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Nov. 2, 2017, 4:49 p.m.
Countries: Chad

"The parliament of Chad in December last year adopted a reform of its penal code which raises the legal marriage age from 16 to 18. Chadian President Idriss Deby also promulgated a law that punishes any person party to the marriage of a minor by 5 to 10 years prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 to 5 million FCFA (750 to 7,500 euros)" (para 16-17).
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Gambia

"This year, Malawi joined the likes of Gambia and Tanzania to ban child marriage after it raised the legal marriage age to 18...Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh prohibited the practice which is now punishable by twenty years imprisonment" (para 12-14).
Nov. 2, 2017, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Malawi

"This year, Malawi joined the likes of Gambia and Tanzania to ban child marriage after it raised the legal marriage age to 18. Perpetrators of child marriages in Malawi commit an offense punishable by five years imprisonment and a fine of about $143" (para 12-13).
Nov. 1, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Saudi Arabia has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public. The announcement [that women will be allowed to go to sporting events] is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's ambitious reform drive shaking up the kingdom, including the decision to allow women to drive from next June" (para 3-4)."In July, rights campaigners welcomed an 'overdue' reform by the education ministry to allow girls to take part in sports at state schools" (para 9).
Oct. 31, 2017, 2:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"The Indian government’s new maternity bill, which comes into force this week, has been branded an elitist policy that will do little or nothing to help the vast majority of the country’s mothers.According to women’s groups, the new rules – which raise maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks, putting India ahead of France and the US – will apply only to a small fraction of the female workforce.'It’s as if, for the government, 95% of India’s women don’t even exist,' said Juin Dutta, from Paatshala, a group helping impoverished female handicraft workers. She pointed out that the extension will only apply to women in the formal sector, which amounts ...more
Oct. 26, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"[Lily] Thapa says several discriminatory laws and policies have been amended in recent years. For example, a widow who remarries no longer needs to return her deceased husband’s property"(para 27)
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"While the former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was considered to have failed to effectively address the Boko Haram insurgency, in a bold exit move, he also left a legacy for the women of Nigeria, when he signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 on May 25, 2015. The Act prohibits FGM, spousal battery, among other violations" (para 12).
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"On January 30, 2015, Tunisia’s president, Beji Caid Essebsi, proceeded to sign the instrument [ratify the Maputo Protocol] at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, during the 24th African Union Heads of State Summit" (para 6).
Oct. 20, 2017, 10:40 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone

"By ratifying the Protocol, Sierra Leone has made a progressive move towards legal protection that will complement national laws relating to women and girls" (para 4).
Oct. 19, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"India's top court has ruled that men who have sex with their child brides can be prosecuted for rape" (para 1).
Oct. 18, 2017, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Local priest, Mathew Sigilai, believes that the combination of economic pressure and new gender equality laws in Kenya is slowly eroding deep-seated cultural beliefs" (12).
Oct. 17, 2017, 7:36 a.m.
Countries: Chad, Guatemala, Ireland, Malawi

"In 2015, four countries raised the age of marriage to 18: Chad, Guatemala, Ireland, and Malawi" (para 3).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"El Salvador lawmakers on Thursday unanimously voted to abolish a controversial, 23-year-old law that allowed men to marry underage girls they had impregnated" (para 1).
Sept. 22, 2017, 7:08 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"India's Supreme Court banned the controversial Islamic divorce practice known as 'triple talaq' in a landmark ruling announced Tuesday" (para 1). Triple talaq refers to the practice of a Muslim man saying the Arabic word for divorce, talaq, three times to his wife as an official form of divorce (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 12, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"While women make up just one-third of the United Kingdom's cabinet, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a gender-equal 10-strong cabinet last year"(para 12)
Sept. 12, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined an elite global club Wednesday by appointing women to 50 percent of his Cabinet positions.The self-proclaimed feminist made good his campaign promise that his governmental inner circle would be gender-equal"(para 1-2)
Sept. 1, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan

