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Latest items for VOTE-PRACTICE-1

Sept. 4, 2018, 10:27 a.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No law limits political participation by women, but the deeply rooted patriarchal culture impeded women’s full participation in political life. The political participation of women was often limited, since many were expected to vote along tribal and family lines" (12).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Discrimination was most common in rural areas where religious and cultural traditions, lack of education, and ignorance of the law remained severe impediments to the exercise of basic rights, such as the right to vote or to hold property in a woman’s name" (30).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:22 a.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"On December 30, according to international press sources, UN international peacekeeping troops, including from Morocco, were listed as participants in sexually abusing young girls as they were queued to vote in elections in the Central African Republic. The Royal Armed Forces of Morocco opened a criminal investigation on the soldiers involved" (4).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Although they gained the right to vote in 2005, women faced cultural and social barriers to political participation. For example, some tribal leaders excluded women from tribal primaries" (19-20).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"An unknown number of Roma were believed not to be registered to vote" (17). There are significant barriers facing the Roma people, and by extension their women, in terms of political activity and participation (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

“Some states require that voters must show government-issued photo identification to vote, while others are more lenient and accept non-photo identification such as a bank statement with name and address. . . Low-income women (and men) who lack photo identification may face barriers like limited transportation and financial costs associated with accessing other identifying documents like birth certificates and marriage licenses; once time, travel, and the costs of documents are factored in, the cost associated with a ‘free ID card’ can range from $75 to $175; when legal fees are included, the costs can be as high as $1,500” (8)
Aug. 31, 2018, 10:10 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

“women are more likely to be prevented from voting by laws that require them to show multiple forms of identification with the same name—such as a driver’s license and birth certificate—since women who marry and divorce often change their names. . . A national survey sponsored by the Brennan Center for Justice in 2006 found that more than half of women with access to a birth certificate did not have one that reflected their current name, and only 66 percent of women with access to any proof of citizenship had documents reflecting their current name” (8)
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The justice system remains inaccessible to most women . . . owing to their high illiteracy rate" (page 4). "[The Committee] notes that barriers to the participation of women in political and public life include widespread illiteracy, a lack of autonomy in keeping official household documents and the lower social status of women manifested in their inability either to obtain the necessary identification documents or to vote because of a lack of permission to do so" (page 9).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"The Committee is, however, concerned at the disadvantaged position of women in rural and remote areas, who form the majority of women in the State party. It is particularly concerned about: (a) The high incidence of poverty and illiteracy" (page 13).
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about reports of election-related gender-based violence, including of a sexual nature, such as gang rapes, against women during the elections in 2017. It is equally concerned about reports that the majority of perpetrators were police officers or members of other security forces and by the lack of reparation provided to victims. It notes with concern the delays in prosecuting perpetrators and providing redress to the victims of such violence and the State party’s apparent lack of commitment in that regard, notwithstanding the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence of 2007/2008" (7)
June 8, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned about . . . Language barriers faced by women wishing to claim their rights, in particular Kurdish women, women belonging to other minorities and refugee women" (page 6).
June 3, 2018, 6:04 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1, WR-PRACTICE-1

