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Latest items for EWCMS-DATA-2

June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France

"There were credible allegations of sexual abuse by French peacekeepers during the year in Sub-Saharan Africa that were currently under investigation by the government. The allegations emerged in April and included the sexual abuse of homeless children by French troops stationed in the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui as part of Operation Sangaris. The Ministry of Defense condemned the alleged abuse, stating that it would ensure the strictest sanctions against anyone responsible. The case was under investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office" (3).
April 25, 2018, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Hazing, bullying, corporal punishment, and sexual harassment continued in the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF)" (2). The report does not indicated if this is specifically occurring against men or women, but if it is present it is a concern and most likely affects both genders (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 8, 2018, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Sixty-seven percent of women and 91% of men are currently employed" (27).
Aug. 9, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Countries: India

"'My youth was not a time period where I could have achieved something. My parents are to be blamed. They used to think I’m a girl". “Why educate girls?” I regret the things I didn’t get to do. If I had been educated, I Too would have gone out and achieved something. I would have worked for my children. That’s why I think my daughter should never be in this hopeless situation. But this is how I see it. What I couldn’t do, my daughters should be able to. They should be successful in whatever they choose'". This statement was made by Saima's mother Sameema at 0:09 (ENB-Coder Comment)more
May 23, 2017, 11:37 a.m.
Countries: United States

"During the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 [2015], 116 officers of all stripes were court-martialed, discharged or received some sort of punishment after they were criminally investigated for sexual assault. That was more than double the number from three years earlier, according to Defense Department figures. Of last year’s cases, eight were against senior officers holding a rank equivalent to colonel or Navy captain or higher. While that figure may seem small, it represented a fourfold increase from 2012. Overall, the vast majority of troops investigated for sexual assault are enlisted personnel, who accounted for 94 percent of all cases last year. In the active-duty military, enlisted troops...more
Nov. 9, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over. Sexual exploitation, beatings, stigmatization and community rejection, lack of medical care and education, and deprivation of land rights are among the challenges faced by those who escaped from or were released by the LRA"(para 1)."For two decades from the mid-1980s, between 10,000 and 15,000 girls and women were abducted from their homes in northern Uganda to serve as fighters, porters and sex slaves of LRA commanders. These forced unions resulted in a population group...more
Aug. 5, 2016, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"In the more than one million cases of sexual violence recorded in 2009, including as a consequence of armed conflicts, approximately 99.2 per cent of the victims are female and 0.8 per cent male" (21-22).
July 5, 2016, 7:50 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1, EWCMS-DATA-2

"UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Wednesday that the nine Kurdish soldiers, including three women, were captured in the fight over the northern Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ayn Arab." (1)
June 21, 2016, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

Female labor force participation is 65% (102).
May 4, 2016, 6:51 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo

"Ten percent of the world’s 300 000 child soldiers are Congolese, 40 percent of which are girls forced into marriages with rebel fighters. Throughout 2013, 163 children, including 22 girls, were rescued from the rebel group Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga, where they were held as child soldiers. Throughout 2014, men, women and children continue to be kidnapped in village raids and held as slaves by militias in eastern DRC. In April and May 2014, 267 women and girls suffered sexual violence by armed groups" (80).
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"The number of sexual harassment complaints in the IDF has been relatively stable in recent years, with around 350 complaints a year. The next chart details the number of annual complaints of sexual harassment, showing a significant decrease since 1998 of 19% and a decrease of 12% in 2007 compared to 2004" (76). According to Chart 5, in 1998, there were 390 complaints of sexual harrasment. In 2003, there were 348 complaints of sexual harassment. In 2004, there were 358 complaints of sexual harassment. In 2005, there were 346 complaints of sexual harassment. In 2007, there were 318 complaints of sexual harassment (76). The following information is included in Table...more
March 17, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"How common is rape/assault within the military? Indicate if there has been little or no potential. Include rates of reports and estimates of unreported assault. No data” (8)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

""It is fairly common, but no one really knows that. As in many military conflict zones, there are soldiers that are taking advantage of others. Our hotlines receives reports, so we have heard of it. There have been women forced into sexual slavery by the rebels in Donetsk, Luhansk, and other conflict areas. Women are being sexually assaulted and raped in the East when they are interrogated by the military, especially by Russian-backed rebel forces. Women will be silent because a significant amount of blame still goes to the victims in Ukraine in regards to being raped. Most, if not almost all cases go unreported." Alyona Zubchenko" (24)more
July 16, 2015, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"While noting the feminization of the teaching profession, the Committee is concerned at the overrepresentation of women in the lower echelons of education and that only 7 per cent of university rectors are women" (page 8).
July 1, 2015, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"The Committee is concerned about ... the limited participation of women in employment (53.4 per cent of women of working age)" (page 9).
April 28, 2015, 7:09 p.m.
Countries: Germany

