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Sept. 19, 2018, 7:35 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 20.3 (per 100,000).
Sept. 18, 2018, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malta, Nepal
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2017 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 6 (per 100,000).
Sept. 18, 2018, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Nepal
Variables: BR-DATA-1

According to the WHO 2017 statistical report, the adoescent birth rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19 years) was 12.4 based on data from 2005-2014.
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SMPP-DATA-1

"In this corner of Nepal, deep in the Himalayas, women are banished from their homes every month when they get their period. They are considered polluted, even toxic, and an oppressive regime has evolved around this taboo, including the construction of a separate hut for menstruating women to sleep in. Some of the spaces are as tiny as a closet, walls made of mud or rock, basically menstruation foxholes... Each year, at least one woman or girl — often more — dies in these huts, from exposure to the cold, smoke inhalation or attacks by animals" (para. 4 - 5). "In some villages, menstruating women are sent to cow sheds....more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Like many other women I met, Ms. Nepali, who thought she was around 35, was illiterate. She had never gone to school and seemed embarrassed about her poverty... In these villages, women are the workhorses. I saw one middle-aged woman shuffle into a market carrying what must have been 200 pounds of apples on her back, in boxes tied by ropes around her chest. Another problem that many women in this area have, aid workers said, is a prolapsed uterus, a painful condition in which the uterus slips down and protrudes from the vagina. It can be caused by heavy lifting and difficult births, both common here" (para. 10 -...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words that mean someone who bears an impurity, and it has been going on for hundreds of years. But now, the Nepali government and advocates for women are trying to end it. Starting in August, for the first time, it will be a crime to force a menstruating woman into seclusion, punishable by up to three months in jail, though it’s not clear if that’s going to make a dent in the tradition" (para. 6). "Pashupati Kunwar, who runs a small aid group to help women (said:) 'Domestic violence is still bad. Child marriage is still high. We are trying to...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"Another problem that many women in this area have, aid workers said, is a prolapsed uterus, a painful condition in which the uterus slips down and protrudes from the vagina. It can be caused by heavy lifting and difficult births, both common here" (para. 12)."In some villages, menstruating women are sent to cow sheds. Women who just gave birth are also considered polluted, and many remain isolated with their newborns for several days" (para. 23).
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words that mean someone who bears an impurity, and it has been going on for hundreds of years. But now, the Nepali government and advocates for women are trying to end it. Starting in August, for the first time, it will be a crime to force a menstruating woman into seclusion, punishable by up to three months in jail, though it’s not clear if that’s going to make a dent in the tradition" (para. 6). "In some villages, menstruating women are sent to cow sheds. Women who just gave birth are also considered polluted, and many remain isolated with their newborns...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"In this corner of Nepal, deep in the Himalayas, women are banished from their homes every month when they get their period. They are considered polluted, even toxic, and an oppressive regime has evolved around this taboo, including the construction of a separate hut for menstruating women to sleep in. Some of the spaces are as tiny as a closet, walls made of mud or rock, basically menstruation foxholes... Each year, at least one woman or girl — often more — dies in these huts, from exposure to the cold, smoke inhalation or attacks by animals." (para. 4 - 5). "The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"A few years ago during a Hindu festival, he (Dharma Raj Kadayat) stood up in front of the whole village and made a speech about how any woman who does not want to go into a shed when she was menstruating was welcome to stay in his house. 'Are you drunk?' a man yelled out from the crowd. He said that activists had persuaded many families in his village to destroy their huts. But a few months later, people got scared and rebuilt them all" (para. 33 - 35).
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SMPP-PRACTICE-1

"In this corner of Nepal, deep in the Himalayas, women are banished from their homes every month when they get their period. They are considered polluted, even toxic, and an oppressive regime has evolved around this taboo, including the construction of a separate hut for menstruating women to sleep in. Some of the spaces are as tiny as a closet, walls made of mud or rock, basically menstruation foxholes... Each year, at least one woman or girl — often more — dies in these huts, from exposure to the cold, smoke inhalation or attacks by animals" (para. 4 - 5). "The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SMPP-LAW-1

"The practice is called chhaupadi (pronounced CHOW-pa-dee), from Nepali words that mean someone who bears an impurity, and it has been going on for hundreds of years. But now, the Nepali government and advocates for women are trying to end it. Starting in August, for the first time, it will be a crime to force a menstruating woman into seclusion, punishable by up to three months in jail, though it’s not clear if that’s going to make a dent in the tradition" (para. 6).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: GEW-LAW-1

