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April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"Domestic violence is a crime under the law… In May the government officially launched a National Policy to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls, 2016-2020. Aims of the policy include strengthening the referral network for survivors of domestic violence in rural areas and better coordination among all stakeholders for public awareness about domestic violence" (9).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: PRN-PRACTICE-1

"Within the country girls and boys were exploited in prostitution and sexual servitude" (12).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"Women experienced discrimination especially in the attainment of managerial positions" (16).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of SBD 30,000 ($3,863)" (9).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"According to the report, women continued to dominate the lower administrative level on the public service workforce with very few women in senior management positions" (16).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"Government measures to increase the number of women in politics, including the Political Parties Integrity Law and a discussion paper on temporary special measures to create 10 reserved seats for women in parliament, had so far not delivered the desired result. Civil society groups such as the Young Women’s Parliamentary Group continued to advocate for more leadership positions for women" (7).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual harassment is... a widespread problem" (10). "Employed women were predominantly engaged in low-paying and lowskilled jobs… A shortage of jobs compounded the limited entry and opportunities of women in the workforce... A new program funded by the International Finance Corporation worked with businesses for four years to provide tools to recruit, retain, and promote women throughout domestic companies in cooperation with the Ministry of Women, Youth, and Children’s Affairs. The Ministry is also responsible for implementation of the National Gender Equality and Women’s Development Policy, which aims to remove barriers to women’s participation in formal employment" (16-17).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There were two reported cases of sorcery-related violence during the year. In both cases, violence was related to alleged involvement in sorcery and witchcraft and typically targeted the most vulnerable persons: young women, widows without male sons, and the elderly" (14).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A maximum penalty of life imprisonment" (9). "The maximum penalty for sexual relations with a girl younger than 13 is life imprisonment, and for sexual relations with a girl between the ages of 13 and 15, the penalty is five years’ imprisonment. Consent is not a permissible defense under these provisions; however, in the latter case, reasonable belief the victim was 15 or older is a permissible defense" (11-12).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"No laws mandate equal pay for equal work" (10). "A 2013 government report presented evidence of a significant gender gap in senior positions, using public service as an example" (16).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"Selling or hiring minors younger than 15 and girls younger than 18 for prostitution is punishable as a criminal offense. Prostitution laws do not cover boys between the ages of 15 and 18 and therefore leaves them without legal protection" (12).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government did not provide sufficient resources to enforce laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse" (11).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Marriage at such young ages was not common" (11).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is not illegal and was a widespread problem" (10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"In reported cases of domestic abuse, victims often dropped charges before a court appearance, or settled cases out of court. In cases in which charges were filed, the time between the charging of an individual and the subsequent court hearing could be as long as two years. The magistrates’ courts dealt with physical abuse of women as with any other assault, but prosecutions were rare due to low judicial and police capacity and to cultural bias against women" (10). "The law criminalizes domestic violence including violence against children, but lacked public awareness and enforcement. Child sexual and physical abuse remained significant problems" (11).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP)… the minister of police heads the RSIP force of 1,492 members, including 335 women" (2).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Customary bride-price payments continued to increase and contributed to the perception of male ownership of women" (10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"While the law accords women equal legal rights, including the right to own property, most women were limited to customary family roles that prevented them from taking more active roles in economic and political life" (10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit participation of women… in the political process, and they did participate; however, traditional male dominance limited the role of women in government" (7).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Violence against women, including rape and domestic abuse, remained a serious problem but was underreported. Among the reasons cited for failure to report abuse were pressure from male relatives, fear of reprisals, feelings of shame, and cultural taboos on discussion of such matters" (9). "The government has a referral system in place to coordinate these services, but referral agencies are often underfunded, especially in rural areas. The Family Support Center and a church-run facility for abused women provided counseling and other support services for women" (10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Child pornography is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment. Amendments to the penal code passed in May criminalize commercial sexual exploitation of children and participation in or use, distribution, and storing of sexually exploitative materials with children, and some forms of internal child trafficking" (12).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: GP-DATA-6

"There were no female judges on the High Court" (7).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"There was one woman in the 50-member parliament and three female permanent secretaries" (7).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A 2011 World Health Organization report revealed that more than half of the women in the country had experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner" (9).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Both boys and girls may legally marry at 15, and the law permits marriage at 14 with parental and village consent" (11).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"A 2011 World Health Organization report revealed that... 64 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 regularly experienced violence in the home" (9). "The Family Protection Act requires that victims of domestic violence have access to counseling and medical services, legal support, and a safe place within the community if they cannot return home" (10).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women… in the political process" (7).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Violence against women, including rape and domestic abuse, remained a serious problem but was underreported. Among the reasons cited for failure to report abuse were pressure from male relatives, fear of reprisals, feelings of shame, and cultural taboos on discussion of such matters" (9).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape" (9). "The minimum age for consensual sex is 15" (11).