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

Latest items for DTCP-PRACTICE-1

Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The 2015 White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea, published by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), a South Korean government-affiliated think tank, and the 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report stated that officials had in some cases prohibited live births in prison and ordered forced abortions as recently as 2013. The KINU white paper found that, in some cases of live birth, the prison guards killed the infant or left the baby to die, and reported cases of guards sexually abusing or exploiting female prisoners"(2-3)."According to the Hidden Gulag IV report, since late 2008, Jongo-ri (Camp 12) in North Hamkyung Province was expanded to include a ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On April 10, the authorities at the Manila airport — her stopover in the Philippines between Kuwait, from where she’d escaped a forced marriage, and Australia, where she’d planned on applying for asylum — confiscated Ms. Lasloom’s passport and boarding pass to Sydney and held her at an airport hotel until her uncles arrived" (para 2).
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Ms. Al-Otaibi had tried to report her abusive brother to the police last year, but her family countered with a complaint of disobedience, an offense for women under Saudi law, for which she was briefly jailed and then returned to her family" (para 8). "'Most young Saudi women who are imprisoned [in Riyadh],' explained Hala al-Dosari, a women’s-rights campaigner, 'are sentenced for morality-related charges such as being caught in the company of an unrelated male, being accused of running away from home by a male relative or being disobedient to parents.' The latter, she said, is treated as 'a crime calling for immediate detention in Saudi Arabia'" (para 15). "'Most ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Moroccan police, prosecutors, judges, and other authorities often fail to prevent domestic abuse, punish the abusers, or assist survivors, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the Moroccan government. In part, that is because Moroccan laws don’t provide officials with guidance on responding effectively"(1)."Most of the domestic violence survivors Human Rights Watch interviewed said they had sought help from police, prosecutors, or courts. But many said police officers refused to record their statements, failed to investigate, and refused to arrest domestic abuse suspects even after prosecutors ordered them to. In some cases, police did nothing more than tell victims to return to their abusers. In several cases, when ...more
Oct. 27, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"For more than 16 years, El Salvador has criminalized abortion in all circumstances—even when necessary to save a woman’s life—imposing harsh criminal penalties on both women and physicians. The ban has resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of countless women who have suffered pregnancy-related complications and miscarriages, who are then charged for having an abortion and wrongfully convicted of homicide" (para 3). "In November 2011, without ever realizing she was pregnant, Maria Teresa went into early labor, experiencing heavy bleeding and ultimately miscarried in a public restroom. Her family called emergency services and at the hospital the police were called on the suspicion that she induced an abortion. Despite inconsistencies and ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Most of these crimes [possibly referring to corruption in the health system and criminal negligence in hospitals as discussed in the previous two paragraphs] are punishable under Russian law. Yet, Russia is not able or is reluctant to enforce some aspects of its laws when it comes to gender-based violations, in some of its North Caucasus republics where women’s problems continue to be under-researched, under-reported, and insufficiently addressed by both central and local authorities"(para 7)."Russian law is rather progressive in respect of the women’s rights, even though the Committee to End Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recommends that Russia adopt more comprehensive legislation to prevent and address violence against women, and ...more
Oct. 6, 2017, 7:58 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"many Ghanaians believe husbands have justifiable reasons for beating their wives" (para 11).
