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

Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 18, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014, when a woman set off a bomb at an army barracks in Nigeria, according to The Long War Journal, which tracks terrorist activity" (para 5). "Boko Haram’s abuse of women first shocked the world two years ago, when it stormed a school in Nigeria and fled with about 300 girls, many of whom were never found. Hundreds of other women and girls have been abducted, imprisoned, raped and sometimes intentionally impregnated, perhaps with the goal of creating a new generation of fighters" (para 9). "The authorities in ...more
Sept. 18, 2017, 3:36 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 105 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014, when a woman set off a bomb at an army barracks in Nigeria, according to The Long War Journal, which tracks terrorist activity" (para 5). "'This isn’t something you can defeat or eradicate outright,' said Issa Tchiroma Bakary, the minister of communications in Cameroon, where 22 female suicide bombers have been identified since the start of this year" (para 7). "Ms. Amos, 47, said the fighters had come to her village in the morning, firing weapons as they spilled out of cars and rounded up women and ...more
Sept. 9, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Women in northern areas occupied by IS were captured by this extremist group and transported to Raqqa, which IS considers as the capital of its caliphate, where Yazidi women were sexually exploited in the most heinous of ways" (para 7). "'The UN stands in solidarity with women who have fallen victim to IS’ crimes, and we insist on holding the group accountable for the horrible crimes it has committed'" (para 8).
Aug. 31, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“People with hearing impairments might not hear warnings, gunshots and sounds of others running away, and so remain behind, in danger. … We also heard of women who mistakenly ran towards the attackers and were raped and killed” (para 6).
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"Now, after eight years of being deployed in the Central African Republic, the Ugandans are leaving behind their own trail of abuse allegations — including rape, sexual slavery and the exploitation of young girls. Dozens of accusations of sexual abuse have been documented by the United Nations, human rights groups and survivors themselves. It is a ‘widespread problem,’ said Emmanuel Daba, a local victims’ advocate investigating sexual violence by the Ugandan military. According to internal United Nations records, peacekeepers in the Central African Republic have documented allegations of the rape, sexual abuse or sexual harassment of more than 30 women and girls by Ugandan soldiers. Beyond that, they found 44 ...more
Feb. 3, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"International organizations reported that systemic sexual violence against women and girls by some armed actors persisted (see section 6, Women). Human rights NGOs Sisma Mujer, Amnesty International, and others reported that sexual violence remained one of the main tools used by illegal armed groups to instill fear and force displacement" (21). "The FARC and other illegal armed groups reportedly used children as combatants and recruiters of other children to act as spies, gather intelligence, serve as sex slaves, and provide logistical support" (22). "Victims’ Unit statistics showed that new displacements occurred primarily in areas where narcotics cultivation and trafficking persisted, especially where guerrilla groups and organized criminal gangs were present" ...more
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"RMGs and some FARDC elements kidnapped numerous persons, generally for forced labor, military service, or sexual slavery. Many of these victims disappeared" (3). "UN agencies and NGOs reported that the SSF arrested, illegally detained, raped, and tortured civilians...RMGs committed abuses in rural areas of North Kivu, South Kivu, Katanga, and Orientale, including killing, raping, and torturing civilians...Both male and female RMG members raped men, women, and minors as part of the violence among and between them and the FARDC" (11). "Crimes of sexual violence were committed sometimes as a tactic of war to punish civilians for perceived allegiances with rival parties or groups. The crimes occurred largely in the conflict ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"They were taken deep into the Sambisa Forest to Boko Haram’s stronghold, where the more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok were offered a choice: Join the militants or become their slaves. About half of them chose to join and marry the fighters and were taken away, never to be heard from. Those who refused endured more than two years of servitude, washing, fetching water and cooking for Boko Haram. The girls, nearly all of them Christians, lived in grass huts and were forced to convert to Islam. At first they ate rice and maize. But then food became scarce. During their captivity in the forest, a few of them died" ...more
Jan. 25, 2017, 8:42 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"On July 11, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle in the capital, Juba, over opposition forces, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan's three-year civil war. They shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions" (para 4). "The Associated Press previously reported that U.N. peacekeepers in Juba did not stop the rapes of local women by soldiers outside the U.N.'s main camp last month" (para 7).
Jan. 24, 2017, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"Since 29 April, at least 28 towns and villages have been attacked and burned, with reports of killings, rape, abduction and looting of cattle and other property" (para 1).
