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Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Prominent Chinese journalist Huang Xueqin, known for her publications about the #MeToo movement in China, was arrested in Guangzhou in October after she wrote about antigovernment protests in Hong Kong" (33).
Sept. 8, 2021, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"There was the Tokyo 2020 official who floated the idea of an 'Olympig' creative campaign with plus-sized model Naomi Watanabe" (para 1). "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Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi sparked outrage with an advert featuring a female actress saying 'gender equality is outdated.'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). "Matsui, the former banking strategist, says many young men in Japan who do not share the traditional values espoused by their fathers and grandfathers are also taking to social media to amplify women's voices" (para 37).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Some reporters acknowledged they avoided criticizing the insurgency and some neighboring countries in their reporting because they feared Taliban retribution. Insurgent groups coerced media agencies in insecure areas to prevent them from broadcasting or publishing advertisements and announcements of the security forces, entertainment programming, music, and women’s voices" (21).
Aug. 28, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Countries: Estonia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Several measures have been taken both by the state and other stakeholders, such as universities to target the topic of gender equality in the field of media. In 2010 and 2013 wide scale awareness raising campaigns were carried out to tackle gender stereotypes" (11).
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Khamenei was asked by pro-regime Tasnim News Agency whether he believed it was 'necessary to observe hijab for the characters of animated films'. He responded: 'Although wearing hijab in such a hypothetical situation is not required per se, observing hijab in animation is required due to the consequences of not wearing hijab'" (para 4-5). "Iran has already imposed strict censorship laws on the country's film industry. Physical interactions between men and women are banned, while the discussion of controversial topics are restricted. Scenes which are deemed immoral or offensive to the regime are often censored, while films which are considered hostile to Islamic values are prohibited. Ultra-conservative figures have called...more
Aug. 3, 2021, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Matzneff had been hiding in plain sight. For decades he has proudly detailed in his published diaries and essays the underage girls and boys he was having sex with when they should have been doing double maths, and openly talked about his sexual predilections on television chat shows. And he didn’t come out of a vacuum. French literature features a sizable library of perversity – from the Marquis de Sade to André Gide, and Robert Desnos to Georges Bataille, not to mention Serge Gainsbourg’s hit Lemon Incest, recorded with his 12-year-old daughter Charlotte in 1984 – inscribed in which is the notion of the male artistic genius who, like the...more
Aug. 3, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Many are followers of a movement known as Hijrah, which embraces self-improvement through adopting a traditional Islamic lifestyle. The peaceful, born-again movement, named Hijrah after the Prophet Muhammad’s seventh-century exodus to the city of Medina, is propelled today by social media, where popular actors, actresses and other celebrities post about joining Quran study groups and becoming more religious in their daily lives. Like Tablighi Jamaat, the squad aims to popularize the face veil but the groups are not affiliated" (para 17-19).
July 30, 2021, 1:49 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"At the time of the arrests, the public prosecutor said five men and four women were being held on suspicion of harming Saudi interests and offering support to hostile elements abroad. State-backed media labelled them as traitors and 'agents of embassies', unnerving foreign diplomats in the key US ally" (para 9-10).
July 29, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In Sierra Leone, Lucy-Ann Ganda, director of administration and human resources for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, trains journalists in how to report on FGM and funds their work through the Global Media Campaign to End FGM, which grew out of an anti-FGM campaign started at the Guardian. She has a network of about 60 journalists based around the country" (Para 10). "Her team of journalists create programmes featuring medical doctors who use diagrams and visual aids to show people the damage that cutting can cause. Survivors of the practice also talk on TV about their experiences and the health problems they have experienced that stemmed from FGM" (Para 12).more
July 16, 2021, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In a popular TV series set in Shanghai called 'Nothing But Thirty,' one female protagonist ultimately decides to divorce her husband while another comes to terms with not finding love" (para 23).
July 16, 2021, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"'After a woman is killed, the media and television in Kurdistan spread propaganda making out that she deserved to die, blaming the victim for her death,' says Talabani[the deputy prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government]. 'She can no longer defend herself and it helps the perpetrators escape justice'"(para 70).
July 14, 2021, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Social Media campaign 'I didn’t want to die' became another critical milestone in the movement against domestic violence in Russia. A few feminist activists launched this campaign in the summer of 2019. The campaign became viral literally in a moment. For a few weeks, 12,000 women, including influencers with millions of followers, posted their photos with bloody makeups to tackle domestic abuse. Around 26,000 messages about the campaign were posted on Social Media. The most popular post had more than 420,000 likes and was widely shared. The main result of this campaign was launching the petition calling for a new law against domestic violence in Russia. Last year around...more
July 13, 2021, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"A beauty queen has allegedly been strangled to death by her husband in Lebanon, becoming the latest victim in a spate of domestic abuse killings in the country[...]'Lebanese media often help enshrine the idea that men can get away with these crimes,' said Hayat Mirshad, co-director at Fe-Male, a local feminist group"(para 1, 12).
July 8, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Some Iranian Instagram stars have culled photos on their personal pages - leaving only pictures of themselves wearing a hijab. The stars, including mahdis_food who commands over 400,000 followers, have also declared obedience 'to the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.' Reports in Iran suggest the actions are off the back of an effort from the Iranian Cyber Police (FATA) to exert more control over posting on Instagram which they deem 'un islamic'"(para 1-3).
July 7, 2021, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is the latest young Saudi woman to attempt to flee her family and seek asylum abroad. Her calls for help on Twitter have grabbed international attention and prompted Thai authorities to say they will not deport her back to her family. With Saudi women runaways increasingly using social media to amplify their desperate pleas for help[...]"(para 45,46).
