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Sept. 22, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Publicity works. 'Society has helped the authorities look more closely at the case,' Mr Pekhtelev says. 'Now it is up to the judges.' Sky News approached the Kemerovo police force and local investigative committee for comment but has yet to receive a response. Ms Pekhteleva's murder was horrific but it was not unusual" (para 16-18). "Russia's authorities do have plenty of tools to influence abusers but they don't use them. Even as civil society tries to step forward, Russia has a leadership which looks back. Efforts to protect women are seen by conservative lawmakers as an infringement on the rights of the family. Regulation to punish political dissent is being...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the fact that women human rights defenders and journalists are targeted for their work on women’s rights, face gender- based violence, threats and stigmatization, including by their communities, and lack protection, and that women journalists are subjected to targeted killing. It is also concerned about the restrictions placed on the freedom of movement of women human rights defenders and the adverse effect of violence and intimidation on their work and on their right to participate meaningfully in processes relating to women’s rights" (11). "The Committee urges the State party to protect the life, personal liberty and security of women human rights defenders and journalists,...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, said women were recognising the abuse they faced as sexual harassment, but it was unsurprising they had no faith in an 'utterly broken' system. 'If you talk about wolf-whistling or street harassment in the UK, you are liable to find yourself on the front page of a tabloid being called a "feminazi" and accused of overreacting, so of course young women don’t think that they’ll be taken seriously if they come forward,' she said" (para 9-10).
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'This is more a cemetery than a country,' one banner stated. The women called out: 'My girlfriends protect me, not the police.' But it says quite a lot about Guatemala that one of the initiators of the campaign, who worked in public administration, was fired shortly afterward" (para 10).
Sept. 10, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The campaign appears to have taken a big step in the past few weeks. A source close to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he had instructed the Afghanistan Central Civil Registration Authority (Accra) to look into the possibility of amending the country's Population Registration Act to allow women to have their names on their children's ID cards and birth certificates. The BBC understands the act has now been amended and forwarded to the President's Office of Administrative Affairs (OAA). Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan former MP and women's rights activist, told the BBC she welcomed the development, which 'should have happened many years back'. 'The matter of including a woman's name...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But it's not always easy to shift the mindsets that bind people to traditional gender roles in Japan, according to Nobuko Kobayashi, a partner with EY-Parthenon, a strategic consulting group within E&Y Transaction Advisory Services. 'When the idea of being one step behind a man is ingrained in your brain from early on, it's tough to break when you're an adult,' said Kobayashi" (para 27-28). "Last month Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi sparked outrage with an advert featuring a female actress saying 'gender equality is outdated.' The network later apologized and took the commercial down following a Twitter storm" (para 30). "Kingston gives the example of the backlash that ensued on...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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 on the number of cases referred to the CPS and the time taken to investigate and prepare these. 'The recruitment of 20,000 officers over the next three years will help us to ease the pressure on investigators and improve outcomes for victims. 'We are already working to address many of the issues raised in this report, drawing on the...more
Aug. 4, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Even while peacefully protesting for their rights on the streets of Sudan, women were not safe. During the 'feminist parade' march, one woman deliberately hit by a car being driven by a man who was against the protest, while a number of other women were sexually harassed, with one even threatened to be raped publicly" (Para 10). "But this open forum of discussion was met with a backlash and a man launched a campaign calling for women to be flogged for 'wearing indecent clothes when out on the streets.' The online campaign also encouraged other men to join him" (Para 14).
Aug. 3, 2021, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "I’m in for the occasional...more
Aug. 3, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'At first, my family was afraid,' she recalled. 'They said, "People will think you are a terrorist. They will think that you are joining a deviant sect." But as time goes by, they understand. I explain that all the wives of the Prophet wore a niqab'" (para 22).
Aug. 3, 2021, 12:21 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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 30, 2021, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Activists and diplomats have speculated that the arrests may have been aimed at appeasing conservative elements opposed to the relaxation of social strictures. They may also have been meant as a message to activists not to push demands out of sync with the government's own agenda" (para 27-28).
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The report also points to a resistance to recognize misogyny — or contempt and prejudice for girls and women — because it is not an individual characteristic. 'It is also a characteristic of patriarchal social structures and systems such as the police, courts, corrections, our governments our education systems, healthcare and our media,' the report says. 'It is part of the fabric of everyday life of women and girls'" (Para 13-14).
July 28, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'Women’s rights have never been part of the military agenda. They may pretend they care, but it's all lies. In their view, the role of women is to preserve culture and religion,' she said" (Para 9).
July 27, 2021, 8:22 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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 a local and state levels. On a similar note, the experience and knowledge generated by this research have helped to orient the next steps of the Project. In the case of the community of Jacaré, identified by Dona Silvia (Josefa da Silva), interviewer from Caruaru, the residents are facing constantly threat of eviction due to real estate advances. Thus, the EF team made several visits to the area, established consistent dialogue with residents and began a request for...more
July 26, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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). "Despite the civil opposition and the UNAMI, which have called for further consultations, the Islamic current seems bent on moving forward with the amendment. It will try to implement Sharia as long as the Iraqi Constitution continues to allow for...more
July 22, 2021, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"As the Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services Act neared its entry into force, the voices in opposition grew louder. As in any other country, the ‘sex worker lobby’ in Israel consisted of a majority of liberals, upper-middle-class academics, and quite a few men. The lobby tried to delay the law, hoping eventually to cancel it. They said it should be delayed because there was a ‘lack of adequate rehabilitation services.’ This was strange coming from a group, who claims prostitution is a job like any other job. The move was unsuccessful, but until the last moment, supporters and opponents argued whether an additional NIS 30 million a year, more...more
July 21, 2021, 11:24 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"On April 24, women across Kuwait held a digital memorial service, using the hashtag 'azaa' al-nisaa'' or 'the women's memorial service' on social media, where they posted photographs of themselves dressed in black, holding placards with slogans such as 'I am the next victim' as well as a list of the names of other women who have been murdered in Kuwait recently" (Para 7). "'Several people don't want to view this issue as a women's issue and want to depoliticise the collective grief and momentum that's following the murder of Farah Akbar,' explains Dr Alfares" (Para 12).
