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April 7, 2021, 10:31 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, 97% of births in South Africa were attended by skilled health personnele" (p 47).
April 7, 2021, 10:16 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

"In 2016, the life expectancy at birth in South Africa was 60.2 years for males and 67.0 years for females" (p 46).
April 2, 2021, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IM-DATA-1

"In 2018, the under-five mortality rate in South Africa was 34 per 1000 live births" (p 47).
March 31, 2021, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MMR-SCALE-1

"In 2017, the maternal mortality ratio for women in South Africa was 119 per 100,000 live births" (p 47).
March 31, 2021, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"In 2017, the maternal mortality ratio for women in South Africa was 119 per 100,000 live births" (p 47).
March 30, 2021, 7:40 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"In 2020 the maternal mortality ratio for women in South Africa was 119 per 100,000 live births" (p 47).
March 30, 2021, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DACH-DATA-3

"From 2010-2019 the proportion of women in South Africa of reproductive age who have their need for family planning satified with modern methods is 79.7%" (p 54).
March 19, 2021, 3:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: BR-DATA-1

"The adolescent birth rate from 2010-2018 in South Africa is 40.9 per 1000 women aged 15-19 years" (p 54).
March 8, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-1

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Feb. 26, 2021, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

“In Johannesburg, South Africa, one study noted that 31 per cent of rapes were perpetrated in open spaces such as rough ground” (pp. 26).
Feb. 26, 2021, 11:39 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ADDL-DATA-1

“In Durban (South Africa), women have access to piped supplies used for washing and water-borne sanitation but the increased emphasis on cost-recovery service management has led to expensive bills, and hence women are reluctant to flush the toilets and draw additional water” (pp. 23).
Feb. 26, 2021, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SMES-DATA-2

“The research by WIEGO described in Box 3.1 indicates that 54 per cent of women employed as street vendors, home-based workers and waste pickers were the main breadwinners for their households. Among street traders in Johannesburg, South Africa, 66 per cent of women traders are the sole earner in their household, while this is true for only 32 per cent of men. Research on domestic workers in the same city found that almost 95 per cent support other people in full or in part, mainly children but also other family members. Although the worth of remittances, especially if sent by migrant children and women, is typically under-estimated by those receiving...more
Feb. 26, 2021, 11:32 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

“In South Africa, in 2004 domestic service was the second-largest sector of employment for black women, employing some 755,000 workers, with a large proportion of internal migrants from rural areas” (pp. 18). “The research by WIEGO described in Box 3.1 indicates that 54 per cent of women employed as street vendors, home-based workers and waste pickers were the main breadwinners for their households. Among street traders in Johannesburg, South Africa, 66 per cent of women traders are the sole earner in their household, while this is true for only 32 per cent of men. Research on domestic workers in the same city found that almost 95 per cent support other...more
Feb. 26, 2021, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LO-LAW-1

In Dakar (Senegal) and Ekurhuleni (South Africa), the proportion of women heads among those allocated plots is approximately the same as their share of all households, and they are more likely than men to complete the titling process. But it is generally overlooked that even married or cohabiting women are likely to lack joint legal ownership, making women more vulnerable to losing their home, as well as potentially limiting their decision-making on its use and management” (pp. 20).
Feb. 13, 2021, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

“In South Africa, in 2004 domestic service was the second-largest sector of employment for black women, employing some 755,000 workers, with a large proportion of internal migrants from rural areas” (pp. 18).
Feb. 13, 2021, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

“In South Africa, in 2004 domestic service was the second-largest sector of employment for black women, employing some 755,000 workers, with a large proportion of internal migrants from rural areas” (pp. 18).
Feb. 13, 2021, 1:07 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

