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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

4.0
March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, Chad, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Russia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

3.0
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Although rape has been punishable by up to 15 years in prison in the West African, few cases have been successfully prosecuted" (para. 3).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"More than 12,000 cases of sexual or domestic violence were reported in 2017, but the true number of cases is likely higher, as many cases are never reported out of shame and fear" (para. 5). "70% of sexual assault survivors in the country are under the age of 15" (para. 7).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Outrage over rising rates of sexual violence and rape in Sierra Leone led President Julius Maada Bio to declare a 'national emergency' on Thursday (07/Feb/2019)" (para. 1). "Although rape has been punishable by up to 15 years in prison in the West African, few cases have been successfully prosecuted" (para. 3).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Now — after months of public outcry and activists, including the First Lady of Sierra Leone, calling for stricter sexual violence laws — Bio has raised the penalty for the sexual abuse of minors and said his government will work to strengthen legislation and law enforcement" (para. 4).
Feb. 26, 2019, 6:11 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Approximately 90% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 in Sierra Leone have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM)" (para. 6).
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Women face the risk of losing control over the land when their husband dies or if they divorce. Male children from the marriage inherit the land but if there are no children and if a woman remarries into her late husband’s family, she can continue to cultivate the land. A woman who returns to her patrilineal family regains her rights to land for cultivation from the male head of her family" (para 2)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Outside of the Western area, customary law applies. Women’s access to land is restricted due to the patrilineal inheritance practices that favour men over women. While women cannot inherit land, they have rights to land before marriage and are entitled to cultivate land upon marriage" (para 1)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Under customary law, a woman cannot inherit her deceased husband’s property" (para 13).
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Approximately 70% of marriages take place outside of statutory law and an estimated 43% of women between the ages of 15-49 are in polygamous unions" (para 11)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"Although prohibited by statutory law, polygamy is authorised and widely practiced under customary and Islamic" (11)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:31 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: POLY-LAW-2

"The Devolution of Estates Act (2007) provides that men and women have the same inheritance rights in the event of the death of a spouse or a parent, regardless of religious or ethnic identity. With regard to marriages with more than one spouse, the Act provides for distribution of the estate among the surviving spouses in proportion to the duration of their respective marriages, accounting for other factors such as any contributions they have made to the estate" (3)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

"The Devolution of Estates Act (2007) provides that men and women have the same inheritance rights in the event of the death of a spouse or a parent, regardless of religious or ethnic identity. The law similarly provides sons and daughters with equal inheritance rights" (3)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-1

"The Devolution of Estates Act (2007) provides that men and women have the same inheritance rights in the event of the death of a spouse or a parent, regardless of religious or ethnic identity. The law similarly provides sons and daughters with equal inheritance rights. With regard to marriages with more than one spouse, the Act provides for distribution of the estate among the surviving spouses in proportion to the duration of their respective marriages, accounting for other factors such as any contributions they have made to the estate. Widows cannot be evicted from the home that she shared with her husband; however there remain certain types of property that...more
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"12.4% of seats in the lower/single house of Sierra Leone (15 out of 121 total seats) are held by women"
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"13.8% of ministerial positions in Sierra Leone (4 out of 29 total positions) are held by women"
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The film features interviews with commercial sex workers – including girls as young as 12 – and examines their treatment by Sierra Leone police officers who are accused of exploiting them for sex and money" (para 5). "On countless occasions she has been picked up by police and asked for sex in return for her release" (para 14). "Police exploitation is commonplace according to testimonies made in the documentary entitled 'Kolonko', a Krio word for sex worker" (para 15). "One woman says: 'The worst thing is when you earn your money working all night and the police arrest you and you have to pay bail. What you will eat in...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Mariatu was 15 years old when her widowed mother died and she ended up sleeping rough on the streets of Freetown where she fell into commercial sex work. Not long after, she was arrested for “loitering” and, unable to pay a police bribe, spent six months in an adult jail. Now 22, she is desperate to escape a life marked by suffering, violence and exploitation and is appealing to the state to provide more support to Sierra Leone’s sex workers who are stigmatised by society and suffer unfair treatment at the hands of the legal system" (para 1-3). "Between five and 15 sex workers are arrested every month in Freetown,...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-4

"Between five and 15 sex workers are arrested every month in Freetown, and many are forced to pay bribes to avoid jail, according to AdvocAid, which provides free legal representation and support to vulnerable women" (para 6). "She now hopes to train as a seamstress but would take any job over working on the streets. The second youngest of 11 daughters, Mariatu left school at eight because her mother couldn’t afford the fees after her father’s death during the war" (para 11). This evidences that one reason for a woman to consider prostitution is a situation of low income, likewise, it also shows the lack of State support with reintegration...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-DATA-1

"Many of Sierra Leone’s estimated 26,000 sex workers come from poor backgrounds and entered the trade as minors" (para 11).
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Mariatu was first arrested aged 15 for 'loitering,' which is vaguely defined under the Public Order Act 1965 as an offence whereby someone is 'in the open air' without a visible purpose" (para 9).
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"'The documentary shows how archaic laws such as ‘loitering’ and ‘frequenting’ are often used to target sex workers,' says its executive director Rebecca Wood" (para 7). "Mariatu was first arrested aged 15 for 'loitering, which is vaguely defined under the Public Order Act 1965 as an offence whereby someone is 'in the open air' without a visible purpose" (para 9). Emmanuel Sattie, national human rights coordinator at Amnesty International, tells filmmakers: 'Most of the crimes levied on these girls relate to loitering. One of our concerns is if the [the police] are so keen on targeting sex workers why do they not also go after the men that are part...more
Jan. 31, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-3

"Mariatu is still trapped in the trade and vulnerable to all risks including violence and sexually transmitted disease" (para 26). Her exposure to STDs suggests that women prostitutes don't ask the man to wear condoms (CCS-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-4

2.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-2

2.0
Jan. 25, 2019, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to calculations based on the WHO Homicide Estimates for 2015, the homicide rate for females aged 15-44 is 7.85 per 100,000 female population ages 15-44.
Jan. 16, 2019, 8:21 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to Countryeconomy.com, the total suicide rate for women in Sierra Leone in 2015 was 8.76 per 100,000 total female population (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 20, 2018, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to the WHO violence and homocide statistics, the total femicide rate as of 2015 was 5.9 per 100,000 female population. For ages 15-44, the rate was calculated to be 3.53 per 100,000 female population.
Dec. 11, 2018, 4:32 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MURDER-DATA-3

According to the data chart, the female homicide rate in 2015 was 0.75 per 100,000 population.