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Feb. 8, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Six in 10 women (59%) and two- thirds of men (65%) have never been in a union. Three percent of women and 4% of men are divorced or separated" (57).
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Very few women (2%) and men (1%) are widowed, divorced, or separated" (pg 55).
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"[South Korea] now has the highest divorce rate in East Asia and ranks 14th among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states for divorce, with China in 27th position and Japan at 28th" (para 3).
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"[South Korea] now has the highest divorce rate in East Asia and ranks 14th among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states for divorce, with China in 27th position and Japan at 28th" (para 3).
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"[South Korea] now has the highest divorce rate in East Asia and ranks 14th among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states for divorce, with China in 27th position and Japan at 28th. According to Statistics Korea, divorce rates reached 108,700 in 2018" (para 3). "According to figures from the Supreme Court, there was a 30.8 per cent increase in divorce filings in March 2018, compared to the month prior when Korean New Year’s Day falls. This trend has been continuous from 2014 to 2017, as divorce cases increased 14.7 per cent, 39.5 per cent, 28 per cent and 13.9 per cent respectively in March for those years" (para...more
Dec. 8, 2019, 5:21 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad defended the bill, saying the practice had not stopped despite it being banned. He told the Rajya Sabha that some 574 cases [of triple talaq] were reported after the Supreme Court verdict … Campaigners say it's almost impossible to quantify how many cases of triple talaq occur in India" (para. 19, 21).
May 14, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"The Islamic judge who presides over the street-side religious court in Maradi, Niger’s third-largest city, said that divorces initiated by women had doubled in the past three years, with nearly 50 women a month coming to end their marriages" (para 10).
April 22, 2019, 6:15 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

Table no. 40 shows the divorces by duration of marriage and number of supported children, from 2010 to 2014. In 2010 there were 91 divorces from marriages that lasted less than a year, 261 divorces from marriages than lasted 1-2 years, 263 divorces from marriages that lasted 3-4 years and 1.060 divorces from marriages that lasted 5 or more years. That same year, there were 671 divorces from couples with no children, 385 marriages from couples with one child and 466 divorces from couples with 2 or more children, 154 are unknown. In 2010 there were 95 divorces from marriages that lasted less than a year, 379 divorces from marriages...more
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: MARR-DATA-1, ATDW-DATA-1

"After a record low number of marriages in 2013, increase was recorded over past three years, as well as an increase in divorces" (37).
March 29, 2019, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"The ACWF reported that approximately one-quarter of the 400,000 divorces registered each year were the result of family violence" (page 51-52).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Recent statistics on divorce among Qataris point to a decrease in the divorce rate for Qatari males from 10.9 divorces per 1000 marriages in 2008 to 8.3 divorces per 1000 marriages in 2016, and from 9.3 to 6.8 for Qatari females during that same period" (59).
Feb. 25, 2019, 7 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Divorce in the kingdom have risen dramatically in the last decade, standing at 45 per cent today from 21 per cent in 2005. Saudi social consultant and researcher Salman Bin Mohammed Al-Amri found divorce cases handled by courts across the country reached 53,675 in 2017.The office of the Grand Mufti approved 6,163 divorces during the same year, which is an increase of 846 cases compared to 2016" (para. 17 - 19).
Oct. 29, 2018, 7:55 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"It also said that adultery, while valid grounds for divorce, was a private matter" (para 8).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

Table 3.1, Socio-demographic characteristics of those surveyed, indicates that 5.8% of women are divorced or separated, compared to 4.4% of men (page 26). "Table 4.1 and figure 4.1 present the distribution of women and men according to their marital status at the time of the survey. . . . women in a dissolved union represent a relatively significant portion of the population (7%), of which 3% are divorced, 3% separated, and 0.7% widowed. . . . we observe that the proportion of married women increases with age until 35-39 years (87%), then diminishes slightly in accordance with the increase in the proportion of women in a dissolved union, either by...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Nearly 40% of marriages in Egypt end in divorce within the first five years" (para. 11).
May 1, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, ATDW-DATA-1

"[An Egyptian Lawyer] explained, 'The personal status laws proved to be biased toward women, especially Law No. 1 of 2000 known as the Khula Law [permitting no-fault divorce] that completely destroyed Egyptian families, with a divorce case occurring every four minutes'" (para 2).
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"The percentage of women who are divorced, separated, or widowed has slightly increased from 12%, as reported in the 2010 TDHS, to 13% in the 2015-16 TDHSMIS. Over this same time period, the percentage of men who are divorced, separated, or widowed has slightly decreased, from 6% to 5% . . . Overall, women are more than twice as likely as men to be separated, divorced, or widowed" (page 85-86).
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Afghan officials could not provide exact numbers on divorces initiated by women, as is the case with most statistics in the country. Most marriages are traditional and not registered in courts. But some officials suggested that the increase in the number of women who formally initiate divorce could be as high as fivefold over the past decade" (para 8). "'earlier when I started at the family court, we would receive seven to eight divorce and seperation cases per week,' said Rahmina Rezaee, a sentior Afghan judge who led the family court from 2006 to 2016. Since she has left, Judge Rezaee said, 'we've received seven to eight cases per day'"(para...more
Dec. 14, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

