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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-2

Nov. 10, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-1, NGOFW-DATA-1

"Ghida Anani, the founder and director of Abaad, a women’s rights group in Lebanon told The Times the repeal was 'the first step to changing the mind-set and traditions.For us it’s the start,'Anani said. 'Now the awareness and behavioral campaign will start to make women aware that it’s no longer an option: He cannot escape punishment.' Abaad’s campaign tactics included erecting billboards that showed women wearing bloodied bridal gowns captioned with 'A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.' The group also hung soiled dresses along the Corniche, Beirut’s famous seaside promenade" (p 3-5)
Nov. 10, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"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)."Anecdotal reports from the NGO Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the UN 2014 COI report stated that in some ...more
Nov. 7, 2017, 3:25 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"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).
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"She [Jihan] said her husband raped her repeatedly. 'He forced me [to have sex], even if I refused.' She said he beat her every few days, once banging her head on the kitchen sink and causing a gash that required stitchesWhen she went to the local police station for help, she said 'They [police] said to me, "It’s your husband. We can’t do anything. Go to court." Even when I had bruises.' In April 2015, she said, he beat and choked her until she lost consciousness. 'I woke up and found myself on the street in my pajamas,' she said. 'I went to the police. They said, "We can do ...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women who lose their virginity as a result of sexual assault can expect little sympathy. That was the experience of Madina, who recounted how she was attacked as a young girl after, she had been sent to stay with her aunt. 'During the night, my cousin raped me,' she told IWPR. 'When my aunt discovered this fact, she changed my [torn] clothes, warned me to keep this secret and told me that she would kill me if I told anyone'" (para 14-15).
Oct. 28, 2017, 11:26 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon, Philippines, Tajikistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

“These laws [which allow rapists to escape punishment if they marry their victims] enable societies to make sexual relations more respectable, as it is often considered problematic in some cultures, Sen said. The penal codes in these countries do not approach rape as violence or abuse, but focus more on the idea that sexual contact occurred outside of marriage” (p 4)
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-PRACTICE-3, LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-1

"In Chechnya, sexual violence by close relatives, is hardly ever prosecuted; if such a crime becomes public knowledge, the victim may be killed to 'purge the family shame'"(para 4)
Oct. 17, 2017, 7:05 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"One male vendor from Durban said that abuse was 'specifically targeting female traders'...Another in the same focus group continued: 'There is abuse here on the streets especially towards women traders. They do not report these actions because they are afraid. We are dealing with a case of a woman who has been sexually abused for many years and she kept quiet about it because she was afraid. The sad part is that this has been going on for many years making her life unbearable'" (24).
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"One morning, an Afghan man entered her room [in the refugee camp] and attempted to rape her. She managed to fight him off and did not report the incident to the police or shelter staff" (para 11). "Despite the multiple accounts of sexual harassment and abuse, the Regional Office of Refugee Affairs (LAF) is confident there is no significant problem. 'After countless conversations with shelter managers, I can assure you that there is no unusual occurrence [of sexualised violence] reported from emergency or community shelters,' Sascha Langenbach, LAF’s spokesman, wrote in an email. His perception is backed up by very low numbers of police reports. In all of 2016, Berlin ...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women and providers also identified a lack of outreach by providers; stigma surrounding mental health problems and rape; and a lack of knowledge about and understanding of services as barriers to care" (para 44).
Sept. 29, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Women’s Human Rights organization alongside Cultural and religious leaders from African countries currently meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi have condemned in the strongest terms the 'lenient' sentence [two years] passed on a man arrested for knowingly sexually violating women and allegedly infecting them with HIV-Aids"(para 1).A later point in the article estimates that the number of women violated was around 104 (ENB-Coder Comment)."In a recent revelation in a BBC documentary that sparked wide condemnations in the region and in sections of the International media, Eric Aniva admitted to being HIV positive and being paid by parents to perform the traditional ritual of having sex with around 104 young girls in a ...more
Sept. 26, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"According to India's National Crime Records Bureau, more than four Dalit women are raped every day in India. The NRCB's 2014 statistics say crime against Dalits rose 19%. In many of the cases, these crimes are committed by upper caste perpetrators"(para 2)."Last week, a young Dalit woman in the state of Haryana reported being gang raped by a group of men, including some of the same individuals accused of raping her three years ago. Police say those suspects were out on bail awaiting trial for the previous allegations"(para 3)."'Have you heard upper caste girls getting raped in our community? We are poor and powerless. That's why upper caste men rape ...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"That's how an 18-year-old Noemi felt when she learned that she had no choice but to hand over her baby daughter to the man convicted of assaulting her.Noemi's child was conceived in the assault, and Nebraska's laws on parental rights forced her to agree to court-sanctioned visits between her daughter and her attacker"(para 2-3)."Noemi's story isn't unusual. Across America, there are state laws that don't protect women who became pregnant through rape from being forced to share their children with their rapists"(para 6)."'Increasingly, people are coming out and saying, "This has happened to me,"' said Rebecca O'Conner of RAINN, the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (para 10). This is ...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"'They make [videos] to blackmail the victims [of rape] ... so that they don't go and file a complaint in the nearest police station,' Shawnawaz explained" (para 7). "After she was raped in her village in March 2015, Shikha endured 'shaming' by her classmates and had to drop out of school" (para 38).
Sept. 14, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Countries: Brazil
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The Brazilian teenage girl who says she was brutally gang raped in a Rio de Janeiro slum is speaking out about the attack and the related graphic video that went viral.'If I have to wait for the justice system, they've already shown that nothing is going to happen,' she told CNN affiliate TV Record in the presence of her attorney. 'I am waiting for the justice of God. That might be late but it never fails'"(para 1-2)."The [gang rape] case has shocked Brazil, a country accustomed to a high level of violence, and sparked backlash on social media and impromptu protests in a number of cities"(para 4)."In the TV Record ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