July 20, 2021, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The CFTA said protests, appeals and the symbolic efforts of activists had helped secure a greater degree of justice, but the education was also needed" (Para 24).
July 20, 2021, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"When Sandra Muller started France’s #MeToo social media campaign in 2017, tens of thousands of women responded to her calls to '#ExposeYourPig.'But the backlash was overwhelming. Some of the most prominent women in the country, led by Catherine Deneuve, denounced the movement in a letter that came to define France’s initial response to #MeToo. In 2019, Ms. Muller lost a defamation case against a former television executive she had exposed on Twitter, with France appearing immune to the larger global forces challenging the dominance of men.Last week[April 2021], Ms. Muller won her appeal. Though there were no new facts, a significant ruling by the appeals court underscored how things have...more
July 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The lack of reliable public polling and free speech makes it difficult to gauge how Saudis view women’s changing status. But one study, from 2018, suggested that fear of social stigma may drive opposition more than personal resistance" (Para 24).
July 15, 2021, 11:17 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The 22-year-old joined the chorus of women activists who have been warning of an abandoned international campaign to curb violence against women in her country after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the Taliban in 2001. Afghan women say they can no longer depend on outsiders or the Afghan government to help them. They can leave the country — thousands have escaped — or find ways to defend and protect themselves. Some women say their goal is rarely about gaining rights but staying alive and healthy amid rapidly deteriorating security, that is allowing heinous methods of violence such as acid attacks — which the Mujahideen spearheaded — to re-emerge" (Para 7).more
July 15, 2021, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Mobilised, this white-hot public anger was such that earlier this month the full assembly voted unanimously to overturn the ethics committee’s decision and instead suspended Cury for six months while closing his office. It was not the expulsion Penna wanted and many activists have no doubt he deserved, but it was celebrated as a victory over the manoeuvrings to let him off with little more than a slap on the wrist" (para 10). "The election of proud misogynist Jair Bolsonaro as president in 2018 just months after the still unresolved assassination of Marielle Franco, the black, lesbian city councillor from Rio who was a party colleague of Penna’s, was a...more
July 14, 2021, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Unfortunately, we still do not have a new law against domestic violence in Russia. And it seems our government is not interested in resolving this social issue. But we still have hope that Russian society will be able to lobby the government for resigning the current decriminalization law, especially after the recent developments in people’s attitude on this issue. In spring 2020, we passed another significant milestone in our movement against domestic violence. One of the most famous Russian TV hosts with 8.5 million followers on Instagram has participated in a few live interviews where she blamed women for becoming victims of domestic violence and for publicly speaking about it....more
July 12, 2021, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"'We have made several calls to Mali for the past 18 years urging it to honour its national, regional and international obligations to protect girls and women from this harmful practice,' said Faiza Mohamed, Equality Now's Africa director. 'However, this remains to be done and we can no longer sit still as thousands of girls and women in Mali continue being subjected to FGM,' she added in a statement. Malian government officials could not immediately be reached to comment on the filing" (para 4-6).
July 9, 2021, 7:11 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The gender inequality problem in South Korea is deep-rooted, as evidenced by strong pushback from those who do not believe in feminism. Some men in South Korea do not support gender equality and go further to argue that 'feminism is no longer about gender equality. It is gender discrimination and its manner is violent and hateful.' They also think that feminism and gender discrimination may be applicable to women in their 40s or 50s but not for women in their 20s or 30s" (para 9).
July 9, 2021, noon
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But the gym is constantly in jeopardy. Soon after it opened, it was deluged with profane social media posts from outraged residents. They called it a house of prostitution where whores exercised to make themselves more appealing to men. Mocked and vilified, Ms. Durani was told to close the club and send the women home to their husbands[...]Club members say they have been harassed and propositioned by men outside the club. A few have been struck by stones thrown by men on motorbikes who threatened to kill them if they continued to visit the club, Ms. Durani said."(para 14,16)."Sardar Mohammad, 40, said most older men vehemently disapprove of the club,...more
July 9, 2021, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Sudan’s transitional government announced on Friday that it had overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing worn by women and drinking alcohol[...]Amnesty International welcomed the repeal of the law as 'a step forward for women’s rights.' The London-based rights group also called on the transitional government to overturn other repressive clauses in criminal laws such as articles dictating women’s dress code and flogging as a form of punishment"(para 1,7)
June 30, 2021, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"But many rights activists are outraged by the violence against women as well and what they describe as the Erdogan government’s contempt for women’s rights. Police on Monday sought to block an annual gathering of women seeking to mark International Women’s Day with a march along Istanbul’s landmark Istiklal Street. Opposition political parties called on the government not to use the Covid-19 pandemic to halt an even larger march planned for late Monday night" (para 11).
June 29, 2021, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"[T]he government has since promised to tackle sexual and gender-based violence -- and the protests have paused for now " (para 3).