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Dec. 8, 2019, 8:10 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-year-old first-year student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) went to the local post office on August 24 to collect a parcel. At first, she was turned away and told to come back later as the electricity was out. When she later returned, she was attacked by the same employee who turned her away. She was raped, bludgeoned with a scale, and murdered. On September 2, the 42-year-old employee was arrested. He confessed in court to her rape and murder. After Mrwetyana's murder, the rage of women across South Africa could be felt. Online, the hashtag #AmINext started to trend, with women sharing their experiences of...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:10 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Citizens want change. On Wednesday, September 5, more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside South Africa's parliament in Cape Town and marched to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) where the World Economic Forum (WEF) was being held. The protesters demanded that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa take action amid a growing crisis of violence against women. Frustrated, protesters, most of whom were women, started to block the streets in the city. The police used stun grenades to disperse them. Eleven protesters - eight women and three men - were arrested" (para. 1-2). "After Mrwetyana's murder, the rage of women across South Africa could be felt. Online, the hashtag #AmINext...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to crack down on the rape and murder of women, unveiling a raft of plans to tighten laws. Women across South Africa have been protesting against the 'war on their bodies', calling for the government to do more to protect them. Recent murders of university students and other women have sparked outrage in a country seen as one of the world's most dangerous places, and that often appears numb to femicide and sexual violence" (para. 15-17).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:08 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Sexual offence crimes also rose by 4.6 percent, with there being 41,583 incidents of rape reported to the police. In a country plagued by femicide, 7,437 people said they had suffered sexual assault and the number of sexual assault cases against children rose by 899" (para. 3-4). "Contact crimes, including rape, assault and robbery, were highest in the Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal provinces -- the economic hubs of Africa's most industrialised nation" (para. 14).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says urgent action is needed to tackle gender-based violence in the country. At an emergency sitting of parliament, Mr Ramaphosa said the figures for violence against women and children were similar to those of a country at war. Some 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered by men last year, and at least 100 rapes were reported daily. The spike in violence against women has ignited protests in many areas. 'There is a dark and heavy shadow across our land. Women and children are under siege,' Mr Ramaphosa said, describing South Africa as one of 'the most unsafe places in world to be a woman.'...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"At an emergency sitting of parliament, Mr Ramaphosa said the figures for violence against women and children were similar to those of a country at war. Some 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered by men last year, and at least 100 rapes were reported daily" (para. 2-3). "Murders recorded by the police have been rising every year for the last decade" (para. 8).
Dec. 8, 2019, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Some 2,700 women and 1,000 children were murdered by men last year, and at least 100 rapes were reported daily" (para. 3). "Sexual offences including rape have risen 4.6% this year" (para. 8).
Oct. 18, 2019, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Belgium, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Finland, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden
Variables: GP-SCALE-2

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Oct. 18, 2019, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Variables: ERBG-SCALE-1

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Oct. 16, 2019, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"PACOTIP criminalized sex trafficking and labor trafficking and prescribed penalties of up to life imprisonment, a fine of up to 100 million South African rand ($6.97 million), or both. The penalties were sufficiently stringent; however, with regard to sex trafficking, by allowing for a fine in lieu of imprisonment, the prescribed punishment was not commensurate with those for other serious crimes, such as rape. The implementing regulations for PACOTIP’s immigration provisions found in Sections 15, 16, and 31(2) (b)(ii) have not been promulgated, therefore critical sections of the act remained inactive. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offenses and related matters) Amendment Act of 2007 (CLAA) also criminalized the sex trafficking of...more
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"As reported over the past five years, human traffickers exploit domestic and foreign victims in South Africa, and traffickers exploit victims from South Africa abroad (…) Traffickers increasingly force women from Lesotho into sex trafficking in South Africa. Traffickers coerce victims through traditional spiritual practices. (...) Some well-known brothels previously identified as locations of sex trafficking continue to operate with officials’ tacit approval" (436).
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Government of South Africa does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. These efforts included prosecuting more traffickers and, in coordination with international organizations, training front-line responders on trafficking. The government provided stipends to NGOs providing care; approved a National Policy Framework, which included a national action plan; and conducted numerous public awareness-raising activities throughout the country. However, the government did not demonstrate overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period. The government investigated and convicted fewer traffickers. The government made little progress in prosecution of traffickers connected to international syndicates, which facilitated sex and labor...more
Oct. 16, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"The government and non-government entities identified 260 victims, compared to 399 victims in 2017. Of the 260 victims identified, 201 were men, 21 were women, 34 were boys, three were girls, and one was of an unknown gender; this included 244 foreign nationals, including children from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique and adults from Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, and Thailand; 14 South Africans; and two victims of unknown nationalities. Traffickers exploited 238 victims in forced labor, 20 in sex trafficking, and two in an unknown type of trafficking" (434).
Sept. 20, 2019, 10:37 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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Aug. 3, 2019, 7:13 p.m.
Countries: Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe recognize the inheritance rights of multiple wives" (10)
June 17, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

