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Latest items for MISA-PRACTICE-1

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
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"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
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-DATA-2, ERBG-DATA-3

"'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
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-PRACTICE-1, ERBG-DATA-2, ERBG-DATA-3, DV-DATA-1

"'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)
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