“In Johannesburg, South Africa, one study noted that 31 per cent of rapes were perpetrated in open spaces such as rough ground” (pp. 26). “Initiatives such as the one in Khayelitsha, South Africa, address the risk factors and aim to make the city a safer place for women to live and travel, and reduce the effects of gender-based violence. Fewer initiatives address the underlying gendered power inequalities that underpin the occurrence of gender-based violence in the first place, primarily because trying to change gender ideologies, in the short-term at least, is difficult although certainly not impossible. None the less, many of these types of risk-reduction initiatives have proved successful in...more
Feb. 13, 2021, 12:40 p.m.
Countries: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

Table 1: Sex ratio and share of female population in urban and rural areas, selected countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, latest available year (1999–2008) shows sex ratios between urban and rural areas in different countries.
Feb. 9, 2021, 12:21 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LO-LAW-1, PW-PRACTICE-3

"Women married in polygamous customary relationships before the introduction of laws recognising customary marriages in 1998 will officially and finally receive the same rights as women in customary marriages concluded after 1998... An interim order was made which had the effect that wives – and not only husbands – in polygamous customary marriages entered into before the commencement of the act would enjoy joint and equal ownership, management and control over marital property in respect of house property and family property. Each spouse in a polygamous customary marriage would also retain exclusive rights to her or his personal property. This was a necessary departure from customary law as it applied...more
Feb. 8, 2021, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-LAW-1

"The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act also does not make provision for entering into a polygamous marriage with non-citizens. 'This poses a serious challenge when such marriages are entered into, especially amongst the community members who are members of the same clan but are separated by a borderline'" (para 10).
Feb. 8, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"So far, the majority of customary marriages, 333,387, are registered with one spouse, said Motsoaledi. Another 8,410 are registered with two spouses. Marriages registered with three to nine spouses range from 814 to two. One is registered with 10 spouses" (para 5-7).
Feb. 8, 2021, 11:05 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: PW-LAW-1

"SA's Customary Marriage Act, introduced in November 2000, also recognises polygamy – which means that a husband can register multiple wives" (para 3).
Jan. 18, 2021, 3:46 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
Variables: ABO-SCALE-1

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Jan. 12, 2021, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Shocking statistics have revealed the depth of institutional gender-based violence in the army and that, far from soldiers keeping the country and continent safe, women in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are the most likely to be sexually harassed and assaulted by their uniformed male colleagues . . . According to a recent SANDF internal report, leaked to the M&G, at least 41 members of the army were charged with sexual-related offences, ranging from rape and assault to harassment and crimen injuria. Of those cases, 26 have been finalised, with 13 guilty verdicts and 11 acquittals.”
Dec. 31, 2020, 5:34 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep, Congo, South Africa, Tanzania
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Women in a range of Sub-Saharan African countries such as Tanzania, Congo, Ghana, South Africa, and Central African Republic are beaten, tortured and driven out of their villages, often by their male relatives, if they are suspected of having caused harm by magic" (para 3).
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Senior citizens from villages around emaXesibeni, formerly known as Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape, have had enough of being accused of practising witchcraft. Killings of elderly women are rife in Pondoland." (para 1) "'We are tired of being abused, killed and raped, all because we are accused of witchcraft. When we were younger used to look good now we are getting old and wrinkled we are getting accused of witchcraft,' says a resident, Mamasoka Sibuta." (para 3)
Dec. 31, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'We are tired of being abused, killed and raped, all because we are accused of witchcraft. When we were younger used to look good now we are getting old and wrinkled we are getting accused of witchcraft,' says a resident, Mamasoka Sibuta." (para 3)
Dec. 1, 2020, 9:42 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"The traditional values prevailing in all sections of South African society reinforce the attitude that 'wife-beating' is a private affair, and to complain to the police is therefore to exhibit disloyalty and invite ostracism. One woman who spoke at a focus group organized by the Women's National Coalition had internalized societal views to such an extent that she saw herself as a child, who should therefore be subject to physical punishment: 'a man should beat you up if you deserve it'. Battered women often want only the abuse to end, not the relationship, and are therefore reluctant to have recourse to official channels of redress, which often increase the likelihood...more
Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: AFE-SCALE-1

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Nov. 19, 2020, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: GP-SCALE-2

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