Table 11 shows real average hourly earnings (in 2000 prices) of formal and informal workers in non-agricultural employment, 2005 – 2007. Regarding formal employment, in 2005 the average hourly earning for men was of 20.912 (19.474 for wage employee and 40.674 for self-employed); for women it was 19.060 (18.510 for wage employees and 31.810 for self-employed. In 2006, the average hourly earnings for men was of 24.025 (20.921 for wage employees and 64.355 for self-employed); for women it was 19.752 (18.838 for wage employees and 39.439 for self-employed). Lastly, in 2007 the average hourly earnings for men was of 23.030 (21.105 for wage employees and 50.853 for self-employed); for women...more
June 17, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"The percentage point decline in the unemployment rate was greater among women than men (4.47% vs. 2.04%) but unemployment rates remained higher among women than men over the entire period. In 2007, for example, about 28 per cent of women over the age of 15 were unemployed compared to 21 per cent of men" (12). "Unemployment rates among both men and women were lower in metro areas as compared with non-metro areas" (12). Table 2 displays labor market status of the working age population in South Africa by metro status and gender, 2005 – 2007. Regarding not economically active population: in 2005 the national total was of 13,628,999 people, 5,309,992...more
June 17, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-DATA-5

"Using an employment-based definition of informal work, the number of persons in non-agricultural informal employment in South Africa was estimated at 3.96 million in 2005 but fell to 3.65 million in 2007. As a share of total non-agricultural employment, informal employment declined from 34 per cent in 2005 to 30 per cent in 2007" (6). "There is an approximately equal number of men and women in the informal economy, but informal employment contributes a larger share to total employment among women than among men. In metro areas, women in informal employment are more likely than their male counterparts to be wage employees, but the converse applies in non-metro areas" (6)....more
June 17, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic work is dominated by women while elementary occupations are held predominantly by men" (6). It is referring to informal employment (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "Compared with formal workers, informal workers are more likely to be women and to have never been married. They are also more likely to live in larger households with children, and particularly children under the age of seven. Significantly lower levels of educational attainment are also reported among informal workers when compared with formal workers" (7). "2007. Employment growth was concentrated between 2005 and 2006, where employment increased among both men and women. From 2006 to 2007, however, employment increases were only exhibited among women while employment...more
June 17, 2019, 1:34 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-2

"The percentage point decline in the unemployment rate was greater among women than men (4.47% vs. 2.04%) but unemployment rates remained higher among women than men over the entire period. In 2007, for example, about 28 per cent of women over the age of 15 were unemployed compared to 21 per cent of men" (12)
June 10, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: India, South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Just 37 per cent of women in the UK, South Africa and India report the violence they’ve experienced at the hands of men, according to polling by ActionAid and YouGov published on Thursday. But of those women, fewer than half described the reporting process as positive. Nearly 60 per cent of these women said the experience was traumatic, and roughly half felt they were not listened to or were blamed for what happened. Almost 70 per cent of women in the three countries said the perpetrator 'got away with it'" (para 2-4). The graph presented shows the Percent of women who reported male violence to police agreeing the experience was...more
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Angola, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

Women make up 45% of the total labor force in South Africa (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in South Africa are not legally required to obey their husbands (135). In South Africa, both parties must agree to legally administer the property in marriage (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights in South Africa (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in South Africa can legally get a job in the same way as a man. Women can work the same night hours as men. Women are able to work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are able to perform the same tasks at work as men. Women can work in the same industries as men (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

South African law mandates nondiscrimination based on gender in employment. The dismissal of pregnant workers in South Africa is prohibited. There is legislation on sexual harassment in employment but not education. There are not criminal penalties and civil remedies for sexual harassment in employment (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

Women in South Africa can work the same night hours as men. Women can work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are able to perform the same tasks at work as men (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters have equal inheritance rights in South Africa (135).
May 7, 2019, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in South Africa (135).