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Latest items for ATDW-PRACTICE-3

May 16, 2019, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Local and international NGOs reported that the practice of husbands or their families threatening to divorce wives they married when the girls were very young (ages 12 to 16) to pressure the girl’s family to provide additional money to the girl’s husband and his family also occurred, particularly in the south. Victims of these forced divorces were compelled to leave their husbands and their husbands’ families, and social customs regarding family honor often prevented victims from returning to their own families, leaving some adolescent girls abandoned" (44).
May 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"My client felt unable to move on with her own life until she could divorce her husband. However, her husband was refusing the divorce and she was being pressurised by the family and community to remain within the marriage. Further pressure came from religious arbitrators, who told her leaving her husband was ‘haram’ (forbidden) and advised her, with complete disregard for UK child maintenance law, that if she left her husband, he’d have no financial responsibility for her children." (para. 8). "She wanted to divorce but her husband said he would only continue to pay the mortgage, household expenses and financially support the children if she performed her ‘wifely duties’....more
May 14, 2019, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"But for Ms. Amadou, who married at 16, simply having a husband was not enough. She never wanted to depend on a man in the first place. So, on a busy morning in Maradi, Niger, she sat in front of a judge at a crowded Islamic court on the sidewalk and asked for what young women across the region are seeking like never before: a divorce" (para 3). This implies that divorce was not commn, but now it is becoming accpetable (CCS-CODER COMMENT). "They want to choose whom and when to marry, not be pushed into marriages like so many generations of women before them. They demand respect and, better...more
May 14, 2019, 3:06 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"In Ghana, 73 percent of divorce cases handled by the Legal Aid Scheme of Greater Accra were filed by women in 2016-2017, a big shift from the past. Divorce, once considered taboo for conservative Christians, is being presented in some church sermons as a better option than ending up with domestic violence or adultery" (para 20).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"According to Human Rights Watch, in June, Chechnya head Ramzan Kadyrov began an initiative to reunite divorced families. In August media reported the program had reunited 948 families. According to NGOs, many of these reunifications were forced" (47).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2, ATDW-PRACTICE-3, ATDW-LAW-5

"The law generally permits women to initiate divorce proceedings against their spouses, although some Christian sects strongly discouraged both women and men from doing so" (para 197).
Feb. 15, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"My client felt unable to move on with her own life until she could divorce her husband. However, her husband was refusing the divorce and she was being pressurised by the family and community to remain within the marriage. Further pressure came from religious arbitrators, who told her leaving her husband was ‘haram’ (forbidden) and advised her, with complete disregard for UK child maintenance law, that if she left her husband, he’d have no financial responsibility for her children." (para. 8). "She wanted to divorce but her husband said he would only continue to pay the mortgage, household expenses and financially support the children if she performed her ‘wifely duties’....more
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Married women who are unable to divorce because they have not received the get continue to suffer stigma and discrimination when they bear children by men other than their husbands" (pg. 8) Get is consent to divorce (AMG-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 2, 2019, 6:35 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"As someone who has survived years of domestic violence, all I can think about right now is that the women of today are not like those of the past. We will not stay at our husbands’ homes and tolerate violence anymore. Women are not weak. We will not spend any more time worrying about what people will say when we leave our abusive marriages" (para 20). This indicates that there is a negative view of women women who divorce their husbands, even if their husbands are abusive (CEM - CODER COMMENT).
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