially made, and the family were allowed to bury her, but a week later following an outcry by thousands of people on social media, the police arrested her father for murder and re-examined her body" (Para 6). "Following Samah's murder, hundreds of women took to social media to share their own experiences...more
Aug. 3, 2021, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Since #MeToo, French attitudes towards consent and power within relationships both personal and professional have come under the microscope as never before. What was acceptable, even admirable, 20 years ago is now considered beyond the pale. The publication in January of Le Consentement, a memoir by Vanessa Springora, detailing her relationship with the prizewinning writer Gabriel Matzneff when she was 14 and he was in his 50s, was like a bomb going off in the country. Gallimard, which published Matzneff’s diaries, hastily announced that it was halting sales of his books and he was stripped of the state-funded grant he had been receiving" (para 4). "Yet – surprise, surprise –...more
Aug. 3, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Idhanur, who teaches at Al Fatah Islamic Boarding School of Temboro, part of the revivalist Tablighi Jamaat movement, has an answer for Indonesians who fear that conservative Islamic dress is a troubling step toward extremism and the marginalization of women. 'Even though we are wearing a niqab like this, it doesn’t mean that we become weak Muslim women,' Ms. Idhanur said after dismounting. 'We can become strong Muslim women by participating in archery and horseback riding'" (para 5-6). "A small minority of Muslims have embraced extremist views and some have carried out deadly bombings, including the 2018 Surabaya church attack that killed a dozen bystanders. One suicide bomber was...more
Aug. 3, 2021, 12:21 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Flora Alatan, Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs, told CNN her department is working with the justice ministry to adopt the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP), a federal legislation with a provision that directly punishes the ill-treatment of widows. The 'Harmful Widowhood Practices' in the VAPP Act says people can be jailed for a maximum of two years or pay a fine of N500,000 (around $1,366) for abusing women whose husbands have died. Nigeria signed the VAPP Act in 2015, but a majority of the West African nation's 36 states are yet to adopt it and, consequently, the law can't be enforced in those states. While she's pushing for...more
July 31, 2021, 3:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The World Bank has been accused of undermining human rights and has faced criticism from local and international civil society groups over the Tanzania secondary education quality improvement programme loan. Campaigners say approval should not have been given without first securing a commitment from the government to reverse its discrimination towards pregnant girls and end compulsory pregnancy tests" (para 2) "Gitau condemmed the parallel system and called for the 'reintegration of all pregnant girls to mainstream education'" (para 12).
July 30, 2021, 2:25 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"To curb this vicious cycle of economic, emotional and psychosocial injustice, more educational programmes need to be rolled out to create awareness on property and inheritance rights not only in cities but more in rural areas which is where property disinheritance is rife. Women should be trained on property rights and ownership long before they become widowed as part of pre-emptive defence. Additionally, joint titling should be promoted at all levels. Men and boys also need deliberate educational programmes on property rights and values so that they no longer see female property ownership from a competitive lens. Councils of elders also need re-education, learning and unlearning to look at women...more
July 30, 2021, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Ten women's rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia, more than nine months after they were arrested in a crackdown on dissent. Loujain al-Hathloul, who campaigned for Saudi women to have the right to drive, was among prominent campaigners to appear before a judge in Riyadh on Wednesday...Last week, more than 30 countries criticised Saudi Arabia at the United Nations security council for detaining the women" (para 1-2, 4). "The outcry over the murder increased scrutiny of the detained women's rights activists, who also include Nouf Abdelaziz, Mayaa al-Zahrani, Samar Badawi, Nassima al-Saada, Shadan al-Onezi, Amal al-Harbi and Mohammed al-Rabia. They say some of the women, including Hathloul,...more
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"As the world marks a year of COVID-19, researchers are calling out another pandemic that has ebbed and flowed for decades in this country: violence against women and girls" (Para 1). "Dugal says the conversation in Canada needs to pivot to what men and boys can be doing and not focus on victim behaviours. 'We need to shift the culture so men are responsible to each other and themselves and understand exactly that they are more responsible for this violence than anybody else and they need to take responsibility for that,' she said" (Para 16-17).
July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"'Grassroots campaigners play a big role in lobbying the government, speaking on behalf of children and raising awareness of the risks of FGM within the community,' says Ahmed, who advises the Somali prime minister on gender issues. 'If it weren’t for the local activist we trained who was based in the area, we wouldn’t know the reality of the death of the girl … I don’t want any other girls to die from bleeding'" (Para 4). "The UN has set a target date of 2030 to end the practice. Mireille Tushiminina, head of the UN programme dedicated to eliminating FGM, has a huge task ahead of her and recognises the...more
July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"When Ganda was working as a reporter in 2006, FGM was a taboo subject and not spoken about publicly in Sierra Leone. Now the media landscape is changing. 'We have weakened the silence,' she says. 'Now people talk. The media is powerful – you are compelled to listen and you begin to understand and see [FGM] is not good'" (Para 11).