Jan. 23, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"Islamic State leaders have made sexual slavery as they believe it was practiced during the Prophet Muhammad’s time integral to the group’s operations, preying on the women and girls the group captured from the Yazidi religious minority almost two years ago. To keep the sex trade running, the fighters have aggressively pushed birth control on their victims so they can continue the abuse unabated while the women are passed among them" (para 7). "Thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi minority remain captives of the Islamic State, after the jihadists overran their ancestral homeland on Mount Sinjar on Aug. 3, 2014. In the months since then, hundreds have managed ...more
Jan. 23, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"The same fighters in Ngbaina are holding another 14 Peuhl, mostly women and children. Witnesses who spoke to the women said the anti-balaka had killed their husbands and were demanding a ransom for their release. The witnesses said the captors regularly beat and slapped the women and girls. Unable to pay, the women and children were still in captivity when Human Rights Watch visited the area on December 11" (para 68).
Jan. 20, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports that peacekeeping forces, including MINUSCA and international contingents, exploited women and children, although some of the reports referred to cases that occurred prior to 2015" (13). "There were reports of sexual exploitation of children and the inappropriate use of force by international and MINUSCA peacekeeping forces during the year" (16). "Armed groups committed sexual violence against children and used girls as sex slaves (see sections 1.g. and 2.d.). There were reports of sexual exploitation of children and the inappropriate use of force by international and MINUSCA peacekeeping forces during the year" (22).
Jan. 4, 2017, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“A 2013 government report found no physical or sexual abuse in government institutions, but NGOs reported such abuses occurred” (35).
Jan. 3, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"A prominent civil society group reported that army soldiers committed numerous crimes of sexual violence against ethnic women and girls in ethnic states. In one example, in June a military court sentenced a soldier to a seven-year prison term for 'misconduct that could lead to suspicion and mistrust between the military and the people.' The soldier was accused of the attempted rape of a 73-year-old woman in Kachin State, but he was not convicted of rape due to lack of forensic evidence" (16-17).
Jan. 3, 2017, 9:59 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“The most significant human rights abuses included poor and at times life-threatening conditions in some prisons; corruption; sex trafficking, including of children; and exploitative working conditions, including forced labor” (1). “In April 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, police raided sex venues supposedly to rid the city of illegal activities such as pimping and child prostitution in the period preceding the 2014 soccer World Cup. While prostitution is legal, the NGOs Observatorio de Prostituicao and Justica Global alleged the police acted without warrants, beat prostitutes, stole money, demanded sexual services, gang-raped women, and retaliated against the women who reported their actions, including abducting one of the women and threatening her family; ...more
Jan. 3, 2017, 8:26 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“The law prohibits all forms of forced and compulsory labor. Nevertheless, such practices occurred. The government was not effective in enforcing the law. Penalties ranged from three to 15 years’ imprisonment, depending on under which article the charge was made, and were sufficiently stringent to deter violations. Convictions remained low, and convicted offenders frequently avoided imprisonment, undercutting enforcement efforts and victim protections” (14, 15). “Children from Eastern Europe, primarily of Romani descent, were subjected to forced begging and coerced to commit property crimes” (15).
Jan. 3, 2017, 8:24 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

“Forced labor occurred during the year. Workers were subjected to debt bondage in construction, domestic service, hotels, restaurants, and agriculture, especially in the south. Chinese men and women were forced to work in textile factories, and persons with disabilities from Romania and Albania were coerced into begging” (20). “On June 5, police arrested seven recruiters of migrant day laborers in Reggio Calabria on charges of labor exploitation and employment of irregular workers. The laborers had been subjected to humiliating treatment and provided minimal pay. There were reports that children were also subjected to forced labor (see section 7.c.)” (20).
Dec. 12, 2016, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Many lower-ranking perpetrators of crimes committed during the 1992-95 war remained unpunished...Authorities have not prosecuted or investigated numerous allegations of wartime sexual violence" (5).
