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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)
Dec. 2, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Depression is the most common mental disorder in women. According to 2007 data, 4.6 per cent of Slovenian women aged 20 to 65 years suffered from depression at least once in their lifetime. In view of the fact that the illness is frequently not detected, these data are probably underestimated. The incidence among women in Europe is estimated at 17 per cent. When left untreated, depression often results in suicidal behaviour. The attempted suicide rate is higher among women, but the share of actual suicide is higher among men than women" (46-47)
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Now, many officials worry about the long-term health effects of the abuse. Yana, a young woman wearing sparkling golden bangles, said the fighters had 'parked' her — a word many women have used to describe their imprisonment — with about 50 other women in a house in Bama, Borno State’s second city, with a population of several hundred thousand. Bama was occupied by Boko Haram last September. Inside the house, 'If they want to have an affair with a woman, they will just take her to a private place, so that the others won’t see,' said Yana in a singsong voice. She could not recall her age; a relief worker ...more
Nov. 18, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"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 a very sad little laugh. She could not remember her age. This woman and many others I spoke to are shattered. No amount of experience allows you to be unaffected by this"(para 9)
Nov. 11, 2016, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"'It [genital cutting] affects you psychologically, because it's like a death, like when you lose a person or a loved one'"(para 20). This was said by Peninnah Tombo who is a female rights activist from Kenya who underwent genital cutting at the age of 11 (ENB-Coder Comment)
Nov. 9, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The consequences for the women of protracted stigmatisation can include depression and other forms of mental illness as well as increased vulnerability to future abuse and violence due to economic marginalisation"(para 6)
Sept. 6, 2016, 10:07 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Mustafa Hussaini, a psychologist and university lecturer, said that the soothing surroundings and fresh air of a public park were all beneficial for mental health. 'Women are at more risk of mental illness than men because they face more domestic violence and restrictions on their freedom,' he continued. Hussaini said, 'The green environments of the parks decrease stress, increase relaxation and give women the opportunity to engage in physical exercise. All these factors help women’s mental and physical health.' This was particularly valuable for women confined to their homes for much of their time by conservative social traditions. 'They face more mental disorders such as depression as they just stay ...more
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In 2010, the results of the census of Persons with Disabilities revealed a total of 522,856 People with Disabilities (composed of 263,928 females and 258,928 males). The sex structure of PWD is almost equally distributed among male and female, respectively, 50.5 per cent of female against 49.5 per cent of male. With the support of the Government and the Civil Society Organizations, the disability movement in Rwanda is growing in strength and unity to support and empower people with disabilities and change social attitudes towards persons with disabilities" (24)
April 4, 2016, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"As of the end of 2005, there were 50,891 people treated as outpatients in state owned mental health clinics, 27,576 were men and 23,315 were women. The number of women is higher in the 45-64 and 65+ age groups" (130). "In 2005, 14,649 people were admitted to inpatient care and day hospitalization, 5,969 (40.7%) of them were women. This data reflects an increase compared to 2002, when 13,295 persons were admitted to inpatient care and day hospitalization, 5,490 (42.1%) of them were women" (130). "According to data of the Mental Health Communal Center in the city of Sderot, in 2007 alone, more than 652 new cases of stress and trauma ...more
March 31, 2016, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, LRW-DATA-1, DV-DATA-1

"But [Chief Justice Robert] Bauman concluded 'women in polygamous relationships are at an elevated risk of physical and psychological harm. They face higher rates of domestic violence and abuse, including sexual abuse'"(para 19)
March 29, 2016, 11:14 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee [the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women] is also concerned about the lack of legislation regulating the detention and treatment of mentally ill patients in psychiatric hospitals without a determination of detention and its duration. The Committee is particularly concerned about reports relating to several incidents of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization of women for social misbehaviour or breaking societal norms" (10)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

