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June 10, 2021, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"As the host for the first leg of Generation Equality, organized virtually from Mexico City, the country couldn’t be a more awkward place: femicides are rising, budgets are being cut to crucial programs for women, criminalization of female protestors has been increasing and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is hostile to the feminist movement, which he views as politically motivated by adversaries" (para 3). "These forums 'are extremely important spaces for dialogue and advocacy, for sharing public policies,' said Maïssa Hubert, deputy director of Equis Justice for Women, a Mexico City organization that advocates for women’s access to justice. 'These are strategic processes for dialogue among governments and among governments...more
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Between 2002 and 2005, the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status of Women and Men...organized conferences and seminars at the national and international level, prepared publications (leaflets and brochures) and also cooperated with the relevant ministries...He also conducted awareness-raising and information campaigns such as awarding the 'Equality Glasses' award to people, public institutions and media distinguishing themselves by a clear vision of problems connected with equality, as well as anti-awards ('Referrals to an ophthalmologist') for those who do not notice those problems" (15). "Moreover, in order to encourage girls to take up studies and work in areas stereotypically considered as ‘male’, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, the Minister of...more
June 7, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Thousands of people have signed a petition urging the Sudanese government to take action against a man released without charge by police after his 13-year-old daughter was shot dead" (para 1). "Her death has led to an outpouring of stories on social media by Sudanese women sharing their own experiences of domestic violence" (para 3). "In the same city on Thursday, a 19-year-old woman was stabbed to death by her husband and buried by her family before the police became involved, according to Kaltoum Fadlallah, a poet and novelist who was among the group of women which handed in the petition of more than 2,000 names to the public prosecutor’s...more
May 31, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Women across Switzerland took to the streets Sunday, screaming together for one minute as part of protests for gender equality. Videos on social media showed protests in various cities around the country, with protestors speaking out about the gender pay gap, street harassment and violence against women" (para 1-2). "'For me it is emotional. Because I scream for me, but I also scream for my sisters and brothers, I scream for all the other children who lost a mother or a father, and I also scream for my mother, who would have screamed if she was still here,' said Roxanne Errico, 19, who told the Reuters news agency that her...more
May 22, 2021, 7:58 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The kafala system of employment still ties migrant workers to the employer who brings them to the Gulf, allowing widespread exploitation to persist, despite years of campaigning by human rights groups" (para 4). "Now rights groups are warning that the Covid pandemic has made conditions even more difficult for migrant domestic workers in Oman who come from poorer countries such as Sierra Leone" (para 5).
May 18, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Lahore High Court judge, Ayesha Malik said the tests were 'humiliating' and 'had no forensic value'. The ruling followed two petitions filed in Punjab province by rights activists. Campaigners have long demanded an end to virginity tests as part of the medical evaluation in rape cases, saying they have no scientific basis" (para 3-5). "Sameer Khosa, a lawyer representing the petitioners in the Lahore case, told the BBC the ruling had 'established very clearly that the virginity test has no forensic value in any case involving sexual violence'. Mr Khosa said he hoped the relevant authorities would 'reset their procedures in the light of this ruling and say goodbye...more
May 18, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Under these circumstances, U.N. Women is initiating social media campaigns to spread awareness about resources providing security and shelter for domestic violence victims throughout Albania" (para 2). "Though the numbers fall short of achieving proper representation, initiatives by the Albanian Parliament are encouraging women to run for various political offices" (para 4). "Leah Hoctor, the Regional Director for Europe’s Center for Reproductive Rights, has called on many governments, including the Albanian government, to intervene. She states 'European governments must act urgently to guarantee safe and timely access to abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic'" (para 5).
