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April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"...it has been registered the rise of both the women’s occupation share and their participation’s rate in the labour market. From ISTAT data, it emerges that more than over 60% of the overall increase in the occupation sector refers to women (2.7 million in 10 years), mostly employed under parttime job contracts...In the decade 1996–2006, the women part-time workers rose over 71% (while men rate reached 9%), contributing to increase the overall rate of employed women from 20% to 26.5%." (69).
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Forty-one sexual assault and harassment complaints were lodged in the NZ Defence Force, including one for sexual violation or rape last year. This was up 15 on the previous year and the highest figure in 10 years of data released to the Herald under the Official Information Act. It shows the nature of the complaints, the rank, sex and age of the complainants, and the rank of the alleged offenders, with six officers accused last year. Most complaints were from women against men but, since a new disclosure system was put in place, it seemed more men were also coming forward with claims they were abused by men in the...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“From July 2016 to November 2018, there were 126 disclosures of sexual violence [in the New Zealand Defence Force]. Given the “code of silence”, these numbers are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“According to the officer, the easiest way to be recruited [into the Ghana military] as a woman is to yield into giving sexual favors. He blatantly asserted that these incidences are very common in the military.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:22 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“This is a bizarre situation but in the situation in Ghana, scarcely is such incidence reported though it is mostly rumored. When asked why these women do not report these cases, he explained that some just keep it to themselves just to avoid embarrassment and shame and would rather avoid having eye contact with that particular officer. He also explained that most of the sexual harassment incidences occur during recruitment of new staff into the military”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:21 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“There is no data available for instances of sexual harassment in the Ghanaian Armed Forces and, according to the Ministry of Defense, they have not been dealing with any cases of such (Hendricks, C. and L. Hutton, 2008). However, conducting an interview with a Ghanaian army officer revealed that there is a high prevalence of sexual harassment against women in the military especially during peace keeping.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:18 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Back in January over 50 female Belize Defence Force recruits came forward with allegations of sexual assault against senior officers prompting what should have been a thorough investigation. Not six months later this investigation has concluded and the results are severely underwhelming. On Monday we reported on a vague press release from the Ministry of National Security in which they stated “the Investigation points to some wrongdoing and negligence by personnel within the units involved. These are being addressed internally by the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Police Department where appropriate.” This has stirred unrest among the public who have taken to social media to demand transparency with the...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:15 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“The Belize Defence Force (BDF), while insisting it does not have a culture of sexual assault, has assured that it is implementing a sexual harassment policy. BDF Commander Brigadier General Stephen Ortega, at a press conference on Friday (June 19), explained that even in the face of one or two isolated cases, “to continue to say that there is this culture of sexual assault and allegations, I don’t believe it is a culture.””
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“New figures released by the [United Kingdom] Ministry of Defence show a 13% increase in sexual offences across the armed forces. 95 charges were referred to the service prosecutor in 2018. 153 investigations were conducted in 2018, a 35% rise since 2016. 18 of these were for historical offences, suggesting a rise in the number of people feeling able to come forward and report their assailants.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:10 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“There have been 550 sex assaults and rapes reported in the military in the last five years, shock figures obtained by The Sun on Sunday reveal. The growing toll of alleged attacks saw 35 women say they suffered rapes last year - while 111 filed sexual assault claims. The numbers increased from 29 women reporting rapes in 2018 and 73 suffering alleged sexual assaults.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“The Swiss Army has launched an investigation following reports that a soldier attempted to rape another recruit at the Thun training base in the canton of Bern . . . “There has been nothing like this here ever,” Captain Haldimann told Blick.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“After months of watching the abuse, Park felt he had to act. The South Korean soldier had seen another low-ranking conscript, deemed effeminate and suspected of being gay, being sexually abused, beaten and forced to drink from a toilet bowl by other soldiers. But when Park – not his real name – tried to stop the abuse, he was instead subjected to it. “Who are you to intervene in private business?” a more senior soldier asked him. According to Park, he and the original victim were forced to have sex with each other while other soldiers taunted them. They were then further ostracized within the unit and by their superiors...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 11:03 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Of 671 valid respondents who participated in this survey of victimization, perpetration, and observation, a total of 103 people (15.4%) answered that they were directly victimized, 48 people (7.2%) answered that they had direct experience as perpetrators, and 166 people (24.7%) answered that they witnessed sexual violence in the military. Excluding eyewitnesses, a total of 106 soldiers (15.8%) directly experienced physical sexual violence, either as perpetrators or victims in the military. A very high number of soldiers also indicated they experienced sexual violence as perpetrators and as victims: 59 soldiers (55.7%) were victims only, 39 soldiers (36.8%) were victims and perpetrators, and only 8 soldiers (7.5%) were exclusively perpetrators. Among...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Shocking statistics have revealed the depth of institutional gender-based violence in the army and that, far from soldiers keeping the country and continent safe, women in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) are the most likely to be sexually harassed and assaulted by their uniformed male colleagues . . . According to a recent SANDF internal report, leaked to the M&G, at least 41 members of the army were charged with sexual-related offences, ranging from rape and assault to harassment and crimen injuria. Of those cases, 26 have been finalised, with 13 guilty verdicts and 11 acquittals.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:35 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Dedovshchina, Russian for hazing, has been part of life for conscripts in the Russian army since the end of the 17th century, when Russian Emperor Peter the Great first introduced compulsory military service. In 2008, the authorities introduced reforms that included cutting compulsory service from two years to one and changing the military’s management structure and education system. Extreme hazing persisted until 2012, when the effects of the reforms became evident. But today, conscripts nearing the end of their year-long stint still bully new arrivals through rape, beatings and humiliation, sometimes with tragic consequences.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:33 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“A Russian conscript who gunned down eight fellow soldiers in the country’s Far East last month acted in retaliation to hazing and a rape threat, according to his reported testimony and his father’s remarks published Wednesday. Private Ramil Shamsutdinov, 20, was detained Oct. 25 at the military base where he served and charged with murder. The Defense Ministry was quick to blame the shooting on a nervous breakdown, while later reporting hinted at hazing within unit 54160 in the closed town of Gorny, Zabaikalsky region. “That day, [the officers] promised to turn me out. They warned me that, like, they’ll rape me,” the Baza news website quoted Shamsutdinov as saying....more
