The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
women in the world.

Latest items for ATDW-PRACTICE-3

Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"On May 5, the Stop Women Murders Now Platform, a domestic NGO, reported that 27 percent of killings of women involved wives seeking a divorce" (page 56).
Nov. 9, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Saudi working women have launched a social media hashtag to reject links between the rise in divorce figures and the trend of women taking up employment" (para 1). "'The rising divorce rate among female employees compared with non-working women is a serious indicator and a call to consider seriously the situation,' Abdah Al Asmari, a consultant, said, quoted by Saudi daily Al Riyadh on Wednesday" (para 3). "However, working women rejected the link drawn between employment and divorce and launched a campaign on Twitter with a hashtag in Arabic saying ‘work is no reason for divorce’ to rally support for their views" (para 7).
Oct. 12, 2018, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Furthermore, it looks like the possibility of getting a divorce in China is becoming more fraught. According to a report by Business Insider, at least four Chinese provinces are requiring a divorce quiz in an attempt to keep couples together. It's a two-page test with fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and essay sections" (para 6).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Rights lawyer Azza Soliman told Al-Monitor: '...While khul appears in theory to offer women a solution to their marital woes, in practice, the procedure is time-consuming and at times humiliating for the woman, who has to represent herself in court and is often prodded by the judge to reveal the reasons for seeking the divorce'" (para. 13). "While divorced women in Egypt still face multiple challenges, including the negative social perceptions of divorced women, more women are opting to break away from unhappy marriages and make a fresh start as single mothers" (para. 14).
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Victims of forced divorce were compelled to leave their husbands and their husbands’ families, and social customs regarding family honor often prevented victims from returning to their families, leaving some adolescent girls abandoned" (para 262)
Sept. 19, 2018, 12:11 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"In patriarchal societies like Pakistan, women often bear the burden of a family’s honor, which their parents or spouses might feel is compromised when a woman marries according to her own wishes or else seeks a divorce" (para 2).
June 9, 2018, 8:29 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"But the bill, Instituting Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in the Philippines Act, which passed 134-57, is being condemned by the Catholic Church citing “social costs” as a result of the bill" (para 2). "But the Catholic Church is determined to do everything in its power to stop the legalization of divorce in the Philippines.“We wish to assert that nothing, not even a divorce law can make us give up our faith in the indissolubility of marriage as a lifetime covenant between a man and woman who have freely said yes to the call to love and commit themselves to God and to each other, through thick and thin,”...more
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 29, 2018, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"In Kabul, at least three separate acid attacks against women were reported just in July, according to local Afghan news reports. The aim of attackers may be to punish women who might refuse a suitor, or insist on going to school or want a divorce" (Para 6).
April 4, 2018, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"But even after an eventual divorce, Sabiha’s life did not get any better. Her older sisters and brothers didn’t accept her decision to divorce and refuse to give her any physical or mental support" (para 3).
Jan. 24, 2018, 6:22 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, PW-LAW-1