May 15, 2021, 8:42 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The World Economic Forum said the level of women's participation in the political and economic arenas remains low in Japan" (para 2). "The country's continued poor performance in narrowing the gender gap was highlighted recently by sexist remarks by Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister who was forced to step down as head of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee after saying meetings with women tend to 'drag on' because they talk too much" (para 3). "'While other countries are boosting their efforts for gender equality, I think it shows that our efforts are lagging, relatively,' Japan's top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a news conference, noting that the...more
May 15, 2021, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Board diversity, a recognized hallmark of progressive boards even before Covid-19, is more critical now than before,' Loh Boon Chye, co-chair of the council [for Board Diversity], said in a statement. 'Post-pandemic recovery offers opportunities for innovation and business repositioning. Having directors with a wider mix of gender, age, skills, experiences, and backgrounds allows boards the broad-based choices as they assess what is best for the future'...'We hope that more organizations – including companies and statutory boards – will similarly seek out women talents and give them equal opportunity to take the first step onto a board,' said Mildred Tan, the council’s co-chair. 'When all organizations keep an open mind...more
May 15, 2021, 7:08 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The country’s supreme court has repeatedly told judges to pay more heed to equality for women" (para 2). "In the real world, China’s family courts are places of peril for women like Ms Wang. The details are laid out in two books by Chinese-born legal scholars. Between them they draw on thousands of hours of interviews with small-town judges, lawyers and ordinary folk seeking a divorce, many of them rural women whose views of marriage were transformed by their move to a big city. The first work, 'Divorce in China: Institutional Constraints and Gendered Outcomes' by He Xin of Hong Kong University, was published in January. The second, 'Marriage Unbound:...more
May 14, 2021, 7:46 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Four justices--three men and one woman—will reach the retirement age of 70 this summer…OP CEDAW Action, a civil advocacy group, sees the four openings as an opportunity to increase female representation on the Supreme Court. In early March, the group petitioned bodies that have a say in the candidate selection process, including the Supreme Court, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Cabinet Secretariat. It called for replacing the outgoing justices with women so that females will account for one-third of the justices. 'Male-centered norms die hard in judicial authorities,' Mutsuko Asakura, co-head of OP CEDAW Action, told a news conference on March 15. 'We expect Japanese courts to...more
May 11, 2021, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The unit further adds that about 80 percent of victims do not report domestic violence cases to DOVVSU due to social description. This was revealed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr Emmanuel Holortu, the Northern Regional Coordinator of DOVVSU [Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit]" (para 2-3).
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"While, on the one hand, the Egyptian feminist movement seems to be taking great strides forward, particularly on the grassroots level, with young women inventing new forms of activism to draw attention to endemic sexual violence that plagues them both in their homes and on the streets, the government is moving to further curb women's autonomy" (para 1). "Nehad Abu El Kosman, head of the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights, called the bill 'repressive' and 'patriarchal' in a video statement. 'We completely reject this shocking draft law,' she said. 'It takes us back 200 years'" (para 4). "In reaction to the proposed changes, women turned to a proven outlet, launching...more
April 30, 2021, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Attorney-General Vickie Chapman has said the laws will modernise Parliament" (para 1). "Deputy Premier Vickie Chapman said the changes will make the South Australian Parliament a more 'family-friendly' workplace and help new parents strike a better work-life balance" (para 4). "'A desire to have a family should not impede women or men from entering politics,' Deputy Premier Chapman said. 'It's well and truly time these rules changed, bringing our Parliament in line with modern workplace expectations. I hope it signals to aspiring young politicians in this state that your family life is important and will be accommodated'" (para 5-7). "The new laws comes as female politicians across the nation continue...more
