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April 16, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"The Committee also notes with concern the lack of data on the extent of harmful practices such as polygamy" (5).
March 31, 2019, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: RCDW-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-DATA-1

"In some parts of the North Caucasus, women continued to face bride kidnapping, polygamy, forced marriage (including child marriage), legal discrimination, and enforced adherence to Islamic dress codes" (47).
March 7, 2019, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Polygyny continued to be relatively unusual among Moors, although its popularity has grown. The practice was more common among sub-Saharan ethnic groups" (page 19).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Polygynous unions are not common in Tajikistan. Overall, 3% of women report that their husband (or partner) has other wives (Table 4.2). Almost all women in polygynous unions report their husband has only one other wife" (52).
Feb. 18, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Polygynous marriages are rare in Rwanda, but are still practiced to some extent, especially in the northern, rural parts of the country. As civil law does not recognise polygynous marriages either, women in such unions are also unprotected by the law" (91)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:41 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Approximately 70% of marriages take place outside of statutory law and an estimated 43% of women between the ages of 15-49 are in polygamous unions" (para 11)
Feb. 6, 2019, 6:38 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"According to Statistics Canada, there are more than one million Muslims in Canada, but when it comes to polygamous marriages in the community, it is impossible to quantify because these marriages are most likely never registered" (para. 26) Nevertheless, it is frequently to listen about those cases in the muslim community (JSM - coder comment).
Feb. 1, 2019, 2:36 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Eleven percent of women age 15-49 reported that their husband or partner has other wives (Table 4.2.1), while 5% of men reported having more than one wife (Table 4.2.2)" (66).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-DATA-1

"In 2014 the NGO Flying Broom estimated that, based on police data, one-third of all marriages involved girls under age 18 and that one-third of those marriages involved marriages as second wives" (page 60).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Approximately 50 percent of marriages were polygynous" (page 16).
Oct. 19, 2018, 10:12 p.m.
Countries: Comoros
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Table 4.2.1 presents the distribution of currently married women by the number of co-spouses and by certain demographic characteristics. Polygamy is a relatively widespread practice in the Comoros, given that it concerns nearly one married woman out of five (18%). This proportion increases regularly with age, from 8% at 15-19 years to 27% at 45-49 years. Furthermore, we see that polygamous unions are more common in rural areas (20%) than in urban areas (14%). We observe little difference between the island of Ngazidja and that of Mwali (approximately 15% of women in polygamous relationship on each; however, the proportion of women in a polygamous union is somewhat higher at Ndzuwani...more
Sept. 20, 2018, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"An 18-year old girl from Baga said.. 'He took me from the camp to a house on Baga Road so we could meet freely. I stayed with him in that house for about one month. Then I fell ill, and went to a clinic. The people at the clinic asked for the person I was living with, and invited him. That was when they told him I was pregnant, and he accepted the pregnancy. But immediately [when] we came out of the clinic he took me to a man to abort the pregnancy. I refused and he said if I would not abort we should separate. Then I moved to...more
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"According to the latest Nepal Demographic Health Survey in 2011, 4 percent of women and 2 percent of men lived in polygamous unions" (27).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"The high prevalence of harmful practices, including . . . polygamy" (page 5).
April 23, 2018, 5:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

“'In Indonesia, not even one per cent of marriages are polygamous,' says Siti Ruhaini (Para 24).
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Eighteen percent of married women have cowives; 9% of married men have more than one wife" (page 85,86). "The results from the 2015-16 TDHS-MIS show that 18% of married women have co-wives (Table 4.2.1). About 8 in 10 married women reported that their husbands have no other wives. About 9% of married men have more than one wife (Table 4.2.2). The percentages of women and men who reported that they were in polygynous unions have decreased slightly from 21% in the 2010 TDHS to 18% in the 2015-16 TDHS-MIS for women and from 10% in the 2010 TDHS to 9% for men, respectively. In general, older women are much more...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2012 DHS survey of Gabon, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 80.7%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 9.8%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 1.3%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 8.2%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 7.3%. According to a 2000 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2010 DHS survey of Burundi, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 92.7%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife is 5%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 1.2%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 2.8%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 2.6%. According to a 1987 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 1998 DHS survey of Turkey, the percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 1.1%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 0.9%. This information was compiled by Professor Andrea Den Boer.
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2015 DHS survey of Mozambique, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 80.1%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 14.7%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 2.3%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 9.1%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 8%. According to a 2011 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2014 DHS survey of Lesotho, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 93.2%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 1.9%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was .04%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 2.5%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 2.6%. According to a 2009 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2015-16 DHS survey of Myanmar, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 94.4%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 4.8%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 0.6%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 3.9%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 3.9%. This information was compiled by Professor Andrea...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2008-09 DHS survey of Madagascar, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 92.3%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 2.7%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 0.4%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 1.4%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 1.2%. According to a 2003-04 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2002 DHS survey of Eritrea, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 90.5%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 7.1%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 2.2%. According to a 1995 DHS survey, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 92.9%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2011 DHS survey of Cameroon, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 68.9%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 18.7%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 6.7%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 15.6%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 12.7%. According to a 2004 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2013 DHS survey of Gambia, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 60.9%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 28.6%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 10.1%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 20.2%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 17.7%. This information was compiled by Professor Andrea...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2013 DHS survey of Yemen, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 93.3%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 5.5%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 0.7%. According to a 1997 DHS survey, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 92.9%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2015-16 DHS survey of India, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 98.4%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 1.5%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 0.1%. The percentage of men who were married and had two or more wives was 0.4%. The percentage of married or in union men aged 15-49 who had two or more wives was 0.4%. According to a 2005-6 DHS survey, the...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 2014 DHS survey of Cambodia, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 94.3%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 2.3%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 0.5%. According to a 2010 DHS survey of Cambodia, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 92.8%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and...more
March 29, 2018, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to a 1998 DHS survey of South Africa, the percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had no additional wives was 87.5%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had one additional wife was 5.1%. The percentage of women who were married or in a union and whose husband had two or more additional wives was 1.7%. This information was compiled by Professor Andrea Den Boer.