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June 10, 2021, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Amlo, as the president is nicknamed (an acronym of his full name), insisted that last year’s nationwide demonstrations against gender violence were targeting his government" (para 11). "This year, on International Women’s Day, March 8, feminists in Mexico demanded that Amlo end the 'patriarchal pact' and...more
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Eltahawy sees these young women's efforts as the continuation of the incomplete 2011 revolution. During the uprisings that overthrew longtime president Hosni Mubarak, women were told that it was not time for them to come forward with their concerns, that there were more pressing issues to be addressed. Because of that, the...more
April 19, 2021, 12:18 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Rawat's comments drew fury and ridicule on social media from women, activists and opposition politicians - with the opposition Congress party demanding Rawat apologise to women or resign. Jaya Bachchan, a member of India's upper house of Parliament, said that 'this was the kind of mindset that encourages crimes against women'" (para 8-9). "Women, weary of having their clothing choices policed by politicians, shared photos of themselves in ripped jeans and shorts on social media.'Rapes do not happen because women wear short clothes but because men like Tirath Singh Rawat propagate mysogyny and fail to do their duty,' Swati Malwal, chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, wrote on Twitter...more
April 2, 2021, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Though this marked the magazine's second suspension, many journalists concerned with women’s issues consider the accusation of 'encouraging white marriage' as...more
March 24, 2021, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“In response to her post, the mall tweeted that it would not permit entry to ‘violators of public morals.’ A Saudi royal also condemned her on Twitter, calling her a publicity seeker and demanding that she be punished for the ‘provocative’ act” (para 20-21). “‘(Minaj) is going to shake her backside and all her songs are about sex... and then everyone tells me to wear the abaya,’ a young Saudi woman fumed in a recent online video that went viral” (para 27). “But the sentiment encapsulates the tussle between a mostly young population clamouring for greater freedoms and hardliners alarmed by the pace of reforms they see as un-Islamic” (para...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“Mohammad Abdulahpour, the commander of Gilan province’s Revolutionary Guards unit, has said that the survival of the Islamic revolution depends on the full implementation of Islamic traditions and that ‘the issue of hijab is not a simple matter, but rather a serious political and security issue for our country.’ ‘The enemy is heavily investing in changing our nation’s culture to adopt a Western lifestyle,’ Mr Abdulahpour told local Tasnim news agency. Cleric Rasoul Falahati, representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in the province, condemned women who defy the hijab as an insult to the Islamic Republic. ‘We do not wish to show a violent image of our religion, but models...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“Brave women are increasingly risking the wrath of Iran's morality police by ditching the hijab - while hardliners demand they should be lashed for ‘disrupting social peace’” (para 1). “Hardliners have called for harsh punishment, even lashes, arguing that allowing women to show their hair leads to moral decay and the disintegration of families” (para 4). “But she is also hopeful, saying she believes the authorities find it increasingly difficult to suppress protests as more women join in. ‘They are running after us, but cannot catch us,’ she said. ‘This is why we believe change is going to be made’” (para 8-9). “Despite attempts to silence protesters, public debate has...more
Feb. 8, 2021, 9:01 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"In August, an Istanbul-based LGBT activist, Shohruh Salimov, along with others, sent a public appeal to President Mirziyoyev asking him to scrap article 120 and protect the lives of LGBT people. Instead of investigating the attacks, police visited his relatives’ home and threatened to arrest him" (para 18).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"When human rights worker Sadia Ekrami tried to speak about basic rights to a crowd of men in a village in northern Afghanistan, she was threatened with death, and forced to flee for her life. 'Fortunately, I talked my way out of them killing me, but it is an example of how women in Afghanistan who speak out can end up dead,' she said" (para 1). "Though women in developed countries are also subject to ostracism and further abuse for speaking out, in Afghanistan that can also be accompanied by societal perceptions that the violations of a woman or girl has tainted her for life. She, in turn, can be...more
Jan. 29, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In early May, the president said he did not believe there had been an increase in domestic violence under the stay-at-home measures. In response, a group of feminists shared an open letter on social media that noted the high number of family violence-related calls to 911 per hour during that period—a figure that comes from his own government’s data, which shows calls to report abuse or violence in the home increased overall by 22.7 percent between February and March. Then, the president claimed 90 percent of these calls were false reports" (para 8).