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"ISIS fighters and female ISIS 'morality police' hit, bit, or poked women with metal prongs to keep them in line, making them afraid to try to get services they needed" (para 6).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In India, each religious community has their own set of laws based on their religious texts which govern family matters. The idea is that Hindus are governed according to practices outlined in Hindu texts, Christians, the Bible and Muslims, the Quran" (para 28). "Since India's independence, various politicians have proposed an overarching law known as the Uniform Civil Code, which would make separate religious laws obsolete -- creating one system for every citizen. India's current government, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, favors such a law. Opponents fear that a ban against triple talaq will start an erosion of their religious rights and lead to the passing of a Uniform ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"With the exception of a very popular Netflix show, the plight of women in prison continues to be overlooked and misunderstood, despite women making up the fastest growing population in US prisons today. Our mothers, sisters, aunts, neighbors, and friends make up the more than one million women currently under the supervision of the criminal justice system in the United States. Life for women behind bars is far from easy, especially when women face serious gender-specific issues that men simply do not"(para 1-2)."Instead of focusing on services to help women deal with the issues of livelihood and survival that landed them behind bars in the first place, we are incarcerating ...more
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The lead investigator on the case [a gang rape of a 16 year old girl] was removed over the weekend amid criticisms of bias against the victim. The case is now being handled by the police unit for crimes against minors and the state's department of social services" (para 15)
Sept. 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The organization’s [Amnesty International] research reveals that since January 2016 more than a dozen women’s rights activists in Tehran have been summoned for long, intensive interrogations by the Revolutionary Guards, and threatened with imprisonment on national security-related charges. Many had been involved in a campaign launched in October 2015, which advocated for increased representation of women in Iran’s February 2016 parliamentary election. 'It is utterly shameful that the Iranian authorities are treating peaceful activists who seek women’s equal participation in decision-making bodies as enemies of the state. Speaking up for women’s equality is not a crime. We are calling for an immediate end to this heightened harassment and intimidation, which ...more
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

“The 16-year-old was kidnapped from her home near Abbottabad, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and put inside a vehicle that was set alight, police said. … Police say the victim's mother and the leader of the local council, or jirga, are among several people arrested. The killing has been linked to orders given last week by the jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, in Makol village, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported. According to police, the 15-member jirga had ordered the girl, named as Amber, to be killed and set alight as punishment for helping her friend to marry of her own free will” (para 1-5).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:31 a.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“A girl in Lima expressed that police often did not consider situations that made girls uncomfortable to be a real priority for them, saying ‘I called the police once because there was a man who was causing a commotion, he was drunk … but the police said no, is he breaking windows, is he destroying homes? If he is not doing that you cannot call them because they won’t do anything.’ When asked if she trusted the police, one girl in Lima said ‘sometimes yes, sometimes not because it sometimes turns out that some policemen are corrupt’” (26).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“In Kampala, girls commented that in areas with security guards and police, they could not always trust them because they sometimes cause harm to girls, and they sometimes report to duty intoxicated” (26). “The girls’ maps in … Kampala included greater police presence than on the boys’ maps. When asked about this, the adolescent boys in Kampala pointed to a different form of gender discrimination and explained that they felt that the police often unnecessarily targeted them, so for them, the police represented a source of insecurity and they chose to remove police posts from their ideal city maps” (32).
Aug. 31, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

“In Hanoi, girls reported that they ‘seldom’ (36%) or ‘rarely’ (23%) had access to emergency services – notably the police” (21).
June 10, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In their home outside Toronto, John Fox shared pictures of his daughter Cheyenne. A teenager giggling as the family cleared snow away; a young mother cradling a newborn baby son. John said Cheyenne had lots of friends at school in Thunder Bay, was bubbly and sociable. But when she moved to Toronto, her life was troubled. He says she was assaulted, became homeless, and got involved in sex work to survive. Cheyenne's body was found in a Toronto suburb in 2013. The 20-year-old had fallen from an apartment block. But for father and brother the police verdict, that Cheyenne committed suicide, just does not seem possible. ‘I think they disregarded ...more
June 10, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"On top of frustrations over unsolved crimes, People & Power heard further disturbing claims about the use of excessive force in Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) dealings with aboriginal people in this province, and a fractured relationship with indigenous communities. One activist told us: ‘I've had so many women say to me – why would I ever call the RCMP?’" (p 28-29)
June 5, 2017, 6 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'[Syrian women who are forced into prostitution and are caught] may also face sexual abuse in police stations where they usually cannot access lawyers. They also could face problems because of their residency status'. According to HRW, up to 75 women were released after a recent police raid of one 'super nightclub' who had been held in abusive conditions, 'forced to work as prostitutes', were regularly beaten and had their identification documents and phones taken away" (p 26-27)
April 21, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In Sint Maarten and Curacao, former ministers, current and former members of parliament, and other public figures were publicly accused of corruption, illegal activities, ties to human trafficking and forced prostitution, and other abuses of power" (11).
