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April 15, 2019, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The Human Rights Committee has expressed its concern about the relationship in Ecuador between very high numbers of suicides of young girls and women and the prohibition of abortion: ‘[T]he Committee regrets the State party’s failure to address the resulting problems faced by adolescent girls, in particular rape victims, who suffer the consequences of such acts for the rest of their lives. Such situations are, from both the legal and practical standpoints, incompatible with articles 3, 6 and 7 of the Covenant, and with article 24 when female minors are involved” (para 56-57).
April 15, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Suicide represents 57 percent of the causes of death among girls 10-19 years old in El Salvador, the second mortality cause in that group. It is also the fourth cause of death among women 20-49 years old. El Salvador has one of the most restrictive abortion policies in the world; it is not even permitted if the life of the mother is in danger or a victim is raped. Innocent women serve excruciating prison sentences. Lack of access to abortion and support from authorities are a big part of the problem, but this is not the only cause. Sexual violence, even in one’s home, stigma, and gang violence make a...more
April 15, 2019, 9:47 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Suicide...is the leading cause of death for pregnant teenagers in El Salvador” (para 5). El Salvador has a strict abortion ban that leaves pregnant teenagers, often the victims of rape, without many choices (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
April 15, 2019, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Government statistics reveal that three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under nineteen. Many of these girls have suffered rape and sexual abuse, and are silenced by the shame of these humiliations, in addition to the stigma of pregnancy” (para 49).
April 15, 2019, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“El Salvador’s ban on abortion is driving hundreds of girls who become pregnant after being raped to commit suicide every year because they see no other option. Teenage pregnancy is one of the leading causes of suicide in the Central American country of 6 million people. Three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under 19, latest government figures show” (para 1).
April 15, 2019, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Family disintegration, domestic violence and sexual harassment are key factors that force some women to commit suicide in Jordan, according to a study by the Sisterhood is Global Institute (SIGI)” (para 1).
April 15, 2019, 9:24 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“According to the General Prosecutor of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in 2016 alone, every third murder took place in the family, and as a result of domestic violence, 36 women died and 742 women committed suicide” (para 2).
April 11, 2019, 2:08 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The youngest girl to go through domestic violence in Kuwait is 14 years old, and she tried to commit suicide due to abuses she endured at the hands of the father” (para 3).
April 11, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait on Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers there had driven several domestic helpers to suicide” (para 1).
April 11, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Numerous cases of sexual abuse and suicide, as well as unexplained disappearances of domestic workers, have been coming out of Kuwait and other Gulf state for several years, with Filipina women particularly at risk” (para 6).
April 9, 2019, 9:17 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The Philippines suspended sending workers to Kuwait on Friday, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said abuse by employers there had driven several domestic helpers to suicide...Duterte, who is hugely popular among the Filipino diaspora, said on Thursday the Philippines had ‘lost four women’ in Kuwait, referring to domestic helpers he said had been abused and committed suicide” (para 1-5).
April 8, 2019, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"Dr Linklater says she's been concerned about growing suicide rates among young indigenous women for some time, and limited data suggests they are more vulnerable than non-indigenous girls. Data obtained by the BBC for 2015 shows that indigenous women in Ontario are more likely to kill themselves than non-indigenous women. Women made up more than half of all indigenous suicides in 2015 in Ontario, compared with the non-aboriginal population where women made up just one quarter of all suicides. Between 2006 and 2015, the number of female suicides climbed 1.5 times faster in indigenous women than it did for non-indigenous women. Dr Linklater says we should be paying more attention...more
April 8, 2019, 10:39 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"1,013 women died by suicide in Canada in 2013 compared to 3,041 men (Statistics Canada, 2017). 141 women died by suicide in Alberta in 2013, compared to 394 men (Statistics Canada, 2017). Women attempt suicide two to three times more often than men (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009). Suicide attempts happen 10 times more often than suicide deaths in women (Chaudron & Caine, 2004). Teen girls have been dying by suicide more often than previously. This is attributed to an increase in the use of lethal means – principally suffocation – where a suicide attempt can more likely result in suicidal death (Skinner & McFaul, 2012). In 2010...more
April 8, 2019, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Nearly half of all women who were physically abused by their husbands reported frequent physical injuries, and victims of violence are four times more likely to consider suicide” (para 7).
April 8, 2019, 10:11 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“In addition to physical injuries, there is also considerable impact on the mental health of the women [victims of domestic violence]. They may be nervous, anxious, scared of their husbands, worried about making decisions, no longer confident and have low self-esteem. The women may contemplate suicide but don’t carry it out due to concerns over their children” (2).
April 8, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“A total of 17 cases of [domestic violence] were recorded last year in Lebanon, a country of around four million inhabitants, including those ow women killed by their husbands but also that of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after a forced marriage” (para 6).
April 8, 2019, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“Tragic tales of domestic worker abuse in Lebanon are common, but a film showing an Ethiopian maid dragged along a street in Beirut just days before she was found hanged from her bed sheets has rattled lebanon’s conscience...Dechasa’s case is by no means isolated - Human Rights Watch says, on average, one domestic worker a week in Lebanon either kills herself or falls from a high building to her death” (para 1-16)
April 8, 2019, 9:53 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“One domestic worker on average commits suicide each month in Lebanon, according to a leading NGO that deals with domestic violence and human rights...women [domestic workers] can face 24 hours a day of physical, verbal, and even sexual abuse with few options of escaping” (para 1-6
April 8, 2019, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The tragic case of a 16-year-old child bride who attempted suicide should prompt Lebanon’s parliament to finally pass a law ending child marriage in the country. Media and other reports say the girls jumped from the roof of her parents’ house in the border town of Arsal earlier this month after her husband divorced her and ‘returned her’ to her parents. Her condition was reported as critical. The girl was reportedly forced to marry her cousin at the age of 14. After the divorce, her parents allegedly forbade her from leaving the house and from continuing her education” (para 1-3).
April 8, 2019, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

