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May 31, 2018, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Bride price practices across Africa: . . . Niger: There is an official maximum rate for a bride price of 50,000 CFA francs ($83, £54) but many pay much more than this" (para 14).
May 31, 2018, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep, Chad, Niger
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"This is crucial work since in sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of women are married as children, according to UNICEF. These girls are married off before they are physically or emotionally mature enough to become wives or mothers. Child marriage is an issue which affects girls in almost every country on the continent to a greater or lesser extent -- ten of the fifteen countries worldwide with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa. In Niger, for example, as many as 76% of girls are married before they reach the age of 18; in Chad and the Central African Republic, it is 68%" (para 4).more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2012 DHS survey of Niger, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 63.7%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 30.4%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 5.7%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 23.5%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 20.1%. According to a 2006 DHS survey, the...more
March 9, 2018, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Djibouti, India, Niger, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Vietnam
Variables: LDS-PRACTICE-1, LDS-LAW-1

“Saudi Arabia has signed a number of bilateral agreements with the countries of origin of female domestic workers. The agreements serve the interests of all parties and prevent the exploitation and violation of the rights of female domestic workers. They have been concluded with India, Niger, Uganda, Djibouti, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Sri Lanka” (32).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"For years, victim support essentially took the form of isolated measures taken by disparate actors at a number of levels. Because that approach had come to be seen as simplistic, the Government, with the support of Oxfam-Québec and UNFPA, embarked on an experimental plan to provide holistic victim support. That experiment, conducted by the Framework through a consortium of specialized NGOs, aims to develop effective, appropriate tools such as prevention, care and social reintegration, to identify best practices and to strengthen the synergy between the actors involved. Following on from its activities in GBV prevention and victim support and monitoring, the Framework carried out a holistic GBV victim support pilot...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"Providing access to care for the great majority of the people includes the poorest and most vulnerable social groups, under the Primary Health Care (SSP) approach: Enhanced activities in the field of reproductive health, in particular as regards women’s and children’s health, and especially the aspects of nutrition, antenatal care, family planning, prevention and control of STI/HIV/AIDS — with particular emphasis on prevention particularly as regards prevention of mother-to-child transmission" (pg 17). "In the context of the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, many innovative strategies have been implemented, in particular through the provision of essential neonatal obstetrical care (SONE), emergency neonatal obstetrical care (SONU), prevention of mother-to-child transmission of...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"In addition to the above projects and programmes, many microfinance institutions are involved in the empowerment of women in that they receive savings deposits and, especially, extend credit — as women, because of their poverty, generally lack the collateral to obtain a bank loan" (pg 27). "The mapping conducted by the Ministry of Finance outlines the situation of 79 microfinance institutions countrywide, thus facilitating access to credit for women belonging to women’s associations" (pg 28).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The holistic support that is at the heart of the pilot project ( Reproductive Health Act -Oxfam, UN Women, MUJERES and Dimol)seeks to guarantee that GBV victims receive benefits ranging from medical expenses to legal aid to social reintegration" (pg 25).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ATC-DATA-2

There are 7 reservations to the CEDAW (pg 5).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

For elective offices: 1. On city councils, 17 women elected out of a total of 104 councillors, or 17.68 per cent; 2. On regional councils, 34 women elected out of a total of 260 councillors; 3. In Parliament, 15 women out of a total of 113 deputies; 4. For appointed offices: the positions of president of the Constitutional Court, the Court of Auditors and the High Court of Justice are occupied by women; 5. At the Government level, five (5) of the thirty-one (31) Ministers are women" (pg 9).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: GEW-LAW-1

