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Latest items for MISA-PRACTICE-1

July 9, 2019, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Serbia

"Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia research from late 2016 showed that women with disabilities in residential institutions were exposed to various forms of violence, including physical, psychological, sexual, and genderbased violence. Results also showed that, due to their very specific position and isolation from the outside world, a majority of women accepted violence as an inevitable part of their daily lives in institutions" (page 26).
June 26, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In a March report, Amnesty International stated that persons with disabilities faced daily human rights abuses, such as unlawful killings, violence including rape and other forms of sexual violence, forced evictions, and lack of access to health care or an adequate standard of living. The report described domestic violence and forced marriage as prevalent practices affecting persons with disabilities. It added that women and girls with disabilities faced an increased risk of rape and other forms of sexual violence, often with impunity, due to perceptions their disabilities were a burden to the family or that such persons were of less value and could therefore be abused" (Pg 38).more
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland

"The Committee regrets the lack of information on alcohol addiction and of any study on mental health issues and the scope and causes of suicide among women in the State party." (para 37).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Counselling and information services exist in all provinces, some of which specialise in eating disorders. Furthermore, day clinics, out-patient clinics, in-patient services as well as shared living concepts exist throughout the country. Burgenland, Lower Austria, Salzburg and Vienna have specialist counselling and therapy services for eating disorders in addition to the services mentioned. The eating disorder helpline offered by the Vienna health promotion service provides telephone and email counselling. Furthermore, information leaflets for doctors were produced. Information and training events were organised specifically for doctors, kindergarten and school teachers" (14).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Generally, mental health services are available countrywide but the service is less than optimal due to lack of qualified full-time professionals. Services are provided on an outreach basis during limited time periods to hinterland communities and isolated areas" (31).
May 1, 2019, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The proportion of respondents age 15-59 who reported having felt depressed a lot of the time in the 2 weeks preceding the survey is 11% among women and 16% among men; those reporting having felt depressed all the time represent 2% of women but less than 1% of men. On the other hand, 31% of women and 43% of men said they never experienced depression in the 2 weeks preceding the survey (Tables 12.10.1 and 12.10.2, Figure 12.4). When asked if they had been told that they had depression by a health professional, 2% of women and 4% of men age 15-59 answered affirmatively" (213).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"By implementing the Mental Health Project in BiH, services have been improved and capacities of mental health service providers were strengthened" (35).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Female victims subjected to sexual violence lacked access to immediate health care. Consequences included severe physical injuries, psychosocial trauma, unwanted pregnancies, social stigmatization, and infection with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS" (para 192).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Media reports indicated persons with disabilities experienced societal abuse. During an interview with the Lesotho News Agency on March 23, the officer in charge of the Mabote CGPU, Inspector Mamakafane Matlali, said the police were alarmed by a high rate of sexual abuse of people with disabilities, particularly children and women. The interview followed reports of two cases wherein neighbors sexually abused women with disabilities. In the first, Inspector Matlali indicated that two boys raped a 25-year-old woman from Sekameneng with a disability. In the second, Matlali said a neighbor raped a 17-year old girl from Koalabata with a disability. There was only one report of a person with a...more
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health... identified that one in five mothers suffers from depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. A phased, five-year transformation programme, led by NHS England and backed by £365 million in funding, is underway"(27). "The Welsh Government has made £1.5m of recurrent funding available to develop community-based specialist perinatal services within every health board in Wales" (28).
Feb. 4, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"There were credible reports of forced medication, forced abortion, work exploitation, and physical and sexual abuse in psychiatric hospitals under the Ministry of Health. Legal proceedings continued in the case of a doctor at the institution in Balti arrested in 2013 for the serial sexual assault and abuse of patients. An investigation showed that the doctor performed 18 forced abortions on the victims of his sexual assaults, all patients with mental disabilities. Authorities found dead one of the 17 victims identified during the investigations in January 2014, while a second died under unknown circumstances in April 2014. The doctor remained under house arrest" (Pg 6). "Women in psychiatric institutions and...more
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to adopt mental health legislation to regulate the procedures of entry, exit, treatment and confinement of patients in mental health centres. It is, however, concerned about: Reported cases of arbitrary admission and detention of women in mental health facilities" (pg. 11).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Article 13 of this Decree defines that women with disabilities have equal rights and value as others in the society in their self-development as well as political, economic, cultural, social and family activities according to law and regulations. Article 21 defines inclusive education for disabled people" (Pg 36).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