April 27, 2021, 12:47 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Cambodia was a popular international destination for couples looking to have babies through commercial surrogacy, a practice made illegal in 2016 after an uptick in the trade following a ban by neighboring Thailand the previous year. However, a proposed law covering the trade is stuck at draft stage, leaving the 32 women - and at least 14 more arrested since them - to face human trafficking laws that carry jail terms up to 20 years. 'The authorities ... worsened their situation by charging them under laws that were not designed for their situation,' said Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. Sopheap said the law should not...more
April 27, 2021, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Marukawa...was among 50 upper and lower house members of the ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP) who wrote to their colleagues on the Saitama prefectural assembly urging them to oppose the adoption of a written opinion favouring a policy change. Written opinions adopted at the local level are often seen as a way of promoting debate in parliament" (para 5-6). "The supreme court ruling in 2015 came four years after a group of women launched a legal challenge seeking damages for the emotional distress and inconvenience of having to take their husband’s name" (para 7). "Conservative politicians and commentators have argued that allowing couples to have different surnames would harm the...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government hosted…a seminar on gender violence and sexual orientation, aimed at raising awareness of and sensitizing on the so-called 'violence qualified by the discriminatory intent'...[and] a national conference on domestic violence...involving the central and regional administrations, the local health-care Authorities, the family counselling centres, the non-profit organizations, universities and the judiciary..." (7). "Within the Council of Europe campaign to combat gender violence, in November 2006 the Italian government celebrated the Parliamentary Day on violence against women with a conference held in Rome" (30). "The awareness campaign on violence against women sponsored by the Department for Equal Opportunity, designed for the Day on Violence Against Women 2006...was entrusted to a...more
April 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Reproductive rights in Kenya is an intimate and emotive topic where hard lines have been drawn on both sides. Pro- and anti-abortion campaigners keep cycling through episodes of heightened attention when high-profile cases arise and passions continue to run high" (para 1). "One one side, some feminist and human rights advocates, such as those who rallied behind the #KeepWanjikuSafe campaign in 2020, are eager to see reproductive rights extended....On the other hand, 'pro-life' groups argue that the Constitution already provides too many loopholes, which could allegedly lead to what they term 'abortion on demand'" (para 3-4). "The anti-abortion position comes mainly from religious groups and is led by CitizenGo, a...more
April 20, 2021, 5:05 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"State authorities on Sunday mobilised to declare measures that aim to help empower women and protect them from the dangers of among other things, child marriage, and genital mutilation. President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi revealed on a Mother's Day ceremony that he had given directives to the government to introduce a number of initiatives in favour of supporting women in Egypt. 'First, I asked that parliament take all the measures necessary to pass a separate law that would ban child marriage by setting a minimum legal age of marriage for both males and females,' Al-Sisi said" (para 1-2). "The president complained that the instances of child marriage and early marriage were widespread...more
April 19, 2021, 12:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Speaking during a workshop on the protection of child's rights earlier this week, the newly-sworn-in chief minister of Uttarakhand state criticised an unnamed woman he had met on a flight Rawat said the woman was travelling with two children and was 'wearing boots, jeans ripped on the knees, and had several bracelets on her arm. 'You can run an NGO, wear jeans ripped at the knees, move about it society, children are with you, what values you will teach?,' he asked" (para 3-5). "Rawat, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), criticised parents for allowing their children - particularly girls - to wear ripped...more
April 5, 2021, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

Women's advocates are calling for better support to help reduce femicides, after a recent report showed an uptick in the number of women violently killed in Canada last year (para 1). "Amanda Dale is an advisory member with the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.She said the organization's report on femicide tries to highlight that women like Nichole were 'human beings with lives that were cut short, children that lost mothers, families that lost daughters'" (para 12).
