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Latest items for ATDW-PRACTICE-3

Feb. 23, 2021, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Boris Johnson has been criticised by his own backbenchers for green-lighting a law allowing no-fault divorces from as early as next month" (para 1). "The Prime Minister may face a rebellion from swathes of his own MPs during the House of Commons vote on Monday, and has been accused of rushing through the plans in lockdown, when many marriages are under increased stress" (para 2). "Dozens of conservative MPs are set to oppose the motion, however, with Sir Edward Leigh, Fiona Bruce and Sir John Hayes writing to 200 of their colleagues that the reforms would leak to 'an immediate spike in divorce rates'. The letter, seen by the Daily...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Having fled the war, Syrian women and girls are vulnerable to exploitation and increasing levels of abuse. Some look to marriage for protection, others are victims of pimps or matchmakers out for profit. Recently, a Turkish man in Gaziantep threw his 22 year-old Syrian bride from a 5th story window. Still, the stigma of divorce is so strong that some women, like Nur, a refugee living in a camp in southern Turkey, would rather risk abuse" (para 4). "But Nur has not looked into family law in Turkey. Her concern is a social one. Each Facebook message she receives erases the hope of hiding her shame" (para 35).more
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:07 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"A friend of Eren’s married a Syrian woman last year who he said was pious and subservient. Wanting the same, Eren pursued an arranged marriage with Nur, promising her escape from the Kilis Camp on Turkey’s southern border. After he raped her repeatedly on their honeymoon, Nur fled, taking shelter at her brother’s house. But Nur says the stigma of divorce for Syrian women is unbearable, and so she prepares to reconcile with Eren" (para 3). "Having fled the war, Syrian women and girls are vulnerable to exploitation and increasing levels of abuse. Some look to marriage for protection, others are victims of pimps or matchmakers out for profit. Recently,...more
Jan. 7, 2021, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“In their statement, during a recent media brief in Ibadan, Oyo State, they explained that “violence against women and girls remain a silent killer that has taken the lives of many. The health outcomes go beyond the direct result of physical, psychological or mental health issue.’ According to them, “violence against women and girls in Nigeria is against the law and survivors do not usually receive full legal support, as they prefer to stay in abusive relationships than leave to face the ridicule of living outside relationships and or wedlock. Women and girls subjected to violence are unwilling to lodge formal complaint due to a lack of trust in the...more
Dec. 24, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Eren pursued an arranged marriage with Nur, promising her escape from the Kilis Camp on Turkey’s southern border. After he raped her repeatedly on their honeymoon, Nur fled, taking shelter at her brother’s house. But Nur says the stigma of divorce for Syrian women is unbearable, and so she prepares to reconcile with Eren" (para 3). "[T]he stigma of divorce is so strong that some women, like Nur, a refugee living in a camp in southern Turkey, would rather risk abuse" (4, 37).
Dec. 18, 2020, 6:58 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

“Critics have said the need to point the finger makes formal separation more acrimonious and risks upsetting children. Under the new bill, couples will simply have to give notice that a marriage has broken down beyond repair” (para. 6). “Mr Gauke will set the ball rolling on new legislation in May. He published a consultation paper last September, which received more than 600 responses. He told The Times: ‘[They] were overwhelmingly in support which is why I remain as convinced as I have been for the need to reform this particular area’” (para. 7-8).
Oct. 3, 2020, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-PRACTICE-3

“W.H. v. Sweden (no. 49341/10) (8 April 2015 (Grand Chamber)): This case concerned an asylum seeker’s threatened expulsion from Sweden to Iraq, where she alleged she would be at risk of ill-treatment as a single woman of Mandaean denomination, a vulnerable ethnic/religious minority. The applicant submitted that, a divorcee belonging to a small, vulnerable ethnic/religious minority, she would be at real risk of inhuman and degrading treatment if returned to Iraq. She alleged in particular that, without a male network or any remaining relatives in Iraq, she would be at risk of persecution, assault, rape, forced conversion to another religion and forced marriage. The Court observed that the applicant had...more
Oct. 1, 2020, 9:17 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

He pointed out that the new regulations are meant to protect Saudi families and reduce the high rate of divorce, saying that 'early marriage sometimes can cause health problems and increase the chances of divorce' (para 4).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Population administration institutions, upon being notified by neighbours concerned of family disputes arising in the area under their control, used their best efforts to guide them towards amicable settlement. The courts before which a divorce case was brought due to family dispute conducted education of the persons involved at the stages of lawyers’ counselling and fact-finding by judges with a view to guiding them to reconciliation. Since 2003, about 30 per cent of divorce-related cases were resolved through reconciliation between the parties" (12).
May 29, 2020, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"because women typically have no say in who their fathers arrange for them to marry, a small percentage flee abusive husbands and obtain divorces — a decision that requires immense courage" (para 4). "If you divorce, you have gone through the trouble of leaving your spouse and getting a divorce. You are not a good woman for doing that. They have an expression here in Afghanistan: You go to your husband's house with a white dress and you leave it with a white dress, referring to the white sheet they wrap around a dead body before they bury them. It's something that is said pretty often" (para 10).more
April 24, 2020, 9:56 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"African women are often excluded from social and economic plans -- safety nets they desperately need -- after the death of a spouse or dissolution of a marriage, experts from the World Bank said in a 2018 report." (63).
April 22, 2020, 5:16 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Sunni and Shia laws in Lebanon grant men an absolute right to divorce while women only have a conditional right to divorce. Under these laws, spouses may agree to share the right to dissolve the marriage by giving the wife the `isma, or the power to divorce without her husband’s consent. In practice, this is rarely done and largely rejected by society" (12). "A review of 65 Sunni court cases where women successfully filed for severance shows that Sunni courts often find women partially culpable for the failure of the marriage –even when the husband beat them—thus reducing their pecuniary rights." (12). "First, all Christian personal status laws hold that...more
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Divorced, separated, and widowed women are more likely to have experienced physical violence (41%) than currently married women (27%)" (305). "Fourteen percent of divorced, separated, or widowed women have experienced sexual violence. By contrast, only 5% of currently married women have experienced sexual violence, with 4% experiencing such violence in the past 12 months" (306).
Jan. 2, 2020, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-3

"Kim Jin-ju decided she wanted a divorce. 'I was just done living as a punchbag for my husband to let out his frustrations on,' the mother of two said. She is one of a growing number of women walking out of their marriages in the country" (para 1-3). "Divorce is still seen as a taboo subject in South Korea’s conservative society, but attitudes are gradually changing as women become empowered and more people experience divorce, especially high-profile celebrities such as the 'Song-Song couple', Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo, stars of the hit Korean drama Descendents of the Sun, who filed for divorce in June" (para 3). "'The reasons for divorce...more
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