"GR 19: Sexual Violence Cases by Non-State Actors. Reported to WLB members and Women Against Violence Team (2014- April 2016) - Summary. Number of cases: 44 Number of victims: 53 Number of cases involving minors (girls younger than 18): 18 Number of cases involving woman with a disability/mental illness: 5 Number of cases leading to death: 5" Figures show cases by year (10 in 2014, 29 in 2015, and 5 in 2016) and by state and region (10 in Sagaing, 9 in Shan State, 7 in Thaninthayi, 6 in Rakhaing, 3 in Kayah, 3 in Mon, 3 in Yangon, and 1 each in Ayeyawady, Kachin, and Mandalay) (page 45).more
Oct. 8, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than a million Afghans suffer from depressive disorders, and, given that the country has endured 40 years of armed conflict, the actual number could be much higher" (para 13). "Some, like Dr Nabil Faqiryar, believe there is a need for a 'nationwide plan to acknowledge the motives and causes behind women's suicides', so that the mental health crisis can be effectively tackled" (para 24).
Sept. 6, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"That continuum can and does reach the extreme for military women. Studies reveal that military sexual assault is more traumatizing than combat, that it is more damaging than the traumas of being ambushed, shot at, caught in crossfire, of rescuing mangled and dying comrades and the dread of driving over a roadside bomb. One striking Department of Veterans Affairs study of more than 300 female veterans enrolled in a clinical program for stress disorders found that “stress related to sexual harassment and sexual abuse 'was almost four times more influential than duty-related stress in the development of [post-traumatic stress disorder].' Military sexual stress creates a toxic, private war zone that...more
Aug. 30, 2018, 2:23 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"It is possible, however, that problems associated with bride price contribute to more general and common forms of mental distress among women, as suggested by preliminary data we have gathered in Timor-Leste. Background data from our programme of research in Timor-Leste has documented high rates of explosive anger among men and women in that country, a reaction pattern that is associated with a range of general factors, including past exposure to traumas related to human rights violations, ongoing deprivations and feelings of injustice. In our qualitative research, however, women specifically highlighted the problem of bride price as a contributor to poverty, a source of conflict with the spouse and family...more
June 26, 2018, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Women experience certain mental disorders at a higher rate than men, such as eating disorders and some mood disorders. Māori and Pacific women are more likely to experience mental illness, than women from other ethnic groups. Government funding for mental health services was around $1.3 billion in 2013/14. MOH reports regularly on mental health issues, including by gender and ethnicity. Reporting for 2014 showed, for example, that women are less likely to be subject to compulsory mental health treatment and seclusion than men, and more likely to receive electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The main reason for the gender difference in ECT is that more women present to mental health services with...more
May 4, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Around one in 10 Australian women experience depression during pregnancy, and up to one in seven experience it in the year after giving birth. The National Perinatal Depression Initiative funds improved prevention and early detection of antenatal and postnatal depression and provides better support and treatment for expectant and new mothers experiencing depression" (Pg 35). "The Australian Government is committed to health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and has a target to close the gap in life expectancy by 2031. While there have been improvements, there are disparities in health outcomes in key indicators such as life expectancy, age-standardised death rates and chronic disease rates. The Australian Government is...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The National Mental Health Programme (PNSM), an earlier initiative adopted in 2002, covered women in groups considered as vulnerable under the programme and thus focused on the situation of: 1) Women victims of violence who live under permanent stress and suffer from chronic lack of self-confidence; 2) Mentally unbalanced women who give birth. In general, the fathers hide and the newborns are abandoned or taken away; 3) Women deprived of the mother-child relation, whose lack creates stress in both the mother and the child. Recurring illnesses requiring hospital treatment are acute psychosis, chronic psychosis and depression. Hospital statistics report a total of 12,642 outpatient consultations in the psychiatry units of...more
April 10, 2018, 4:23 p.m.
Countries: Mongolia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned that women and girls with disabilities do not have access to shelters for victims of violence or to adequate assistance and victim support services, and that there is no training for officers, social workers or medical personnel on the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women with disabilities who are victims of violence" (Pg 5). "That national legislation does not provide for inclusive and accessible education for girls with disabilities" (Pg 8). "At the lack of information on sexual and reproductive health and rights available to women and girls with disabilities and to lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women, as well as the lack of training...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains deeply concerned that the practice of female genital mutilation remains widespread, affecting the vast majority of girls and women. While noting that the State party accepted a recommendation in the context of the universal periodic review in 2015 to adopt and implement effective legislation aimed at banning the practice, the Committee is concerned that the State party has adopted no time frame to implement the recommendation. The Committee urges the State party: (a) To expedite the adoption of legislation criminalizing female genital mutilation, prosecute and adequately punish those responsible, and compensate victims; (b) To raise awareness among health practitioners regarding female genital mutilation and the remedies and...more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Health Secretary (SS), through the Program for Prevention and Attention to Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, carries out actions to limit health risks as a result of violence and promotes living without it, through the Integrated Model for Prevention and Attention to Domestic and Sexual Violence which provides medical and psychological aid. For moderate violence, the strategy for Reeducation of Victims and Aggressors of Violence Between Couples is applied; in 2015 the strategy covered the entire country, and helped more than 19,600 women in 1063 groups, and more than 14,000 men in 895 groups. For severe violence, the aid is personal and the services specialized; from 2012 to 2016, these...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Cardio-vascular diseases and impaired hearing are disabilities that are more common among men, while gastrointestinal disease and mental disabilities are more common among women" (page 43). "In March 2014 the Children’s Ombudsman presented its annual report for 2013 with a special focus on mental ill health, This has led to the Government taking several measures. One is that the National Board of Health and Welfare has been commissioned to analyse why girls are over-represented in the group of patients subjected to compulsory measures" (page 54).
Jan. 23, 2018, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is further concerned about…The limited access to mental health services, in particular for women living in rural areas and women with low incomes, and the regional disparities in the implementation of the Mental Health Act (Act No. 26.657), which provides for the deinstitutionalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of patients into the community" (13).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Countries: Sweden

