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Latest items for Zimbabwe

Dec. 15, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, WR-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Activist, firebrand and feminist are just a few of the terms used to describe Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, a former opposition MP and cabinet minister in Zimbabwe. No one would call her a pushover. Yet despite her connections and some of the country’s finest lawyers arguing her case, after her husband’s death she was forced empty-handed out of her matrimonial home of 13 years. Before Ms Misihairabwi-Mushonga was widowed she and her late husband owned three houses, including one in the leafy suburb of Mt Pleasant in the north of Harare. They shared bank accounts and owned several cars. Some of this was left to her in a will. Yet after her ...more
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: SMES-DATA-1, SMES-DATA-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"The Loomba Foundation, another NGO, estimates that 38m widows are extremely poor" (para 4).
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DACH-DATA-1

"In Zimbabwe the problem is acute because of short lifespans . . . more than half of women older than 60 have buried at least one husband" (para 4).
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1

"The dispossession of old women continues despite laws that, on paper, protect them from predatory in-laws" (para 5). "The laws restraining in-laws only apply to women who can prove that they were married. But as many as 80% of marriages in the countryside are 'customary' and not registered in writing anywhere, so widows going to court to enforce their rights end up having to ask their in-laws to confirm that they were indeed married" (para 6). "Solving the problem is not a question of passing new legislation but of extending the rule of written laws" (para 8).
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: IW-PRACTICE-1

"The dispossession of old women continues despite laws that, on paper, protect them from predatory in-laws . This is thanks to two quirks in Zimbabwe’s legal system. The first is a hangover from a tradition of 'wife inheritance' or 'kugara nhaka' whereby, in some parts of Zimbabwe, a widow (and thus all her property) is inherited by her husband’s brother. (This custom helped HIV spread like wildfire.) Although wives are no longer handed over these days, their homes and property still are" (para 5-6).
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Activist, firebrand and feminist are just a few of the terms used to describe Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, a former opposition MP and cabinet minister in Zimbabwe" (para 1) (Coder comment: if a female with a reputation as an activist holds a cabinet position, it must be socially acceptable to speak up about gender issues - ARR).
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1

"It is not only the government that grabs other people’s stuff in Zimbabwe. In-laws do it, too. Tens of thousands of widows are stripped of their property after the death of their husbands. A report released this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW), an outfit based in New York, documents numerous cases of Zimbabwean widows losing their homes, the land that they had tended for years and even the fruit growing on their trees" (para 3). "The dispossession of old women continues despite laws that, on paper, protect them from predatory in-laws . This is thanks to two quirks in Zimbabwe’s legal system. The first is a hangover from a ...more
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: WR-PRACTICE-1

"It is not only the government that grabs other people’s stuff in Zimbabwe. In-laws do it, too. Tens of thousands of widows are stripped of their property after the death of their husbands. A report released this week by Human Rights Watch (HRW), an outfit based in New York, documents numerous cases of Zimbabwean widows losing their homes, the land that they had tended for years and even the fruit growing on their trees. Such abuses are common in many countries, HRW says. The Loomba Foundation, another NGO, estimates that 38m widows are extremely poor. . . . The country has an alarming number of widows: more than half of ...more
Dec. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"In some parts of Zimbabwe, a widow (and thus all her property) is inherited by her husband’s brother. (This custom helped HIV spread like wildfire.)" (para 5).
Nov. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

According to AgeOfConsent's data, the legal age of consent is 16 (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"Zimbabwe is yet to come up with laws to criminalize child marriages despite last year’s court ruling that outlawed the practice by striking out section 22(1) of the Marriage Act which allowed under-aged marriage in contravention of section 78(1) of the Constitution which sets 18 years as the minimum age" (para 18).
Sept. 25, 2017, 8:22 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-6

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Sept. 1, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-SCALE-3

3.0
Sept. 1, 2017, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-SCALE-2

1.0
Sept. 1, 2017, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-SCALE-1

2.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: AFE-SCALE-1

0.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DACH-SCALE-1

4.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DACH-SCALE-2

2.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DACH-SCALE-1

3.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: BR-SCALE-1

2.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-4

10.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: INFIB-SCALE-1

1.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MARR-SCALE-3

8.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

2.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: PW-SCALE-1

3.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MARR-SCALE-1

2.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: ABO-SCALE-1

3.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MARR-SCALE-2

99.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: MARR-SCALE-2

0.0
Aug. 23, 2017, 12:46 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: ATC-SCALE-1

1.0