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Latest items for Vanuatu

Sept. 19, 2018, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

According to the 2016 WHO statistical report, the proportion of married or in-union women of reproductive age who have their need for family planning satisified is 50.7 (latest available data for 2005-2015).
Sept. 18, 2018, 3:21 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia, Peru, Vanuatu
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

According to the 2017 WHO statistical report, the suicide mortality rate is 5.8 (per 100,000).
Sept. 18, 2018, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: BR-DATA-1

According to the WHO 2017 statistical report, the adoescent birth rate (per 1000 women aged 15-19 years) was 78 based on data from 2005-2014.
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LR-DATA-1

"A significant portion of the population, estimated as high as 50 percent, was functionally illiterate" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Department of Women’s Affairs played a role in implementing the Family Protection Act" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Violators could face maximum prison terms of five years, a maximum fine of 100,000 vatu ($945), or both" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Family Protection Act covers domestic violence, women’s rights, children’s rights, and family rights" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"Child pornography is illegal. The maximum penalty is five years’ imprisonment if the child is 14 years or older, and seven years’ imprisonment if the child is younger than 14 years" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Unlike in previous years, no women served in the 52-member parliament" (8).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1, LBHO-LAW-2

"In 2013 parliament passed a law creating five reserved seats for women on the Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) as a temporary special measure to increase women’s political participation. In January 2014, 43 women contested unsuccessfully for general seats in the PVMC elections; reserved seats went to the top five vote getters. Women interested in running for public office received encouragement from the Vanuatu Council of Women and the Department of Women’s Affairs, which also offered training programs" (8).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Violence against women, particularly domestic violence, was common, although no accurate statistics existed" (10). "During the year the Family Protection Unit at police headquarters in Port Vila issued 302 protection orders" (10). The amount of protection orders issued can help give a sense of the prevelance of domestic violence (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The society is strongly patriarchal, and sometimes the man in the relationship made decisions on family planning and contraceptive use without considering the woman’s views. According to a UN report, an estimated 39 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 49 years used a modern form of contraception in 2014" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law does not prohibit sexual harassment and it was a problem" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Although rape is a crime with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, the law does not specifically cite spousal rape, and police frequently were reluctant to intervene in what they considered domestic matters" (10). "The law addresses statutory rape, providing a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment if the child is older than 12 years but younger than 15 years, or 14 years’ imprisonment if the child is younger than 12 years" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Although rape is a crime with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, the law does not specifically cite spousal rape, and police frequently were reluctant to intervene in what they considered domestic matters" (10). "Under the law the age of consensual sex is 16 years regardless of sex or sexual orientation" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"Discrimination against women was especially common in the attainment of management positions" (17).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"There were no government information programs designed to address domestic violence, and media attention to domestic abuse was limited. As part of the New Zealand government’s regional Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Program, Radio Vanuatu aired a bimonthly program in which police raised awareness and discussed issues related to domestic violence" (10). "Transparency Vanuatu and the South Pacific Commission, through a program of the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team, worked to increase awareness of women’s legal rights" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Police reported an increase in the number of cases of violence against women, but most cases, including rape, went unreported because women, particularly in rural areas, were ignorant of their rights or feared further abuse" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In general the government supported these rights, but reproductive service delivery was inadequate in rural areas...The country’s geography in relation to service delivery points, both between islands and more remote inland locations, sometimes made it difficult to obtain medical care. Obstacles included lack of adequate roads and the high cost of transport to reach health care facilities" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"Although rape is a crime with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, the law does not specifically cite spousal rape" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"School attendance is not compulsory" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The constitution and the Employment Act prohibit forced or compulsory labor, and section 102 of the Penal Code prohibits slavery and human trafficking" (15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Customary bride-price payments continued to increase in value and contributed to the perception of male ownership of women...The majority of women entered into marriage through 'bride-price payment,' a practice that encouraged men to view women as property" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 21 years, although boys between 18 and 21 years and girls between 16 and 21 years may marry with parental permission" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Women experienced discrimination in access to employment, credit, and pay equity for substantially similar work" (12). "The government did not effectively enforce prohibitions on employment discrimination against women, and the law did not specify penalties for such violations" (17).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-2

"While women have equal rights under the law, they were only slowly emerging from a traditional culture characterized by male dominance, a general reluctance to educate women, and a widespread belief that women should devote themselves primarily to childbearing" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"...the law prohibits women from working in certain sectors of the economy at night" (16).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional beliefs in sorcery fueled violence against persons marginalized in their communities. Women were often targets of opportunity. Finance Minister Willy Jimmy reportedly advocated the death penalty for persons accused of practicing sorcery. Police generally treated sorcery-related violence as assault" (14).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"Laws regarding employment and occupation prohibit discrimination based on sex with respect to pay...The law requires equal pay for equal work" (16).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2

"Traditional attitudes regarding male dominance and customary familial roles hampered women’s participation in political life" (8).