July 28, 2021, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Iranian President Hassan Rohani has called for harsher laws to tackle so-called 'honor killings' after the particularly shocking slaying of a teenage girl, allegedly by her father, prompted a nationwide outcry. Rohani on May 27 pushed for the speedy adoption of relevant bills, some which have apparently circulated for years among various Iranian decision-making bodies without any tangible results. The call comes after 13-year-old Romina Ashrafi was killed last week in Hovigh, some 320 kilometers northwest of Tehran" (para 1-3).
July 28, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Phyu has been frantically lobbying the international community since the military coup to raise the concerns of women’s rights organisations and plead for their support. 'We’ve coordinated a statement condemning the coup, we’ve met with embassies and donors, we’ve written letters to the UN Human Rights Council and to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations,' she said" (Para 10). "Than says she is reading, playing her ukulele and exercising on her bicycle, to keep her mind and spirit fresh. She’s also talking to people to learn how the situation is impacting those in her community. She is adamant that conversations on dismantling the patriarchy continue" (Para 27).
July 27, 2021, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Using a methodology oriented towards a process of exchange of knowledge and experiences that could engender a pathway to women’s empowerment, Espaço Feminista facilitated meetings in both Caruaru and Bonito, to discuss the issues related to the research. Linking previous theoretical and empirical knowledge, with experiences provided by the project, the women started discussing the issues which they considered to be relevant, highlighting issues related to women’s land rights, domestic violence, as well as racial issues" (para 5-6). "In both municipalities, the inequality in terms of women’s land tenure security was gravely exposed. Thus, the urgencies identified were immediately dealt with by government agencies responsible for such policies, both at...more
July 27, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi women have launched a social media protest against being forced to wear an all-in-one black robe by posting pictures and video of the conservative garment inside out. The rare protest has seen women posting pictures on social media wearing the body-shrouding robe, known as the abaya, the wrong way round in public" (para 1-2). "Using the hashtag 'inside-out abaya', dozens of women have posted pictures of flipped robes in a protest against the strict dress code. Activist Nora Abdulkarim tweeted this week: 'Because #Saudi feminists are endlessly creative, they've come up with new form of protest. 'They are posting pictures of (themselves) wearing their abayas inside-out in public as...more
July 26, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"National Iraqi Alliance parliament member Hamed al-Khodari submitted the amendment bill Nov. 2. A more extreme version of the proposal was withdrawn in 2014 because of public pressure, and public anger is even more intense this time. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) voiced its concerns and encouraged 'widening the scope of consultations about the amendment … to ensure the respect and protection of women's rights'" (para 2). "During a Nov. 9 briefing, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert condemned the proposal. 'We are completely against and oppose the idea of children marrying adults,' she said. 'And let's remember, it was not that long ago that we called...more
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Police received training in treating victims of domestic violence, and agencies provided hotlines to report abuse. In May the public safety minister condemned the conduct of an RCMP officer who, in a recently released video from 2012, asked a young woman who reported she had been sexually assaulted whether she was 'turned on' during the alleged attack"(8-9).
July 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Satwinder is slowly breaking through this – and in the process has become a symbol of a newfound willingness to fight back against a patriarchal system. She runs a WhatsApp group and Facebook page, and tells rural Punjabi women what paperwork they need to cancel their husbands’ passports. She also organises protests" (Para 37).
July 22, 2021, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Only a small coalition of feminist activists, in collaboration with some members of Parliament, worked to eradicate this explosion in sex trafficking. They utilised international pressure and exposed the situation to the rest of the world" (Para 7). "In 2013, the anti-sex-trade coalition, made up of aid workers, activists, survivors of prostitution, journalists, politicians and others, decided to change its approach. Instead of relying solely on the left-wing politicians, we approached MPs from all corners of the political map" (Para 11). "We presented the struggle against the sex trade as a humanitarian issue, which has no connection to the right or the left. This approach worked well. The first to...more
July 21, 2021, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Dr Dalal Alfares, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Kuwait University, told The New Arab, 'The murdering and killing of women, specifically, is an ongoing systematic process that has been happening for a long time. Kuwaiti society and the state have been wilfully ignorant and turning its back on issues concerning gender-based violence that is directed towards women'" (Para 10). "One of the biggest challenges faced by women in Kuwait today, something which is continually highlighted by social media campaign Lan Asket – a platform where women in Kuwait can speak openly about experiences of abuse and harassment – is getting their complaints taken seriously by the police"...more
July 21, 2021, 10:44 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The hashtags 'Save Sabah al-Qahtani' and 'Sabah al-Qahtani is in danger' have been widely circulated this week, after images were released of Qahtani in hospital with visible marks of apparent abuse on her body" (Para 4). "Hashtags on social media that attempt to save women from domestic violence have become routine in Saudi Arabia. In just the past week, the hashtag 'save Rose' was trending with reports of a young girl being subjected to violence from her father, who allegedly stopped her from studying and threatened her life. Prior to that, the hashtag 'justice for Hadil al-Harthi' was circulating, after Harthi was reportedly stabbed to death by her brother. Now,...more