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Aug. 3, 2019, 7:12 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Although customary marriages and polygamy are recognized in Ghana, statutory law on marital property does not apply to these marriages" (10)
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years, and defilement is punishable by imprisonment for seven to 25 years" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The Child Marriage Unit of the Domestic Violence Secretariat of the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection continued to lead governmental efforts to combat child marriage. The ministry launched the first National Strategic Framework on Ending Marriage in Ghana (2017-2026). The framework prioritizes interventions focused on strengthening government capacity to address issues of neglect and abuse of children, girls’ education, adolescent health, and girls’ empowerment through skills development. The National Advisory Committee to End Child Marriage and the National Stakeholders Forum, with participation from key government and civil society stakeholders, provided strategic guidance and supported information sharing and learning on child marriage among partners in the country" (p. 18).more
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"The constitution provides for tuition-free, compulsory, and universal basic education for all children from kindergarten through junior high school. In September the government began phasing in a program to provide tuition-free enrollment in senior high school, beginning with first-year students" (p. 17).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"Several laws include provisions prohibiting FGM/C" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Unless specifically called upon by the DOVVSU, police seldom intervened in cases of domestic violence, in part due to a lack of counseling skills, shelter facilities, and other resources to assist victims. In cases where police identified and arrested suspects for rape or domestic abuse, few of the cases reached court or resulted in conviction due to witness unavailability, inadequate resources and training on investigatory techniques and police prosecutor case management, and, according to DOVVSU, lack of resources on the part of victims and their families to pursue cases" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Girls in rural and the northern regions were less likely to continue and complete their education due to the weak quality of education service delivery, inability to pay expenses related to schooling, prioritization of boys’ education over girls’, security problems related to distance between home and school, lack of dormitory facilities, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene" (p. 17).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AOM-DATA-1

"Child marriage rates continued to decrease, with one-fifth of women during the year married before the age of 18, compared with one-third in the early 1990s" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage for both sexes is 18 years" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation of children" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The DOVVSU addressed rape through public education efforts on radio and in communities, participation in efforts to prevent child marriage and sexual and gender based violence, expanding the implementation of its online data management system to select police divisional headquarters, and data management training" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Survey data released in 2016 suggested 27.7 percent of women and 20 percent of men had experienced at least one type of domestic violence in the 12 months prior to the study" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law makes forcing a child to marry punishable by a fine, one year’s imprisonment, or both" (p. 17).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes the use of a computer to publish, produce, procure, or possess child pornography, punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years, a fine of up to 5,000 penalty units (60,000 cedis or $13,300), or both" (p. 18).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"No law specifically prohibits sexual harassment, although authorities prosecuted some sexual harassment cases under provisions of the criminal code" (p. 16).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of women but not spousal rape" (p. 14).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Women’s participation in the 275-member parliament increased by 2.5 percent in 2016, with 37 women winning parliamentary seats" (p. 11).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"According to UNHCR, as of June 30, there were 22 incidents of sexual or gender-based violence reported from refugee camps, including three sexual assaults of children"(p. 10).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Citizenship is derived by birth in the country or outside if either of the child’s parents or one grandparent is a citizen" (p. 17).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Presidential candidates included one woman and one person with a disability" (p. 11).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Convicted rapists may be punished with prison sentences ranging from five to 25 years, while indecent assault is a misdemeanor subject to a minimum term of imprisonment of six months" (p. 15).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 16).
June 10, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Irene Aborchie-Nyahe, a human rights lawyer based in the country's capital, said that despite strong laws the women are not supported when they report violence. 'Even though our law says the victim is not supposed to be identified, from the moment you speak out, people start pointing fingers; saying you’re a bad girl, you’re a dirty girl', she said. 'Because of the structures of our society, the women who need our help aren’t supported. So when your husband hits you, who’s going to support you? The structure makes women vulnerable'" (para 13-14).
June 10, 2019, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"In Ghana, where 45 per cent of women experience domestic violence, the Ghana Legal Assistance Network have welcomed the campaign's focus" (para 12).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, East Timor, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Maldives, Mali, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Taiwan, Ukraine
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 14, 2019, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"In Ghana, 73 percent of divorce cases handled by the Legal Aid Scheme of Greater Accra were filed by women in 2016-2017, a big shift from the past. Divorce, once considered taboo for conservative Christians, is being presented in some church sermons as a better option than ending up with domestic violence or adultery" (para 20).
April 5, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Ghana can legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (90).
April 5, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in Ghana are not legally required to obey their husbands (90). In Ghana, the original owner of any property legally administers it in marriage (90).
April 5, 2019, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Ghana (90).