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June 29, 2022, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Many women’s rights advocates hoped for progress after the supposedly progressive Andrés Manuel López Obrador was elected president in 2018. Yet López Obrador, a 68-year-old nationalist known as Amlo, has repeatedly clashed with the feminist movement, at times suggesting such campaigners were the tools of his conservative political rivals. In early 2020, after a series of murders provoked demonstrations that some called Mexico’s feminist spring, masked protesters surrounded the presidential palace in Mexico City and daubed its walls with the words: 'Amlo is killing us'. Last week, after Escobar’s body was found, Amlo drew further criticism for claiming citizens had no reason to worry. “This happens everywhere,” he said" (para...more
June 14, 2022, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Government reacted promptly to contribute to combatting sexism and harassment. New legislation, on e.g. raising the compensation levels for harassment in the workplace and targeted initiatives (e.g. codes of conduct) have been launched at the labour market and in the cultural sector. The initiatives were developed in cooperation with private sector and cultural sector actors. As a result, awareness of sexual harassment has increased in the sectors and the massive media attention also brought about higher awareness in other sectors and in the general population" (5-6). The governmental response to the #MeToo movement indicates that discussion surrounding gender issues is likely well...more
April 26, 2022, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Spain has criminalised the harassment or intimidation of women going for an abortion under new legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday.The move, which involves changes to the penal code, means anti-abortion activists who try to convince women not to terminate their pregnancies could face up to a year behind bars"(para 1,2)."Anyone trying 'to impede [a woman] from exercising her right to voluntarily interrupt pregnancy' through 'bothersome, offensive, intimidating or threatening acts' will face jail time of between three and 12 months, or community service, the text reads[Pedro Sánchez]"(para 4).
March 25, 2022, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Activists and NGOs that promoted women’s rights and equality were frequent targets of hate speech and criticized for allegedly breaking up 'Armenian traditional families' and spreading 'Western values.' In one case women’s rights activist and Women’s Resource Center (WRC) chairperson Lara Aharonyan became the target of an online hate campaign after giving a March 8 speech at a civil society-parliament event on gender equality... she and her family received threats that they would be raped and killed... In a second case, the staff of the WRC Sexual Assault Crisis Center (SACC) also faced threats during the time leading up to and after the May 4 presentation of a book, My...more
March 9, 2022, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Her national prominence grew when Ms. Isakov and her neighbor, Adi Guzi, who banged on the door during the assault and then pushed her way into the house at great personal risk, were among 14 Israelis honored for their contribution to society at Israel’s annual Independence Day ceremony in April" (Para. 15).
Jan. 6, 2022, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"It depends on the type of discussion on gender issues. If its women and politics, men tend to dismiss is it. If it is a topic on rape, sexual harrassment, maternity not much men contribute or support such topics. It is seen as a taboo for men to support women issues. I will say though, there are some men who support and defend women issues" (1).
Nov. 12, 2021, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Demonstrations over abortion rights erupted in La Paz Wednesday. The United Nations office in Bolivia called on authorities in a statement to protect children’s rights, adding that 'to submit a girl to undergo a forced pregnancy is a form of torture'" (para 15).
Nov. 3, 2021, 9:41 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Events organized by women’s rights activists or the LGBTI community were regularly disrupted by members of violent radical groups…" (32). "...Civil society groups remained concerned, however, about the lack of accountability for crimes committed by radical groups in cases documented in 2018. During the year members of such groups committed violent attacks on ethnic minorities (especially Roma), LGBTI persons, feminists, and other individuals they considered to be 'un-Ukrainian' or 'anti-Ukrainian.' The HRMMU noted that the failure of police and prosecutors to prevent these acts of violence, properly classify them as hate crimes, and effectively investigate and prosecute them created an environment of impunity and lack of justice for victims" (42).more
Nov. 1, 2021, 11:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Women who have been fighting against violence and Pakistan’s patriarchal system have faced attacks and abuse and been slapped with false blasphemy and vulgarity charges. The organisers of Aurat March, the annual women’s march to fight for women’s rights, have faced harassment by religious groups and the police" (para 13).
Oct. 25, 2021, 3:32 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In response to general criticism about the Posh Act, India’s powerful home minister, Amit Shah, presided over a committee of ministers that in January made a list of recommendations, including adding workplace sexual harassment to India’s penal code" (para 18)
Oct. 19, 2021, 11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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" (para 2). "Their boldness to do so might bother some, but their vulnerability resonates with many more. There are dozens of Pakistani female influencers, each with more than 100,000 followers on Instagram and YouTube. These women are friendly and opinionated — but they have to be brave too, because online public spaces are just as hostile to women as physical public spaces are in Pakistan" (para 4). "'Soul Sisters...more
Oct. 15, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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).
Oct. 8, 2021, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"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).
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