April 2, 2021, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"When the Zanan-e Emrooz magazine started publishing again in June 2014, after eight years of suspension, women's rights activists in Iran felt a spark of hope that there would be further oppurtunities to demand women's rights. However, the life of the magazine was short-lived. After less than a year and only publishing 11 issues, the Press Supervisory Council ordered its closure on April 27, 2015. The council's speaker said the suspension was due to Zanan-e Emrooz 'encouraging the anti-social and religiously unsanctioned phenomenon known as white marriage'" (para 1). "In Iran, 'white marriage' is a reference to unmarried cohabitation. Zanan-e Emrooz​ —​ previously known as the Zanan Magazine before its...more
March 31, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A march during the time of Covid is a difficult thing to plan safely. For Pakistan's women, determined to have their 'Aurat March' today, there are other risks - to their physical safety as well as of online abuse and trolling" (para 1). "'The pandemic has hindered mobilisation significantly,' said Noor, who added that the closure of public transport alone has been a huge obstacle to women in the country. But it is the healthcare crisis that is the focus of this year's marches in Pakistan to mark International Women's Day. The event is being organised online as well as on the streets, with organisers encouraging women to stay at...more
March 31, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Across Latin America, there has been increased pro-choice campaigning, known as the 'green wave', based on the colour worn by protestors" (para 5). "Mario Perez, a lawmaker with the ruling party of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, formally proposed the change last week, calling it a 'constitutional lock' to prevent any future moderations of the abortion law. 'Every human being has the right to life from the moment of conception,' said Mr Perez" (para 10-11). "Ahead of the vote, UN human rights experts condemned the move, saying in a statement: 'This bill is alarming. Instead of taking a step towards fulfilling the fundamental rights of women and girls, the country is...more
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A Saudi man has been jailed for one year for calling for an end to the Muslim kingdom's guardianship system that gives men wide controls over women, local media said Tuesday. The man, who was also fined 30,000 riyals ($8,000) by a court in the eastern city of Dammam, was convicted of 'inciting to end guardianship of women' in statements he posted on Twitter and in public posters, the Okaz daily said. He was arrested while putting up posters in mosques in Al-Hasa district calling for an end to the globally unique system that subjects women in the ultra-conservative kingdom to male control. During questioning, police found out that the...more
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The driving force of gender transformation is represented by Ukrainian СSO, international organizations and numerous projects for gender problems, financed by external donors" (9). "The Committee for Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations of the Verkhovna Rada, the competencies of which include gender policy issues, as well as the gender policy subcommittee frequently consider various aspects of gender policy implementation" (10-11). "The Parliamentary Hearings on the topic: 'Ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men. Problems and effective measures for their solving' were held on 16 October 2013" (11). "Over the reporting period, for the first time two court cases of discrimination against women were examined in Ukraine,...more
Feb. 18, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Starting on the day after the rape, and for over a month, ordinary men and women came out on to the streets of India's cities in unprecedented numbers to protest. They braved a freezing December and a ferocious government crackdown of water cannons, baton charges, and teargas shells. Their courage and determination to be heard was extraordinarily inspiring” (para 27).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"A series of events in the past few weeks have again highlighted the injustices being committed against women in the name of Islam in Pakistan. Recently, the three accused of raping an 18-year old woman at Jinnah’s Mausoleum were set free by a court in Karachi. The court refused to entertain the DNA evidence, which reportedly proved the guilt of the accused, and gave the accused the benefit of the doubt because the victim could not produce four eyewitnesses to the rape. Weeks later, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) decreed that the DNA evidence in the absence of four righteous men as witnesses to rape is not sufficient for...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:49 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"France’s culture minister, Franck Riester, said that he supported Mr. Matzneff’s victims and announced that the government would review a writer’s allowance given to him — an abrupt shift in the government’s position. In 1995, long after Mr. Matzneff had written about his past, the minister of culture at the time awarded him the Order of Arts and Letters" (para 9). "Caught now in the crosscurrents of France’s changing attitudes toward sex, Mr. Matzneff is the product and longtime beneficiary of France’s May 68 movement, the social revolution started in 1968 by students and unions against France’s old order. With the slogan, 'It’s forbidden to forbid,' the movement rebelled against...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

“Some rebel women have started to shun the obligatory abaya when they leave the house in a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis” (para 1). “Last year Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted during an interview with CBS that the dress code may be relaxed, saying the robe was not mandatory in Islam” (para 3). “Jaloud is one of only a handful of women who have abandoned the abaya in recent month. But the trend underscores a bold push for social liberties by young Saudis that may outstrip the monarchy's capacity for change. Manahel al-Otaibi, a 25-year-old activist, has also foregone the garment. ‘For four months I have...more