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Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"In July opposition MP Halima Mdee was arrested for remarks deemed insulting to the president. Mdee had denounced the president for his directive that pregnant girls not be allowed to continue their schooling as contrary to the constitution" (p 19).
July 30, 2021, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Ten women's rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia, more than nine months after they were arrested in a crackdown on dissent. Loujain al-Hathloul, who campaigned for Saudi women to have the right to drive, was among prominent campaigners to appear before a judge in Riyadh on Wednesday" (para 1-2). "Also appearing before a judge was Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan and Hatoon Al-Fassi, along with six others who were not identified. Court president Ibrahim al-Sayari announced the start of the trial to reporters and more than a dozen diplomats who were barred from attending the hearing, and cited privacy concerns for not making the trial public.The women are...more
July 28, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Tin Tin’s own network is supporting the demonstrations: 'We are keeping an eye on rumours and fake news spreading on social media, and we are staying vigilant for reports of sexual violence, harrassment and torture against the women that have joined the movement'" (Para 15).
July 27, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"But in tandem with the reforms, the kingdom has seen a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as it steps up a crack down on dissent" (para 18).
July 21, 2021, 11:03 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"Earlier this month, one of Saudi Arabia's most prominent political activists was released from prison after serving nearly three years on charges that sparked an international uproar over the kingdom's human rights record. Loujain al-Hathloul, who pushed to end a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to almost six years in prison last December under a broad counterterrorism law. Louijain was held for 1001 days, with time in pre-trial detention and solitary confinement" (Para 9-10, 13). "Human rights lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy previously wrote in a report that women's rights activists including Loujain were forced to kiss and perform sex acts on their...more
July 16, 2021, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"During Mr. Xi’s time in power, new party slogans... have been coupled with efforts to censor voices on women’s rights. In recent days, more than a dozen accounts used by women’s-rights groups were deleted from the Weibo social-media platform as well as cultural-discussion site Douban.com" (para 4-5).
July 16, 2021, 12:22 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"The rally drew some 500 people and prompted Prime Minister Ulugbek Maripov to address the protesters. He asked them to 'have patience' and promised that everyone associated with the kidnapping would be punished, as several demonstrators shouted him down and called for his dismissal too. President Sadyr Japarov on Facebook described Kanatbekova's death as 'a tragedy and pain not only for her family, but also for our entire state'. He said the incident should be 'the last bride kidnapping in history'" (Para 20-23).
July 15, 2021, 11:17 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"That fear is disrupting women’s already limited freedoms in Kabul, said activist Frozan Marofi, who travels to dangerous parts of the country to meet with women and discuss economic and health empowerment. She receives frequent anonymous death threats on the phone and was rescued by male neighbors as two men threw punches at her on the street near her home a year ago" (Para 15).
July 13, 2021, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"State targeting of these individuals for exercising fundamental freedoms also continues, including Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi and Mojgan Keshavarz, who are imprisoned for protesting against compulsory veiling laws on International Women’s Day 2019" (para 12).
July 9, 2021, 11:33 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"'Our bodies are not battlefields — we demand justice for the 16 women who were raped by agents of the Anti-Riot Mobile Squadron during the protests,' the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom declared" (Para 2). "'Sexual violence is a weapon against protesters. Today we are mourning the death of a teenage girl. We must continue an indefinite national strike until President Ivan Duque resigns,' a statement from the country’s Socialist Workers Party said. It called for sit-ins in front of the police stations in Popayan, Cali and Bogota" (Para 4).
June 25, 2021, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"None of the students to whom Reuters spoke expressed any apprehension about taking the course. Nor did a small group of students hanging around the classroom offer any objections" (para 20).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"On April 7, plain-clothed UPF officers arrested Makerere University professor Stella Nyanzi on charges of cyber harassment related to a series of Facebook (FB) posts in which she criticized the government’s failure to fulfill the president’s 2016 campaign pledge to provide sanitary pads for school girls and called the president “a pair of buttocks” (see section 1.e.). According to local media, the UPF interrogated Nyanzi about her posts for six hours on March 7 and told her she had offended the president. On March 18, airport immigration officers prevented UGANDA 14 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights...more
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).