"As amended by Act No. 2003-025 of 13 June 2003, the Niger Penal Code, in its articles 208.1 to 208.8, outlaws war crimes and crimes against humanity" (pg 24).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"Among other actions taken have been awareness and information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns to spur behavioural change in relation to harmful traditional practices (female genital mutilation, early marriage/early motherhood); establishment of 6 February as the day of “zero tolerance for female genital mutilation” (pg 19). "In addition to free health care, further progress has been made in the form of important reforms undertaken to improve the quality and accessibility of health care and health-related services and information as well as sexual and reproductive health services for the entire population but particularly rural women and children. These include: Awareness and education campaigns for men and women aimed at eliminating female...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"To combat discrimination, the State facilitated outreach activities on the Convention and its Protocol. Those activities were conducted by CSOs, including the Association Nigérienne de Défense des Droits de l’Homme (ANDDH), the Association des Femmes Juristes du Niger (AFJN), the NGO DIMOL, the Collectif des Organisations de Défense des Droits de l’Homme et de la Démocratie (CODDHD), which together form the consultative network for CEDAW implementation in the eight regions of the country. The awareness campaign reached nearly 20 per cent of the population" (pg 6). "Organization of communications campaigns on trafficking in persons and child labour, conducted by NGOs in the different regions of the country" (pg 9). "The...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Consistent with the effort to lighten women’s burden, to enable them to carry on economic activities, the Government, through the Ministry for the Advancement of Women and its partners, is supporting women’s groups countrywide, providing them with labour-saving devices and capacity building (training in female leadership, community property management, the voluntary sector, gender...)" (pg 26). "To remedy that situation, the Government has developed the Economic and Social Development Programme (PDES), which, under its food security compo nent, seeks to “enhance grain banks and develop highly labour-intensive work. The use of small-scale irrigation, with an emphasis on orcharding and (non-timber) forestry products or date cultivation, are identified as solutions that may...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"As regards access to bank loans, mortgages and other forms of financial credit, the Government has intensified its efforts to enhance women’s economic power through development projects and programmes that it is implementing with the support of its technical and financial partners. The main focus of those efforts has been support for microcredit initiatives for women, to empower them through the pursuit of income-generating activities" (pg 26). "Unmarried women who are of age have legal capacity to enter into contracts, administer their property, etc., such legal capacity being recognized both by civil and customary law. Married women’s legal capacity at civil law, on the other hand, is constrained either by...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"Article 33 of the Constitution states that “The State recognizes that all citizens have the right to work, and is taking steps to create conditions in which this right can be effectively enjoyed and which guarantee to the worker a fair remuneration for his or her services or his or her output. No one shall be subject to discrimination in his or her work.” The principles set out in article 33 of the Constitution are also found in Act No. 2012-45 of 25 September 2012 (the Labour Code), which in articles 2 and 5 prescribes non-discrimination and equal access to employment for women" (pg 22). "Looking more closely at article...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"As regards the right to decent working conditions, articles 109 to 113 of the Labour Code code enshrine the rights to protection of women and motherhood. Article 109 provides that work of a kind that may impair a woman’s procreative capacity is forbidden and, in the case of a pregnant woman, that work that may affect her health or that of the child is also prohibited. Article 110 provides that a pregnant woman whose condition has been medically certified or who is visibly pregnant may leave her work without notice and without having to pay a fine for breach of contract" (pg 23).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"At this level the situation has not significantly changed since the previous report. It may be noted that of the twelve (12) diplomatic missions of Niger, five (5) are headed by women" (pg 10).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

The number of preschool teachers rose from 1,995 in 2009–2010 to 2,961 in 2010–2011, an increase of 48.4 per cent. Teaching staff consists mostly of women, who make up 91 per cent of the total. Their teaching is monitored by 9 inspectors" (pg 11). "These significant advances are the result of far-reaching innovations undertaken in the context of the universalization of primary education through PDDE implementation. In addition to the educational authorities, the TFPs and CSOs took a great interest in the Programme. Support and encouragement are needed for the strategies adopted to promote education in general and girls’ education in particular, which include: 1. Establishment of a Directorate for...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"Girls’ education begins with preschool. Gender parity is enforced. Between 2009–2010 and 2010–2011, the gross preschool enrolment rate rose from 4.6 to 5.7 per cent — a very satisfactory result inasmuch as the target of 5 per cent set for the end of the Ten-Year Programme has already been reached. As with the other levels of education, preschool coverage has improved these last years, in particular through the establishment of community kindergartens, mainly in rural areas (where 683 of the 1,283 preschools are located" (pg 10-11). "Children aged six to seven officially begin their first year of school with this cycle. Primary education has made big strides in access and...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IIP-LAW-1

