The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for SEGI-PRACTICE-1

Jan. 15, 2022, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence NGO #spasime ('Save me') held protests in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and Split to show support for victims and demanded that the 'system' adequately protect victims" (13).
Jan. 14, 2022, 10:50 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government directed awareness campaigns against gender-based and domestic violence, a domestic violence hotline, and shelters for victims, and major police stations had designated domestic abuse officers, although these measures were not always effective" (12).
Jan. 13, 2022, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica

"Violence against women remained a serious problem, and as of August the government reported that nine women had been killed by a partner or spouse. The killing of a woman by her spouse garnered significant public attention, as the perpetrator stabbed the woman multiple times during a domestic dispute while two of her three children (ages five and 11) were present in the home. Authorities arrested the perpetrator. The government launched a public campaign in response to concern about gender-based violence" (10).
Jan. 11, 2022, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits gender discrimination and generally provides women the same rights as men. The Gender Equality Bureau in the Cabinet Office continued to examine policies and monitor developments. Despite these policies, NGOs continued to allege that implementation of antidiscrimination measures was insufficient, pointing to discriminatory provisions in the law, unequal treatment of women in the labor market (see section 7.d.), and low representation of women in high-level elected bodies" (18). "In June a group submitted a petition to the MHLW calling for a ban on workplace dress codes that require women to wear high heels, citing gender equality and gender-based workplace discrimination, as well as health concerns. The petition...more
Jan. 10, 2022, 10:08 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Men dominated the political scene, although there has been an increase in the number of women holding elected positions in government. Media commentators expressed concern that political dynasties limited opportunities for female candidates not connected to political families" (21). "The PNP and the Social Welfare Department (DSWD) both maintained help desks to assist survivors of violence against women and to encourage reporting. In addition, the DSWD operated residential centers and community-based programs to assist women and children who were victims of rape, domestic violence, and other abuse. By the end of the second quarter, the DSWD reported it had assisted 194 women and girls who were, specifically victims of rape....more
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"For a man to speak about gender issues is typically seen as taboo. Women tend to speak on women issues more. That does not mean there are not a few men who support women issues" (1).
Dec. 20, 2021, 11:19 a.m.
Countries: Belgium