“The last of the rapists, the son of a powerful family, was convicted this past spring — 11 years after the crime. During her ordeal she was forced to leave school, was put in a home for runaway girls and even now lives with police protection out of fear that allies of the rapists could exact revenge” (para 3). “Female crime victims still face many barriers in the country’s courts. These include poorly trained doctors, callous police, shoddy forensic practices and the delays that permeate India’s judicial system — delays so disheartening that some victims lose their nerve or settle with attackers’ families” (para 6). “The victim had support from ...more
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"The case came to light last Wednesday when the police received a tip on a help line dedicated to crimes against women" (para 5).
Aug. 29, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

“In the healing centers we visited, people were chained. They had a 2-to 4-meter radius to move, defecate and urinate. They were not allowed to bathe. Instead a bucket of water would be thrown on them once a day. We also found evidence of forced seclusion as punishment. … The situation for women was particularly bad. Especially when women are chained or put in isolation, the risk of physical and sexual abuse is very high. In one case a woman told me that a male staff member had touched her vagina that very morning just for fun. She was chained, so she could neither move away nor defend herself, and ...more
Aug. 28, 2017, 4:45 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"According to the World Health Organization, 64 percent of women aged fifteen to forty-nine experienced violence from a partner, and 37 percent of women were subject to sexual abuse before age fifteen. Violence against women can impede a woman’s ability to enter and remain in the labor force – and yet reliable employment is critical to enabling survivors of violence to escape abusive relationships"(para 6)
Aug. 14, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"This includes protection, legal assistance, medical assistance and counselling, as well as empowerment programmes to give women the confidence and skills to support themselves. Awareness of gender issues and violence against women must also be raised. Currently, some of these services are being provided by police, women’s organizations and civil society groups, including faith-based organizations. But much more is needed" (para 16-17).
Aug. 9, 2017, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1, UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Georgian culture remains highly patriarchal, both inside and outside the home. And the 2013 gender relations study also reported that only 3.7 per cent of Georgians, both male and female, fully disagreed with the statements, 'men have the last say in the family' and 'women should endure verbal abuse to maintain the integrity of the family.' Too often, this endorsement of men’s dominance and women’s silent suffering extends to physical and sexual gender-based violence as well"(para 7-8)
Aug. 9, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"To seek justice for these cases is unusual. They are normally not reported; even if they are reported they are not followed up. The women don't want to bring shame to their family. Some are not aware of the law; others don't trust the government" (para 20).
Aug. 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The high visibility of the Turner case obscures the extreme rarity of rape prosecutions"(para 16)."Tolerance for rape is an old but freshly infuriating story"(para 17)
July 8, 2017, 9 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The commission suggests that the state government under Mr. Peña Nieto had sought to minimize and even cover up the events [in which police sexually assaulted 11 women]. Perhaps the most lurid example is whom the government chose to prosecute: Rather than go after the police who committed the sexual torture, the state initially prosecuted the women instead. Five were imprisoned for a year or more, on charges like blocking traffic, detentions the commission found arbitrary. Days after the episode, the state denied the accusations of the women, essentially calling them liars. Mr. Peña Nieto told a local newspaper at the time that it was a known tactic of radical ...more
July 7, 2017, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, IIP-PRACTICE-2

¨Most prominently it (sexism in politics) surfaced in the United States last year, when Donald J. Trump was elected president despite a leaked tape in which he bragged about grabbing women¨(para 13)
July 7, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-DATA-1

¨Ms. Colau entered politics after working as an activist fighting housing evictions. She said that she had suffered far worse attacks as an activist than as mayor, including sexual harassment.She never reported them to the police because, she said, ´like a lot of other women, I wasn’t confident that it could be resolved judicially — and also because of the social stigma´¨(para 25-26)
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, DV-PRACTICE-2

"In 2016, 1,976 young women benefited from the Women and Girls Safe Spaces set up by ABAAD in 2015, which provides psychosocial activities, follow-up and psychological support, legal advice and representation in court, and emergency shelter for women fleeing violence or high-risk situations" (para 7).
July 5, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Alia Awada, advocacy and campaign manager for ABAAD [said] 'There will be pressure put on the girl to marry her rapist because, in Lebanon, if a girl is raped, no one will marry her in the future and everyone will be talking about her honor. She will never have a normal life. Her family will pressure her to marry her rapist because they see this as protection for their honor, too" (p 10)
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"[Liz Luras’s] date to the Marine Corps ball raped her, and her ‘battle buddy,’ a partner assigned by the military, reported the assault to superiors. The rape set off a series of events – including physical hazing, sexual harassment and two more rapes – that led ultimately to Liz being forced out of the military career she loved. Despite being honorably discharged, she was unfairly labeled as having a ‘Personality Disorder’ or PD in her discharge papers – although she was never diagnosed by a doctor and showed no signs of PD in her pre-army screening. Because of this black mark on her record, when she applied for law enforcement ...more
June 13, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2, EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"As part of Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), [Liz Luras] marched on Capitol Hill, and spoke in front of Congress about rape in the military in 2012 and in 2013" (p 29). Liz Luras was raped while she worked in the military and was harrassed, raped twice more and silenced because she reported it (RNP-CODER COMMENT)