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June 10, 2021, 9:10 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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). "The federal government’s ambivalence toward the women’s movement has reignited feminists’ public demonstrations. For International Women’s Day this year, activists painted the names of femicide victims on a metal barrier that protects the presidential palace. The backlash to female-led protests has been ferocious. 'The authorities at...more
April 30, 2021, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Substantive progress will require structural change, Hassan argued, and for that to happen there needs to be a free civic sphere, which can't exist in a country with the repressiveness of Egypt. 'If you want a structured, long-term, diverse [feminist] movement, you need a public sphere,' she said. 'You don't get that if you're not secure...anyone speaking up can be jailed tomorrow'" (para 17).
April 2, 2021, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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). "President Rouhani’s minister of culture, Ali Jannati, often prefers to stay quiet in the face of the press crackdowns implemented by...more
March 31, 2021, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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). "Noor is an organizer for this year's masked nationwide rallies. She said she could not give her surname for fear of reprisals over her work" (para 2). "In the early days of the virus, female health workers who took part in door-to-door mass awareness campaigns about Covid-19 faced hostility and violence" (para 15).
March 25, 2021, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Patricia Gossman, associate Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said: 'Afghan women journalists are being targeted not just for the issues they cover but also for challenging perceived social norms, by taking on public roles and working outside the home. And now the only option they are offered is to do precisely that: stay home or flee the country' (para 11-12). “Violence and fear have eroded the most fundamental elements of an open society in Afghanistan – gains in women’s equal participation that no one in power seems committed to protect,” she said
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-3

