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April 10, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

According to the Institute of Inclusive Security, Liberia launched their national action plan in 2009 and it expired in 2013 (MB-Coder Comment).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Committee commends the State party’s efforts to improve the livelihoods of rural women, such as the adoption of a national rural women programme, which is aimed at, among other things, ensuring that rural women are included in decision-making processes in their communities. The Committee also notes that the State party has undertaken several programmes to improve entrepreneurship, such as a social cash transfer programme and the provision of microfinance loans. The Committee is, however, concerned that women continue to face obstacles that prevent their full participation in decision-making processes, especially in local governance. The Committee is also concerned about women’s limited access to infrastructure and social services such as ...more
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The inadequate number of shelters and the inaccessibility of existing shelters for most women and girls in most counties" (8).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption or establishment of the following: ...(c) Criminal Court “E” in Montserrado County mandated to hear cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence; (d) Sexual and gender-based violence crimes unit within the prosecution system" (2). "The inadequate number of shelters and the inaccessibility of existing shelters for most women and girls in most counties" (8).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CBMC-DATA-1

"That there are high rates of teenage pregnancy" (12).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern that the domestic violence bill introduces the element of consent for a harmful practice that constitutes a grave violation of the bodily integrity and health of women" (7). "The Committee commends the State party for its efforts to combat violence against women by, among other things, drafting a domestic violence bill and establishing a sexual and gender-based violence crimes unit and Criminal Court “E”, which specializes in the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence cases" (8).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned that the legal age of marriage for girls under customary law is 16 years, while it is 18 years under statutory law" (14).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is also concerned at reports of abduction and forcible subjection to female genital mutilation of individuals who are not members of the Sande secret society, in particular those residing in counties where it is not practised" (7).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that articles 8 and 11 of the Constitution provide for fundamental rights and freedoms and prohibit discrimination on specific grounds, including sex" (3).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"Children’s Law of 2011, which partly addresses female genital mutilation" (2). While this law does not expressly outlaw female genital mutilation, it could possibly be punished under this law (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned at the persistence of adverse cultural practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which are perpetuated by secret tribal societies such as the Sande and the Poro...The Committee is particularly concerned that the secret tribal societies continue to perpetrate harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, through their initiation rites" (6). "The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/LBR/6, para. 20) and reiterates its concern that, notwithstanding the State party’s efforts to combat female genital mutilation, such as the adoption of the Rape Law and the Children’s ...more
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to ensure de facto equality of women and men by, among other things, amending the Elections Law, which now provides that lists of candidates fielded by political parties should contain a minimum of 30 per cent of each gender. The Committee is, however, concerned that the legislation does not provide for sanctions to enforce the quota" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee also notes the pluralistic legal system in the State party, where customary and statutory law are applicable side by side, and is concerned that certain elements of customary law are in conflict with statutory law and do not comply with the Convention" (4). "The Committee is also concerned that the legal age of marriage for girls under customary law is 16 years, while it is 18 years under statutory law" (14). This indicates that customary law can adjudicate marriage (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address challenges relating to its nationality legislation. It is concerned, however, that the Aliens and Nationality Law of 1973, which contradicts article 28 of the Constitution, remains in force and continues to be applied, thereby preventing women from transmitting Liberian nationality to their children if they are born outside the country. The Committee notes that this is discriminatory because it is not applicable to Liberian men whose children are born outside the State party and entails the risk of statelessness for the children of Liberian mothers" (10).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"...that rape remains one of the most frequently reported crimes" (8).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to ensure de facto equality of women and men by, among other things, amending the Elections Law, which now provides that lists of candidates fielded by political parties should contain a minimum of 30 per cent of each gender" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption or establishment of the following: (a) National action plan on trafficking, launched in 2014" (2). "The Committee welcomes the launch of a national action plan to combat trafficking in 2014 and the establishment of a national anti-trafficking task force. The Committee notes that the State party remains a source and destination country for trafficking" (9).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"While welcoming the establishment of gender focal points in line ministries and efforts to ensure systematic gender-mainstreaming and gender budgeting, the Committee notes that the impact assessment of the implementation of the national gender policy of 2009 was postponed owing to the Ebola outbreak" (5).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"It is also concerned that, under the Domestic Relations Law, only the father has parental rights over and custody of the children after separation" (14).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ABO-LAW-1, ABO-DATA-1

"That unsafe abortions are prevalent irrespective of efforts by the State party to provide access to abortion services in specific cases, such as where there is a substantial risk that continuation of the pregnancy would gravely impair the physical or mental health of the mother, or that the child would be born with severe fetal impairment, or where the pregnancy resulted from rape, incest or other felonious intercourse" (12).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the employment sector was heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak and that many women in both the formal and informal sectors of employment have lost economic opportunities and earnings as a result of the pandemic. The Committee notes that the State party’s efforts to recover from Ebola are also focused on revamping the employment sector" (12).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"It remains concerned, however, at: (a) The high levels of sexual and gender-based violence, especially domestic violence" (8).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about: (a) The increasing number of girls who drop out of school, mainly owing to teenage pregnancy and recruitment into the Sande secret society; (b)The widespread abuse of and sexual violence against girls at school by teachers, and when travelling to and from school; (c) The lack of adequate programmes focusing on the re-entry of girls into the education system after giving birth; (d) The lack of clarity with regard to specific programmes aimed at addressing the impact of the Ebola outbreak on girls’ education, in particular with regard to traditional attitudes and negative stereotypes about girls’ education, which have been exacerbated by the outbreak" ...more
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to provide legal aid services to women and girls through the support of the Association of Female Lawyers and the National Bar Association and its plan to decentralize the court system to facilitate accessibility" (4).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The low conviction rates for acts of sexual and gender-based violence" (8).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The Committee commends the State party on its delegation, which was headed by the Minister of Gender and Development, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan-Cassell" (1). "The Committee notes that the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, which acts as the national machinery for the advancement of women, now has an expanded mandate that includes children and social protection. While noting that the financial resources of the State party in the post-Ebola period are overstretched, the Committee is concerned that the expanded mandate of the Ministry and the lack of adequate human and financial resources may adversely affect the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the State party" ...more
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address stereotypes and harmful practices by, among other things, issuing circulars banning certain practices that perpetuate discriminatory gender stereotypes. The Committee is, however, concerned at the persistence of adverse cultural practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which are perpetuated by secret tribal societies such as the Sande and the Poro" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address stereotypes and harmful practices by, among other things, issuing circulars banning certain practices that perpetuate discriminatory gender stereotypes. The Committee is, however, concerned at the persistence of adverse cultural practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which are perpetuated by secret tribal societies such as the Sande and the Poro. The Committee notes that such stereotypes contribute to the increase in child and/or forced marriage" (6).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"That the impact of the Ebola pandemic further hampered the State party’s efforts to combat the high maternal and infant mortality in the State party, owing to severe disruptions to midwifery and other services" (12).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned at the persistence of adverse cultural practices and traditions, as well as patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in society and in the family, which are perpetuated by secret tribal societies such as the Sande and the Poro...The Committee is particularly concerned that the secret tribal societies continue to perpetrate harmful practices, including female genital mutilation, through their initiation rites, and that practices such as trial by ordeal for women and girls accused of witchcraft, as well as ritual murders, are rife" (6).