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Oct. 10, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia, South Africa
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the proportion of married or in-union women of reproductive age (15-49 years) who have their need for family planning satisified wih modern methods is 77.9 (latest available data for 2007-2017).
Oct. 10, 2018, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia, South Africa
Variables: BR-DATA-1

According to the WHO 2018 statistical report, the adoescent birth rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19 years) was 71.0 based on data from 2007-2016.
Oct. 9, 2018, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IM-DATA-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the under-five (0-5 years) mortality rate is 43.3 per 1000 live births and the neonatal mortality rate (infants who die within 28 days of birth) is 12.4 per 1000 live births (data is from 2016).
Oct. 8, 2018, 7:25 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 11.6 per 100,000 (data from 2016).
Oct. 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Algeria, Belize, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, South Africa, Turkey
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, 97 percent of births were attended by skilled health personnel (latest data available from 2007-2017).
Oct. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

According to the 2018 WHO statistical report, the average life expectancy for both sexes is 63.6 years, with the average life expectancy being 60.2 years for men and 67.0 years for women (data taken from global health estimates 2000-2016).
Sept. 26, 2018, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

According to the 2017 WHO statistical report, 94 percent of births were attended by skilled health personnel (data from 2005-2009).
Sept. 26, 2018, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Bulgaria, Congo, South Africa, Vietnam
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, 94 percent of births were attended by skilled health personnel (data from 2006-2014).
Sept. 25, 2018, 8:33 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: IM-DATA-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, the under-five (0-5 years) mortality rate is 40.5 per 1000 live births and the neonatal mortality rate (infants who die within 28 days of birth) is 11.0 per 1000 live births (data is from 2015).
Sept. 24, 2018, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

According to the WHO 2016 statistical report, the maternal mortality rate is 138 per 100,000 live births (data reported is from 2015).
Sept. 24, 2018, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, the average life expectancy for both sexes is 62.9 years, with the average life expectancy being 59.3 years for men and 66.2 years for women.
Sept. 19, 2018, 7:35 a.m.
Countries: Chad, South Africa
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 2.7 (per 100,000).
Sept. 18, 2018, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2017 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 10.7 (per 100,000).
Sept. 18, 2018, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: South Africa, Syria, Tajikistan
Variables: BR-DATA-1

According to the WHO 2017 statistical report, the adoescent birth rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19 years) was 54 based on data from 2005-2014.
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"Although the law prohibits sexual harassment, it remained a widespread problem. The government left enforcement primarily to employers, with criminal prosecution a rare secondary step at the initiative of the complainant. The Department of Labor issued guidelines to employers on how to handle workplace complaints that allow for remuneration of the victim’s lost compensation plus interest, additional damages, legal fees, and dismissal of the perpetrator in some circumstances. Tougher punishments are imposed for assault that carry a range of penalties depending on the severity of the act but require the complainant to press charges" (32-33). "The Employment Equity Amendment Act aims to promote equality in the workplace. According to the...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-2

