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Latest items for Botswana

Aug. 3, 2019, 7:10 p.m.
Countries: Botswana, Morocco, Rwanda, Tunisia
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Polygamy is prohibited in Botswana, Rwanda and Tunisia, and highly restricted in Morocco, and so women who marry into these arrangements have no legal protection" (10)
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"By law the minimum sentence for rape is 10 years in prison, increasing to 15 years with corporal punishment if the offender is HIVpositive and unaware, and 20 years with corporal punishment if the offender is HIV-positive and aware. By law formal courts try all rape cases. A person convicted of rape is required to undergo an HIV test before sentencing" (p. 12).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 12).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Child pornography is a criminal offense punishable by five to 15 years in prison" (p. 14).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"There were six women in the 65-seat National Assembly, one of whom was the speaker and four of whom served in the 24- member cabinet. There were also two women in the 34-seat House of Chiefs" (p. 11).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The government does not recognize marriages that occur when either party is under the minimum legal age of 18" (p. 13 - 14).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the prostitution and sexual abuse of children. Sex with a child younger than 16, including a prostituted child, constitutes defilement and is punishable by a minimum of 10 years’ incarceration" (p. 14).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Child marriage occurred infrequently and was largely limited to certain tribes" (p. 13).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment in both the private and public sectors. Sexual harassment committed by a public officer is considered misconduct and punishable by termination, potentially with forfeiture of all retirement benefits; suspension with loss of pay and benefits for up to three months; reduction in rank or pay; deferment or stoppage of a pay raise; or reprimand" p. 12).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Primary education was tuition-free for the first 10 years of school but not compulsory. Parents must cover school fees as well as the cost of uniforms and books" (p. 12).
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape but does not recognize spousal rape as a crime" (p. 12.
June 22, 2019, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"In general citizenship is derived from one’s parents, although there are limited circumstances in which citizenship may be derived from birth within the country’s territory" (p. 12).
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

3.0
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, 7:27 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

4.0
March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, Chad, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

3.0
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

There are no laws designating head of household status in Botswana (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

Botswana law does not mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value. The ages at which men and women can retire with full pension benefits are equal (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

Botswana law does not mandate nondiscrimination based on gender in employment. The dismissal of pregnant workers in Botswana is not prohibited. There is no legislation on sexual harassment in employment or in education. There are no criminal penalties or civil remedis for sexual harassment in employment (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

There is no legislation on sexual harassment in education in Botswana (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in Botswana is not free and compulsory (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Botswana 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 is not prohibited in access to credit in Botswana and neither is discrimination based on marital status (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Botswana can legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Botswana does not provide for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights in Botswana (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Botswana can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters do not have equal inheritance rights in Botswana (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony carries the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

Women make up 47% of the total labor force in Botswana (75).
March 15, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in Botswana are not legally required to obey their husbands (75). In Botswana, the original owner of any property legally administers it in marriage (75).