"The law aims to prevent violence and harassment at work, obliging companies to set up internal procedures to handle employee complaints. Sexist remarks and attitudes targeting a specific individual are illegal; fines for violations range from 50 to 1,000 euros ($55 to $1,100). The government generally enforced antiharassment laws. Politicians and organizations such as the Federal Institute for the Equality of Men and Women worked to raise awareness of the problem" (10).
Dec. 16, 2021, 11:23 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s rights NGOs continued to criticize the law for not placing sufficient emphasis on the accountability of perpetrators and the tendency of authorities to blame the victims. In one case, the Appeals Court of Budapest in January sentenced a 29-year-old mother to 10 years in prison for allegedly attempting to kill the father of her child by drugging and stabbing him. The couple met in 2011, and later the relationship turned abusive. In 2016 police found each of them with multiple stab wounds. Women’s rights organizations began a petition asking for a pardon for the woman, on the grounds that she was not a perpetrator of domestic violence, but a...more
Dec. 10, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In one case in July 2018, three teenaged sisters allegedly killed their father... On October 1, authorities confirmed that the father had physically and sexually abused the girls for many years without any repercussions. As of December the girls remained under house arrest as they awaited their trial for murder, which prosecutors argued was premeditated. The case ignited widespread support for the sisters across the country during the year, with many persons calling for their release" (54). "[T]he Justice Ministry responded that claims about the scale of domestic violence in the country were 'quite exaggerated' and these women’s claims were undermining 'the efforts that the government was making to improve...more
Nov. 17, 2021, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The women’s rights advocacy group AWARE reported that government campaigns encouraging women to report sexual molestation led to the increase. Media gave significant coverage to sexual harassment convictions throughout the year, and several members of parliament urged the government to address sexual harassment in the workplace more actively" (22). "In April, National University of Singapore student Monica Baey drew national attention to sexual harassment on campuses when she expressed unhappiness about the punishment a voyeur received for filming her in a shower at a university hostel without her consent. The police had issued a warning to the student not to reoffend, and the university suspended him for one term. The...more
Nov. 12, 2021, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In a statement issued Tuesday, the Bolivia’s Bishops’ Conference urged “authorities to respect and protect the right to live and the right to be healthy of both the girl, who is a victim of rape, and the unborn baby. Both lives should and ought to be protected" (para 9). "Nadia Cruz, Bolivia’s human rights ombudswoman, said in a news conference Tuesday that her agency was filing a criminal complaint against the girl’s mother, the hospital’s personnel, the authorities from the Children’s Ombusdman in Santa Cruz and Yapacaní, the church organization and the Santa Cruz Bishop’s Conference, 'for breach of duties, and human trafficking with the purpose of forced pregnancy'" (para...more
Nov. 11, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In August[2019] a district court upheld a professor’s six-month prison sentence for defamation after he told his class that some women “probably knew exactly what they were signing up for” when they “volunteered” to be comfort women (women subjected to sexual servitude for the Japanese military during World War II). The court also upheld Sunchon National University’s decision to fire him"(8).
Nov. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government specifically targeted activists organizing a campaign called Women United for Our Rights that asked the state to update data on crimes against women, train officials to handle crimes against women, and define gender-based violence in the law" (28). "Police also targeted small groups of women assembling to discuss women’s rights and gender issues more broadly" (28).
Nov. 9, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On August 24, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul and in other cities around the country to protest gender-based violence following the public killing of Emine Bulut by her former husband in front of their 10-year-old daughter. Social media users shared video of the attack, and the victim’s dying words, 'olmek istemiyorum' ('I don’t want to die'), became a rallying cry for demonstrators and on social media" (53).
Nov. 8, 2021, 2:18 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"On International Women’s Day on March 8, hundreds of thousands of women and men demonstrated in most cities to call attention to gender-based violence, wage gaps, and sexual harassment" (25).
Nov. 4, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In November-December 2018, the Ministry of Equality between Women and Men helped fund events to raise awareness of violence against women in conjunction with the 'Orange Week' campaign against such violence. Campaign events included public exhibitions, film screenings, and panel discussions. During the week the ministry also launched an awareness campaign in conjunction with the country’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence" (9).
Nov. 3, 2021, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Minister for Women’s Safety Anne Ruston said the payments will help address the financial barriers that may stop women leaving violent relationships. 'We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse, which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money, reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,' she said in a statement on Sunday" (para 8-9).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Every time a heinous crime against women takes places, it is most likely to be reported in the press. Besides, there are many gender issues in the society that ought to get due space in the media, such as gender discrimination, female foeticide and violation of women's rights" (para 6). This is in reference to the region of Kashmir (CAT - CODER COMMENT). "It is, therefore, recommended that the publications should launch campaigns to fight against the crimes against women. They should come up with series of soft and exclusive stories on the issues. There are numerous cases awaiting justice for a very long time. The publications should bring those...more
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"...On February 9, police clashed with demonstrators, including members of violent radical group C14 and activists from the 'Who Ordered Katya Handziuk' civic initiative, in Kyiv protesting at a rally by the Batkyvshchyna political party held because the one of the party’s members was allegedly complicit in the 2018 high- profile killing of activist Kateryna Handziuk (see section 1.a.). Police beat demonstrators, sprayed tear gas, and detained approximately a dozen persons. At the police station, the detained individuals were met by a crowd of supporters, who allegedly attempted to storm the station and attacked and used tear gas against police. Police reported that three officers were injured and hospitalized. An...more
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Afghanistan Government should sponsor and encourage cultural education programs and ambassadorial exchange programs so that leaders and decision-makers can experience how other systems of education can be effective. The exchange programs should focus on the roles gender plays in the host country's culture in order to promote discourse regarding and bring about a change in the traditional belief structure in Afghanistan that women should not be educated" (5).
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The footage prompted a wave of disgust and anger in Pakistan. The country’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, said arrests were being made. Some perpetrators have been identified through CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. Chaudhry said: 'We are working on it full throttle. Prime minister has taken notice also.” Activists, politicians, celebrities, Amnesty International and people across Pakistan expressed their anger over the assault. The chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said the incident should 'shame every Pakistani' and that it 'speaks to a rot in our society'. The Pakistani singer Farhan Saeed said he was 'disgusted, furious, heartbroken, ashamed that the men of this country keep doing...more
Oct. 28, 2021, 12:31 a.m.
Countries: Austria

