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May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Recalling its general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women and general recommendation No. 35 (2017) on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19, the Committee recommends that the State party: (d) Provide adequate redress, assistance and protection to women who are victims of gender-based violence by establishing shelters, issuing and enforcing protection orders and enhancing cooperation with non-governmental organizations that provide assistance and rehabilitation to victims" (6).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2002 of the State party’s fourth periodic report (CEDAW/C/BRB/4) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following: (a) Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) (Amendment) Act, in 2016; (b) Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, in 2016; (c) Trafficking in Persons Prevention Act, in 2016; (d) Family Law (Amendment) Act, in 2014; (e) Maintenance (Amendment) Act, allowing any parent to make an application for child maintenance, in 2014; (f) Employment Rights Act, providing for special consideration of the safety and health of pregnant women, in 2012; (g) Safety and Health at Work Act, in 2005. The Committee welcomes the State party’s...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned that, some provisions on nationality in the State party’s legislation notwithstanding, although such rights are possessed by Barbadian men, there are no constitutional rights for Barbadian women with regard to the following: (a) The transfer of nationality to a child born outside of the State party to a Barbadian woman who was not born in Barbados" (8).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Recalling its general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women and general recommendation No. 35 (2017) on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19, the Committee recommends that the State party: (d Provide adequate redress, assistance and protection to women who are victims of gender-based violence by establishing shelters, issuing and enforcing protection orders and enhancing cooperation with non-governmental organizations that provide assistance and rehabilitation to victims" (6).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"The Committee is particularly concerned about: (c)Reports of discrimination and gender-based violence against women in prostitution, which result in various forms of abuse, the limited assistance available to victims, and the absence of exit and reintegration programmes for women who wish to leave prostitution" (6-7).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern that the austerity measures taken by the State party have had negative effects on women’s access to health services. It is also concerned about the following: (a) The lack of age-appropriate and comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including on responsible sexual behaviour, the lack of family planning services and the high level of unmet contraception needs among women and girls" (9).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which perpetuate the subordination of women in the family and in society, which is reflected in the educational and professional choices of women, their limited participation in political and public life and in the labour market and their unequal status in family relations" (5).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Although the legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years for both women and men, girls who are 16 and 17 years of age can marry with the consent of their parents" (12).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned about the absence in the State party’s legislation of a definition of discrimination against women in line with the Convention. It is further concerned about the lack of understanding by the State party of the concept of substantive equality and that there is no law on gender equality or comprehensive anti-discriminatory legislation that would incorporate the principle of equality of women and men and define and prohibit all forms of discrimination on the grounds of sex or gender, including direct and indirect discrimination in the public and private spheres, in line with article 1 of the Convention. The Committee is particularly concerned that article 23, subsection...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee notes with appreciation that the two major political parties have made concerted efforts to increase the representation of women. It is concerned, however, that women remain significantly underrepresented at the decision-making level in Parliament, in the Government and in the diplomatic service, owing to patriarchal attitudes, a lack of effective measures such as statutory quotas or a parity system for political appointments, limited access to political networks and insufficient capacity-building for women on political leadership skills" (7).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is also concerned at reports of the increasing rate of femicide in the State party" (6).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee remains concerned at the persistence of deep-rooted patriarchal attitudes and discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which perpetuate the subordination of women in the family and in society, which is reflected in the educational and professional choices of women, their limited participation in political and public life and in the labour market and their unequal status in family relations. The Committee recalls that such discriminatory stereotypes are also root causes of gender-based violence against women and notes with concern that the State party has not yet taken sustained measures to modify or eliminate discriminatory stereotypes" (5).more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned at the lack of public policies and measures to protect the rights of women and girls with disabilities, including their rights to inclusive education, employment, health care, housing and participation in political and public life, as well as the absence of mechanisms to protect women and girls with disabilities from intersecting forms of discrimination, gender-based violence and abuse. The Committee is also concerned at the alleged practice of the forced sterilization of women recognized as legally incapable, with the sole consent of their guardian and without their free, prior and informed consent or an impartial examination by a court" (11).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Committee notes the activities undertaken by the State party’s Rural Development Commission. Nevertheless, it is concerned at the disadvantaged status of women in rural areas and regrets the limited data on their situation and on the measures taken by the State party to address poverty among rural women and to fully ensure their access to justice, education, formal employment, skills development and training opportunities, health, housing, income-generating opportunities and microcredit" (11).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Committee remains concerned about the limited human, technical and financial resources allocated to the Bureau of Gender Affairs and about the limited capacity of the State party’s national machinery to adequately ensure the coordination of gender mainstreaming in all areas and at all levels. The Committee is also concerned about the delay in finalizing and adopting the national policy on gender. It is further concerned about the lack of data disaggregated by sex, which is necessary to assess the impact and effectiveness of policies and programmes that are planned or in place to enhance the enjoyment by women of their human rights" (4). "Recalling its general recommendation No. 19...more
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern that the State party remains both a source and a destination country for women and girls, including non-nationals, who are subjected to trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour, as a result of high unemployment, increasing levels of poverty and the weak implementation of anti-trafficking legislation" (6).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Nevertheless, the Committee notes the following with concern: (a) The high school drop-out rate among adolescent girls at the secondary level of education, which is often owing to early pregnancy, the absence of a written policy on pregnant students in schools, the compulsory expulsion of pregnant girls from schools after five months of pregnancy, which reinforces negative stereotypes, and the lack of measures taken to ensure their re-entry and retention in school following childbirth" (8).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ATC-DATA-2

"The Committee is concerned that, although the State party ratified the Convention in 1980 without reservations, the Convention has still not been fully incorporated into domestic law and, as a result, its provisions have not been directly invoked or applied in domestic courts" (2).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: ATC-DATA-4

"The Committee is also concerned that the State party’s Office of the Attorney General advised against ratifying the Optional Protocol, given that ratification would require the establishment of additional mechanisms in order to comply with obligations under the Optional Protocol" (2).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned that, some provisions on nationality in the State party’s legislation notwithstanding, although such rights are possessed by Barbadian men, there are no constitutional rights for Barbadian women with regard to the following: (b) The right of Barbadian women to transfer their nationality to their foreign husbands" (8).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the alleged practice of the forced sterilization of women recognized as legally incapable, with the sole consent of their guardian and without their free, prior and informed consent or an impartial examination by a court" (11).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"Recalling its general recommendation No. 19 (1992) on violence against women and general recommendation No. 35 (2017) on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19, the Committee recommends that the State party: (b Specifically criminalize femicide and ensure that cases of femicide are effectively investigated and prosecuted and that the sentences imposed on perpetrators are commensurate with the gravity of the crime" (6).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Guyana, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Panama, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

1.0
April 4, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Bahrain, Barbados, Iceland
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

0.0
April 4, 2019, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

0.0
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 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of women" (7). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years" (8).
March 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"There were public and private counseling services for victims of domestic violence, rape, and child abuse. The government provided funding for a shelter, for women who had faced violence" (7).
March 6, 2019, 10:59 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"No law contains penalties specifically for sexual harassment except in the workplace" (7).