“Its code of personal status, adopted in 1956, allows divorce and outlaws polygamy” (p 3)
Dec. 20, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Ms. Saghari, 31, a mother of two who has worked for years as a television host, found that neither Afghan society nor the government sees young divorced women as adults who can function independently of men" (2). "Women also confront persistent harassment, much of it insinuative or sexual, beginning even during the divorce proceedings" (3). "When she wanted to rent an apartment, Ms. Saghari had to lie about being divorced, say that her husband was away and take her brother to sign the lease. Many times, landlords refused to rent to her, fearing that the apartment would become, as ms. Saghari put it, 'a brothel'" (6). "The most dangerous time...more
Dec. 13, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"A member of Iraq’s parliament has put forward a proposal to legalise polygamy in the country to 'protect the dignity' of widows, divorced women, and older women who choose not to marry" (para 1). There is an underlying idea that if divorced woman need to have their dignity protected, they may be in danger of poor reputations in society otherwise (AA-CODER COMMENT). "...citing increased rates of divorce as a social problem which puts women in financially dangerous positions" (para 2).
Dec. 7, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"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. The Republican People's Party (CHP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Turkey's left-leaning opposition parties, announced their disapproval. Since then the draft report of the commission, nicknamed Divorce Commission, has been making waves in the Turkish media and on the streets. Following the report, Turkish women all over the country stood up against it in novel ways. In Antakya province, women wore white shrouds on May 26 to protest the report, while several college campuses joined in protests by women’s rights groups. Members...more
Nov. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"'She was able to divorce after years of proceedings, but the wound is not healed. 'It follows you a very long time. It did not stop because he left. The man contracted debts. Also, his name was on the house, and I continued to pay this credit. I finally ended up with a lot of problems.' she says" (para 15-16).
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. 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)
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"I don’t want to get married again because if you are 14 years old and divorced, you have the same status as a widow. You won’t be valued like a virgin is valued" (para 5).
Oct. 23, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: WR-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"A group of marriage officials in Saudi Arabia have formed a group on WhatsApp to matchmake men with multiple wives in an attempt to deal with the 'problem' of a rising number of divorced women, widows, and spinsters in the country" (para 1).
Oct. 6, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Succumbing to their husbands' brutality is better than reporting the abuse to any local authority, they say. Traditions in most parts of rural Ghana dictate that a woman cannot, under any circumstances, leave the home of her husband. Most families would rather send the woman back to her husband if she comes to them with complaints" (para 8).
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-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"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)."As the leader of the rural women’s grassroots organization, Xiufang helps rural women call for change to traditional village rules and regulations; Zhoushan Village was the first village in the country to successfully enhance the gender sensitivity of village regulations. Clauses safeguarding the entitlement to village welfare for divorced or widowed women were also incorporated into the regulations"(para 5)
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"With their support, Farha was able to bring her divorce case in front of other members of her community, and, through that pressure, she received alimony from her husband" (para 23).
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
Sept. 14, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"The New York-based Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, which works to help solve Jewish divorce disputes, has followed the case [of the woman in Israel who is waiting for her husband to give permisison to divorce. The husband lives in the United States]"(para 26). The executive director of the organization is a rabbi (ENB-Coder Comment)
June 23, 2017, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Spouses (former spouses) may agree on the method of the division (which, however, may not affect the rights of third parties), or eventually propose that the court decides on the division (Sections 740 and 765 of the Civil Code). The division by the court (and, if necessary, also the division by agreement of the spouses) is based on the principle that the interests of both spouses in the assets to be divided are the same. Nevertheless, the following aspects are taken into account: in particular the needs of dependent children, furthermore how each spouse took care of the family and how he/she contributed to the acquisition and maintenance of the...more
June 23, 2017, 4:26 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"A divorced spouse may not be granted maintenance if this were contrary to morality...Therefore, along with determining maintenance, the court will also have to deal with the grounds that lead to the breakdown of the marriage. Court practices hold that it would be inconsistent with the principles of social morality if the spouse who had significantly contributed to the breakdown of the marriage would be entitled to be maintained by the spouse who did not cause the breakdown. In considering whether maintenance providing is consistent with morality, it should not only be decisive as to how the breakdown of the marriage occurred, but also the spouse's conduct after divorce" (91)....more
June 21, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

“Divorce is accepted by most as a fact of life, and though it is still somewhat more prestigious to have been married for a time (regardless of eventual divorce) than to have never been married, women do not feel judged by others for being a single mother as long as they manage to provide well for their children” (63).
June 21, 2017, 11:32 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

“Several women who had divorced more than once emphasized that nowadays being divorced multiple times is no longer a big deal. Faina, a thirty-two-year-old twice-divorced taxi driver, explained, ‘I think it was morally bad somehow to be a single mother back then. Before, if you said that you had been married twice then people would think you were a bad woman. And now I can simply say that I’ve been married twice without feeling embarrassed at all” (63).
June 21, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

“Among married mothers, those women who put up with alcoholic husbands are pitied; heavy drinking is considered a justifiable reason to divorce if the drinking cannot be managed to avoid unduly affecting a mother and her children. Reasons such as not getting help at home with house work or with child rearing, or even infidelity, are still considered situations where women should try to wait it out— at least if there is also money coming home” (169).