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June 10, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
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
June 10, 2019, 3:56 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"29.4% of seats in the parliament of the United Kingdom are held by women" (para 4).
June 5, 2019, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Under the Act, if a parent of a person under the age of 21 objected to the minor's marriage, the parent could legally veto the union" (para 5). This refers to marriage in England (CEM - CODER COMMENT). "In England and Wales, the age for marriage is now 16 with parental consent and 18 without" (para 9). "Since 1929, both parties in Scotland have had to be at least 16 years old, but they still may marry without parental consent" (para 9).
June 5, 2019, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The Act tightened the requirements for marrying in England and Wales but did not apply in Scotland, where it was possible for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12 with or without parental consent (see Marriage in Scotland)" (para 5).
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"IKWRO is a registered London-based, national charity (1104550) founded in 2002, run by and representing women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM, spouse abandonment and domestic violence." (para. 1)
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-2

"Accepting his guidance she married the man only to discover he was subjecting her to polygamy and was already married to two other women and had four children who she was expected to look after whilst he travelled." (para. 20). " Her husband was bringing a woman to their house so she sought religious divorce, explaining what was happening. Still they insisted she should not leave him. She protested saying he was committing Zina (sin)." (para. 28). "Another Afghan client had an abusive and controlling husband who sought advice from a religious arbitrator, accusing his wife of ‘being loose’. The husband then presented a piece of paper to her from...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Religious arbitration varies in formality and openness; what is consistent is the power and control arbitrators hold and how they are perceived in eyes of the women and the community. Impacts of arbitration behind closed doors must be investigated." (para. 2). "In my experience, this vulnerability is often used by religious arbitrators to coerce them into doing things that benefit the reputation of the community and family, rather than the safety of the children or the woman." (para 6). "The ‘Sharia court’ told her that her husband’s physical and verbal abuse resulted from her not fulfilling her wifely duties sexually. She expressed to me that she blamed herself. The ‘Sharia...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"IKWRO is a registered London-based, national charity (1104550) founded in 2002, run by and representing women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM, spouse abandonment and domestic violence." (para. 1). "‘Sharia courts’ use the power of women’s faith to gain psychological hold over them through guilt. This guilt is used to make any woman who challenges the orders of the religious arbitrators feel as if they are the perpetrator and are responsible for destroying the families’ reputation." (para. 10).
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"My client felt unable to move on with her own life until she could divorce her husband. However, her husband was refusing the divorce and she was being pressurised by the family and community to remain within the marriage. Further pressure came from religious arbitrators, who told her leaving her husband was ‘haram’ (forbidden) and advised her, with complete disregard for UK child maintenance law, that if she left her husband, he’d have no financial responsibility for her children." (para. 8). "She wanted to divorce but her husband said he would only continue to pay the mortgage, household expenses and financially support the children if she performed her ‘wifely duties’....more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"KWRO is a registered London-based, national charity (1104550) founded in 2002, run by and representing women and girls from Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan communities at risk of “honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, FGM, spouse abandonment and domestic violence." (para. 1). "There’s a dominant idea among my clients that husbands are allowed to have sex with their wife when they want to and women should not say no. Many come to us not identifying that they have been raped. They have been led to believe that their husband has the rights to their body." (para. 16). "Religious arbitrators regularly tell them it’s their Islamic duty to please...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"She wanted to divorce him but was worried that she and her child would be left without financial entitlement because she was told by religious arbitrators that if she initiated the divorce, she’d lose her dowry. She was not informed by the religious arbitrator to seek advice on her financial rights under UK family law. Therefore religious arbitrators were effectively a barrier to her understanding or accessing her rights under UK law." (para. 9). "Her husband continued to coercively control her and told her she should return to him or alternatively he’d divorce her and allow her to remain with the children on the condition that she never remarried or...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Accepting his guidance she married the man only to discover he was subjecting her to polygamy and was already married to two other women and had four children who she was expected to look after whilst he travelled. The eldest son was extremely abusive and threatening to her and her young children, and eventually she fled." (para. 20).
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Last year IKWRO received calls from 2500 women, girls and professionals and assisted 800 women through intensive one-to-one casework." (para. 1).
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"There’s a dominant idea among my clients that husbands are allowed to have sex with their wife when they want to and women should not say no. Many come to us not identifying that they have been raped. They have been led to believe that their husband has the rights to their body." ( para. 16). " There’s no one overriding ‘sharia’, there are many interpretations and many different religious schools; Sunni, Shia and many more. The woman’s family and community will only accept decisions from the religious school they follow." (para. 24). " The vast majority of my clients have experienced marital rape. Religious arbitrators regularly tell them it’s...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"My client felt unable to move on with her own life until she could divorce her husband. However, her husband was refusing the divorce and she was being pressurised by the family and community to remain within the marriage. Further pressure came from religious arbitrators, who told her leaving her husband was ‘haram’ (forbidden) and advised her, with complete disregard for UK child maintenance law, that if she left her husband, he’d have no financial responsibility for her children." (para. 8). "Her husband then took it back, cancelling the divorce. Then he contacted the same Imam again, who again declared him divorced giving him another piece of paper without any...more
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"I would say that about 80% of the married women I have worked with have been victims of marital rape." (para. 17).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Guyana, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Namibia, Panama, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

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April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

There is legislation on sexual harassment in education in the United Kingdom (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

There is paid maternity leave available to women in the United Kingdom of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 92% of maternity leave benefits. There is a 0.94 difference between leave reserved for women and men relative to leave reserved for women as a function of who pays. There is paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government supports or provides childcare services. Childcare payments are tax deductible (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MULV-LAW-1

The government of the United Kingdom provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of children or other dependents (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

United Kingdom law does mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value. The ages at which men and women can retire with full pension benefits are equal (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in the United Kingdom can legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in the United Kingdom are not legally required to obey their husbands (148). In the United Kingdom, the original owner of any property legally administers the property in marriage (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

In the the United Kingdom, there is no legislation designating head of household status (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights in the United Kngdom (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

United Kingdom law mandates nondiscrimination based on gender in employment. The dismissal of pregnant workers in the United kingdom is prohibited. There is legislation on sexual harassment in education and employment. There are criminal penalties and civil remedies for sexual harassment in employment (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony carries the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in the United Kingdom can legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in the United Kingdom 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 (148). The ages at which men and women can retire with full pension benefits are equal (148).
April 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

A woman in the United Kingdom can legally apply for a passport in the same way as a man (148). A woman in the United Kingdom can legally travel outside of the country in the same way as a man (148).