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June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"While there is no statutory rape law, by law the minimum age of consensual sex is 16 for both boys and girls" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

"By traditional law, which applies to the vast majority of women, a husband legally may restrict his wife’s freedom to work and may control her earnings" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The government maintained a toll-free telephone service for persons to report cases of child abuse and to seek help. The service provided information on the rights of the child and legal procedures and access to social workers who could intervene in emergencies. The government worked with UNICEF to train teachers on children’s rights and included human rights education in elementary school curricula" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"A prison term for conviction of 20 to 30 years applies if the victim is under age 14; is gang raped; or if the rape results in pregnancy, disease, or incapacitation lasting more than six weeks" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"The formal legal system provides inheritance rights for a wife upon the death of her husband" (p. 12).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, but if reported, the law was often not enforced effectively by authorities" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically address domestic violence" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: POLY-LAW-1

"Polygyny was practiced and recognized by formal and traditional law" (p. 12).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"Most cases occurred in rural areas where awareness of the law was limited or traditional customs among certain ethnic groups took precedence over the legal system. The practice was most common in isolated Muslim communities in the sparsely populated Central Region" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2, IIP-LAW-2

"While the law states harassment is illegal and may be prosecuted in court, no specific punishment is prescribed, and authorities did not enforce the law" (p. 12).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C for girls and women… Penalties for those convicted of FGM/C range from five to 10 years’ imprisonment as well as substantial fines; repeat offenders face longer sentences"(p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Neither the government nor any group compiled statistics on rape or arrests for rape" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Only 18 percent of parliamentarians were women (16 of 91)" (p. 9).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law provides for five to 10 years’ imprisonment for conviction of rape and a fine of two million to 10 million CFA francs ($3,400 to $17,010)" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"Police generally did not intervene in abusive situations, and many women were not aware of the formal judicial mechanisms designed to protect them" (p. 11)
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF 2015 data, FGM/C had been performed on 3 percent of girls and women between ages 15 and 49 and on 1 percent of girls and young women ages 15 to 19" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The government and NGOs engaged in a range of actions to prevent early marriage, particularly through awareness raising among community and religious leaders. The Ministries of Education, Gender, and Health led development of the National Program against Child Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy. Multiple initiatives focused on helping girls stay in school. Messages broadcast through mass media, particularly local radio, stressed avoiding early marriage and the importance of educating girls" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"According to the constitution, citizenship is derived either from birth within the country’s borders or, if abroad, from a Togolese parent. Conflicting nationality laws, however, discriminated against women. While the constitution provides that nationality be acquired by a child born of one citizen parent, be it the father or the mother, the nationality code states that a woman may pass her nationality to a child only if the father is stateless or unknown. The child code, however, has gender-neutral nationality provisions that conflict with the nationality code" (p. 12).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Conviction of spousal rape is punishable by up to 720 hours of community service and a fine of 200,000 to one million CFA francs ($340 to $1,701)" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"There are no restrictions on women signing contracts, opening bank accounts, or owning property. Women did not experience formal-sector economic discrimination in access to employment, credit, or managing a business" (p. 12).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"There was near gender parity in primary school attendance. Girls were more likely than boys to complete primary school but less likely to attend secondary school" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"The most common form of FGM/C was excision, usually performed a few months after birth" (p. 11).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"School attendance is compulsory for boys and girls until age 15, and the government provides tuition-free public education from nursery through primary school" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p. 12).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation of children and provides penalties for those convicted of between one and five years’ imprisonment and fines from 100,000 to one million CFA francs ($170 to $1,701). For conviction of violations involving children under age 15, prison sentences may be up to 10 years. The law was not effectively enforced" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal ages for marriage are 18 for girls and 20 for boys, although both may marry under these ages with parental consent" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits child pornography and penalties for conviction are five to 10 years’ imprisonment" (p. 14).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Rep, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mongolia, Niger, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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April 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in Togo are not legally required to obey their husbands (144). In Togo, the original owner of any property legally administers the property in marriage (144).
April 19, 2019, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

A woman in Togo can legally apply for a passport in the same way as a man (144). A woman in Togo can legally travel outside of the country in the same way as a man (144).