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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).
Sept. 26, 2017, 2 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"As part of Women's Voices Program funded by UN Women- Fund for Gender Equality; the Egyptian Center for Women's Rights (ECWR) cooperated with Radio Sawt El Arab to launch the radio program titled 'She& Her Sisters'. This program aims to support the Egyptian women and discuss the issues that affect the society in general and women in particular such as the political empowerment for women and their participation in the local councils and the parliament"(para 1)."Some episodes [of the radio program a NGO designed for women] will address the women’s rights in Islam at the level of family and the financial independence of women and the right to work"(para 5)more
Sept. 1, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

“The association’s [The Voice of the Amazigh Woman] next project is to lift the voter participation of Amazigh women in local and national elections” (para 27).
June 14, 2017, 11:26 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

“Studies focusing on the populations most likely to be affected by voter identification laws indicate that women, especially low-income, older, minority, and married women, may be particularly affected by stringent voter identification laws…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. The Brennan Center survey showed that 11 percent of the 987 randomly selected citizens of voting age did not have a photo ID. Low-income women ...more
April 6, 2017, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"The Constitutional Declaration allows for full participation of women and minorities in elections and the political process, but significant social and cultural barriers--in addition to significant security challenges--prevented their proportionate political participation" (21).
March 14, 2017, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3, LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"The law protects the rights of women and minorities to vote, run for office, serve as electoral monitors, and otherwise participate in political life; however, traditional and cultural practices limited the political participation of women and members of indigenous groups" (11).
Feb. 27, 2017, 5:43 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Most polling stations were accessible to persons with disabilities, and priority was given to them as well as the elderly, pregnant women, and nursing mothers" (33).
Jan. 26, 2017, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Literacy as well as the significantly higher proportion of female dropout from the system is still a major concern. The literacy of male children was 49.5 percent in 2000 at the national level, which has increased to 61.12 percent in 2010 with an annual average increasing rate of 1.16 percent. Continuation of this rate indicates that the literacy rate of the male children my increase to 65.77 percent in the national level by 2014 which is 34.23 percent lower than the National Education Policy (NEP, 2010) target of 100 percent. Whereas, the literacy rate of female children in the national level was 40.1 percent in 2000, which has increased to ...more
Jan. 26, 2017, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Under Saudi law, women require the permission of a male guardian to travel, marry, or exit prison and it may be needed to be granted employment or access to healthcare. A guardian is typically a woman’s father or her husband if she is married; a widow may have to seek permission from her son if she has no other men of age in her life" (para 4-5). The travel restrictions likely present an obstacle to a woman's ability to vote (KH- CODER COMMENT). "Saudi Arabia’s government agreed to abolish the guardianship system twice – in 2009 and 2013 – after a review by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. It ...more
Dec. 21, 2016, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Angolan women continue to be disadvantaged as heads of households because they have lower literacy rates (54.2 percent) than males (82.9 percent), and females lack the necessary educational and job skills to support themselves and their families"(72)
Nov. 30, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"In an interview with Al-Monitor, Gaballah talks about the hurdles she faced during the electoral race, which includes society’s prevailing patriarchal culture where even women refuse to vote for other women…" (Para 2). "Al-Monitor: What are the main obstacles and difficulties that you faced in this electoral race, particularly considering that this was the first time that a Coptic woman succeeded in winning an individual seat? Gaballah: Prior to entering the race, my main concern revolved around the patriarchal culture that permeates society, to the point even where women refuse to vote for other women. Another concern was the fact that the al-Jamaliah and Manshiyat Nasser district that I represent ...more
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Accordingly, as of 2013, the number of women members of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (NDPU) was 158,756, 42 per cent of the total number of members. That figure stood at 40 per cent in 2010" (24)
Sept. 30, 2016, 8:59 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Conservative clerics protested against women’s participation before the election over concerns that it would lead to gender mixing and Westernization of society" (para 7). "Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Barrak said in a fatwa last August that it was “forbidden for women to participate in the municipal councils elections, elected or appointed, and it is forbidden for everyone to elect them. Still, female candidates did better than expected in the Dec. 12 nationwide municipal election, winning 21 out of 979 elected seats. The local councils are the only elected bodies in the country, and this was the first time women were allowed to participate as both voters and candidates" (para 8-9). "The inclusion ...more
Aug. 24, 2016, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"The literacy rate for 15-24 year-old women was 32 percent compared with 63 percent in neighbouring Pakistan"(para 11)
Aug. 24, 2016, 7:53 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"The literacy rate for 15-24 year-old women was 32 percent compared with 63 percent in neighbouring Pakistan"(para 11)
Aug. 23, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"However, Turkish women in general still continue to face some problems such as low literacy rates, low labour force, political and educational participation, domestic violence and honour killings etc"(para 10). "In terms of literacy rates, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) illiteracy figures, 2.3 million of the 2.8 million of people who are illiterate are women. (846 thousand women whose literacy status is not known were not included into the statistics)"(para 11)
Aug. 23, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Because of the dowry system, men often consider women as their property rather than their partners. Women must serve the men’s families; vote according to men’s choices" (17). "Women must serve the men’s families; women must vote according to men’s choices" (60).
July 27, 2016, 2:41 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"“Government and civil society institutions praised the participation of women and estimated more female voters participated in the 2014 election than in the 2009 presidential election. While there were reports of low voter participation among women in some rural areas, anecdotal reports from various sources suggested women’s participation was robust overall, and the IEC estimated women made up approximately 36 percent of voters in the first round. The increase in women’s participation was attributable in part to the IEC’s Gender Unit, which for the first time drafted and implemented a strategy to support women’s participation in the elections” (28).
July 18, 2016, 9:02 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The role of the social workers was also key. Mostly lowincome women themselves, these workers provide support and information. They also organize monthly meetings, bringing together programme participants, to cover topics including housing, voting and health" (127).
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Poverty and illiteracy reinforce patriarchal tendencies, gender-based discrimination and vulnerability to violence, thereby reducing the impact of positive laws and policies in place" (34)
July 14, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The National Women Council and partners have undertaken various activities of mobilizing and teaching how to read and write for illiterate women" (29). The rate of illiterate women seems to be high enough to the National Women Council to help them (RNP-CODER COMMENT)
July 5, 2016, 7:37 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Furthermore, it should be pointed out that to ensure the exercise of the right to vote by all, the law stipulates that persons with disabilities may, at their will, be assisted by a person of their choice when voting. An entrusted person who votes unfaithfully or discloses the vote cast is punishable with a penalty of up to 3 years of imprisonment (Articles 109, 111 and 172 of Law 3/2001 on the Electoral Law for the Legislative Assembly, as amended, and Articles 75, 76 and 138 of Law 3/2004 on the Election of the Chief Executive, as amended)." (16)
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

