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Latest items for GEW-PRACTICE-3

Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"All of this [conflict between Russia and the North Caucusus] has shaped women’s experiences and roles – as victims, providers of security and perpetrators of violence – not just in Chechnya but also in the neighbouring republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan"(para 3)."Women carried a special burden on their shoulders during the republic’s two wars. Men fought on both sides, and for those who didn’t, it was dangerous to move through the republic’s numerous checkpoints. They could be arrested, abducted, tortured or killed. Women became the main breadwinners, took care of children, cleared away debris and repaired damaged houses. They negotiated with the military, and when men were abducted by security ...more
Sept. 9, 2017, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Such concerns also reveal the motives behind making some 500 Kurdish women undergo intensive training in the northern city of Sulaimaniyah in August 2014, in preparation for any future battles. In addition, women’s participation in the fight against IS is a response to the group’s ability to recruit women and use them in its fights, media events and for logistical support, even though IS’ extremist ideologies state that women should be housewives and mothers. In addition, IS considers 9-year-old girls to be of 'legal age' to marry IS fighters. IS uses women in 'sexual jihad' as a means to attract new members, given how this is legitimate from a religious ...more
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"[Despite several reports by girls from the Central African Republic and investigations by the UN] Brigadier Karemire, the Ugandan military spokesman, said the Ugandan investigations were finished. He said that no cases of rape or statutory rape were registered here in the Central African Republic, and that there was no plan to support any children left behind. All Ugandan forces will be gone from the Central African Republic within a few weeks" (p 45)
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Uganda’s penal code does prohibit abandoning and failing to support children. But Ms. Animbou [who was in a relationship with a Ugandan soldier who promised to support her and their child] said she never went to the Ugandan base or the local authorities to report the soldier. ‘They don’t want to talk about this, even with the authorities,’ said Mr. Daba, adding that some women were threatened by Ugandan soldiers. ‘The U.P.D.F. said they will do something bad to them — kill them or something else’" (p 36-37). While this specific case seems consensual, it is not difficult to conclude that rape victims would also be afraid to approach the ...more
June 13, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"‘Several women and girls reported they had been taken from their villages by U.P.D.F. members and forced to become prostitutes or sex slaves, or to marry Ugandan soldiers,’ the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission wrote in a letter to Ugandan authorities last June, using the initials of the Ugandan People’s Defense Force, the Ugandan military...The Ugandan military denies all such allegations of sexual violence and abuse. ‘Our soldiers did not get involved in such unprofessional behavior,’ said a military spokesman, Brig. Richard Karemire. ‘We don’t have one’ case. Similarly, the American Special Operations forces partnering with the Ugandans in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army denied any ...more
Feb. 2, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, GP-DATA-4, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"President Kabila appointed a presidential advisor on sexual violence and child recruitment in July 2014. She raised awareness of the problems of sexual violence throughout the country and encouraged efforts to remove child soldiers from the SSF" (12).
Jan. 18, 2017, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The government did not recruit or use child soldiers, but Boko Haram utilized child soldiers, including girls, in their attacks on civilian and military targets. Human rights organizations and some residents of the Far North Region reported that during attacks on their communities, children were often put in the first row of the fighting and killed before more experienced fighters came from behind" (34).
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is further concerned that the compensation of war widows and women victims of conflict-related sexual violence continues to be delayed for lack of funds" (12)
Nov. 30, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"First they killed her husband. Then, the South Sudanese woman said, government soldiers tied her to a tree and forced her to watch as at least 10 of them raped her 15-year-old daughter" (Para 1). "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 horrendous human rights situations in the world, with massive use of rape as an instrument ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Boko Haram, a radical Islamist sect that has taken over large stretches of territory in the country’s northeast, has long targeted women, rounding them up as it captures towns and villages. Women and girls have been given to Boko Haram fighters for 'marriage,' a euphemism for the sexual violence that occurs even when unions are cloaked in religion.Now, dozens of newly freed women and girls, many of them pregnant and battered, are showing up at a sprawling camp for the displaced here outside the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, as Nigerian soldiers and other military forces try to push Boko Haram out of nearby territory it has occupied for much of ...more
Nov. 17, 2016, 11:34 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"A woman in Pakistan can also be punished with rape if she refuses to stop administering polio drops. There is a common misconception amongst the people from tribal areas – for instance in Khyber Agency – that polio drops are a conspiracy of the West to make their children impotent. On 5 January 2016 the AHRC reported on the gang rape of a lady health worker by police personnel who tried to pass themselves off as Frontier Corp personnel. The woman, a mother of five, was gang raped in front of her children and husband when she refused to stop administering polio drops to young children. As the chief culprit ...more
Nov. 17, 2016, 11:34 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"A rape occurs every two hours. Going by the statistics, each day 12 women suffer rape in the 'land of the pure'. Rape is the most common form of custodial torture against accused women. Law enforcement officials also force the accused to confess to a crime by raping his female relative in front of him, i.e. rape is used as a means of torture. It is not simply a matter of blaming a proportion of perverts in a society, when State functionaries are themselves indulging in rape with abandon" (para 13)
Nov. 9, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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, points ...more
Nov. 8, 2016, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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. 12, 2016, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"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 217 documented cases of sexual violence occurred between July 8 and July 25. He also said some civilians were killed by government forces “who appear to have specifically targeted people of Nuer origin" (para 4-6).
April 25, 2016, 6:20 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Burundi’s security forces are engaging in gang rape during a crackdown on political opponents that has included a sharp rise in torture, killings and disappearances in the past month, the top United Nations human rights official said on Friday, sounding an alarm over the increasingly ethnic character of the violence" (1).
March 31, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Five people, including a sister and brother, were arrested in France earlier this month suspected of belonging to a ring in central France that specialised in recruiting young French women [to join Islamic Fighters], according to Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister"(para 5)
March 14, 2016, 7:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Nigeria’s Special Forces from the Army’s 7th Division have sighted and narrowed the search for the more than 250 abducted Chibok schoolgirls to three camps operated by the extremist Boko Haram sect north of Kukawa at the western corridors of the Lake Chad, senior military and administration officials have said." (2) "Nigerian military officials coordinating the search and other officials in Abuja said Boko Haram insurgents split the girls into batches and held them at their camps in Madayi, Dogon Chuku and Meri, all around the Sector 3 operational division of the Nigerian military detachment confronting the group’s deadly campaign." (10)
March 14, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-PRACTICE-4

