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June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Because of the lack of police training in collecting evidence associated with sexual assaults, ignorance of the law, and inherent difficulties victims faced in preserving and presenting evidence in court, judges reduced most sexual offense charges to misdemeanors" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"On June 16, the government, in partnership with UNICEF, launched a nationwide “Zero Tolerance for Child Marriage” campaign to change social norms and create a protective environment for children and their communities" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"President Talon appointed only four female ministers to his 22-member cabinet and one woman among the prefects administering the country’s 12 geographic departments" (p. 12).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Women remained reluctant to report cases, and judges and police were reluctant to intervene in domestic disputes" (p. 4).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"On April 26, the Council of Ministers increased funding for the National Institute for the Promotion of Women to increase women’s participation and advancement" (p. 12).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Prison sentences for rape convictions range from one to five years" (p. 13 - 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Girls did not have the same educational opportunities as boys and the literacy rate for women was approximately 18 percent, compared with 50 percent for men" (p. 15).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law explicitly prohibits spousal rape and provides the maximum penalty for conviction of raping a domestic partner" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The government and NGOs educated the public on women’s inheritance and property rights and their increased rights in marriage, including prohibitions on forced marriage, child marriage, and polygyny" (p. 15).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Early and forced marriage included barter marriage and marriage by abduction, in which the groom traditionally abducts and rapes his prospective child bride. The practice was widespread in rural areas, despite government and NGO efforts to end it through information sessions on the rights of women and children" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and offers protection for victims, but sexual harassment was common, especially of female students by their male teachers" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 15).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The Ministry of Labor, Civil Service, and Social Affairs’ Social Promotion Center in Aplahoue, in the southeast, reported that it addressed 148 gender-based violence cases during the first half of the year" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The practice was largely limited to remote rural areas in the north. According to the UNICEF, 7 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 49 underwent FGM/C" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Citizenship is derived by birth within the country to a citizen father. By law the child of a Beninese father is automatically considered a citizen, but the child of a Beninese woman is considered Beninese only if the child’s father is unknown, has no known nationality, or is also Beninese" (p. 15).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for conviction of domestic violence range from six to 36 months’ imprisonment" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The law prohibits rape, but enforcement was weak due to police ineffectiveness, official corruption, and victims’ unwillingness to report cases due to fear of social stigma and retaliation" (p. 13).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The child trafficking law provides penalties for conviction of all forms of child trafficking, including child prostitution, prescribing penalties of 10 to 20 years’ imprisonment" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1, EMCMS-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and offers protection for victims" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape" (p. 13).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The penal code provides penalties for conviction of rape, sexual exploitation, corruption of minors, and procuring and facilitating prostitution, and it increases penalties for cases involving children under age 15. The child trafficking law provides penalties for conviction of all forms of child trafficking, including child prostitution, prescribing penalties of 10 to 20 years’ imprisonment. Individuals convicted of involvement in child prostitution, including those who facilitate and solicit it, face imprisonment of two to five years and fines of one million to 10 million CFA francs ($1,675 to $16,750)" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law prohibits marriage under age 18 but grants exemptions for children ages 14 to 17 with parental consent and authorization of a judge" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"According to the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Analysis, the employment rate was 73 percent for men and 69 percent for women in 2011" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Although the constitution provides for equality for women in political, economic, and social spheres, women experienced extensive discrimination in obtaining employment, credit, equal pay, and in owning or managing businesses. The law on persons and the family bans all discrimination against women in marriage and provides for the right to equal inheritance" (p. 15).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C and provides penalties for conviction of performing the procedure, including prison sentences of up to 10 years and fines of up to six million CFA francs ($10,050)" (p. 14).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit child pornography" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and offers protection for victims, but sexual harassment was common, especially of female students by their male teachers. Persons convicted of sexual harassment face sentences of one to two years in prison and fines ranging from 100,000 to one million CFA francs ($168 to $1,675). The law also provides penalties for persons who are aware of sexual harassment and do not report it. Victims seldom reported harassment due to fear of social stigma and retaliation, however, and prosecutors and police lacked the legal knowledge and skills to pursue such cases. Although laws prohibiting sexual harassment were not widely enforced, judges used other provisions in the...more
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Primary education was compulsory for all children between ages six and 11. Public school education was tuition-free for primary school students and for female students through grade nine in secondary schools" (p. 15).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Niger, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, D R Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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