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April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Thiri Aung Tin said her boyfriend had persuaded her to elope, then locked her in a dark room for days on end. It was the start of an ordeal of captivity and verbal abuse that lasted more than two years, she said, and eventually drove her to attempt suicide. When he was arrested in February for abduction and wrongful confinement, two days after she reported him to the police, she hoped he would face adequate punishment. But he was released without bail in early March, and accused only of violating a section of Myanmar’s 19th-century penal code on “cheating” that is sometimes applied to unfaithful partners and carries a maximum...more
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Women’s rights advocates say the violence is exacerbated by drug and alcohol abuse among men, and by a common attitude among both sexes that women who are abused or raped somehow deserve it. 'It’s victim blaming,' said Evelyn Yu Yu Swe, a partner at Strong Flowers Sexuality Education Services, a company in Yangon, Myanmar’s main city. 'The language they use is: ‘She’s bad. That’s why her husband beat her’'” (para 12-13).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Victims have few legal options, advocates say, in part because most relevant statutes are antiquated, having been enacted during the British-colonial era, which ended in 1948. One section of the penal code, for example, criminalizes assault on a woman “with intent to outrage her modesty,” without defining specific offenses" (para 14).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual violence is common in conflict-prone areas of Myanmar, the United Nations said in a 2016 report, noting that the Defense Ministry had prosecuted 61 members of the military for such acts from 2011 to 2015" (para 11).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The United Nations has said a lack of access to family-planning services in Myanmar contributes to a high maternal death rate" (para 26).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Diplomats have called violence against women in the country a “silent emergency,” and rights advocates say the penal code’s failings are compounded by weak law enforcement and courts rife with corruption and misogyny" (para 6). "Firm statistics on violence against women in Myanmar are scarce, but recent studies suggest that the problem is widespread" (para 10).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"Thiri Aung Tin said her boyfriend had persuaded her to elope, then locked her in a dark room for days on end. It was the start of an ordeal of captivity and verbal abuse that lasted more than two years, she said, and eventually drove her to attempt suicide" (para 1).
April 8, 2019, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

"What numbers do reveal is that in south and east Asia, suicide rates among younger women are up to 25% higher than among their male counterparts. The report claims these are largely setting-related: limited education opportunities, less access to financial resources, restricted autonomy and greater likelihood of being threatened with violence" (para 16).
April 8, 2019, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"San Thi Dar, a migrant from Myanmar’s capital, Yangon, took a different standpoint, telling me: 'There are just so many rules and stigmas in our religion and society that lead people to commit suicide. Especially for women. We feel inferior. For example, pregnancy outside of marriage – think of the shame that our culture imposes on that'" (para 11). "There is also talk of the cultural expectations put upon women, such as chastity and domesticity, and how they feel disempowered and ashamed when they don’t live up to them. Which, when combined with the hormonal changes and psychosocial pressures of pregnancy, is causing a shocking ripple effect of pre- and...more
April 8, 2019, 8:44 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

"According to official data, over 70 pc of suicides in Myanmar are committed by men and less than 30 pc by women. Also, only one third of women who attempt to commit suicide succeed" (para 8).
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: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Comoros, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

4.0
Feb. 27, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

According to the World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law for 2016, Myanmar does not have a law that stipulates only males may be heads of household, nor does this country have a law that wives must obey husbands (178).
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"10.2% of seats in the lower/single house of Burma/Myanmar (44 out of 433 total seats) are held by women. 10.4% of seats in the upper house/Senate of Burma/Myanmar (23 out of 221 total seats) are held by women"
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"5.0% of ministerial positions in Myanmar (1 out of 20 total positions) are held by women"
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Benin, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, Yemen
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-4

1.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Chile, Costa Rica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Moldova, Mozambique, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Vanuatu
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

