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Oct. 6, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Netherlands
Variables: RCDW-LAW-2

"France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria have all imposed some restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils in public places" (para 4).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"After arriving in Berlin in the summer of 2015 and being housed in a former airport called Tempelhof, she began suffering from frequent panic attacks, which left her immobilised and unable to speak. She told IRIN that male residents and security staff often took the opportunity to hug and touch her while pretending to comfort her" (para 2). "March 2016, a report by the Women’s Refugee Commission sounded the alarm that hastily established refugee shelters in Germany and Sweden were leaving women and girls vulnerable to 'rape, assault, and other violence'. The report found that many shelters lacked separate sleeping areas or bathrooms for women and children. It also identified ...more
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Organisations for survivors of sexual and domestic violence have established mobile help units aimed specifically at refugees, but their reach is limited. One of them, Lara, provided counselling for 190 women between October and December 2016, of which two thirds reported suffering from sexual violence since arriving in Germany, according to Elnaz Farahbakhsh, one of Lara’s social workers. Another unit established by BIG (the Berlin initiative against violence towards women) consists of only one social worker, who, between November and December last year, spoke to 84 refugee women who had suffered from either domestic or sexual violence in the shelters" (para 18).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"All of the women IRIN spoke to were scared of going to the toilet at night [in the refugee camp]...Both Zina and Sally felt intimidated by guards who made inappropriate noises or gestures when they passed them on their way to the toilets. On one occasion, a guard even followed Sally in" (para 10).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"A study published by the psychiatrist Meryam Schouler-Ocak from Berliner Charité found that one in 10 refugee women in Germany have suicidal thoughts, while fewer than one in 10 have the opportunity to talk to a therapist. The study did not link the high rates of depression to specific causes such as sexual harassment, but all of the women IRIN interviewed suffered from depression and some had thought about suicide or even attempted it" (para 21).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"One morning, an Afghan man entered her room [in the refugee camp] and attempted to rape her. She managed to fight him off and did not report the incident to the police or shelter staff" (para 11). "Despite the multiple accounts of sexual harassment and abuse, the Regional Office of Refugee Affairs (LAF) is confident there is no significant problem. 'After countless conversations with shelter managers, I can assure you that there is no unusual occurrence [of sexualised violence] reported from emergency or community shelters,' Sascha Langenbach, LAF’s spokesman, wrote in an email. His perception is backed up by very low numbers of police reports. In all of 2016, Berlin ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"While Germany has accepted hundreds of the most traumatized Yezidi women and girls under an agreement between the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg and the Iraqi Kurdish government, hundreds of survivors remain in Iraqi Kurdistan and many suffer from severe trauma. The German program, which costs €95 million and provides the women and girls with residency for two years that they can then extend, has closed its intake so this option is no longer available to more recent escapees" (para 40).
Oct. 2, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Switzerland
Variables: RCDW-LAW-2

"People who obscure their face in public can be fined $175. Similar laws are in force or about to go into effect in Belgium, Bulgaria, France and Switzerland. Germany has a partial ban on face coverings that applies only when driving" (para 8).
Oct. 1, 2017, 2:58 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

Same-sex marriage was legalized in Germany in June 2017.
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

"But so deep remains the cultural bias against working women, and especially working mothers, that some young commentators now mention Germany’s 'gender issue' in the same breath as America’s 'race issue' — a piece of historic baggage that has never been fully addressed, elusive and omnipresent at the same time, a sort of national elephant in the room" (para 16). "'We get no respect from society as working women,' said Angelika Huber-Strasser, a managing partner for KPMG Germany and a mother of three. 'They call us raven mothers,' after the black bird (also unfairly) accused of pushing its young out of the nest. There is a feeling of damned if ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-2

"But so deep remains the cultural bias against working women, and especially working mothers, that some young commentators now mention Germany’s 'gender issue' in the same breath as America’s 'race issue' — a piece of historic baggage that has never been fully addressed, elusive and omnipresent at the same time, a sort of national elephant in the room" (para 16). "'We get no respect from society as working women,' said Angelika Huber-Strasser, a managing partner for KPMG Germany and a mother of three. 'They call us raven mothers,' after the black bird (also unfairly) accused of pushing its young out of the nest. There is a feeling of damned if ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"Some of her former party colleagues have defected to the far-right Alternative for Germany party. Its election poster shows women in bikinis, in dirndls or pregnant" (para 39).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