"Countries such as Germany and Denmark, in turn, allow women to serve in any position. Apparently that’s not too popular with their male colleagues. A recent poll of male German soldiers reveals widespread concern about their female colleagues’ abilities, with 56.6 percent of the male soldiers saying women are physically unsuitable for tough frontline conditions. The same poll reports that 55 percent of female soldiers have been sexually molested on the job" (para 9)
April 16, 2015, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

It is difficult to know about rape in the military because the military has its own courts. They don't publish information on that.
Sept. 19, 2014, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: United States

"In January 2013, the Department of Defense lifted a longstanding ban on women serving in direct combat roles. Military women and men continue to face high levels of sexual violence. The government estimates that 26,000 sexual assaults took place in the military in 2012, and Defense Department data suggests that 62 percent of those who report such assaults experience retaliation" (3).
Sept. 9, 2014, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea

"Eritrea conscripts all men and unmarried women into 'national service.' Although Eritrean law limits national service to 18 months, most conscripts serve for much of their working lives. Conscripts are routinely used as forced labor on essentially civilian jobs. In 2013, Human Rights Watch reported that conscripts were used by a state-owned construction company, Segen Construction Co., engaged by Canadian mining firm Nevsun Resources, to build infrastructure at its Bisha gold mine. Former conscripts described working long hours for minimal food rations, primitive lodging, and wages too low to sustain themselves, much less their families. They were not allowed to leave the work site. Children as young as 15 are...more
Aug. 18, 2014, 5:37 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"As a result, in the year 2012, only 13 percent of an estimated 26,000 sexual assault cases in the military were reported and only 1.2 percent of all estimated cases were prosecuted" (para 1)
July 26, 2014, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"There are no official statistics on unemployment rates in the north, but researchers and analysts believe it could be 10-20 percent, if not higher. Under-employment, where people earn less than a dollar a day, is also believed to be as high as 30 percent" (para. 11)
May 26, 2014, 9:22 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"About 30 percent of the female officers in international missions have been subject to sexual harassment during their duty abroad, according to a study conducted in 2005" (4)
May 15, 2014, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"The numbers break out this way: There were 5,061 sex assault reports [in the US military] in the 2013 fiscal year, which ended last September 30. That represents a 50% increase from the same period the year before" (para 5). "An anonymous survey from 2012 found that nearly 26,000 service members said they were the victim of an incident of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact. But only a fraction actually filed a report" (para 13)
Nov. 19, 2013, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"“Over 26,000 rapes and sexual assaults took place in the military last year, and most of the woman that actually reported it were basically kicked out of the military" (Para 3).
July 21, 2013, 12:03 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Women in Combat: Fighting on Two Fronts tackled the important role of women in the military on the ground in Afghanistan -- juxtaposed with the dangers they face from within their own ranks. Switching gears from learning how servicewomen have made inroads with the Afghan population, winning hearts and minds while gathering 'actionable intel', were the staggering stats of how many women have been attacked by their fellow soldiers (500,000). The numbers are unreliable because so many incidents go unreported, as women are revictimized if they do inform military authorities" (para 14)
June 11, 2013, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Colombia

"The women in Colombia, who have lived in armed conflict since close to the 1950s, have held administrative, intelligence, and communications and logistics positions in the Police, the Navy, the Air Force and the Army, which was the last to include them among its ranks two years ago. In 2009, the Army began to train 62 women so that from January of 2010 on they were capable to command a squadron and participate in normal warfare. Although they learned how to handle mortar shells, smoke bombs and machine guns to defend the territory or assault guerilla camps, for the moment no case of women who have fought in the jungles...more
March 20, 2013, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“The U.S. Air Force has now identified at least 31 women as victims in a growing sex scandal “ (1). “Rice said he does not believe the investigation of 12 instructors at Lackland necessarily means a systemic problem exists across the entire Air Force training command. "Nine of those 12 were in one unit. We have a total of nine squadrons, and nine of them came from one squadron. So in my assessment to this point, it is not an issue of an endemic problem throughout basic military training. It is more localized."” (1). “The Pentagon estimates 19,000 sexual assaults occur each year. But only 14% of these crimes are...more
Feb. 19, 2013, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Furthermore, the Sri Lanka government has refused to investigate claims of sexual abuse committed by members of its military. Alan Keenan of the International Crisis Group's Sri Lanka Project stated that 'many women still live in fear of violence by the state and from within their own communities'" (para 2)
Feb. 4, 2013, 7:45 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Despite the Defense Department's ‘zero tolerance’ policy, there were 3,191 military sexual assaults reported in 2011. Given that most sexual assaults are not reported, the Pentagon estimates the actual number was probably closer to 19,000” (para 17)
Jan. 28, 2013, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“The fear of putting women in the trenches has been dispelled on two fronts. One, of course, is the change in the way the American public thinks about women. The other is the shortage of trenches in modern warfare, when an officer on the front lines is not necessarily in a more dangerous position than a support worker…The biggest safety concern for women in the military is actually not so much enemy fire as sexual attacks from fellow members of their own service. Because the crime is so underreported, it’s impossible to say how many women suffer sexual assault while they’re in uniform, but 3,192 cases were recorded in 2011....more