At 5:59 of the video Razia [age 14] says "Here I can meet friends, go around with them, chat with them. I don’t want to marry now.Yes, some of my friends got married, and got divorced. Like Brishti" (ENB-Coder Comment).At 10:16 the video Brishti says "One week after the wedding they started demanding dowry. The money that was agreed was demanded, along with a gold ring and furniture. My father-in-law demanded the 35,000 taka ($450) and the other things, or the marriage wouldn’t last. If I could have gone to their house with dowry my in-laws would have loved me. But I couldn’t. That’s why they thought badly of me...After...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"...citing increased rates of divorce as a social problem which puts women in financially dangerous positions" (para 2). "...divorced women, who now exceed four million…" (para 3).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"On Jan. 14, the Turkish parliament established an investigative commission called “Protecting the Integrity of Family,” with the purpose of investigating the causes of the skyrocketing divorce rates" (para 1). "The divorce rate in Turkey is about 1.7%. . . To put it in perspective, this is a miniscule figure compared to countries such as Saudi Arabia where divorce rates are three times higher than the marriage rate. Similarly, Qatar and Iran record higher divorce rates than Turkey" (para 14).
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-3, ATDW-DATA-1

"According to the KINU [Korean Institute for National Unification] 2015 white paper, divorces were not approved without bribes"(13)
Nov. 6, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Not surprisingly, the marriage didn’t work out — two-thirds of marriages of underage girls don’t last, one study found" (para 5).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, ATDW-DATA-1

"Jihan was staying at a shelter run by a nongovernmental organization at the time of the interview [she is a victim of domestic violence and marital rape], and felt she had nowhere else to turn. She said she wanted a divorce, but her father refused to hand over her marriage certificate for the divorce application. She said he told her, 'In our family, no women get divorced. Stay with him even if he wants to kill you'"(5-6)
Oct. 4, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-PRACTICE-3, ATDW-LAW-3, ATDW-DATA-1

"Infertility or childlessness in Afghan society is considered a taboo and almost always women are blamed for it. In fact, often people only take the woman to the doctor when problems with infertility arise. Sometimes, men marry a second or third wife to get children, without checking their own health, because it is assumed that the problem must be with the woman"(para 6)."In Afghanistan, when a man has reproductive system issues, the family will do anything to sweep the story under the rug. But, when a woman can’t conceive, the story is discussed everywhere, in her presence and absence. Moreover, the husband gets all the sympathy from the family members...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"Many rural women also experience domestic violence, but divorce is not an option because their families are unable to support them if they leave their husbands"(para 3)
Sept. 15, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, ATDW-DATA-1

"Mr. Seddiqi was recently dismissed from his post as both coach and head of the federation by the president of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee, Mohammad Zaher Aghbar, who cited something besides corruption. He claimed that Mr. Seddiqi had successively married and divorced three of the young women on his team. 'He has married three of them — three times — and the girls were all complaining about him,' Mr. Aghbar said.In an interview, Mr. Seddiqi denied the corruption charges, claimed Ms. Galpin’s organization was still financing the cycling federation and called the accusations against him 'a lot of made-up crap.' Mr. Seddiqi, 62, acknowledged that he had three prior...more
July 18, 2017, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"In issuing the fatwa, the women clerics cited studies saying many Indonesian child brides could not continue their studies once wed and half their marriages ended in divorce" (para 11).
June 21, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"Divorce is common in Saudi Arabia. According to recent numbers from the Saudi General Authority of Statistics, about one-third of all couples divorce. Or, as the Arab News put it, there are at least five divorces every hour of every day" (p 6)
June 15, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"The divorce percentage is high, and 40 percent of the 900,000 marriages unions every year end up in divorce within 5 years, Sisi said during a speech he gave at the ceremony marking the National Police Day. Egypt saw about 200,000 divorce cases during 2015, which marks a 10.8 per cent increase in divorces from the previous year, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said last year. The total number of divorces in 2015 reached 199,867 in comparison with 180,244 cases in 2014, CAPMAS said in its annual report on marriages and divorces. The CAPMAS said that the figure of 2015 is the highest divorce rate in...more