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May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
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Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Courts dismissed some cases of domestic abuse and incest or gave perpetrators light sentences. Traditional and religious practices of reconciliation between aggrieved parties in both indigenous and Indo-Fijian communities were sometimes considered to mitigate sentences in domestic violence cases" (16). "Women have the same rights and status as men under family law and in the judicial system" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IAD-PRACTICE-1

"Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law, but local authorities often excluded them from the decision-making process on disposition of indigenous communal land, which constituted more than 80 percent of all land" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2, ERBG-DATA-5

"According to the Asian Development Bank, approximately 30 percent of the economically active female population engaged in the formal economy, and a large number of these women worked in semisubsistence farming or were self- employed" (23).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2, LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"Cultural beliefs restricted participation of most indigenous women in political life" (14).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law, but local authorities often excluded them from the decision-making process on disposition of indigenous communal land, which constituted more than 80 percent of all landt" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, MARR-PRACTICE-7

"In indigenous villages, girls younger than 18 years who became pregnant could live as common- law wives with their child’s father after the men presented traditional apologies to the girls’ families, thereby avoiding the filing of a complaint to police by the familiese" (17).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law, but local authorities often excluded them from the decision-making process on disposition of indigenous communal land, which constituted more than 80 percent of all land. Women have the right to a share in the distribution of indigenous land lease proceeds, but authorities seldom recognized this right" (16). "Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law of indigenous communal land, which constituted more than 80 percent of all land, but authorities seldom recognized this right" (23).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"Although the law prohibits discrimination based on gender and requires equal pay for equal work, employers generally paid women less than men for similar work" (16). "The law stipulates every employer shall pay male and female workers equal remuneration for work of equal value" (23). "The law prohibits women working underground in mines but places no other legal limitations on the employment of women" (23).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"A decree prohibits sexual harassment, and the government used criminal law against 'indecent assaults on females,' which prohibit offending the modesty of women, to prosecute sexual harassment cases" (16). "Although the law prohibits discrimination based on gender and requires equal pay for equal work, employers generally paid women less than men for similar work" (16). "Under the employment relations law, workers may file complaints on the ground of sexual harassment in the workplace" (23).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"Rape (including spousal rape), domestic abuse, incest, and indecent assault were significant problems; there was a large increase in the reported number of rape cases this year, due at least in part to greater awareness that a spouse can be charged with rape of his/her partner" (15).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Some NGOs reported that, especially in rural areas, girls often married at 18 years, preventing them from completing their secondary school education. In indigenous villages, girls younger than 18 years who became pregnant could live as common- law wives with their child’s father after the men presented traditional apologies to the girls’ families, thereby avoiding the filing of a complaint to police by the families. The girls frequently married the fathers as soon as legally permissible" (17).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CLCC-PRACTICE-1

"Parents were generally able to register births promptly" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-4

"In indigenous villages, girls younger than 18 years who became pregnant could live as common- law wives with their child’s father after the men presented traditional apologies to the girls’ families, thereby avoiding the filing of a complaint to police by the families. The girls frequently married the fathers as soon as legally permissible" (17).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"In an attempt to increase respect for human rights by security forces, the FHRADC, international organizations, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a number of human rights training courses with law enforcers. For example authorities conducted human rights and gender training for 28 military officers on May 9" (4).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Some NGOs reported that, especially in rural areas, girls often married at 18 years, preventing them from completing their secondary school education" (17).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Although the law prohibits discrimination based on gender and requires equal pay for equal work, employers generally paid women less than men for similar work" (16). "Discrimination in employment and wages occurred with respect to women and persons with disabilities. Women generally received less pay than men for similar work" (23).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law...Women have the right to a share in the distribution of indigenous land lease proceeds" (16). "Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law of indigenous communal land, which constituted more than 80 percent of all land" (23).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Police enforced the practice of a 'no-drop' policy, whereby they are required to pursue investigations of domestic violence cases even if a victim later withdraws the accusation. Nonetheless, women’s organizations reported police were not always consistent in their observance of this policy. Courts dismissed some cases of domestic abuse and incest or gave perpetrators light sentences. Traditional and religious practices of reconciliation between aggrieved parties in both indigenous and Indo-Fijian communities were sometimes considered to mitigate sentences in domestic violence cases. In some cases authorities released offenders without a conviction, on condition they maintained good behavior" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Child pornography is illegal. The maximum penalty for violators is 14 years in prison, a maximum fine of F$25,000 ($12,200), or both for a first offense and life imprisonment, a maximum fine of F$50,000 ($24,400), or both for a repeat offense, and the confiscation of any equipment used in the commission of the offense" (18).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The United Nations received one allegation of sexual exploitation and abuse committed by Fijian peacekeepers in Beirut, Lebanon, during the year. The accusation of transactional sex was made against a member of the military contingent serving with the UN Disengagement Observer Force, and allegedly occurred in September" (2).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution prohibits discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity and expression" (20).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The domestic violence decree defines domestic violence as a specific offense" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law provides for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for rape" (15). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years" (17).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and/or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate" (14).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law...Women have the right to a share in the distribution of indigenous land lease proceeds" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"A decree prohibits sexual harassment, and the government used criminal law against 'indecent assaults on females,' which prohibit offending the modesty of women, to prosecute sexual harassment cases" (16).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"In an attempt to increase respect for human rights by security forces, the FHRADC, international organizations, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a number of human rights training courses with law enforcers. For example authorities conducted human rights and gender training for 28 military officers on May 9" (4)
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A police investigation into a 2016 case involving the alleged rape of a female inmate by a corrections officer was completed, and the case was pending trial at Suva’s High Court" (2). "In an attempt to increase respect for human rights by security forces, the FHRADC, international organizations, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted a number of human rights training courses with law enforcers. For example authorities conducted human rights and gender training for 28 military officers on May 9" (4). "Women have the same rights and status as men under family law and in the judicial system. Nonetheless, women and children had difficulty having protection orders enforced by police...more
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-2, DV-DATA-1

"Rape (including spousal rape), domestic abuse, incest, and indecent assault were significant problems" (15).