"Today, municipal Prostitution Groups operate in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. These victims support services provide outreach services for individuals that are involved in prostitution, whether on the street, in indoor prostitution or through Internet advertising, and offer counselling, access to health care services, and exit programs" (page 10).
Dec. 21, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Pacific Links Foundation runs a shelter for trafficking victims . . . The young women stay for an average of two to three years. . . . They do art therapy . . . Surrounded by other woman with similar experiences, the shelter helps them get back on their feet and then to find jobs to support themselves" (para 21).
Dec. 13, 2017, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Another medical professional in Kirkuk who is providing social support to women and children who have been traumatized by their experience under ISIS said that services provided by the federal government focus on pharmacological treatment, not on psychosocial therapy and counseling" (para 11). "But it has not yet been able to provide more long-term psychosocial support and other services for survivors of gender-based violence, because it is struggling to find female staff with the needed language skills, experience, and professional qualifications" (para 12). "Providing adequate mental health care and psychosocial support is a complex and long-term challenge. The KRG government, Iraqi central government, UN agencies, and others involved need to...more
Nov. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"A national survey of women aged 18 to 65 by the Moroccan High Commission for Planning found that in 2009 nearly two-thirds – 62.8 percent – had experienced physical, psychological, sexual, or economic violence. Of the sample interviewed, 55 percent reported 'conjugal' violence and 13.5 percent reported 'familial' violence. Only 3 percent of those who had experienced conjugal violence had reported it to the authorities"(1)."Human Rights Watch recommended...The bills should specifically address emergency and longer-term protection orders – that is, restraining orders – for domestic violence survivors at risk of abuse, clarify the restrictions or conditions such orders can impose, and establish procedures for both types of orders. Other Services...more
Oct. 30, 2017, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Saleh related to Al-Monitor the story of her marriage to a non-Nubian man. 'I was looking for an independent person compatible with my ambitions, and I met a poet and journalist in the Cultural Center of Cairo, someone with an open mind. It fell on me, the task of telling my family, so I moved there for a year in order to convince them. I began my battle with my father, who refused, and I used every tool I could to persuade him.' She noted that she ended up having to go to a psychologist to cope with the psychological pressures that it put her under. 'I married with the...more