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June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, although minors may marry at 15 with parental permission" (13).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape of men or women is illegal, but the law does not protect against spousal rape, except if the couple is separated or in the process of divorce, or if there is a restraining order in place. The maximum penalty for an initial rape conviction is seven years. The maximum sentence for subsequent rape convictions is life imprisonment; however, the usual maximum was 14 years’ imprisonment" (11-12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"The law also provides for the same legal status and rights for women as for men; however, women reported that it was more difficult for them to qualify for credit and to own a business" (12)
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The penalties for rape of a minor are the same as those for rape of an adult. While a victim’s consent is insufficient defense against allegations of statutory rape, it is sufficient defense if the accused had 'reasonable cause to believe that the victim was above 16 years of age,' provided the accused was under age 18" (13). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (13).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The law recognizes domestic violence as a crime separate from assault and battery, and the government generally enforced the law, although women’s rights groups cited some reluctance on the part of law enforcement authorities to intervene in domestic disputes" (12). "The law provides severe penalties for child abuse and requires all persons having contact with a child they believe has been physically or sexually abused to report their suspicions to police; nonetheless, child abuse and neglect remained serious problems" (13).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The law does not prohibit discrimination based on gender" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

"The law also provides for the same legal status and rights for women as for men; however, women reported that it was more difficult for them to qualify for credit and to own a business" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit the participation of women and/or minorities in the political process, and women and minorities did participate" (11).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"The government did not effectively implement laws and policies to provide certain habitual residents the opportunity to gain nationality in a timely manner and on a nondiscriminatory basis. Children born in the country to non-Bahamian parents, to an unwed Bahamian father and a non-Bahamian mother, or outside the country to a Bahamian mother and a non-Bahamian father do not acquire citizenship at birth" (9). "Women with foreign-born spouses do not have the same right as men to transmit citizenship to their spouse or children" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Bahamas Crisis Center (BCC) provided a counselor referral service and operated a toll-free hotline. The authorities in partnership with a private organization, operated a safe house" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits discrimination in employment based on HIV/AIDS status. Children with HIV/AIDS also faced discrimination, and authorities often did not tell teachers that a child was HIV positive due to fear of verbal abuse from both educators and peers. The government maintained a home for orphaned children infected with HIV/AIDS" (15).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law prohibits criminal 'quid pro quo' sexual harassment and authorizes penalties of up to B$5,000 ($5,000) and a maximum of two years’ imprisonment. There were no official reports of workplace sexual harassment during the year. Civil rights advocates complained that criminal prohibitions were not enforced effectively" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law recognizes domestic violence as a crime separate from assault and battery, and the government generally enforced the law, although women’s rights groups cited some reluctance on the part of law enforcement authorities to intervene in domestic disputes" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: CLCC-LAW-2

"The government did not effectively implement laws and policies to provide certain habitual residents the opportunity to gain nationality in a timely manner and on a nondiscriminatory basis. Children born in the country to non-Bahamian parents, to an unwed Bahamian father and a non-Bahamian mother, or outside the country to a Bahamian mother and a non-Bahamian father do not acquire citizenship at birth" (9). "Children born in the country to married parents, one of whom is Bahamian, acquire citizenship at birth. In the case of unwed parents, the child takes the citizenship of the mother. All children born in the country may apply for citizenship upon reaching their 18th birthday....more
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-2

"The 2015 Strategic Plan to Address Gender-Based Violence reported a total of 2,390 incidences of sexual offenses, including rape, attempted rape, unlawful sexual intercourse, incest, and other sexual offenses, between 2003 and 2013" (12).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Migrants credibly accused police and immigration officers of excessive force and warrantless searches, as well as frequent solicitations of bribes by immigration officials. Widespread bias against migrants, particularly those of Haitian descent, continued" (9). "The announced intent of the agreement was to reduce the amount of time Cuban migrants spent in detention; however, concerns persisted that it also allowed for information sharing that heightened the risk of persecution of detainees and their families" (9). "Members of the Haitian community complained of discrimination in the job market, specifically that identity and work-permit documents were controlled by employers seeking advantage by threat of deportation" (14). "Undocumented migrants were vulnerable to forced labor,...more
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Child pornography is against the law. A person who produces it is liable to life imprisonment; dissemination or possession of it calls for a penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment" (13).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRCM-LAW-1

"Rape of men or women is illegal, but the law does not protect against spousal rape, except if the couple is separated or in the process of divorce, or if there is a restraining order in place" (11).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Women were generally free of economic discrimination, and the law provides for equal pay for equal work" (12). "The law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, creed, sex, marital status, political opinion, age, HIV status, or disability, but not based on language, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, religion, or social status. The government did not effectively enforce the law, and while the law allows victims to sue for damages, many citizens were unable to avail themselves of this remedy due to poor availability of legal representation and the ability of wealthy defendants to drag out the process in courts" (17).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Comoros, D R Congo, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Morocco, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

4.0
May 1, 2019, 7:50 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, China, D R Congo, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestine, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine
Variables: SUICIDE-SCALE-1

1.0
April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Mexico, Moldova, South Africa, United States, Venezuela
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

4.0
April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Iraq, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad/Tobago, United States, Venezuela
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

2.0
April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Brazil, Burma/Myanmar, Chad, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Ukraine, United States, Vanuatu
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

3.0
March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kosovo, Latvia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Romania, Slovakia, Sudan, Taiwan, Togo
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

2.0
March 8, 2019, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Most recently there has been a vast increase in suicide and domestic violence incidents...the correlation between the two matters over the years clearly indicates a cry for help by the victims of these social ills. Therefore, in an effort to further educate the Bahamian public and to minimize the occurrence of these matters, the Royal Bahamas Police Force wants to provide some insight into the causes and association between domestic violence and suicide” (para 1-2).
Feb. 22, 2019, 10 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in the Bahamas can legally sign a contract, register a business, and open a bank account in the same way as a man. Men and women have equal ownership rights to immovable property. Discrimination based on gender and marital staus is not prohibited in access to credit in the Bahamas (64).
Feb. 22, 2019, 10 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in the Bahamas is free and compulsory (64).
Feb. 22, 2019, 10 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

There is no paid maternity leave available to women in the Bahamas of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave and the government pays for 67% of maternity leave benefits. There is no paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services but childcare payments are not tax deductible (64).