"Ritual circumcision of young males, often by medically unqualified practitioners, was still a prevalent initiation tradition in several provinces, particularly in Eastern Cape Province. Circumcisions took place at initiation schools, remote camps where traditional leaders led a multiweek riteof-passage ceremony. Circumcision, which sometimes resulted in death, was considered a precondition for adult status and permits marriage, inheritance, and other societal privileges" (36).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government operated 63 justice centers and 53 Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCCs) that provided legal assistance to victims of gender-based violence to expedite legal processes, reduce caseloads, and alleviate overcrowding in prisons, but serious delays continued" (14-15).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Instead of juries, the law requires that a panel of lay assessors and a magistrate hear cases involving murder, rape, robbery, indecent assault, and assault leading to serious bodily harm" (15). "Conviction of violating a protection order is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years, or up to 20 years if additional criminal charges apply. Penalties for domestic violence include fines and sentences of between two and five years’ imprisonment" (31-32).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The government conducted rape and domestic violence awareness campaigns. In honor of Women’s Month, the government hosted numerous events focused on empowering women in business, government, health, sports, and the arts. The discussions generated controversy, however, because the government focused on men’s role in protecting women, while civil society advocated a more inclusive focus on gender-based violence. Many civil society organizations were also dissatisfied with the Ministry of Women’s general focus on women’s economic empowerment while neglecting the issue of gender-based violence. During the internationally observed 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, between November 25 and December 10, the government hosted a number of roundtable discussions" (32). "The government...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Women experienced economic discrimination in wages (see section 7.d.), extension of credit, and ownership of land" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Parental or judicial consent to marry is required for individuals younger than 18. Nevertheless, the traditional practice of “ukuthwala,” the arranged marriage of girls as young as age 12 to adult men, occurred in remote villages in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. In July the president promulgated the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill that prohibits nonconsensual ukuthwala and classifies it as a trafficking offense. In February 2014 the country recorded its first conviction for an ukuthwala violation under the trafficking provisions of the Children’s Act; a man who forcibly married a victim received a 22-year prison sentence. On March 23, the court upheld the conviction...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional gender stereotypes, such as 'mining is a man’s job' and 'women should be nurses' persisted" (51).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"According to the Department of Health, the antenatal care coverage rate was 98.5 percent" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MMR-DATA-1

"According to the country’s 2010 Millennium Development Goal Report posted by the UN Development Program, the maternal mortality ratio was 269 per 100,000 live births" (33).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"According to fiscal year statistics for 2014-15, prosecutors obtained only 1,043 life sentences for 739 individuals, including 780 life sentences for crimes against women and children, despite recording more than 17,000 murders and more than 53,000 sexual assaults during the year" (14). "On August 31, an air force colonel in KwaZulu-Natal Province threw two hand grenades at his wife following a domestic argument. One exploded and killed her. Police arrested the colonel and charged him with illegal possession of explosives and murder. A judge denied him bail, and the trial continued at year’s end" (32).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"According to the 2012 national census, girls faced more difficulties accessing services than boy" (35). "Some teachers and other school staff harassed, abused, and assaulted students in schools, according to reports. The law requires schools to disclose sexual abuse to authorities, but administrators sometimes concealed sexual violence or delayed disciplinary action. The level of sexual violence in schools also increased the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unwanted pregnancies. On June 24, police arrested a teacher at the Plettenberg Bay Primary School in Western Cape Province on suspicion that he raped a grade two pupil on school property. The trial continued at year’s end"...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Instead of juries, the law requires that a panel of lay assessors and a magistrate hear cases involving murder, rape, robbery, indecent assault, and assault leading to serious bodily harm" (15). "The minimum sentence for rape is 10 years in prison for the first offense. Under certain circumstances, such as second or third offenses, multiple rapes, gang rapes, or the rape of a minor or a person with disabilities, conviction results in a minimum sentence of life imprisonment (25 years), unless substantial and compelling circumstances exist to justify a lesser sentence. Perpetrators with previous rape convictions and perpetrators aware of being HIV positive at the time of the rape also...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-LAW-3

"Although judges in rape cases generally followed statutory sentencing guidelines, women’s advocacy groups criticized judges for using criteria such as the victim’s behavior or relationship to the rapist as a basis for imposing lighter sentences" (31).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that persons accused of witchcraft were attacked, driven from their villages, and in some cases killed, particularly in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, and Eastern Cape Provinces. Victims were often elderly women. Traditional leaders generally cooperated with authorities and reported threats against persons suspected of witchcraft" (45). "Ritual (“muthi”) killings, to obtain body parts believed by some to enhance traditional medicine, persisted. Police estimated organ harvesting for traditional medicine resulted in 50 deaths per year...The trial continued in the 2014 murder case of Desiree Murugan. The NPA moved the case to a higher court, and testimony from the 18-year-old who pled guilty in the original trial (and was serving...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government prosecuted domestic violence cases under laws governing rape, indecent assault, damage to property, and violating a protection order" (31).