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April 10, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

According to the Institute of Inclusive Security, the United States launched their national action plan in 2016 (MB-Coder Comment).
March 6, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"[Women] are also more likely to be college graduates than men" (para 6).
March 6, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1

"Gallup surveyed Americans 10 times from 1941 to 2011, and their answers remained virtually unchanged: If they could have one child, 40 percent would prefer a boy and 28 percent a girl (the rest showed no preference). While having a daughter versus a son used to make American parents more likely to keep having children, theoretically to try for a son, now the opposite is true: Having a daughter makes it less likely that they keep having children. Some data from adoptions and fertility procedures that allow parents to choose the sex of their baby also shows a preference, to varying degrees, for girls. First- and second-generation American immigrants, the ...more
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:18 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon, United Kingdom, United States
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"International studies (e.g. United Kingdom, Scotland, Lebanon, USA) about the prostitution behaviour of men, conclude that the majority of men who have purchased sexual services consider that the most effective deterrents are: 1. Legislation that prohibits the purchase of a sexual act or sexual services; 2. 'Public shaming' through the publication of personal information in e.g. news media, on public billboards, or through publically displayed posters" (page 7).
Jan. 13, 2018, 7:51 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-DATA-1

"Elizabeth Ralyea remembers people holding her arms and legs while she screamed and kicked at the woman who approached with a razor blade. She thinks she was about 6, or maybe 8, and she was living with her family in the West African country of Burkina Faso. The elder woman began to cut between Ralyea's legs, she recalled. When she yelled at the woman, her mother grabbed a branch to swat her for being impolite" (para 1-3). "For most U.S. women and girls who have been cut, the procedure was performed in their home country before moving here, Vergoth said, or while they were sent abroad — often called "vacation ...more
Jan. 13, 2018, 7:51 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Ralyea, a nurse practioner who lives in Humboldt Park, is one of the estimated tens of thousands of women in Illinois who have undergone or are at risk for what the U.S." (para 5). "In Illinois, there are about 10,000 to 25,000 women and girls who have been cut or are at risk of being cut, according to the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau. Nationwide, 513,000 women and girls born into families who practice the tradition or who immigrated from those countries were at risk of female genital mutilation in 2012, more than double the number in 2000, according to the CDC, a rise attributed to an increase in immigration from ...more
Jan. 13, 2018, 7:51 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"The April arrests of three people in Michigan, including two doctors accused of coordinating and performing the procedure on girls about 6 to 8 years old, has shed new light on a ritual shrouded in secrecy. Women in Chicago say it has spurred conversations about a tradition in many African, Middle Eastern and South Asian countries that had often been kept in the shadows" (para 6). "Women in Chicago said the tradition is a familiar one. They have friends who were cut as girls or friends who are considering the procedure for their own daughters. One Chicago woman who is a member of the small Muslim sect Dawoodi Bohra — ...more
Jan. 13, 2018, 7:51 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The procedure has been illegal to perform in the U.S. since 1996, and it is outlawed in African countries including Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso. Still, according to a 2016 report from the Population Reference Bureau, "it remains a significant harmful tradition for millions of girl and women" (para 12). "States have considered implementing measures of their own. Last month, Minnesota's House approved a measure that would create new penalties for doctors. Legislation approved by the Michigan Senate would make genital mutilation punishable by up to 15 years in prison" (para 14). "In 2013 it became illegal in the U.S. to knowingly transport a girl out of the country for cutting" ...more
Jan. 12, 2018, 5:06 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATC-DATA-7

"The US House of Representatives took a giant bipartisan step toward involving women in peace and security by passing legislation to make inclusive security a core component of US foreign policy. The chamber today adopted the Women, Peace, and Security Act on a voice vote...The Act would, among other things: 1) Turn a national strategy into law, built upon the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security—launched in 2011; 2) Require the president to provide reports to Congress that evaluate US diplomatic and foreign assistance vis-à-vis women’s participation; 3) Make an official statement that it is US policy to promote the meaningful participation of women in all aspects ...more
Jan. 12, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In the United States, where sexual assault on campus continues to be a problem, mandatory consent education has become increasingly common. Databases of sexual assault cases at universities can be easily tracked online, and because of Title IX — a 1972 federal law mandating equal access to higher education — every American educational institution receiving federal funding is required to have a Title IX coordinator, whom victims can contact to report sex discrimination, sexual harassment or violence" (para 15).
Jan. 9, 2018, 8:34 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"In the U.S., only 19 percent of Congress is female" (para 10).
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, RCDW-PRACTICE-2, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Although she felt she was obliged to wear the hijab [in Egypt], Sara says she would not have taken part in such a demonstration had it taken place in Cairo when she was still veiled. 'If this is what I think, I shouldn't impose my opinion on the public,' says Sara, who now works as a simultaneous interpreter and lives with her husband in New York.'I can't really imagine a protest taking place in New York against a certain attire, though there are a lot more freedoms here'"(3)
Jan. 6, 2018, 8:12 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