"Then came Germany’s division: The West revived the 19th century maxim of Kinder, Küche, Kirche — children, kitchen, church, while in the East, the Communists set up free day-care centers. Eastern mothers drove cranes and studied physics. Until 1977, western wives officially needed their husbands’ permission to work. By then, their peers in the East had a year of paid maternity leave and shorter work hours if they nursed" (para 26-27). "Schools, which traditionally closed at lunchtime, relying on stay-at-home mothers, have gradually lengthened their hours. Child care, once anathema for children under 3, has been vastly extended. A paid parental leave has been introduced that nudges fathers to take ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"Even in politics, where the chancellor has proved a role model for many and has vowed to appoint a gender-balanced cabinet if re-elected, the number of women in Parliament is already certain to drop, whatever the outcome of the vote a week from Sunday" (para 6).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"But ask Ms. Auf der Masch and the 14 other apprentices in her class how many of the local companies that train them — midsize businesses that make everything from margarine to mobility scooters — are run by women. Not a single hand goes up. There are a few female department heads, most of them childless. But collectively the apprentices can think of more managers called 'Thomas' than managers who are women. There are, in fact, more C.E.O.s named 'Thomas' (seven) than C.E.O.s who are women (three) in Germany’s 160 publicly traded companies, notes the AllBright foundation, which tracks women in corporate leadership. Ninety-three percent of all executive board members ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"Then came Germany’s division: The West revived the 19th century maxim of Kinder, Küche, Kirche — children, kitchen, church, while in the East, the Communists set up free day-care centers. Eastern mothers drove cranes and studied physics. Until 1977, western wives officially needed their husbands’ permission to work. By then, their peers in the East had a year of paid maternity leave and shorter work hours if they nursed" (para 26-27).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Germany, which has been led by the most powerful woman in the world for 12 years, has a woman problem" (para 4). "Even in politics, where the chancellor has proved a role model for many and has vowed to appoint a gender-balanced cabinet if re-elected, the number of women in Parliament is already certain to drop, whatever the outcome of the vote a week from Sunday" (para 6).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2, ERBG-DATA-3

"When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, female employment in the East was near 90 percent; in the West it was 55 percent. Today, over 70 percent of German women work. But only 12 percent of those with children under 3 work full time" (para 28).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"But women in Germany are still paid 21 percent less than men — the European average is 16 percent" (para 35).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Newly minted terms like 'gender-hype' and 'gender-wahn' — gender madness — are circulating. Some prominent professors of gender studies have had to request personal protection after receiving threats to their safety" (para 40).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"'We get no respect from society as working women,' said Angelika Huber-Strasser, a managing partner for KPMG Germany and a mother of three. 'They call us raven mothers,' after the black bird (also unfairly) accused of pushing its young out of the nest. There is a feeling of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. 'If you stay at home and have children, you’re not contributing to society,' Ms. Huber-Strasser said. 'If you work and have children, you are a raven mother. If you work and have no children, you’re a cold woman. All paths for women in Germany are difficult. Here, Merkel has not helped'" (para 20-22). "Anka ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"The über-mother of German lore has roots in the country’s difficult history. The Nazis awarded medals to women who bore multiple children. Then came Germany’s division: The West revived the 19th century maxim of Kinder, Küche, Kirche — children, kitchen, church, while in the East, the Communists set up free day-care centers" (para 26). "Schools, which traditionally closed at lunchtime, relying on stay-at-home mothers, have gradually lengthened their hours. Child care, once anathema for children under 3, has been vastly extended. A paid parental leave has been introduced that nudges fathers to take at least two months" (para 32).
Sept. 26, 2017, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"During the election campaign — and in earlier ones — Ms. Merkel shunned the word 'feminist.' She has rarely if ever publicly promoted the issue of advancement for women — and women in Germany have not advanced much" (para 5). "'Because of Merkel, the image of Germany abroad is more progressive than it really is,' said Anne Wizorek, a feminist writer who rose to prominence in 2013 when she led a highly visible hashtag campaign against casual sexism" (para 14). "That helps explain why Ms. Merkel, ever mindful of public opinion, has so far refused to claim the [feminist] label for herself. But some young women wish she would. 'Why ...more
Sept. 25, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-6

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Sept. 15, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Countries: Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Other countries such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, where brothels are legal, are interested in the French experience"(para 13)
Sept. 1, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LO-SCALE-1

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Aug. 30, 2017, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"There is limited data available in terms of women’s ownership of property and land in the society in general." This information is from the 2002 Civil Code. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT). "The government reports that women who found businesses, or are active as entrepreneurs, can draw on a system of financial support including low interest lines of credit, subsidised loans and microcredit programmes. It estimates that 56% of self-employed women in the service sector and have taken advantage of these microcredit initiatives, and that women made up 39.2% of all small business loans in 2005." This information is from the 2009 CEDAW. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Under section 14 of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, women have the right to non-discrimination in the ownership and access to land"
Aug. 25, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

“The usual minimum age for marriage in Germany is 18, but an exception is made for children aged 16 or over who have their parents' permission to marry. Marriages undertaken abroad can be recognized even if the person is aged under 16” (para 2-3).
Aug. 25, 2017, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: CWC-DATA-4, MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

“German authorities say that at least 361 migrants aged under 14 are registered as married" (para 1). “A government response to Green Party lawmakers, stated that a total of 1,475 foreigners under 18 in Germany are officially registered as married — mostly girls. They include 664 Syrians, 157 Afghans and 100 Iraqis. Some 120 were aged 14 or 15, while 994 were 16 or older” (para 5-7).