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Aug. 3, 2019, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1, POLY-LAW-1

"Polygamy is a customary practice commonly accepted in Mozambique, even though it is legally prohibited. There are no statistical data, because this practice is legally recognized, but we are conscious that in rural areas this practice abounds. And we also know that the second, third and even fourth woman has no legal rights and protection whatsoever" (63)
Aug. 3, 2019, 7 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

"Although Article 16(2) of the Family Law formally states that marriage is monogamous, polygamous marriages are widely practised" (para 21)
Aug. 3, 2019, 6:17 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

"Although, according to the Chapter on marriage of the Country Code, polygamy is a crime punished by law, it is still widely practiced. Moreover, the law does not invalidate the second marriage itself and allows men to take a second wife under special circumstances. Section 10 of the Country Code states that the second marriage of a man may be recognized if he copes with the provisions set by the law" (para 23)
July 23, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Six percent of married women 15-49 reported that their husband had multiple wives, while only 3% of married men reported having more than one wife" (61).
July 19, 2019, 9:32 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: PW-LAW-1, PW-DATA-1

""Polygamy is legal for Muslims but rarely practiced; although men may take up to four wives at one time, less than 4 percent exercise this right" (11)
July 19, 2019, 9:23 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Polygamy, in the past, for example, in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea was a common practice whereas in the country’s Coastal regions, it is not common" (14)
July 19, 2019, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5, PW-DATA-1

"Polygyny and the custom in many tribal cultures of paying a 'bride price' tended to reinforce the view that women were property" (para 53)
July 8, 2019, 9:19 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Twenty-five percent of married women reported that their husband has multiple wives" (71).
July 3, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"The 2004 Council of Ulema fatwa prohibiting Hanafi Sunni women--constituting the vast majority of the female population--from praying in mosques remained in effect. Religious ceremonies also made polygyny possible, despite the illegality of the practice. NGOs estimated that up to 10 percent of men practiced polygyny" (Pg 21).
June 21, 2019, 7:58 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"NGOs estimated that up to 10 percent of men practiced polygyny" (p. 23).
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Thirteen percent of women reported that their husband or partner has other wives (Table 4.2.1). The percentage of men who report multiple wives was about half that of women (7%) (Table 4.2.2)" (56).
June 10, 2019, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Concerning polygamy, data from the same inquiry points to a reduction of women living in polygamist relationships. In the urban areas, the percentage of women in monogamist unions increased from 67% to 74%. In the rural areas, the increase is relatively lower (71.1% to 74.6%) and a contrasting increase is observed in women whose partners have another wife. The message given by the data regarding the co-existence of 2 or more wives is not clear" (14).
April 24, 2019, 11:38 a.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Polygynous marriages constituted 0.2 percent of Muslim marriages" (p. 20).
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