Sara's mother was from Egypt and her father was from Morocco. She was born and raised in Kuwait. She moved to Cairo for a year and now lives in New York (ENB-Coder Comment)
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating-so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "'For most all of them,' says Reiss, 'marriage means rape on their wedding night and thereafter.' Reiss, now 42, says she was forced into a marriage at age 19 by her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family. Lyndsy Duet, now a school ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Today she is campaigning for a state law to curb underage marriages, part of a nationwide movement to end child marriage in America" (para 5). "In New Hampshire, a girl scout named Cassandra Levesque learned that girls in her state could marry at 13. So she set out to change the law. A legislator sponsored Cassandra's bill to raise the age to 18, and researchers found that two 15-year-olds had recently married in New Hampshire, along with one 13-year-old. But politicians resisted the initiative. 'We're asking the Legislature to repeal a law that's been on the books for over a century, that's been working without difficulty, on the basis of ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"A government clerk in Tampa, Fla., refused to marry an 11-year-old, even though this was legal in the state, so the wedding party went to nearby Pinellas County, where the clerk issued a marriage license. The lincense (which I've examined) lists her birth date, so officials were aware of her age" (para 4). "The number of child marriages has been falling, but every state in America still allows underage girls to marry typically with the consent of parents, a judge or both. Twenty seven states do not even set a minimum age by statute, according to the Tahirih Justice Center's Forced Marriage Initiative" (para 9). "New Jersey lawmakers passed a ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her. 'It was forced on me,' she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating-so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding" (para 1-2). "Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says that her family attended a conservative Pentecostal church and that many girls of a similar age ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"In New Hampshire, a girl scout named Cassandra Levesque learned that girls in her state could marry at 13. So she set out to change the law. A legislator sponsored Cassandra's bill to raise the age to 18, and researchers found that two 15-year-olds had recently married in New Hampshire, along with one 13-year-old. But politicians resisted the initiative. 'We're asking the Legislature to repeal a law that's been on the books for over a century, that's been working without difficulty, on the basis of a request from a minor doing a Girl scout project,' scoffed one state representative, David Bates. In March the Republican-led House voted to kill the ...more
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Meanwhile, children 16 and under are still being married in Florida at a rate of one every few days" (para 5). "In fact, more than 167,000 young people age 17 and under married in 38 states between 2000 and 2010, according to a search of available marriage license data by a group called Unchained at Last, which aims to ban child marriage. The search turned up cases of 12-year-old girls married in Alaska, Louisiana and South Carolina, while other states simply had categories of '14 and younger'" (para 7).
Dec. 28, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"A great majority of the child marriages involve girls and adult men. Such a sexual relationship would often violate statutory rape laws, but marriage sometimes makes it legal" (para 10).
Dec. 13, 2017, 9:28 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"(RNS) The Rabbinical Council of America officially prohibited the ordination of women in what it described as a direct vote of its membership" (para 1).
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night, a Van Nuys-based nonprofit that rescues children from sex work, credited Backpage with helping detectives locate missing or exploited children and ultimately prosecute pimps. She lamented the end of the site [Backpage] as a 'critical investigative tool. It's a sad day for America's children victimized by prostitution,' Lee said in a statement"(para 15-16)
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-PRACTICE-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The Senate panel issued the report after an acrimonious investigation. Backpage balked at a subpoena to turn over company materials to investigators, but the panel secured a federal court order to force compliance.The Senate committee’s review ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-LAW-5

"The site [Backpage] has long positioned itself as a champion of online speech freedoms and has relied on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a federal statute that immunizes website operators from the content of users’ ads.A Sacramento County judge cited the law in December when he tossed out pimping charges filed against Lacey, Larkin and Ferrer by former state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris. A new set of charges was filed in late December, accusing the trio of laundering earnings from escorts as well as pimping children and adult women"(para 17-18)
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-DATA-2

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The Senate committee’s review of the company [Backpage] documents, totaling more than 1.1-million pages, found evidence that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking, according to the report. The business was highly profitable and experienced ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who led the bipartisan Senate investigation into the website, said Backpage’s move to shutter its adult ads attested to the damning evidence their team uncovered.'We reported the evidence ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The Senate committee’s review of the company documents, totaling more than 1.1-million pages, found evidence that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking, according to the report. The business was highly profitable and experienced explosive ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: WAM-DATA-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."The Senate committee’s review of the company documents, totaling more than 1.1-million pages, found evidence that Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution and child sex trafficking, according to the report"(para 5)
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."Online, Backpage published full statements from the company as well as supporters who view government efforts to shutter the website as unlawful attempts to stifle free speech.'Like the decision by Craigslist to remove its adult category ...more
Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: IRP-DATA-1

"Backpage.com, one of the world’s largest classified ad websites and a frequent target in the political battle against sex trafficking, closed its adult ads section Monday in the United States, claiming to be the victim of a government witch hunt.The extraordinary move came shortly after the release of a scathing U.S. Senate report that accused Backpage of hiding criminal activity by deleting terms from ads that indicated sex trafficking or prostitution, including of children"(para 1-2)."Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night, a Van Nuys-based nonprofit that rescues children from sex work, credited Backpage with helping detectives locate missing or exploited children and ultimately prosecute pimps. She lamented the end ...more