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Latest items for MISA-PRACTICE-1

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
Oct. 5, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany

"A study published by the psychiatrist Meryam Schouler-Ocak from Berliner Charité found that one in 10 refugee women in Germany have suicidal thoughts, while fewer than one in 10 have the opportunity to talk to a therapist. The study did not link the high rates of depression to specific causes such as sexual harassment, but all of the women IRIN interviewed suffered from depression and some had thought about suicide or even attempted it" (para 21).
Oct. 4, 2017, 7:02 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Even though I had support from my husband and my in-laws, there was always someone reminding me that my marriage had no meaning without children. There was always someone giving me that look of pity. There was always someone bringing up her topic of pregnancy time and again in front of me; perhaps, wanting either to stimulate my motherly instincts or make me envious of her pregnancy. Suddenly all my accomplishments were meaningless because I had 'failed' in the one task considered central to women’s identities.'I didn’t marry you so you would give me children,' my husband told me.His words helped me overcome the mental torture some people around me...more
Oct. 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Eleven staff of governmental and nongovernmental providers of mental health care and psychosocial support emphasized to Human Rights Watch that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions are widespread among Yezidi women escapees and that there is a significant need for comprehensive, long-term medical care and psychosocial support for abduction and rape survivors. Dr. Nezar Ismet Taib, director general for health in Dohuk, and Dr. Adnan Assad Taha, head of the psychiatry department of Azadi General Hospital, said that the need for psychological support in Dohuk is likely to increase as the immediate needs for food and shelter for women and girls who have escaped ISIS are met"...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Jordan

"'Girls who get married at a really young age are more at risk of sexual or domestic violence as well as miscarriages because their bodies are not really ready for giving birth yet. Also, girls who get married at an early age are not mentally ready to raise children and are less able to complete their education and find a job,' Omaima explained. Although it's illegal to get married under 18 in Jordan, the practice is increasingly common among Syrian refugees. In 2015, 35% of all Jordan marriages involved a minor, up from 18% in 2012, according to the Jordanian Higher Population Council, citing statistics from the Chief Islamic Justice...more
Sept. 22, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: Syria

"'Girls who get married at a really young age are more at risk of sexual or domestic violence as well as miscarriages because their bodies are not really ready for giving birth yet. Also, girls who get married at an early age are not mentally ready to raise children and are less able to complete their education and find a job,' Omaima explained. Although it's illegal to get married under 18 in Jordan, the practice is increasingly common among Syrian refugees. In 2015, 35% of all Jordan marriages involved a minor, up from 18% in 2012, according to the Jordanian Higher Population Council, citing statistics from the Chief Islamic Justice...more
Sept. 21, 2017, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In Noemi's case, this real-world nightmare is not only frightening but frustrating. Setting up visits between her child and her attacker has become an emotionally difficult part of daily life.'Now, I have to text my rapist or email my rapist,' she said. 'To leave my daughter with someone I didn't trust. (I'm) forced to parent with him and to see him on a weekly basis ... to talk to him about my daughter's school activities and her health'"(para 11-12). The article estimates that 5,000 to 16,000 women are at risk of having to share custody with their rapist (ENB-Coder Comment)."[Attorney Shauna] Prewitt said it's important to keep in mind the...more
Sept. 20, 2017, 5:01 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The U.N. committee ruled in favor of Amanda Mellet, who was denied access to an abortion in Ireland in 2011 after learning her pregnancy involved a fatal fetal impairment and found the prospect of continuing her pregnancy unbearable. The committee held that the Irish government must take measures to redress the harm Ms. Mellet suffered and reform its laws to ensure other women do not continue to face similar violations, as well as i instructs the government to guarantee effective, timely and accessible procedures for abortion in Ireland"(para 2)."In November 2013, the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a complaint on behalf of Amanda Mellet before the United Nations Human Rights...more
Sept. 15, 2017, 11:02 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Women are more likely to have issues with mental illness or addiction, and more likely to have minor children at home who depend on them"(para 3)."Through the eyes of our students, I have seen firsthand the lifelong disadvantages—and systemic injustices—that have landed so many women in prison. I’ve spoken with women who have committed crimes to feed their kids, or as a result of mental illness and addiction, or in some cases because crime had become a cycle of survival in their families and communities"(para 6)."Yes, reform in this country needs to include better mental health and trauma services for women in the criminal justice system"(para 11)more
Sept. 8, 2017, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"perinatal women were found to turn to much more lethal means, including hanging or jumping, than other women who took their lives. And that fewer than half had contact with a mental-health provider in the 30 days before their deaths" (para 6). "But of all the regions covered in the research, the study authors found women in the northwestern part of Ontario died more often by suicide than in any other region. The North West Local Integrated Health Network (LHIN) spans the area from the Manitoba border to just west of White River, running from Hudson Bay all the way to the United States border. And while it's the largest...more
Aug. 29, 2017, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

“While mental hospitals were for the most part very clean, social care institutions were overcrowded and unsanitary. In one institution I had to tiptoe over women’s limbs to enter a room that was meant for 30 people, but that accommodated 90 women. The toilet was an open drain inside the room. Lice were rampant and many had scabies, which in these overcrowded conditions becomes very infectious” (para 5). “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...more
Aug. 15, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Thirteen years ago, Maasai elders appointed [Ole Lelein] Kanunga as the chief moran , or warrior, in Entasopia, a lush oasis of trees and pasture in the otherwise desert flats of southern Kenya. He’s now in charge of 750 men between the ages of 14 and 30. Since he received training in 2013 from a nongovernmental organization about female genital mutilation’s dangers, he has held meetings with men and women to educate them about these risks, including diseases, psychological trauma and complications during childbirth.'I used to attend several ceremonies where young girls would undergo the cut,' he says. 'But one day when I visited a ceremony, the circumciser did it...more
May 24, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Every week hundreds of women from nearby villages are brought to Bankaya Mata temple in Bhilwara and subjected to practices that are degrading just as much as dangerous in the name of healing. Regressive traditions continue to subjugate rationality as they suffocate women in the prisons of patriarchy and superstition. As part of exorcism, the bhopas (quasi priests and healers) at the Bankaya Mata temple here put women through multiple rituals which would qualify as atrocities outside. Women being made to carry shoes on their heads, in their mouths and even being made to drink water from them is a common sight here. Depending on the prescription by the bhopas,...more
Jan. 10, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The lack of information on the mental health status of women in the State party" (11). This indicates there may not be state funding for mental health care. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)