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, and the government generally enforced the law. Labor courts may order employers to compensate victims of sexual harassment; the law entitles a victim to a minimum of 1,000 euros ($1,100) in compensation. The Women’s Ministry and the labor chamber regularly provided information to the public on how to address sexual harassment" (Pages 9-10).
Oct. 25, 2021, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"While the global #MeToo movement inspired a host of Bollywood actors and well-known Indian writers to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, poorer Indian women are less likely to speak out" (para 5). "Mina Jadav, a trade union leader who represents women in the informal sector in the western Indian state of Gujarat, said sexual harassment, including slurs and physical violence, were commonplace. 'On many occasions, women will not complain. If the victim is a young girl, then more chances that she will not speak. Families try to hide the incidents,' Ms. Jadav said" (para 7-8). "'In many of the places either the committees are not in existence, or...more
Oct. 25, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Officials acknowledged domestic violence was a significant social concern, and the media discussed it openly" (29).
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"When 19-year-old Dananeer Mobeen uploaded a four-second video on her Instagram account, showing her friends and her having a 'pawri' (party) in Nathiagali, she knew it was meme-worthy. What she didn’t know was that it would become so viral that it would lead to tens of thousands of remakes in Pakistan and across the border, with celebrities and businesses adopting her iconic 'pawri ho ri hai' line. Dananeer went from having 100,000 followers to a million in a week. While her video has mostly received a positive response, she did receive some abusive online comments as well, seemingly for daring to openly enjoy life as a single woman. In Pakistan,...more
Oct. 15, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There has been some backlash against gender discrimination, but women find it hard to speak out" (para 16). "After Saudi Arabia reformed its own system of male guardianship, some women in Qatar tried to protest against theirs by using an anonymous social media account. Within 24 hours the authorities had shut it down. When Maadeed went public about her escape, discussions began again on social media about women’s rights. In January 2020, Qatar responded by lifting the requirement on women to have a guardian’s permission to obtain driving licences" (para 19-20). "I am optimistic because women have been vocal. Women are sick of it, younger women are very frustrated and...more
Oct. 14, 2021, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Protesters targeted Catholic churches across Poland on Sunday in the fourth straight day of upheaval against a near-total ban on abortion in the EU country. Demonstrators chanted 'we've had enough!' and 'barbarians' inside a church in the western city of Poznan in scenes that were repeated across the deeply Catholic country. The protesters were reacting to Thursday's ruling by Poland's constitutional court that an existing law allowing the abortion of damaged fetuses was 'incompatible' with the constitution" (para 1-3). "Protesters, brandishing placards bearing expletives and others saying 'I wish I could abort my government', clashed with police and supporters of the ban outside a landmark church in central Warsaw. Local...more
Oct. 8, 2021, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Alshanti who has a bachelor’s degree in English from Ain Shams University in Egypt, and master’s and doctorate degrees in pedagogy from Gaza’s Islamic University, is one of the top targets on Israel’s hit list after leading, in 2006, a successful women’s march to break the Israeli siege imposed on a group of Palestinian activists in Umm Al-Nasr Mosque in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun." (para 2).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States

"On Dec. 8, 2020, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy suspended or fired 14 military leaders for failing to adequately prevent, stop, or intervene in a culture of sexual assault and violence at Fort Hood Army base. This was necessary, but nowhere near sufficient. The new secretary of defense in the Biden administration, Lloyd J. Austin III, has taken steps at the start of his service in this role to explore changes to the military’s handling of sexual and gender-based violence" (para 1-2).
Sept. 22, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There are important voices helping. Yuri Dud, Russia's most influential YouTuber, just posted his support for on his Instagram page and asked his followers to help fund the organisation" (para 29). "Margarita Gracheva, whose husband cut off her hands days after she begged police to protect her from him, is using her painfully won prominence to get the nation talking in a new TV show about domestic violence. State media may avoid a host of issues but horrific domestic violence cases like Ms Gracheva's and Ms Pekhteleva's do make and stay in the headlines, especially when the failings of law enforcement are so clear to see" (para 30).more