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July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law outlaws pornography and states that a child is considered a victim of sexual abuse if he or she has taken part as a participant or an observer in any activity that is sexual in nature for the purposes of a photograph, recording, film, videotape, or performance" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2, DV-LAW-1

"Rape, including marital rape, is a criminal offense, as are most forms of domestic violence" (p. 23)
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Child prostitution existed and a local NGO estimated in 2015 that 5,000 children were involved in sex work in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including marital rape, is a criminal offense, as are most forms of domestic violence… Marital rape does not have a minimum penalty, but the maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment" (p. 23). "Under the law the minimum age for consensual, noncommercial sex is 16 years for both boys and girls" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"A UN report noted participation in the labor market for women was 46.1 percent, compared with 78.7 percent for men" (p. 33).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1, IRP-LAW-1

"A conviction for trafficking in persons involving a child for the purposes of sexual exploitation carries a punishment of three to 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Education is free, compulsory, and universal through primary school (six years)" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age of marriage is 18 years for men and 16 years for women. Muslim women younger than 16 years may marry with the approval of a sharia court" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"The law prohibits women from engaging in “underground working,” referring to occupations literally underground, such as in sewers, and restricts employers from requiring female employees to work in industrial or agricultural work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. or to commence work for the day without having 11 consecutive hours of rest since the end of the last work period" (p. 33).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"A child born in the country obtains citizenship if one parent is a citizen or permanent resident at the time of birth and the parents are married" (p. 24).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-LAW-1

"FGM/C is a common practice, but data is very limited. Ministry of Health guidelines allow the practice but only at government health-care facilities" (p. 23).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 23).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is punishable by a maximum 20 years’ imprisonment and caning. Marital rape does not have a minimum penalty, but the maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment" (p. 23).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Home Affairs, approximately 16 percent of reported rape cases were taken to court, with a conviction rate of 2.7 percent of all reported cases" (p. 23).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Many government hospitals had crisis centers where victims of rape and domestic abuse could make reports without going to a police station" (p. 23).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The constitution prohibits discrimination against citizens based on gender, and gives men and women equal property rights" (p. 24).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-3

"The law provides for six to 20 years’ imprisonment and caning for individuals convicted of incest" (p. 25).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"Sharia also generally requires a husband’s consent for divorce, but a small but steadily increasing number of women were able to obtain divorces under sharia without their husband’s consent" (p. 24).
July 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits a person in authority from using his or her position to intimidate a subordinate to have sexual relations. The law classifies some types of workplace sexual harassment as criminal offenses. A government voluntary code of conduct provides a detailed definition of sexual harassment intended to raise public awareness of the problem" (p. 23).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Niger, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

Women are not able to work in the same industries as men in Malaysia (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: MARR-LAW-3

A woman can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man. A woman in Malaysia can sign a contract without requiring the presence of her husband or male relatives (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

There is no paid maternity leave available to women in Malaysia of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 0% of maternity leave benefits. There is no paid parental leave. Mothers are not guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services. Childcare payments are tax deductible (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters do not have equal inheritance rights in Malaysia (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Malaysia can legally register a business, sign a contract, and open a bank account in the same way as a man (110). Men and women have equal ownership rights to immovable property (110). Discrimination based on gender is not prohibited in access to credit in Malaysia and neither is discrimination based on marital status (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Malaysia cannot legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

In Malaysia, there is no legislation designating who may hold head of household status (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: GP-DATA-5

Malaysia law does not establish an anti-discrimination commission (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

A woman can legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man (110).
May 8, 2019, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

A woman in Malaysia can legally apply for a passport in the same way as a man (110). A woman in Malaysia can legally travel outside of the country in the same way as a man (110).