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:31 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Almost 170 soldiers of Norway's peacetime strength of 16,000 claim they have been raped or suffered attempted raped in the past year alone. Experts found it particularly conspicuous that nearly half of the alleged victims were men. A major survey carried out by the Norwegian Armed Forces has uncovered an alarming incidence of sexual assault, with rape or attempted rape occurring every other day, national broadcaster NRK reported. 44 soldiers (24 women and 20 men) said they have been raped in the past twelve months, while 123 people said they'd survived a rape attempt. Of them, 35 soldiers claimed that a superior was taking advantage of their position to pressure...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“For Tessy Antony de Nassau, the former princess of Luxemborg, her experience fighting back against sexual assault happened while serving her country in the military . . . When asked if she ever feared for her life during her time in the military, she explained that while in the army, she was forced to defend herself from another officer. “Another [member of the] military tried to sexually assault me, so I needed to defend myself,” Antony said. It also happened while she was the only woman on a mission. According to her account, she handled the situation with a physical defense and was able to get away. “I gave him...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“When [an Irish] woman soldier anonymously informed a Government-ordered inquiry into harassment and bullying in the Army that she had been raped by another soldier but was too afraid to report the incident it confirmed academic research carried out years before by a serving member of the Defence Forces but which had been buried by the military authorities. Two other women soldiers and a male colleague also told an inquiry team they had been the subject of attempted rape . . . The Government report found that 30 per cent of women soldiers, who make up only 4 per cent of the Defence Forces, had experienced sexual harassment and that...more
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“The Finnish Conscripts' Union says it condemns bullying of female soldiers in the defence forces after research suggested that half of all women in the military suffered discrimination, and a quarter were the victims of sexual harassment. A study for the Defence Forces found that 27 percent of women, and seven percent of men, experienced sexual harassment during their service. In 2011 the equivalent figure was 32 percent of women who reported sexual harassment.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“About 960 members of the Canadian military reported being victims of sexual assault in the past year, and 27% of women in the armed forces have been sexually assaulted during their career, according to the country’s national statistics agency. The landmark survey, commissioned by the military, found 1.7% of regular force members of the military had been sexually assaulted in the past 12 months, nearly double the 0.9% rate of sexual assault among working Canadians.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“The [Australian Defence Force] has made public declarations of "zero tolerance" approximately every five years over the past two decades, even as rates of sexual assault and misconduct remain steady, and in some years increasing. (265 total incidents were reported in 2016/2017 compared to 261 in 2014/2015 and 252 in 2015/2016) These rates should be seen as the tip of the iceberg, with evidence indicating that only a small proportion of service victims are likely to report.”
Jan. 12, 2021, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Teenage recruits were raped by staff and forced to rape each other as part of initiation practices in the Australian military going back to 1960, a public inquiry heard on Tuesday . . . In total, 111 victims came forward to report abuse.”
Jan. 7, 2021, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

“Traditional livelihoods, such as shellfish collection carried out by women, have been “drastically affected” by the project. “Just over a third of the women now have no income at all from their former livelihoods,” the report said” (para. 8).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: GEW-DATA-1, EWCMS-DATA-2

"The United Nations reported that since 2015 it had received 16 allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by Republic of the Congo (ROC) military and police personnel deployed to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA)" (3).
March 18, 2019, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: France
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"According to a November report by MIPROF, the security forces registered 7,570 acts of sexual violence against children under age 18 in 2016. Female victims made up more than 80 percent of this total" (p. 19).
March 6, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Of the 469 National Directorate for Security (NDS), ANP, and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) detainees interviewed, 39 percent reported torture or other abuse. Types of abuse included severe beatings, electric shocks, prolonged suspension by the arms, suffocation, wrenching of testicles, burns by cigarette lighters, sleep deprivation, sexual assault, and threats of execution" (3)
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"The [UN Commission of Inquiry] found during its reporting period sexual violence against women and girls was widespread in military training camps, the sexual violence by officers in camps and the army amounted to torture, and the forced domestic service of women and girls who were also sexually abused in training camps amounted to forced sexual slavery. In a March report, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed concern about reports that women in national service frequently were subjected to sexual violence, including rape" (para 15). "The COI, whose report covered from independence until June 2015, found that 'the indefinite duration of national service; its terrible...more
Sept. 6, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Just six days earlier, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta held a press conference to announce new reforms being launched by the Department of Defense to combat sexual assault. This public airing of the military’s heart of darkness—sexual crime in its ranks—came on the heels of an estimated 19,000 military sexual assaults in the previous year, by DOD calculations (a gross undercount because of substantial underreporting due to fear of retribution)" (Para 15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:07 a.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).