One woman told Human Rights Watch that her brother-in-law threatened her after her husband took her to a doctor: ‘I went back to my family’s home and stayed in a room alone—they would bring me a tray of food and leave,’ she said. ‘My brother-in-law came then and told me, ‘Either you commit suicide, or we kill you and make it look like a suicide, or an accident will happen. Someone will clean a weapon and will kill you, accidentally’” (para 18).
April 8, 2019, 9:29 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

More housewives and women in abusive relationships in New Zealand are turning to self-harm and considering taking their own lives, according to the results of a Women’s Refuge survey into domestic violence. The online survey was conducted on 1,250 women in the country over one month, with the results released last week. Among its most disturbing revelation, over half of the women interviewed said they had considered suicide at least once. While the majority of respondents had committed self-harm and suggested a link with partner violence” (para 1-3).
April 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"Thiri Aung Tin said her boyfriend had persuaded her to elope, then locked her in a dark room for days on end. It was the start of an ordeal of captivity and verbal abuse that lasted more than two years, she said, and eventually drove her to attempt suicide" (para 1).
April 8, 2019, 9:16 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“More than 1200 women responded to the survey, and their experiences at their partners’ hands covered sexual, physical and emotional abuse. All study respondents had considered or attempted suicide, with feeling worthless consistently reported as the most common factor driving that…[A woman] spoke of the erosion of her self esteem…”I felt trapped like I couldn’t leave”(para 3-11).
April 8, 2019, 9:07 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“In a populous country like Nigeria with over 180 million people where 60% are female, cases of domestic violence are rampant. Many women and children exposed to violence in Nigeria are also victims of physical and emotional abuse, and are at serious risk of long-term physical and mental health problems. They have also been reported cases of rape, trafficking, kidnapping, and suicide caused by domestic violence” (para 3).
April 8, 2019, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"San Thi Dar, a migrant from Myanmar’s capital, Yangon, took a different standpoint, telling me: 'There are just so many rules and stigmas in our religion and society that lead people to commit suicide. Especially for women. We feel inferior. For example, pregnancy outside of marriage – think of the shame that our culture imposes on that'" (para 11). "There is also talk of the cultural expectations put upon women, such as chastity and domesticity, and how they feel disempowered and ashamed when they don’t live up to them. Which, when combined with the hormonal changes and psychosocial pressures of pregnancy, is causing a shocking ripple effect of pre- and...more
April 8, 2019, 8:58 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The jihadists are sending more children to their death too: the UN has counted 83 used as human bombs this year, four times the total for 2016. Two-thirds of them were girls” (para 2).
April 8, 2019, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The evolution of Boko Haram’s bombing campaign also includes the increasing use of children.The group sees them as 'cheap labor,' easily replenished through kidnappings, and has at least twice deployed girls as young as 7 as suicide bombers” (para 11).
April 6, 2019, 2:02 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

"Shahira is one of a growing number of Ugandans returning home from Oman with tales of abuse, such as employers confiscating their passports and phones, denying them food and working long hours without receiving their full salaries. Uganda banned its nationals in 2016 from working in Oman. But a parliamentary report documenting the deaths of 48 Ugandans in the Middle East since January - 34 by committing suicide - shows the ban is being flouted, sparking calls for more effective action” (para 5-7).
April 6, 2019, 1:57 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“The effects of different types of violence in relation to suicidal ideation were reported by Ishida et al. from a population-based study of women from Paraguay. They found that, for abuse in the past 12 months, physical and sexual violence were more important risk factors for suicidal ideation than emotional abuse. For abuse experienced more than 12 months ago, sexual violence had the largest adverse effect, indicating that sexual abuse had a longer lasting negative effect than either of the other two forms of abuse” (7).
April 6, 2019, 1:52 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: SUICIDE-PRACTICE-1

“In sum, abuse that evokes fear of the partner has a positive effect on women’s risk for general depression and anxiety while abuse that involved physical force increases suicidal ideation” (1659). This finding comes from a study based on a sample of women in Paraguay (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).