July 7, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is the latest young Saudi woman to attempt to flee her family and seek asylum abroad. Her calls for help on Twitter have grabbed international attention and prompted Thai authorities to say they will not deport her back to her family. With Saudi women runaways increasingly using social media to amplify their desperate pleas for help,[...]"(para 45-46)."There are no public statistics available for how many Saudi women try to flee abroad each year. The most recent statistics from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development show that 577 Saudi women tried to flee their homes within Saudi Arabia in 2015. That figure is likely to be much...more
June 30, 2021, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"On a big white wall in a hotel compound hangs a series of calm, intimate portraits [of both women and men] by two female Somali photographers. 'It's important that women reclaim the public space,' one of the artists, Fardowsa Hussein, says" (para 1-2).
June 25, 2021, 11:56 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In the most controversial scene of 'Mistress of a Married Man,' a hugely popular new television series in Senegal, the show’s protagonist, Marème, dons a daring magenta pantsuit and heads out for a date with a married man — but not before pointing below her belt.'This is mine,' she tells her best friend. 'I give it to whomever I please.' The series, which debuted in January, has quickly reached a 'Sex and the City' level of popularity, setting off a fierce debate over contemporary womanhood in a largely Muslim West African nation that like much of the region, is urbanizing at breakneck speed. The pilot alone has received more than...more
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The project consisted in a media campaign popularizing the principle of gender equality in the labour market and professional activity of women, including those from small towns, villages and rural areas (documentaries and TV programmes 'Professional women', 'I’m going to make it', 'A woman needed immediately' and radio broadcasts)...The campaign featured media activities promoting the partnership family model and mechanisms of reconciliation of roles: TV spots, press articles, radio and TV broadcasts. In addition, posters and brochures were distributed to 300 kindergartens and 300 primary schools all around Poland" (12). "As in the previous reporting period, school textbooks in Poland are admitted to school use on the basis of opinions...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In this perspective, in the last years the National Counsellor for Equality launched specific awareness campaigns on the role of women in the economy" (16). "The Department for Equal Opportunities has...made a major public awareness campaign on...equal opportunity and the fight against stereotypes and discrimination, which consisted of advertising on public transportation (buses) in major Italian cities and on a Eurostar train, named 'the train for equal opportunity' that travelled for a week across various Italian cities" (41). "stereotypes still [exist] in some textbooks and in the mass media culture" (41). "In particular, in 2007, the high school students participated in a contest on 'Women for Women' (launched by the...more
March 13, 2021, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with concern the stereotyped media portrayals of women and of women’s roles in the family and in society, which contribute to women’s disadvantaged position in a number of areas, including in the labour market and in access to decision-making positions, and affect women’s choices in their studies and professions. The Committee also notes the lack of positive media portrayals of ethnic and minority women, elderly women and women with disabilities" (8).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Over the period of 2010-2013, 26 appeals were submitted to the Expert Council, which included 33 facts of offences. The subject of the majority of appeals is advertising materials, promoting negative stereotypes regarding social and gender roles of women and men. The advertising was removed from 17 objects upon confirmation of gender based discrimination; punitive sanctions were applied to the advertisers by the State Inspection for Consumer Rights Protection" (12). The State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Company of Ukraine and regional television and radio broadcasting companies broadcast programmes to highlight gender problems, violence problems against women and human trafficking, create...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:49 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"A day after the publication of Ms. Springora’s [A victim of Mr Matzeff’s pedophelia] book, 'Le Consentement,' or 'Consent,' which sold out quickly at many Paris bookstores, the fallout continued. Prosecutors in Paris announced that after 'analyzing' its contents, they had opened an investigation into the case and would also look for other victims in and out of France" (para 4). "In 'Le Consentement,' Ms. Springora recounts being seduced at the age of 14 by the famous writer, who was then in his 50s. Introduced to him by her own mother, Ms. Springora writes that she fell in love with Mr. Matzneff and became disenchanted only upon discovering writings in...more
Feb. 15, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“As such, trafficking stories in the media often feature photos of police apprehending middle-aged women wearing pyjamas” (para 24). The women referenced are the mothers of the girls who have been arrested as accomplices in their trafficking (JCE-CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 13, 2021, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“In July, she posted a video on Twitter revealing that another Riyadh mall had stopped her from entering without an abaya” (para 18). “Some women mounted a rare social media protest against the restriction, posting pictures of themselves wearing the figure-concealing garment inside out” (para 23).
Feb. 13, 2021, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

“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 18-19). “In recent years, she has posted videos and photos of activists, including of women filming themselves as they walk in the streets without a headscarf. Alinejad said she receives more than 20 images a day, but posts only some” (para 35).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The prompt police response in the Rawalpindi case reflected in large measure the willingness of the victim to speak up and the impact of media coverage. Now it’s up to local authorities to fully and fairly prosecute those responsible, whatever their affiliation" (para 5).
Feb. 10, 2021, 12:36 a.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"In Mexico, Unda's organisation - Brujas del Mar - has pulled upon its countrywide social media network to bolster existing digital aid for victims and develop new ones. For working women in sectors that are still operating during the lockdown, the group offers digital accompaniment and tracking services for women who have to walk alone in empty streets" (para 22).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:59 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Latifah, according to the police is one of the women seen in the viral lynching video, chanting and cheering herself and onlookers and whipping the late Akua Denteh" (para 3).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes with concern that the State party has maintained its declarations regarding articles 5 (a) and 16 (1) and (2) of the Convention and reiterates its view that this is incompatible with the State party’s constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination. It is also concerned at the persistence of patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes entrenched in the social, cultural, economic and political institutions and structures of Indian society and in the media that discriminate against women" (7). "The Committee reiterates its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/IND/CO/3, para. 11) and urges the State party...To strengthen its awareness-raising and educational efforts, targeting both women and men, with the involvement of civil...more