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June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included...violence against women, forced marriages…" (1). "According to police statistics, three individuals were victims of forced marriage in 2014. This was in contrast to local media reports, which estimated there were 250 victims of forced marriage each year. A 2012 University of Neuchatel study estimated that 1,400 women were victims of forced marriages or unwanted relationships between 2010 and 2012. The Federal Coordination Unit against Forced Marriages implemented a nationwide program aimed at combating forced marriages for the period 2013-17. One NGO working with victims of forced marriage assisted on average five victims each week" (16).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a statutory offense" (14). "With few exceptions, the law designates 16 as the minimum age for consensual sex. The law permits consensual sex below the age of 16 in cases where one partner is not more than three years older than the other" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law penalizes domestic violence as well as stalking" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The government effectively prosecuted individuals accused of such crimes [marital rape]" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Penalties for rape range from one to ten years in prison" (14). "The maximum penalty for statutory rape is imprisonment for 10 years" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"While conditions for female prisoners generally were comparable to those for men, there were exceptions. The National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT) found female foreigners awaiting deportation in administrative detention in the Sennhof prison in Graubunden who were incarcerated up to 21 hours a day, while the Dielsdorf prison in Zurich was deemed inappropriate for female minors due to a lack of physical exercise opportunities and social programs" (3). "In a 2014 report, Terre des Femmes noted female asylum seekers housed in overcrowded co-ed facilities risked becoming victims of sexual harassment and violence, due to the nonseparation of men and women" (6). "There was one report of authorities...more
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"Victims of forced marriage already residing in the country may remain and may change their marital status from “married” to “single” without a requirement to record a divorce" (16).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Other human rights problems included...violence against women…" (1).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment and facilitates legal remedies for those claiming discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Special legal protection against the dismissal of a claimant, however, was only temporary. Employers failing to take reasonable measures to prevent sexual harassment were liable for damages up to the equivalent of six months’ salary" (16). "Labor laws prohibit discrimination with respect to certain types of employment on the basis of gender" (26).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"Citizenship derives from one’s parents; a single parent may convey citizenship" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In March the government decided to take an additional 3,000 Syrian refugees over three years as part of a UNHCR resettlement program run in parallel to the 500 Syrian refugees the government decided to accept between 2013 and 2015. As of September, 68 Syrian refugees had arrived in the country under the program" (11-12).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"FGM/C is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment" (15).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Other human rights problems included...disparities in pay and unemployment rates for women…" (1). "A significant difference existed between men and women in pay and professional promotions, and women were heavily underrepresented in top-level management positions, particularly in private industry...The law entitles women and men to equal pay for equal work, but this was not effectively enforced. In 2012 the median monthly income for women in the private sector was 5,317 Swiss francs ($5,300), while men earned 6,553 Swiss francs ($6,600). The difference in pay between men and women was 15.2 percent for nonexecutive positions, while the difference for executive positions was 26.5 percent. Women received salaries that were on average...more
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The government effectively prosecuted individuals accused of such crimes [rape]" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IM-DATA-2

"There were no cases brought to court in 2014. According to government estimates, there were approximately 14,700 women and girls, primarily from Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Egypt, living in the country who were affected by, or at risk of, FGM/C...In February 2014 the women’s human rights organization Terre des Femmes, in conjunction with the Federal Office of Public Health, published an assessment of FGM/C in the country. The report stated that FGM/C affected approximately 13,000 migrant women and girls in 2013" (15).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"A court may order an abusive spouse to leave the family home temporarily" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Women enjoy the same rights as men under the constitution and law, including in family, labor, education, property, nationality, and inheritance law" (16).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Rape, including spousal rape, is a statutory offense" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3, MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In April the high court of Zurich confirmed the six-year prison sentence of a 51-year-old Kurdish man who incited his former brother-in-law to kill his sister, the man’s ex-wife, and her new partner in an honor killing" (16).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1

"Despite advances, the report concluded educated women were twice as likely to be poor than educated men, mostly because women remained the primary family caregivers and were not monetarily compensated for the time spent caring for their children or other relatives. The report highlighted that 19 percent of women (compared to 7 percent of men) were low wage earners in 2010, which, coupled with their primary caregiver responsibilities, exposed them to a high poverty risk and negative consequences in the labor market and social security system" (16-17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"In an October 2014 report, the Federal Office for Gender Equality and the Federal Commission on Women outlined progress in women’s education levels and earning potential over the previous 15 years...Many cantons and some large cities had equality offices to handle gender problems" (16-17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1

"During the year parliament passed revisions to the civil law ensuring a more equitable division of pension funds during divorce that will be retroactive for all divorces entered into as of 2000" (16).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution and law prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, religion, political opinion, national origin, social origin, disability, gender, age, and language" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"In October the Federal Council tasked the Federal Office of Health and State Secretariat for Migration with establishing and cofinancing a counseling and preventive activities network for raising awareness of FGM/C among potential victims and health specialists...Several federal offices, in collaboration with NGOs and academic institutions, implemented educational and preventative measures aimed at vulnerable communities and relevant authorities, including a mediation service. The cantons of Geneva, Neuchatel, Vaud, and Fribourg carried out cantonal awareness strategies and campaigns, while other cantons engaged in similar awareness raising activities" (15).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law prohibits forced marriage and provides for penalties of up to five years in prison, and denies permission to enter the country to visa applicants suspected of involvement in a forced marriage. Victims of forced marriage already residing in the country may remain and may change their marital status from “married” to “single” without a requirement to record a divorce" (15). "Forcing a person to marry is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence resulted in the deaths of 23 individuals in 2014. In 2014 police registered 15,650 cases linked to domestic violence or domestic abuse" (14).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"Discrimination against women in the workplace is illegal, but a disproportionate share of women held jobs with lower levels of responsibility. Employers promoted women less frequently than they did men, and women were less likely to own or manage businesses (see section 7. d.)" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits prostitution of persons under the age of 18 and punishes pimps of underage prostitutes with prison sentences of up to 10 years. It provides for sentences of up to three years in prison for persons engaging in commercial sex with an underage prostitute" (18).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"A significant difference existed between men and women in pay and professional promotions, and women were heavily underrepresented in top-level management positions, particularly in private industry" (26).