Jan. 20, 2021, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“‘They (the Taliban) deprived us and have warned they would impose fines on the girls if they participated in the exam, each girl has to pay a 40,000 afghani fine if they appeared in the exam,’ said a resident of Badakhshan. On Saturday, a number of residents in Mah-e-Mai district staged a protest and asked the government to resolve the issue as soon as possible… ‘The girls who have been prevented from taking the exam will go to Shighnan district on Sunday and will appear for the exam there,’ said Sanaullah Rouhani, a spokesman for the Badakhshan police” (Para 6-7, 9).
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In August, the High Court dismissed a challenge by Sisters in Islam, a civil society group working to promote the rights of Muslim women, to a fatwa issued against it in 2014. The broadly worded fatwa declares that Sisters in Islam and “any individuals, organizations and institutions holding on to liberalism and religious pluralism” are deviant from Islamic teachings" (para 16). In March 2019, the minister for religious affairs, Mujahid Yusof Rawa, called the participation of LGBT people at a march for International Women’s Day an “abuse of democratic space.” The backlash against participants was vocal and severe, with some reporting harassment on social media, including threats of violence" (para...more
Jan. 2, 2021, 7:44 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"A dozen senators and Obama Administration leaders highlighted the need for the U.S. Senate to ratify CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. This global treaty for women's equality was recognized as a critical tool for the U.S. to speak out against violence and discrimination against women and girls. Senator Boxer, a long-time champion of CEDAW said, “It’s ridiculous, it’s embarrassing, it’s inexplicable” that the United States has not yet joined 187 other countries in ratifying CEDAW. Boxer is the chair of the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues" (para. 2-3).
Jan. 1, 2021, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“Some users jumped to Zaki's defense, saying that girls who dress provocatively deserve to be raped. Others made excuses for him, arguing he is mentally ill and needs treatment. Celebrities weighed in with advice for apologists who blame the victims: “A girl's clothes — no matter how revealing — are no justification for assaulting her,” tweeted director and screenwriter Amr Salama” (para. 7). “Zaki was arrested July 4 and ordered detained for four days pending investigation. But as more legal complaints came pouring in, prosecutors extended his detention to 15 days to allow for further investigation. Al-Azhar and Dar al-Iftaa also issued statements denouncing sexual harassment and calling for Egyptians...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 4 p.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Marin has also dismissed questions about her age and gender as irrelevant. Most Finns apparently agree; so far she has not had to face the questions about balancing parenthood and power that dog most female politicians – but vanishingly few men – elsewhere" (para 15). "That resentment often manifests in online abuse. Most of the new government are on Instagram and other social media platforms, making it easier for them to connect with voters, but also easier for them to be targeted" (para 27).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"To many women, Mr. Abe showed his true colors on two cultural issues: his repeated demurral on a growing push to change a 19th-century law dictating that married couples use one surname, and his emphasis on the “importance of the male succession” as a majority of the Japanese public supports allowing a woman to become emperor" (para 14). "Yayoi Kimura, a Liberal Democratic member of the House of Representatives ...said that when she co-sponsored a bill to provide a tax break for unmarried parents, some of her male colleagues argued that most single mothers were either mistresses of rich men or hyperambitious career women who did not need government assistance"...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Mr. Kataoka, a marketing web consultant, believed he was already doing his share. He gave his wife a list of tasks he regularly performs: bathing their two pre-school-age children, washing dishes, overseeing tooth brushing. How little he knew. In a meticulous spreadsheet, Ms. Kataoka, a nursing student, enumerated her 210 tasks to his 21...When he uploaded his wife’s spreadsheet on Twitter — writing that they had been in danger of getting a 'coronadivorce,' a term that has trended in Japan — the post was shared about 21,000 times" (para 3-4, 11).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Before Misungwi arrives at the station, a young mother sits in the main office as she tells a police officer about the regular sexual assaults she endures at the hands of her husband - the private rooms sit empty. The officer takes no notes, his attention not on the mother, but on the Nigerian soap opera blasting from the television set in the corner of the room. Other staff members sit nearby, staring into space, periodically checking their phones for text messages" (para 44-46). "Back in the village, where there can be no secrets, it is common knowledge that Kuyi is the one reporting cases of child marriage to the...