"Widows are often rejected as immoral or regarded as burdens: they suffer violence, expulsion, ostracism and sometimes forced remarriage, often with a brother-in-law, as reported by the UN Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a rare study published in 2014," (1).
April 17, 2018, 4:59 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Twenty-three percent of women and 17% of men are illiterate" (page 51).
April 17, 2018, 4:54 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"In Tanzania, about 8 in 10 respondents are literate (77% of women and 83% of men). About 9 in 10 urban dwellers are literate (89% of women and 94% of men), a higher percentage than rural dwellers (70% of women and 78% of rural men are literate) (Tables 3.3.1 and 3.3.2). Trends: Literacy among women has increased over the last decade, from 67% in 2004-05 to 72% in 2010, and to 77% in 2015-16. Literacy among men has been higher than among women throughout the decade, and increased from 80% in 2004-05 to 83% in 2015-16. Among respondents of school age (15-24), the percentages who are literate are the same...more
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Gender-related disparities also characterize non-formal basic education. The literacy rate, 62.9 per cent in urban and 19.2 per cent in rural areas in 2007, is 36.7 per cent among men and 21 per cent among women" (25). The high rates of illiteracy of women would be a barrier to their ability to vote (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"That the efforts to eradicate the high percentage of female illiteracy have not been sufficient" (9).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes that the State party intends to strengthen and increase the number of legal clinics. It notes with concern, however, the persistence of many barriers to women’s access to justice, especially in cases of divorce and gender - based violence, such as women’s legal illiteracy, the lack of awareness in the State party and in its relevant national legislation of women ’s rights, gender stereotyping, including among law enforcement personnel and traditional chiefs, the subjection of women to customary and traditional legal systems, corruption within the judiciary, the unavailability of courts in rural areas, legal fees and the cost of medical certificates, which are borne by the victims...more
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the lack of data on voters disaggregated by sex, a unified database of citizens and the absence of cross-referenced data between the Central Election Commission and the various ministries, and insufficient information on women voters who may be excluded from registration on the lists of voters because they live in their husband ’s home without permanent or temporary registration" (6).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the allocation of a large part of the State budget to education, the many measures taken to increase access to education for women and girls and the issuance of policy letter No. 004379 of 11 October 2007 by the Ministry of Education authorizing girls to continue their education after giving birth. The Committee remains concerned, however, about: (a) The low enrolment rates of girls at the secondary and tertiary levels of education and the high dropout rates of girls at all levels of education owing to, among other things, early marriage, unequal share of domestic responsibilities, preference given by parents for their sons’ education, and teenage pregnancy;...more
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The Educational Reform (2013) anticipates increasing attention to youth and adults without completed basic education, through the National Campaign of Literacy and Reduction of Educational Backwardness, operated by the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) in collaboration with state governments; in this way, there was a four times increase in the coverage of women being attended to at the beginning level (illiterate) in rural and urban zones, from 2012 to 2015, growing from 56,673 to 225,163 women in rural zones and 82,352 to 315,688 in urban zones" (page 20). "The INE has a program for the political participation of indigenous women, and this year published two manuals for the training...more
March 7, 2018, 6:52 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"Universal adult franchise was introduced in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) in 1931. Women’s right to vote has been guaranteed and there has never been any obstacle to their active participation at all elections and public referenda and to be eligible for election to all public elected bodies" (33).
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Other challenges are illiteracy and poverty which hinder access to justice and make women vulnerable to SGBV" (18). Illiteracy and poverty can also be barriers to voting (CODER COMMENT-BCT). "...ignorance and illiteracy coupled with limited financial muscle among women candidates have largely contributed to the underrepresentation" (20). Ignorance and illiteracy are also barriers to women voting (CODER COMMENT-BCT).
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The former National Board for Youth Affairs has distributed SEK 28 million to women’s organisations each year between 2006 and 2014. This grant is intended to promote the participation of women in the democratic process and in community life and to enable women to monitor their rights and put forward their demands" (page 59).
Dec. 28, 2017, 8:58 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"According to The Asia Foundation’s 2016 Survey of the Afghan People . . . more than half of respondents (56.9 percent) say that if women vote, they should decide for themselves whom to vote for, an increase from 50.1 percent in 2015" (para 4). "Support for women’s independence while voting is high among Hazaras (69.4 percent) compared to Pashtuns (46.7 percent)" (para 12). Figure 2 (Support for Women’s Rights by Gender) shows that 60% of women are in support of women’s independence in voting, versus 54% of men.
Dec. 26, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Countries: Panama
Variables: CLCC-PRACTICE-1, LBHO-PRACTICE-2, LBHO-DATA-1, VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"Women participated in political life on the same basis as men"(13)
Nov. 30, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Poverty, poor health and illiteracy make almost 50pc of the country’s population who are not full participants in the realm of socio-economic development" (para 5).
Nov. 1, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Women gained the right to vote in provincial elections [in Quebec] only in 1940, two decades after most of the rest of the country" (para 20).
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Burundi, East Timor, Guinea, Guyana, Nepal
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Women were threatened, coerced, or deprived economically more often than men, enduring such experiences as being stoned and torn from their children, morally condemned by their church leaders, or even burned to death — simply because they tried to vote, work at a polling station or run for office...the proportion of rural voters and journalist victims who were women was four times higher than among male victims" (para 9). This is a conclusion drawn from a study of election violence in Bangladesh, Burundi, Guinea, Guyana, Nepal and East Timor between 2006 and 2010 as well as data from narratives and experiences related by women and men from 45 different countries...more
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Burundi, East Timor, Guinea, Guyana, Nepal
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Women reported being beaten, raped, burned and mutilated by men who wanted to punish or coerce their political choices or prevent them from participating in a political activity like voting or running for office, because they are female" (para 7). This is a conclusion drawn from a study of election violence in Bangladesh, Burundi, Guinea, Guyana, Nepal and East Timor between 2006 and 2010 as well as data from narratives and experiences related by women and men from 45 different countries (TPJ - CODER COMMENT).
Oct. 24, 2017, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh, Burundi, East Timor, Guinea, Guyana, Nepal
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"I examined more than 2,000 incidents of election violence in six countries — Bangladesh, Burundi, Guinea, Guyana, Nepal, Timor-Leste — between 2006 and 2010" (para 6).