"Countries here have seen a surge in female facilitated terror, countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines and other Muslim countries tend to avoid searching or frisking women. Hence they go easily undetected and don’t quite make it onto the official terror radar, which makes them a deadly weapon. Women in these countries not only serve as recruiters they also play the role of gathering intelligence, couriers, translators on jihadi forums, nurses to wounded fighters and facilitators for setting up safe houses for jihadis" (para 4)
March 14, 2016, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-PRACTICE-4

"Umm Sayaf is America’s top female terrorist captive, she is the wife of ISIS’s former chief financier, Abu Sayaf who was killed in a targeted raid. During the raid, the troops confiscated his computers, cell phones and other documents which detailed the groups’ finances and such. Umm Sayaf’s capture was quite an asset along with her in depth knowledge of her husband’s activities and ISIS’s working style, she also revealed the role of women in ISIS, which was previously thought to be just that of sexual jihad. Umm Sayaf was a commanding force, running ISIS’s network of women operatives and fighter, as well as playing enforcer for the men’s sex ...more
March 12, 2016, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"She said fighters used the local radio station, Radio Bentiu FM, to broadcast hate speech calling on men to commit sexual violence against women and girls based on their ethnicity and assumed political affiliations." (7)
March 3, 2016, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3, EWCMS-PRACTICE-1, EWCMS-PRACTICE-4

