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April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, D R Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

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March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Guinea, Honduras, Indonesia, Ireland, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Women nonetheless experienced discrimination in such areas as access to credit… owning and managing businesses... and housing" (10-11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional practices in certain northern regions, however, permitted family members to confiscate the property of deceased men from their widows and children" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IAW-LAW-2

"The law protects a widow’s right to remain on the land of her deceased husband, even if she remarries" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Penalties for conviction of domestic violence--including physical abuse, sexual abuse, economic abuse, intimidation, harassment, and serious emotional, verbal, or psychological abuse--range from a fine of N$300 ($23) for simple offenses to 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine, or both for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The law provides for the issuance of protection orders in cases of domestic violence and specifies handling certain crimes of violence--including murder, rape, and assault--differently if the crimes take place within a domestic relationship. When authorities received reports of domestic violence, Gender-based Violence Protection Units staffed with police officers, social workers, legal advisors, and medical personnel trained to assist victims of sexual assault...more
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law prohibits domestic violence… The law provides for the issuance of protection orders in cases of domestic violence and specifies handling certain crimes of violence--including murder, rape, and assault--differently if the crimes take place within a domestic relationship." (10).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"Media reported cases in which parents, usually young mothers, abandoned newborns, sometimes leading to the newborn’s death" (12).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"A lack of police presence, prosecutors, and courts prevented San women from reporting and seeking protection from gender-based violence" (14).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law explicitly prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees who leave their jobs due to sexual harassment may be entitled to legal 'remedies available to an employee who has been unfairly dismissed'"(10).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRCM-DATA-2

"Authorities prosecuted reported crimes against children, particularly rape and incest" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1

"The government and media focused national attention on gender-based violence. The president and former presidents spoke publicly against gender-based violence" (10).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes child pornography, child prostitution, and the actions of both the client and the pimp in cases of sexual exploitation of children under age 18" (11). "Possession of or trade in child pornography is illegal" (12).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government and media focused national attention on gender-based violence. The president and former presidents spoke publicly against gender-based violence... The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare operated shelters; however, due to staffing and funding shortfalls, the shelters operated only on an as-needed basis, with social workers coordinating with volunteers to place and provide victims with food and other services" (10).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women, including spousal rape. By law rape is defined as the commitment of any sexual act under coercive circumstances" (9). "The minimum legal age for consensual sex is 16. The penalty for conviction of statutory rape--sex with a child under age 14 when the perpetrator is more than three years older than the victim--is a minimum of 15 years in prison when the victim is under 13 and a minimum of five years when the victim is 13. There is no minimum penalty for conviction of sexual relations with a child between ages 14 and 16" (12).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The courts tried numerous cases of rape during the year, and the government generally enforced court sentences providing between five and 45 years’ imprisonment for those convicted. Factors hampering rape prosecutions included limited police capacity and the withdrawal of allegations by victims after the filing of charges. Victims often withdrew charges because they received compensation from the accused; succumbed to family pressure, shame, or threats; or became discouraged at the length of time involved in prosecuting a case" (9).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"The constitution provides for citizenship by birth within the country to a citizen parent or a foreign parent ordinarily resident in the country, or to those born outside the country to citizen parents" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Women nonetheless experienced discrimination in such areas as… salary level" (10).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IRP-DATA-1

"NGOs reported that HIV/AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children engaged in prostitution without third-party involvement due to economic pressures or as a means of survival" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The courts tried numerous cases of rape during the year, and the government generally enforced court sentences providing between five and 45 years’ imprisonment for those convicted" (9).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Victims often withdrew charges because they received compensation from the accused; succumbed to family pressure, shame, or threats; or became discouraged at the length of time involved in prosecuting a case" (9). "Centers for abused women and children worked to reduce the trauma suffered by abused children" (12).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (10).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate" (8).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women, including spousal rape" (9).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Human rights bodies and government officials reported overcrowding in holding cells. Overcrowding was less of a problem in prisons. Five of the country’s 13 prisons were overcrowded, while the remaining eight had excess capacity. As of August prisons built to confine a maximum of 5,147 persons held 3,993 inmates. These included 100 women and eight juveniles... Prison and holding cell conditions for women were generally better than for men. Female prisoners were permitted to keep their babies with them until age two and received food and clothing for them from prison staff" (2).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"Ruling party policy--the Zebra system--provides for 50 percent of Swapo candidates for parliament to be women" (8).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The law criminalizes child pornography, child prostitution, and the actions of both the client and the pimp in cases of sexual exploitation of children under age 18" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Women nonetheless experienced discrimination in such areas as… education" (10-11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3

"Civil law grants maternity leave to mothers but not paternity leave to fathers" (11).
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2

"Civil law… grounds for divorce and divorce procedures differently for men and women" (11).