""No, women are able to vote as easily as men, without extra barriers. However, in the rural areas, women vote much less often, primarily because of the lack of contact with the media and what is happening. They are too busy tending to the cows and family all day. Sometimes there may be cases when the husbands do not think their wives can vote, or think they should stay home." Anna Cheburei" (8)
Feb. 19, 2016, 9:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"After the first day of the second stage of Egypt’s Parliamentary elections 2015, ECWR observed that women were very exploited through buying their votes with money from 50 to 200 Egyptian Pounds, based upon the place. Moreover, women were influenced to vote for certain candidates, as well as administrative errors as wrong polling stations and numbers for female voters which hindered the voting process. In the framework of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) Operation room, ECWR field observers monitored the following: Vote-buying– In Cairo governorate,i. Dar El Salam Constituency, Abdel Nasser Secondary School and Dar El Salam Preparatory School for girls, there was vote buying for a certain ...more
Feb. 18, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"A growing number of public polling stations have been managed by women in recent years" (28). "Senegalese women participate on an equal basis with men in referendums" (28)
Jan. 15, 2016, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"There is also a lack of access to education in Afghanistan for women, it is known that 90% of women are illiterate and there is also a lack of healthcare"(para 16)
Jan. 13, 2016, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The electoral Office develops and conducts a voter education program for women and men and the members of political parties throughout Vanuatu, including the manner of registration, importance of voting, quota systems and proportional representation and the purpose of a national referendum" (27)