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:26 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Audience members were captivated as the play unfolded around the story of a young girl forced into marriage and the struggles of life as a child bride. By the end, several were weeping openly and many resolved to protect their daughters from the same fate" (para 1). "As many citizens are not literate, SSO employs theater to spread information. Before the show, many in the audience will attest that child marriage is not a concern. Once actors take the stage, however, attendees quickly become engrossed in the story and cheer characters on. After the play, many change their mind on the issue and even promise to speak out against child...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he warned Myanmar leaders during face-to-face talks last week about the dangers of the bill. On Saturday, hours after the diplomat left, state-run media announced President Thein Sein had signed it into law" (para 3).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

“The outrage over the girls removed from the cover of the math textbooks prompted an apology from Iranian Education Minister Mohsen Haji Mirzaee on September 13; he promised to resolve the issue. 'There was some [bad judgment] regarding the removal of the images of girls from the third-grade math textbooks; therefore, we apologize for it and we will correct it,' he [was quoted as saying in Iranian media]” (para. 14-15).
Jan. 1, 2021, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'Mother has every right to pass on citizenship to her child,' Sapana Pradhan Malla quoted PM Koirala as saying. Oli said the 'and' provision was a mistake, which would be corrected" (para 8).
Dec. 31, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"A spokesman for the National Association for Head Teachers said they welcomed the move, saying it was 'the right thing to do'... the National Education Union (NEU) also welcomed the move…" (para 6-7). "Liberal Democrat Education spokeswoman Layla Moran claimed victory over the announcement. She said: 'With 1 in 4 women saying they have experienced forms of period poverty, the Liberal Democrats have been fighting to ensure schools and hospitals are places where you can get free tampons and pads. 'However, this is not a silver bullet and we must continue to demand better for girls and women. It is vital the Conservative Government bring in more ambitious measures if...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Civil society activists are hopeful that this can pave the way for further dialogue to address the other rights of half-widows, including their rights to inherit property under Islamic law" (para 2).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Mukhtar Mai was accused of using rape as a route to riches by none other than Pakistan’s president and was labeled a “whore” by many Punjabi middle-classers" (para 7).
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"Most of the men with foreign nationalities who marry Iranian women are refugees from Iran's neighboring countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, Fatemeh Ashrafi, head of HAMI, an association for protection of refugee women and children, told ABC News" (para 5).
Dec. 31, 2020, 3:26 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Two decades after the first female priest was ordained, the issue of women taking senior roles in the church hierarchy remains divisive. As recently as 2012, the proposal had been defeated by six votes" (para 4). "But Archbishop Welby, the spiritual leader of the church and the global Anglican Communion, who supported the vote from the start, had warned fellow church leaders this year that the public would find the exclusion of women 'almost incomprehensible.' On Monday, however, he acknowledged that a split in the worldwide Anglican community was now a serious possibility. 'Without prayer and repentance, it is hard to see how we can avoid some serious fractures,' he...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The video shows, as tensions between the man and the teenagers grow, the man's wife gets out of the car and says 'apologise to my husband so he won't hit you'. The woman informs them that her husband is from the intelligence services and could get them arrested" (para 5-6). "After the man spits in the girls' faces, another woman wearing a hijab pushes him" (para 7). "In July last year the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the head of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi, as saying that 'those who film themselves or others while removing the hijab and send photos to this woman ... will be sentenced to...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"To convolute matters more, the federal government does not require prisons or jails to collect data on pregnancy and childbirth among female inmates. A bill introduced in September 2018 would have required such data collection. However, no action was taken on the bill" (para 11).