"Freedom of movement is of course guaranteed to everyone by the Constitution, but in practice, because the Government of Niger has entered a reservation to article 15(4), its position with respect to gender equality in the movement of persons and freedom to choose one’s residence and domicile remains as first stated" (pg 28).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"Despite the above-mentioned efforts, it is clear that there are still challenges to women’s participation in political and public life. The difficulties flow from the persistence of unequal relations, non compliance with gender equity provisions, women’s low educational level, ineffective enforcement of the provisions of the quota legislation, sociocultural constraints, women’s meagre resources (especially financial), the underrepresentation of women in political parties’ offices, women’s placement on electoral lists, and a lack of support and encouragement for women in politics" (pg 10).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"The courts keep the best interests of the child in mind in all decisions that affect them, and especially when awarding custody to one parent in cases of separation" (pg 8).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: GIC-LAW-1, GIC-LAW-3

"Pursuant to sections 111 and 112 of the Code, for fourteen (14) consecutive weeks, of which eight (8) shall be after delivery, every working woman is entitled, at the expense of the social security authority (which establishes a separate management account replenished by employers’ contributions), to reimbursement of expenditures related to childbirth and, as required, medical care, subject to the maximum rates set by the health authority, as well as half the salary she earned prior to going on leave" (pg 23).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"Numerous training activities have been conducted by the Ministry of Population, Advancement of Women and Protection of Children (MP/PF/PE) and civil society organizations (CSOs), with the support of a number of technical and financial partners (TFPs). In addition to the activities carried out by the State, civil society in 2010 and 2011 contributed to capacity building for judges, lawyers, criminal investigation officers, the Defence and Security Forces (FDS), customary authorities, and religious and political leaders" (pg 6). "A number of training sessions were organized for magistrates, criminal investigation officers (OPJ) and representatives of civil society on gender and the content of CEDAW by various trainers, who took different approaches to...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-3

"It should be noted, however, that people’s attitudes and behaviours toward school, especially in the countryside, are not always favourable. Access and retention of girls remains a problem, one that arises mainly from sociocultural and economic obstacles such as early marriage and poverty. One of the objectives of the Ten-Year Education Development Programme (PDDE) requires strong mobilization and real involvement of all stakeholders through appropriate educational strategies and formulas" (pg 13). "Accordingly, the Ministry of National Education, through the Directorate for the Promotion of Girls’ School Enrolment and with the support of its partners, has developed strategies for behavioural change to achieve greater social mobilization in favour of education in...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"With support from AfDB, the State has taken action through the Capacity Building Project for Gender Equity (PREG) to combat gender-based violence (GBV) and to drive an improved perception in Niger of the relationship between men and women" (pg 24). "In 2011, the Ministry for the Advancement of Women created a gender-based violence division within the Directorate for the Promotion of Female Leadership. Its mandates are, in particular, to develop strategies for combating stereotypes and GBV, to produce gender-specific cluster data on GBV cases, and to strive for real enforcement of anti-violence laws" (pg 24). "Many projects and programmes to combat GBV are being conducted by State entities and civil...more
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Crimes and misdemeanours against children and the family are defined and made punishable by articles 248 to 261" (pg 24).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"In 2012, for every 100 childbirths there were 0.06 cases of fistula or vesico-vaginal fistula" (pg 19). "The rate of maternal mortality is declining, from 648 per 100,000 live births in 2006 to 554 in 2010 (source: 2010 DHS). One of the contributing factors we should note is that the proportion of deliveries assisted by qualified personnel rose from 17.7 per cent in 2006 to 29.5 per cent in 2010 (SNIS). In 2010, according to the 2010 national survival and mortality survey (ENSM; source INS), the 2015 goal of 50 per cent is highly likely to be reached" (pg 20).
Feb. 27, 2018, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"Act 2006-16 of 21 June 2006 on Reproductive Health (RH), through its implementing decree, authorizes assisted medical procreation and abortion in cases of rape and incest" (pg 18). "In the context of the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality, many innovative strategies have been implemented, in particular through the provision of essential neonatal obstetrical care (SONE), emergency neonatal obstetrical care (SONU), prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) care at the community level: reproductive health outreach teams, health care quality assurance, post-abortion care, a “husbands’ school”, dual-protection social marketing (family planning and HIV prevention), fairground activities and...more