"Military personnel are immune from prosecution in civilian courts, except in cases of homicide or rape involving a civilian" (10-11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Although the law requires equal pay for equal work for men and women, the government did not implement those provisions, in particular in many state industries" (44).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional beliefs about witchcraft negatively affected rural women, especially widows, the elderly, persons of low economic status, or members of the Dalit caste. Shamans or family members publicly beat and otherwise physically abused alleged witches as part of exorcism ceremonies. Media and NGOs reported numerous cases of such violence, and civil society organizations raised public awareness of the problem. Women and in some instances men accused of witchcraft were severely traumatized and suffered physical and mental abuse, including being fed human excreta, being hit with hot spoons in different parts of the body, being forced to touch hot irons or breathe in chili smoke, having their genitals perforated, or being...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ATDW-LAW-3

"The law encourages bigamy by allowing men to remarry without divorcing if the first wife is incapacitated or infertile" (31).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"The constitution adopted in September criminalizes violence against or oppression of women based on religious, social, or cultural traditions and gives victims the right to compensation...The law does not allow mediation of dowry-related violence" (28). "In August the president signed into law the Anti-Witchcraft (Crime and Punishment) Act, the first legal mechanism to address directly such abuse. The law imposes prison sentences of five to 10 years and fines of up to 100,000 rupees ($1,000) for those who physically or mentally abuse women accused of being witches or men accused of sorcery. It also imposes prison sentences of up to five years for those who evict supposed witches or banish...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"A gender gap in education persisted with a reported two-thirds of adolescent girls in rural areas not attending school" (32).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"For women to obtain citizenship by descent for themselves, regulations require a married woman to submit a formal attestation from her husband, father, or her husband’s family (if widowed) that she qualifies for citizenship and has his or their permission to receive it, thereby making a woman’s right to citizenship contingent on her father’s or husband’s cooperation. In many cases husbands refused to provide their wives this attestation. Preventing women from obtaining citizenship documentation precludes their access to the courts and thus their ability to make legal claims to land and other property, leaving the husband or male relatives free to stake their own claims" (20). "In an attempt to...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The practice of chhaupadi (expelling women from their homes during menstruation and sometimes following childbirth, including forcing women to reside in cattle sheds)...directly limited many girls’ access to education for a large portion of the academic year" (29). "Some school-age girls did not attend public school due to the absence of separate or proper toilets for girls, reports of violence against girls, and early and forced marriage. The Department of Education stated that 32 percent of public schools did not have separate toilets for girls. The government continued the process of establishing separate washroom facilities for girls and boys in public schools, according to NGOs" (32). "A number of government...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Preventing women from obtaining citizenship documentation precludes their access to the courts and thus their ability to make legal claims to land and other property, leaving the husband or male relatives free to stake their own claims" (20). "Discrimination was most common in rural areas where religious and cultural traditions, lack of education, and ignorance of the law remained severe impediments to the exercise of basic rights, such as the right to vote or to hold property in a woman’s name...The law grants women equal shares of their parents’ inheritance and the right to keep their property after marriage, but many women were not aware of their rights, and others...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The 2014 Sexual Harassment at the Workplace (Elimination) Act came into force in February. The law allows the top administrative official in a district to impose up to six months’ imprisonment, a maximum fine of 50,000 rupees ($500), or both, against a perpetrator, once a series of internal workplace processes to address a complaint have been exhausted...the law did not cover the informal sector, where sexual harassment was most common" (29-30).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of boys and girls surviving on the streets in prostitution and of underage girls employed in dance bars, massage parlors, and cabin restaurants (a type of brothel)" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No specific laws restrict women or minorities from voting, running for office, serving as electoral monitors, or otherwise participating in government or political parties" (21).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"Contraception was available to both men and women. According to the latest UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)-sponsored Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted in 2014, 47 percent of married women used a modern contraceptive method and 2.5 percent used a traditional method. The 2014 survey indicated that 25 percent of married women had an unmet need for family planning" (30).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Violence against women remained a problem" (25).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act of 2009 allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation, with an emphasis on reconciliation. Legal prosecution under the Act was usually only pursued when mediation failed" (26). "The law does not allow mediation of dowry-related violence" (28).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Child pornography is against the law, with fines of up to 100,000 rupees ($1,000) and sentences of up to five years in prison, or both" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: SMPP-PRACTICE-1

"The practice of chhaupadi (expelling women from their homes during menstruation and sometimes following childbirth, including forcing women to reside in cattle sheds) continued to be a serious problem. The practice puts adolescent girls, women, and infants who are expelled with their mothers at risk of exposure to extreme elements, predators, and infection. The most recent Nepal Multi-Index Survey in 2010 reported that while 19 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 nationwide practiced chhaupadi, the problem was particularly acute in the hilly regions in the country’s mid- and far-west, where approximately 50 percent of women followed the practice. Women in Kathmandu also reported being forced to...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Military personnel are immune from prosecution in civilian courts, except in cases of homicide or rape involving a civilian" (10-11). "The 35-day statute of limitation on rape and the fact that neither torture nor forced disappearance has been criminalized posed additional challenges to the criminal justice component of the transitional justice process, according to human rights lawyers" (25). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 16" (33).