""More women are considered mentally ill more often than men are, but more men are on record of receiving help or treatment for it.. Postpartum depression is treated as depression would be treated. Depression is looked at as shameful, to an extent, especially among women. PMS and other gynecological disorders are not considered mental illnesses. The government provides a free healthcare system in Ukraine, as well as free mental institutions, but in reality people have to pay some because of insufficient hospital funds. However, they are greatly underfunded. It takes a lot more symptoms for a man to be deemed mentally ill than for a woman. This is because the ...more
Feb. 25, 2016, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The girl’s self-esteem is lowered by the practice [FGM]...The rituals that surround the cut force young girls to act like adults even when they are still at a tender age; this leads to early marriages. The trauma of the unknown pain follows the girl to womanhood...The girls are not prepared for the cut/ceremony. It’s not like the boys who are prepared by the whole community. Therefore the girls are gripped by anxiety and fear of what awaits them...A lot of sensitization is needed and psychological counseling centers to be put up. Counseling is needed for post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. How much the of trauma from the cut could lead ...more
Feb. 24, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Since the 1990s Sweden has seen an increase in mental illness, most markedly among young women in the age group of 15–24. Women born outside Sweden, women with disabilities and trans women are overrepresented. Worry and anxiety, sleep disorders and depression are increasing among both boys and girls but to a greater extent among girls. Increasing numbers of young women are receiving psychiatric inpatient care and self-harming behaviour is on the rise. Most common is poisoning with medicine or alcohol" (29)
Jan. 27, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In a high-profile announcement at the G8 Summit in Canada in 2010, theCanadian Government pledged $1.1 billion to a new international Maternal Health Initiative...The plan for the Initiative originally excluded support for contraception as well, but this provision was later reversed as women’s health experts presented extensive evidence of the importance of reproductive health services and education to reducing maternal and infant mortality. A second summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health was held in May 2014 at which the program was renewed for 2015–20 with a commitment of another $3.5 billion" (52).
Jan. 13, 2016, 10:57 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In a 2010 study conducted by Eggerman and Panter-Brick (2010), a sixteen year old Afghan blamed financial concerns with her father’s violent outbursts saying, 'my father’s salary is not enough for us, he has takleef asabi [mental disorder] and he beats us… if he finds a decent job then maybe he will calm down' (p. 75). Some women, equally upset by their seeming lack of prospects, will beat their children, perpetuating violence in the household. This is especially common in rural areas (Eggerman & Panter-Brick, 2010). Children in Afghanistan were exposed to violence in the streets through out the Taliban and Post-Taliban eras and to violence in the home due ...more
Jan. 11, 2016, 12:02 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"It also notes with appreciation the adoption of the Mental Health Act, 2012 (Act 846), as well as projects aimed at promoting the National Health Insurance Scheme. The Committee nonetheless remains concerned about: .. (e) The lack of information on the mental health status of women in the State party and on the implementation of the Mental Health Act, 2012.
Jan. 11, 2016, 11:48 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Establish a 'Diripiyasa', centers where women can seek solution for specific problems, in each divisional secretariat. There will be a women police officer to receive complaints, a lawyer to obtain legal aid, a doctor and a counsellor to obtain mental health counselling service under one shelter" (para 13). This was pledged in the 2015 Presidental Elections (ANN- CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 8, 2016, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about the lack of detailed information on measures in place to address the deteriorating mental health situation of women, including depression" (9)
Jan. 4, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Survivors of rape often endure psychological and physical trauma and experience grave consequences, such as higher suicide rates, post-traumatic stress disorder, gynecological trauma, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies, as well as depression and anxiety, according to the World Health Organization. And in a war zone, services are not often in place to treat these effects. With a lack of documentation and self-reporting obscuring the true picture of what is being perpetrated, survivors are being left without assistance" (6).
Dec. 30, 2015, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, MISA-PRACTICE-2, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence, sexual violence, and emotional violence often follow in the wake of a forced marriage. Victims’ feelings of despair and betrayal can also manifest in severe depression, stress-related illnesses, declining work and academic performance and excessive absences, acting out, alcohol and substance abuse, and self-harm, including attempted suicide and suicide" (4). "Domestic violence, sexual violence, and emotional violence often follow in the wake of a forced marriage. Victims’ feelings of despair and betrayal can also manifest in severe depression, stress-related illnesses, declining work and academic performance and excessive absences, acting out, alcohol and substance abuse, and self-harm, including attempted suicide and suicide" (9). "Domestic violence, sexual violence, and emotional ...more
Dec. 28, 2015, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, MISA-PRACTICE-2

"The operation ruined my life. I couldn’t do anything other mothers did, taking their children to matches, playing tennis, or kicking a ball. I felt I wasn’t a good enough mother. I got depressed; that lasted for seven years. I got a total breakdown after the operation, physical and mental. They put me on anti-depressants, I still depend on them to this day. I couldn’t sleep at night –– I had restless legs –– so they put me on sleeping tablets. That was 20 years ago, I’m addicted to them now. And I’m still on tablets for my nerves. My husband lost out, too. Our married life was never the ...more
Dec. 23, 2015, 9:47 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Special attention has to be given to particularly vulnerable groups within prostitution, such as girls and women with mental illnesses, girls that use sex as self-inflicted injury and girls and women with addictive behavior" (para 11)
Nov. 29, 2015, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, MISA-PRACTICE-1

"With little funding and no access to substitution drugs such as methadone, treatment is rudimentary at Nejat for a problem that is growing in a dirt-poor country riven by conflicts for more than three decades."
Nov. 21, 2015, 9:58 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

“…prevalence of postnatal depression is about 12–15 per cent of women who has just delivered…” (65)