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Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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).
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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).
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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).
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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)
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.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).
Feb. 14, 2019, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MURDER-DATA-4

According to calculations based off of data collected from the WHO mortality database, the femicie rate for 15-44 year olds in 2010 was 0.21 per 100,000 female (15-44 age) population. There were 26 incidents of femicide (15-44 year old victims) and female (15-44 aged) population was reported as 12,464,326 in that year.
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"30.0% of seats in the lower/single house of the United Kingdom (195 out of 650 total seats) are held by women. 25.8% of seats in the upper house/Senate of the United Kingdom (209 out of 809 total seats) are held by women"
Feb. 5, 2019, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"30.8% of ministerial positions in the United Kingdom (8 out of 26 total positions) are held by women"
Feb. 5, 2019, 8:47 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

"21% of senior business roles in the United Kingdom are held by women" (para 2). "34.2% of managerial positions in the United Kingdom are held by women" (para 3).
Feb. 5, 2019, 8:46 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"21% of senior business roles in the United Kingdom are held by women" (para 2). "34.2% of managerial positions in the United Kingdom are held by women" (para 3).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GP-DATA-2

"UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)... is 42% female. In 2008, the FCO set an ambitious gender target for the Senior Management Structure (SMS) to be 39% female by October 2019. In 2008, the SMS was only 17.5% female; in 2016 year it passed 30%. There are now 59 female Heads of Mission and Posts compared to 22 in 2008. FCO has appointed a number of first ever female Ambassadors to countries including Greece and Italy... The Department for International Development continues its commitment to diversity... Overall, 56% of DFID staff are female" (18).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The Right Honourable Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, leads on delivering the UK Government’s gender equality strategy. She is supported by The Right Honourable Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women" (4).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"UK Government notes the concerns of the Committee and civil society and has considered the impact policy measures have on protected equality groups, including on women, throughout the policy development and decision-making process of the 2015 Spending Review.66 As with all spending reviews, government departments take careful account of the gender implications for women when developing and implementing the policies for which they are responsible" (30).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATC-DATA-2

"The UK Government has reviewed the current reservations (annexed) and concluded that they should not be withdrawn" (4).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"To improve access to employment, the UK Government has built capability in Jobcentres, which helps staff to support BAME women to overcome barriers they may face to gaining work… In Scotland, a new £500,000 Workplace Equality Fund aims to address longsta
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: PRN-PRACTICE-1

"UK Government... has given £178,000 over the last two years to fund the Revenge Porn Helpline which has received over 6,000... A further £80,000 has been awarded… to ensure victims of revenge porn continue to receive the support they need" (12). These monetary contributions show the prevalence of nonconsensual pornography in the United Kingdom (KYK-CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law on property rights is gender-neutral, and there is therefore equal protection for women’s and men’s property rights under the law that applies to a particular relationship (family law on divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, and civil law on property, contracts and trusts where couples had cohabited but were not in a legal union)" (36).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Scottish Government has provided funding… to support the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, which offers free legal information and advice to women who have experienced gender-based violence, including a national helpline" (33). "A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is in operation" (37). "There are currently 477 refuge spaces in Scotland for women and their children affected by domestic abuse" (38).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) Scotland Act… made it a criminal offence to force a person into marriage" (35).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"UK Government has adopted a “third-party model” so that women do not have to describe the details of their ordeal to a Government official but, instead, can talk to healthcare professionals, a social worker or an approved rape charity. This third party will then relay the relevant information to Government officials to ease the burden on the woman" (31). "Scottish Government has made available £1.85m over three years to Rape Crisis Scotland to safeguard the existing National Sexual Violence Prevention Co-ordinator post to expand capacity of the existing network of 14 rape crisis centres across Scotland" (33). "A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline is in operation" (37).more
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: EMCMS-LAW-2

"Where gender pay differences are identified, an employer must publish an action plan to eliminate them and provide a copy of the action plan to employees and any recognised trade union" (6).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Government Equalities Office (GEO) leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality, and is responsible for the wider equality framework across government. It leads on the government’s international obligations on gender equality and is the “National Machinery for Women”, the institutional mechanism responsible for overseeing and promoting the delivery of UK commitments under CEDAW" (4). "Scottish Government has also committed to establish an Advisory Council for Women and Girls" (9).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"To improve access to employment, the UK Government has built capability in Jobcentres, which helps staff to support BAME women to overcome barriers they may face to gaining work… In Scotland, a new £500,000 Workplace Equality Fund aims to address longstanding barriers to accessing the labour market. It is likely to focus on recruitment and progression for women" (7). "Skills Development Scotland (SDS) published a five-year Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships (MA) in Scotland... The Action Plan includes activity to address gender imbalance within some MA occupation frameworks (e.g. females in STEM related apprenticeships)" (11). "In 2015, Welsh Government launched a Call for Evidence on increasing the representation of...more