"The fierce-looking 36-year-old in fatigues from the Syriac Christian minority in the northeast believes she is making the future safe for her children. Babylonia has no regrets about leaving behind her two children and her job as a hairdresser to join a Christian female militia battling against the Daesh group in Syria. The fierce-looking 36-year-old in fatigues from the Syriac Christian minority in the northeast believes she is making the future safe for her children. 'I miss Limar and Gabriella and worry that they must be hungry, thirsty and cold. But I try to tell them I'm fighting to protect their future,' she told AFP. Babylonia belongs to a small, ...more
March 3, 2016, 5:53 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2, GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"Boko Haram has killed thousands of people in five years of insurgency...Female suicide bombers are rare in Nigeria but women seem to be playing an increasingly large role in the conflict after more than 200 teenage girls were kidnapped in April"(para 7)
March 2, 2016, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"At least 19 people have been killed and several injured by a bomb strapped to a girl reported to be about age 10 in north-eastern Nigeria, police say.The bomb exploded in a market in the city of Maiduguri, in Borno state.'The explosive devices were wrapped around her body,' a police source told Reuters. No group has said it carried out the attack. The market is reported to have been targeted twice in a week by female bombers late last year.Correspondents say that all the signs point to the militant Islamist Boko Haram group"(para 1-5)."Borno State police spokesman Gideon Jubrin said that the girl bomber let off an improvised explosive device ...more
Feb. 23, 2016, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"But Ms Krat is regarded as a valuable asset by her captors, not least in the propaganda war. The 29-year-old woman is a journalist and an activist; not just an activist but one of the few women to serve with militia groups in the Maidan, the centre of protest in Kiev which overthrew the government of Viktor Yanukovych. In particular, it has been claimed, she was linked to the Patriots of Ukraine, ultra-nationalists regarded as bedfellows of the Right Sector, regularly attacked as Nazis in this area." (5) CODER NOTE - While numbers are not given, it can be inferred that not many women serve in militia groups. (CEP)more
Jan. 22, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"In February, three British schoolgirls were caught on CCTV in Istanbul as they waited for a bus to take them to the Syrian border [to join ISIS]" (para 11)
Jan. 21, 2016, 9:24 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

“Between 2011 and 2014, FIDH also documented sexual violence committed against women in public, from cases of mob rape and sexual assault perpetrated by civilians during demonstrations around Tahrir Square. "The scale of sexual violence occurring during arrests and in detention, the similarities in the methods used and the general impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators point to a cynical political strategy aimed at stifling civil society and silencing all opposition," said Karim Lahidji, FIDH president” (para 14, 15). “Since then, several "inadequate" steps have been taken to increase protection, the FIDH said, but since the takeover by the army in July 2013, sexual violence has appeared "as a central element ...more
Jan. 11, 2016, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, WR-PRACTICE-2, PW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"There is another fact that we must face, however difficult. If it is true that at least 5,000 ISIS fighters have been killed in the last two years in Syria and Iraq, then we must address the situation of thousands more widows including the women who were abducted and forcibly married to the fighters as 'trophy wives', or taken in 'temporary marriages'" (para 17).
Jan. 11, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-3

"There is another fact that we must face, however difficult. If it is true that at least 5,000 ISIS fighters have been killed in the last two years in Syria and Iraq, then we must address the situation of thousands more widows including the women who were abducted and forcibly married to the fighters as 'trophy wives', or taken in 'temporary marriages'" (para 17).
Jan. 6, 2016, 3:07 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-3

"In Basra in the south of Iraq, tribal disputes worsened with the spread of arms, leading to the death of many civilians. Details on these incidents remain unknown because of the closed nature of tribes. In November 2014, these disputes required the intervention of the Minister of Interior Mohammed al-Ghabban, and the Basra governor, Majid al-Nasrawi, to limit the spread of violence and encourage tribal chieftains to bring the disputes to an end and abide by the law. In a related context, news spread at the end of May 2015 about 50 women engaging in fasliya marriages to settle a dispute between two conflicting tribes in Basra, al-Shawi and al-Karamsha" ...more