“In July, she posted a video on Twitter revealing that another Riyadh mall had stopped her from entering without an abaya” (para 18). “In response to her post, the mall tweeted that it would not permit entry to ‘violators of public morals’” (para 20).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“Iran’s police have also recently installed special cameras on the country’s highways to take photos of those female drivers who remove their hijab once they leave the town centres” (para 11). “Women began taking to the streets last year, silently waving their headscarves on the ends of sticks. In response, they suffered a backlash from the authorities, facing violent assault, arrest and torture, and some were jailed after what human rights groups called unfair trials. Nasrin Sotoudeh, prominent human rights lawyer, was sentenced last May to seven years in prison after defending the protesters” (para 13-14).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“More than three dozen protesters have been detained since, including nine who are currently in detention, said Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist who now lives in New York. Despite attempts to silence protesters, public debate has intensified, amplified by social media. Last month, a widely watched online video showed a security agent grab an unveiled teenage girl and violently push her into the back of a police car, prompting widespread criticism” (para 17-19). “In March, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has represented female protesters, was sentenced to 38.5 years in prison, of which she must serve 12, according to her husband. In April, activists Yasaman Aryani, her mother Monireh...more
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:01 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"A retired lawyer, Pourfazel was one of 14 female Iranian activists who signed an Aug. 9, 2019, open letter calling for the resignation of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the introduction of a new constitution enshrining equal rights for women. Iranian authorities arrested her on Aug. 19, and later charged her and other signatories with national security offenses. She was released on bail Nov. 13. Pourfazel retired as a lawyer in 2016 after nearly 10 years defending political prisoners and their family members, usually for free. In an interview with the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, she said she had faced persistent harassment from Iranian...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. 8, 2021, 7:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Police used teargas to disperse women’s rights activists attending the Istanbul International Women’s Day demonstration on March 8 to protest the endemic problem of violence against women in Turkey" (para 22).
Feb. 4, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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 abandoned by her own family" (para 15).
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Five girls and women who recently escaped agreed to be interviewed at the end of October… Their accounts tell of girls and young women separated from their families, divvied up or traded among the Islamic State’s men, ordered to convert to Islam, subjected to forced marriages and repeatedly raped... The five victims consented to speak publicly only on the condition that their names not be revealed for fear that the Islamic State would punish their relatives. At first, though, the 15-year-old felt differently. 'I want my name used because when the Islamic State reads it, it will be like a revenge for me,' she declared at the outset of her...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:27 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"In March, the police called in for questioning at least nine organizers and speakers of the Women’s March held in observance of International Women’s Day after a public backlash against the visible presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists and their allies in the march. The organizers were investigated for sedition and violation of the Public Peaceful Assembly Act, but ultimately no charges were filed against them. In July, parliament passed amendments to the Peaceful Assembly Act, reducing the notice period from 10 to 7 days and removing the restriction on protests in which participants march from one place to another. However, the law still permits criminal prosecution...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 12:48 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"women’s rights activists remain detained, on trial, or silenced for their activism" (para 2). "In March, Saudi Arabia opened individual trials of prominent Saudi women before the Riyadh Criminal Court and dismissed all allegations that the women faced torture or ill-treatment in detention. Most of the women faced charges that were solely related to peaceful human rights work, including promoting women’s rights and calling for an end to Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system" (para 8). "Prosecutors also accused the women of sharing information about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia with journalists based in Saudi Arabia, diplomats, and international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, deeming...more
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"In response to an apparent increase in violence against women in the wake of the storm, activists with the feminist collective Colectiva Feminista en Construcción camped outside the governor’s mansion, known as the Fortaleza, demanding that then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló declare a state of emergency. Taped to the police barricades were the names of women killed by spouses, exes, and romantic partners. Police responded as they often do to protests on the island: with batons and pepper spray" (para 22).
Jan. 1, 2021, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"In response to an apparent increase in violence against women in the wake of the storm, activists with the feminist collective Colectiva Feminista en Construcción camped outside the governor’s mansion, known as the Fortaleza, demanding that then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló declare a state of emergency. Taped to the police barricades were the names of women killed by spouses, exes, and romantic partners. Police responded as they often do to protests on the island: with batons and pepper spray" (para 22).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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 police. Resentful of the potential loss of income that marrying off their daughters can generate, villagers have threatened to lock the activist in his hut and burn it down" (para 70-71). "'Many other activists are now reluctant to report cases to the police,' Kuyi says. 'They've been intimidated by death threats, or demoralised when they see only a few cases actually go to court' (para 76).
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"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 between one and 10 years in prison'" (para 13).
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The protesters read a statement Friday saying 'it enrages us how Ingrid was killed, and how the media put her body on display. 'It enrages us that the public judges us, saying 'this isn't the right way to express your rage,'' the statement continued. 'We are not mad, we are furious.' In the past, women's protests in Mexico City had been criticized for spray-painting historical monuments and trashing city infrastructure, but the damage Friday was minor, and criticism almost non-existent" (para 18-20)
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:39 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The president has also angered feminists by cutting the budget for day care centers. Last year, he abandoned a move that would have cut funding for domestic violence shelters after a swift backlash from human rights groups" (para 21). " 'I don’t like what López Obrador says about women, but he is giving feminists total freedom to enact feminist policies,' said Marta Lamas, a feminist activist and professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico" (para 26).
Dec. 17, 2020, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“In August another woman, award-winning photojournalist Forough Alaei, was arrested in Iran for sneaking into a football game. Alaei won the World Press Photo award this year for her work showing passionate women attempting to watch live football matches in Iran. One of her pictures shows a woman wearing a fake beard and another shows a woman watching a match in Tehran surrounded by male supporters” (para 15-17).
Nov. 24, 2020, 11:04 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“No reaction has so far been reported from the government of Afghanistan, which prides itself on promoting modern values and women's achievements” (para 3).
Nov. 6, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“‘Speaking out for me has sometimes come with the cost of being attacked and being threatened,’ she said. RENATA's Fouda said a failure to address programmes such as the one broadcast on Vision4 would only exacerbate the problem of violence against women, demanding the government take a stance. ‘We want justice to be served,’ she said” (para 18-20).
Oct. 29, 2020, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Mamutayeva was dismissed from her position on Monday and replaced by the republic's former Deputy Justice Minister Rabiyat Zakavova, RFE/RL reported Tuesday" (para 8). Mamutayeva was dismissed after her comments condemning female genital mutilation were published in a report by a human rights group (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"In Armenia, women's rights defenders are vulnerable to gender-specific threats and violence, especially when they challenge patriarchal values, sexist stereotypes and the traditional perception of gender roles. On 5 November, staff of the NGO Women's Resource Centre and other women's rights activists were threatened and verbally assaulted as they were leaving a court room where they had been assisting a victim of domestic violence. In 2013, the Women's Resource Centre had received anonymous death threats following its calls for gender equality legislation. No effective investigations into either of these incidents had been conducted by the end of the year" (para 13-14).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

“My name is Julienne Lusenge and I’m an activist for women’s rights in the DRC…If women speak out about what is going on in my region, if they come to public meetings and raise their hands they get called prostitutes, they are considered ‘bad’ women. There are those who talk to our husbands and try to win them round psychologically by saying, ‘hey mind your woman, why do you let her speak out and leave all the time? That’s not a wife, why don’t you get a proper wife?’ Some women lose their husband and their home because of their work” (para 2, 14). “My name is Julienne Lusenge and...more
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Authorities prosecuted and banned from leaving the country leading women's rights activists, including Mozn Hassan, head of Nazra for Feminist Studies and Azza Soliman, head of the Centre for Egyptian Women's Legal Assistance" (para 30).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3, WAM-PRACTICE-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

“In September 2010, the secretary of the Muslim Community of Basel was acquitted of publicly inciting crime and violence. The charges were pressed after the 33-year-old made comments in a Swiss television documentary saying that Islamic Sharia law should be introduced in Switzerland and that unruly wives should be beaten. The judge said the defendant was protected by freedom of expression” (para 14).