Dec. 1, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"There was an incident of mass public violence between government protestors and the military in 2009, where more than 100 people were killed and numerous women were reportedly raped or sexually assaulted by soldiers. Most Guineans were very shocked by this and I think this was very unusual"(para 4)
Nov. 30, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"A little more than two years after the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan, the United Nations said Friday that all parties to the conflict had committed serious and systematic violence against civilians, but it singled out forces loyal to President Salva Kiir as the worst offenders" (Para 2). "The mother’s account to United Nations investigators of the rape of her daughter was among many stories cited by the United Nations as evidence that government forces and affiliated militias had used sexual violence systematically to punish and terrorize civilians. Opposition forces also committed atrocities, but to a lesser degree, the United Nations said. 'This is one of the most ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"There have been two major wars and several rebellions since the mid-1990s in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.The fighting and damage to basic services has claimed millions of lives. The conflict has also generated extreme levels of sexual violence. Most of it goes unpunished". This statement came on the screen at 0:32 (ENB-Coder Comment)."In the past few years we've seen an increase in the number of prosecutions for rape cases but the vast majority of these prosecutions are for lower level soldiers or civilians but very rarely have we seen senior army officers or senior level rebel commanders prosecuted for rape". This statement was made at 2:01 by Ida ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"DALORI, Nigeria — Hundreds of women and girls captured by Boko Haram have been raped, many repeatedly, in what officials and relief workers describe as a deliberate strategy to dominate rural residents and possibly even create a new generation of Islamist militants in Nigeria.In interviews, the women described being locked in houses by the dozen, at the beck and call of fighters who forced them to have sex, sometimes with the specific goal of impregnating them"(para 1-2)."'They [Boko Haram members] married me,' said Hamsatu, 25, a young woman in a black-and-purple head scarf, looking down at the ground. She said she was four months pregnant, that the father was a ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Today’s article about the mass rape of Nigerian women by Boko Haram soldiers who intended to impregnate women as young as 11 years old was among the most challenging"(para 1)."I had heard about and was going to Maiduguri to report on the mass sexual abuse of women by Boko Haram"(para 2)."I interviewed the women in Kanuri, the local language, through a translator. The women’s stories were wrenching, among the worst I have heard in over 30 years as a journalist. Particularly that of a young woman who had been serially raped and who was clearly psychologically unbalanced. She had a very haunting, unfocused look and a strange sad smile and ...more
Nov. 15, 2016, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Time and again women have been subjected to physical violence by military and paramilitary forces"(para 2)."One of the recommendations of the Committee was that sexual offences by armed forces and men in uniform in conflict areas should be brought under ordinary criminal law. The Committee observed that rape and other forms of sexual assault were consistently deployed as an expression of power and must not necessarily be seen as crime of passion only. The recommendation had much relevance in the context of Kashmir. However, much to the disappointment of women in Kashmir, the government of India rejected the specific recommendation of removing the requirement of sanction for prosecuting armed forces ...more
Nov. 9, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Women’s rights advocates say they fear that shelters are being targeted by the Taliban, which wants to once again impose severe restrictions on women’s freedoms, including access to social services and education. They say women in the shelters are at high risk of being kidnapped, raped or killed by Taliban fighters.Horia Mosadiq, an Afghanistan researcher for Amnesty International in London, said she has received reports that shelters, hospitals, homes and offices have been attacked.'We have reports of rape of the family members of Afghan Local Police soldiers and commanders, killing of people who work for the security forces and breaking into hospital, including maternity hospital, where they raped and killed ...more
Nov. 9, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-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 often neglected by post-war recovery programmes: children born of war.According to a recent article published by the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), 'Thousands of such children exist on the margins, fathered through sexual violence by not only the LRA, but also government forces and a multitude of other state and non-state armed actors'. A new report by the Justice and Reconciliation Project, based in the northern town of Gulu, ...more
Nov. 8, 2016, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"In the midst of the ongoing conflict, this legal and social underpinning results in horrific outcomes for victims. Government forces and non-state armed actors have committed systematic rape and sexual violence throughout the conflict, and the government has failed to ensure justice for victims or to provide them needed services or protection" (1). "Government forces and other armed groups have used rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war throughout the conflict. In 2013, the UN treated 38,000 victims of sexual violence in Syria, and large numbers of victims also sought assistance as refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. Victims have included women, men and children. The UN Independent International ...more
Aug. 31, 2016, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-DATA-1

"The Gulf Centre for Human Rights urges the UN and relevant international institutions to: 1. Carry out an immediate, impartial and thorough investigation into the execution of Samira Saleh Al-Naimi and other crimes committed by ISIS with a view to publishing the results and bringing those responsible to justice in line with local laws and international standards; 2. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders and journalists in Iraq are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free from all restrictions including judicial harassment." (5,6)
Aug. 12, 2016, 11:35 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1

"Officials have documented 217 cases of sexual violence in South Sudan’s capital during last month’s outbreak of fighting, most of them committed by government security forces, the United Nations human rights chief said Thursday. Information so far indicates that displaced ethnic Nuer women were the most targeted, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a statement" (para 1-2). "South Sudan’s civil war that started in December 2013 has long raised fears of targeted ethnic violence. The Nuer, who are the same ethnicity as rebel leader and former vice president Riek Machar, fear attacks by government forces who are mostly ethnic Dinka, the same as Machar’s rival, President Salva Kiir. Zeid said the ...more