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Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal marriage age for boys and girls is 16 years with parental consent" (para 63).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-2

"Trade unionists reported cases of forced labor during the year among migrant workers involving passport confiscation, underpayment of wages, substandard living conditions, lack of clearly defined work titles, denial of meal allowances, and deportation. . . Additionally, Malagasy women reportedly transited the country while traveling to other countries, where employers subjected them to forced labor conditions" (para 84).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"On September 16, the Mauritius Police Force recruited 10 female police riders for its Traffic Enforcement Squad" (para 94).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"On August 30, police arrested six men in a case of alleged child prostitution. The three teenage victims who alerted police received medical and psychological assistance. The investigation was ongoing at year’s end" (para 64).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law prohibits all forms of trafficking of adults and children and prescribes penalties of up to 15 years’ imprisonment for offenders" (para 53). "Penalties for violations including 30 years’ imprisonment for child trafficking were sufficient to deter violations" (para 84).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"While women had equal access to education, the private sector paid women less than men for substantially similar work" (para 94).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits sexual harassment, which is punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment. Sexual harassment was a problem, however, and the government was not effective at enforcing the prohibition against it" (para 56). "The law affords women broadly defined wage protections and requires equal pay for equal work for both men and women; it also states that employers should not force women to carry loads above certain weight limits" (para 93). "Women had equal access to education, employment, housing, and government services, and could inherit land" (para 60). "A large majority of women held unskilled labor jobs" (para 94).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Rape was widespread, but most victims chose not to report or file charges against their attackers due to cultural pressures, fear of retaliation, and the lengthy court process" (para 54).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1

"There were nearly 35,000 migrant workers in the country, mainly from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, and Madagascar. Additionally, Malagasy women reportedly transited the country while traveling to other countries, where employers subjected them to forced labor conditions" (para 85).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The first female firefighter was recruited in 2011, but recruitment since has brought the total number to 12" (para 94).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"Participation of Women and Minorities: . . The law promotes the participation of women in local government by requiring that at least one of three candidates contesting elections in each ward or village be of a different gender from the others. One-third of elected candidates in the 2012 village and municipal elections were women" (para 43).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The law provides for protection and housing rights for victims, as well as counseling for the abuser. There are few shelters available to house victims. . .The local NGO SOS Femmes reported women often remained in abusive situations for fear of losing financial support and, as a result, few filed complaints against their abusers. The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare maintained an abuse hotline and a website on legal protections for victims" (para 55). "The government assisted victims of child abuse by offering counseling at a drop-in center in Port Louis and referring victims to government-supported NGO shelters. Both medical treatment and psychological support were available...more
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"There have been no prosecutions under the human trafficking law" (para 53).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"Women had equal access to education, employment, housing, and government services, and could inherit land" (para 60).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"According to the UN Population Fund, 39 percent of girls and women ages 15 to 49 used a modern method of contraception" (para 57).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits child prostitution and child pornography and provides for a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees ($2,826) for each of these offenses" (para 64).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The penalty for rape is 20 years’ imprisonment, with a fine not exceeding 200,000 rupees ($5,651)" (para 54). "Any person found guilty of statutory rape may face a sentence of up to 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine not exceeding 100,000 rupees ($2,826)" (para 64).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

"Couples and individuals were able to access contraception and skilled health attendance during pregnancy and childbirth, which the government provided free of charge in government-run hospitals together with free essential obstetric and postpartum care" (para 57).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development, and Family Welfare has a mandate to promote the rights of women. The National Women Entrepreneur Council, operating under the ministry, is a semiautonomous government body established to promote the economic empowerment of women" (para 59).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape and Domestic Violence: The law prohibits rape, but there is no provision criminalizing spousal rape. Police and the judicial system did not effectively enforce the law" (para 54).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"Trade unionists reported cases of forced labor during the year among migrant workers involving passport confiscation, underpayment of wages, substandard living conditions, lack of clearly defined work titles, denial of meal allowances, and deportation. There were nearly 35,000 migrant workers in the country, mainly from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, and Madagascar. Additionally, Malagasy women reportedly transited the country while traveling to other countries, where employers subjected them to forced labor conditions" (para 85).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"Couples and individuals have the right to decide the number, spacing, and timing of their children; manage their reproductive health; and to have access to the information and means to do so free from discrimination, coercion, or violence" (para 57).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"International observers of the 2014 legislative elections noted some problems. These included unequal representation because of the failure to redraw electoral district lines to reflect population changes since 1999, the low number of female candidates, inequitable access to media to promote wider coverage of candidates, counting ballots on the day after elections, and the absence of legislation effectively governing the financing of political parties and candidates" (para 41).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law prohibits rape, but there is no provision criminalizing spousal rape" (para 54).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"Men and women enjoy the same legal status and rights under the constitution and law" (para 58).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Women had equal access to education, employment, housing, and government services, and could inherit land. Women had equal access to credit and could own or manage businesses" (para 60).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Forced or early marriages were not reported to be problems" (para 63).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law prohibits rape, but there is no provision criminalizing spousal rape" (para 54). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16 years" (para 64).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence activists stated police did not effectively enforce the law. According to women’s rights NGOs, police were not always effective in protecting domestic violence victims to whom authorities had granted court protection orders" (para 55).
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became the first female president of the country on June 5" (para 43).