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Treatment varied from facility to facility and typically was worst at the time of arrest. Reported abuses included beatings with belts, sticks, hoses, and rifles; administration of electric shocks; burns inflicted by boiling water, heated metal, or cigarettes; mock executions; suspension from metal bars; and rape" (5).
March 24, 2017, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Female inmates in coed prisons received proportionately more space in their cells than their male counterparts, but women at the Petionville women’s prison, like men at mixedgender prison facilities, had less than 11 square feet of cell space per person. Female prisoners also appreciated a better quality of life than did their male counterparts due to their smaller numbers, which wardens suggested was a contributing factor to their ease of control. Access to water and adequate plumbing was a problem at the women’s prison, which had no flushing toilets, and where one pit latrine served 319 inmates" (4-5).
March 20, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"It was reported in April, however, that a 15-year-old girl was ordered by the court to be placed in the NOC, but instead she was held for weeks in a detention center at a police station and was subsequently sexually assaulted by a male constable" (2).
March 16, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Impunity persisted for grave abuses perpetrated by state actors in years past, including security force killings of at least 150 opposition demonstrators and the rape of more than 100 women and girls in the 2009 stadium massacre" (2). "According to NGOs, during the political violence in 2013, OPJs abused prisoners to intimidate protesters. Guards tortured, beat, raped, and otherwise abused detainees, including children. Guards coerced some women into exchanging sex for better treatment" (3). "Men, women, and children were intermingled at gendarmerie detention centers, sometimes with women sleeping in hallways outside the prison cells" (4).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Conditions for male and female prisoners were usually comparable throughout the country. Media and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) noted that female and juvenile inmates faced continuing physical and sexual abuse. Female inmates reported unnecessary body searches and verbal abuse by prison guards. Children below age three could live in prison with their mothers, although the penitentiary system provided inadequate food for young children, and many suffered from illness" (3-4).
March 9, 2017, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Interviewees reported that many women do not report abuse to police, in part because they fear abuse or discriminatory treatment at the hands of the police.... The abusive and discriminatory behaviors reported of some police officers when they receive complainants at the station have retraumatizing and dissuasive effects on victims reporting sexual violence" (16). "The HNP recently appointed a National Coordinator for Women’s Affairs to handle both internal issues related to women in the police, as well as external issues related to responding to crimes against women.89 While this is a positive step, at the time of the interview, the Coordinator had no office or computer and was working out ...more
March 7, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"'When a woman went to a police station after being tortured by her husband, the police would ask her to go back to her house and settle the issue on her own since it was a personal matter,' says Sadia Sohail Rana of Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf, who is a member of the Punjab Assembly. In rape cases, Rana says women face severe humiliation at police stations, where officials put forth all sorts of 'bizarre questions'. Rape cases also require a medical examination to be done within 72 hours— but since this procedure is neither followed nor addressed by enforcement agencies, the lack of physical evidence often makes a survivor’s ...more
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Security forces sexually assaulted and beat women, including at checkpoints, and senior government officials were unwilling to take steps to address such violence" (3). "In the Guantanamo Detention Center, located inside the Ministry of Interior compound, authorities held men, women, and children together" (4).
Feb. 23, 2017, 9:40 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"A separate women’s prison in Ilopango was generally clean and allowed inmates’ children under age five to stay with their mothers" (4).
Feb. 17, 2017, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Indigenous women, including pregnant women, reported cases of physical abuse, threats, and sexual harassment during detention" (5).