1.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to calculations based on the WHO Homicide Estimates for 2015, the homicide rate for females aged 15-44 is 2.32 per 100,000 female population ages 15-44.
Jan. 16, 2019, 8:21 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to Countryeconomy.com, the total suicide rate for women in Burma/Myanmar in 2015 was 3.33 per 100,000 total female population (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 14, 2019, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of rape by military and security officials in Kachin, Shan, and Rakhine States. The military rejected all allegations that rape was an institutionalized practice in the military but admitted in 2014 that its soldiers had committed 40 known rapes of civilian women since 2011. While there was no reliable estimate for rape cases nationwide, civil society groups observed an increase in the number of cases reported during the year"
Jan. 14, 2019, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence against women, including spousal abuse, remained a serious problem. Abuse within families was prevalent and considered socially acceptable. Spousal abuse or domestic violence was difficult to measure because the government did not maintain statistics. According to media reports, there were 700 cases of rape reported annually; however, statistics to verify this estimate were not available. There are laws that prohibit committing bodily harm against another person, but there are no laws specifically against domestic violence or spousal abuse, including spousal rape of women above 13 years of age. Punishment for violating the law includes prison terms ranging from one year to life, in addition to possible fines"more
Jan. 14, 2019, 6:46 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Rape and violence against women and girls is often surrounded by a culture of silence and rarely lead to police complaints, activists say. If such abuses happen within the household, complaints are even less likely as it is seen as a family matter, even by the police...Filing a criminal complaint of physical abuse in marriage is even harder, activists said, as police usually prefer community intervention and will tell victims to first ask ward or village officials to solve problems with their husbands. If ward officials agree, a woman can go to police, who will then ask for eye witnesses and bruises and scars as evidence...Myanmar’s laws provide strong punishment...more
Dec. 20, 2018, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar, Lebanon
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to the WHO violence and homocide statistics, the total femicide rate as of 2015 was 1.6 per 100,000 female population. For ages 15-44, the rate was calculated to be 1.10 per 100,000 female population.
Dec. 11, 2018, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar, South Korea
Variables: MURDER-DATA-3

According to the data chart, the female homicide rate in 2016 was 0.76 per 100,000 population.
Dec. 8, 2018, 10:18 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar, Cameroon, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Yemen
Variables: LRW-SCALE-11

13.0
Dec. 8, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia
Variables: LRW-SCALE-4

1.0
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Putao Township, Kachin State. Date of Incident: 28th November 2015. Location: Schoolteacher’s house, Kachin State. Crime: A 17 year old girl was violently raped by her teacher with another teacher present. It was witnessed by one of the girl’s friends. Barriers to justice: Intimidation, threats, perpetrator does not show up, cost of attending 6 hearings, language . . . Mu Se Township, Northern Shan State. Date of Incident: 6th of November, 2014. Location: Perpetrator’s house, Mu Se Township, Northern Shan State. Crime: A Chinese businessman brutally attacked a 17 year old Shan girl, who was previously sexually assaulted by his son-in-law (her employer), then filed a lawsuit against her when...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

During the fighting between Government army and Shan State Army (North), Government’s health workers have not only failed to provide health care service to refugees in Murng Hsu area but have also prohibited SWAN’s health workers from providing any service. In one case the government appointed midwife stationed in Hai Pa village ran away during the fighting. She came back to the village only after the fighting stopped. Then she took all the medicines that people donated for refugees to the government clinic in the village (Source: Shan Women’s Action Network) . . . Ma Tin Su, a government health worker and village tract hospital administrator based in Tha-yet-chaung Township,...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

During the fighting between Government army and Shan State Army (North), Government’s health workers have not only failed to provide health care service to refugees in Murng Hsu area but have also prohibited SWAN’s health workers from providing any service. In one case the government appointed midwife stationed in Hai Pa village ran away during the fighting. She came back to the village only after the fighting stopped. Then she took all the medicines that people donated for refugees to the government clinic in the village (Source: Shan Women’s Action Network) . . . Ma Tin Su, a government health worker and village tract hospital administrator based in Tha-yet-chaung Township,...more
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"Shan: A Shan woman who was a single mother of two has her own job supporting herself and her children. Around 2011-2012, she went to get a new ID card at an immigration office in Southern Shan State. She also applied for a new house registration for her family. Rationally, she should be named the head of household since she has no husband. However, the immigration officer did not let her name use as a head of household, but put her father’s name instead and registered her as “dependent”. Source: Burmese Women's Union (BWU). Lahu: A Lahu woman in her late 30s was separated from her husband when her son...more