“In February, Punjab, the country's largest province, passed a landmark law criminalising all forms of violence against women” (para 13).
Aug. 31, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“In recent years, India has responded by toughening its rape law and creating fast-track courts to speed prosecution of rape cases and other crimes against women” (para 7). “Sexual-assault examination guidelines for doctors were established only in 2014” (para 23). “‘The two-finger test,’ a once-routine practice in rape exams where two fingers are used to determine the pliability of the hymen … has long been used by defense attorneys as evidence that a victim had an alleged prior sexual history … new medical guidelines for doctors forbid its use and the Supreme Court outlawed the two-finger test in 2013” (para 24-25). “Then came 2012 and the devastating fatal gang rape ...more
Aug. 31, 2017, 10:54 a.m.
Countries: China

“News reports that women across China are applying for and receiving spousal protection orders from courts since the Anti-Domestic Violence Law took effect on March 1 showed that they were seizing new opportunities to ensure their safety. Feng Yuan, a feminist who has just returned from a work trip to a rural county in the southwestern province of Yunnan, said that women had inundated the local authorities with requests for information” (para 11).
Aug. 23, 2017, 9:29 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Tanzania’s Law of Marriage Act (1971) is different for boys and girls. It allows girls to be married at 15 years old whereas boys have to be 18. Both boys and girls can marry at 14 with a court’s permission. In June 2016, Tanzania’s high court ruled this to be unconstitutional but the law has yet to be amended” (para 11).
Aug. 23, 2017, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

“Under a 2012 anti-trafficking law, those convicted of the crime can spend up to 30 years in prison” (para 4). “Under a 2014 law, the minimum age for marriage in Mexico is 18 but girls can marry at age 14 and boys at age 16 with parental consent” (para 11).
Aug. 21, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Places of worship that deny or restrict women’s entry undermine the fight for gender equality and have no constitutional right to do so, the Indian supreme court said, in the latest boost for women demanding equal access to temples, mosques and other holy sites" (para 1). “The Shani Shingnapur temple in Ahmednagar, in the western state of Maharashtra, opened its inner sanctum to women following a Mumbai court ruling that it was the fundamental right of women to enter any place of worship that allows men access, and that the state should protect this right. The Mahalaxmi temple, also in Maharashtra, followed suit on Monday and allowed women entry. In ...more
Aug. 14, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Qatar approved a draft law that gives permanent residency status to certain noncitizens, including children of Qatari women married to non-Qatari men" (para 1). "In 2013 and in 2014, I conducted two surveys of Qatari citizens’ attitudes on gender roles, economic satisfaction, political efficacy and policy preferences. Both times, 9 out of 10 Qataris — both men and women — supported a change in the laws to allow Qatari women to pass their citizenship on to their children" (para 8). A draft law was approved in 2017 made this a reality (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 14, 2017, 7:26 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"And in 2014, Morocco rescinded that law [allowing rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims]" (para 14).
Aug. 14, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"A handful of places have recently repealed these so-called marry-your-rapist laws - Tunisia, Morocco and just last week Jordan" (para 1).
Aug. 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In March 2015, The Punjab Assembly enacted the Punjab Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act, 2015 which amends the original Child Marriage Restraint Act by introducing harsher punishment (of a maximum of six months of imprisonment and fines of up to50, 000 rupees) for parties contracting and /or solemnizing child marriage" (11).
July 31, 2017, 3:24 p.m.
Countries: Georgia

"Georgia is trying to comply with human rights protection requirements from the European Union by abolishing provisions that allow child marriage. Until recently, there was a provision that allowed such marriages in 'special circumstances' with the consent of a court. That was struck down in January" (para 4).
July 5, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: DV-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"In 2013, the Saudi Cabinet passed unprecedented legislation that criminalizes domestic violence. The legislation holds law-enforcement agencies accountable for investigating and prosecuting domestic violence cases, which police previously dealt with as a private domestic matter. The hotline 1919 has been established to report suspected abuse" (para 14-15).
July 5, 2017, 4:22 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Civil society and feminist organizations have been asking for the abolition of Article 522 of the penal code, nicknamed the 'rape law,' for years. The first step taken by Lebanese lawmakers not only invalidates it but also improves the law for women and against rape in general" (para 2).
June 5, 2017, 8:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where people can be convicted of paying for sex. The law, which was championed by Democratic Unionist peer and Stormont assembly member Lord Morrow, came into effect on 1 June this year" (para 3).