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Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Rep, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad/Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia
Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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Aug. 27, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Canada, United States
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Many groups have studied the physics-gender-gap problem, identifying a number of possible causes. For example, researchers have reported both subtle and blatant stereotyping of women in physics laboratories in the US, Canada, and Europe and have shown that such stereotyping negatively impacted women’s careers [5] (see also Viewpoint: How Stereotypes Impact Women in Physics). That study and others all focused on western countries, where physics is a man-dominated field..." (para 2).
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"As the world marks a year of COVID-19, researchers are calling out another pandemic that has ebbed and flowed for decades in this country: violence against women and girls" (Para 1). "Dugal says the conversation in Canada needs to pivot to what men and boys can be doing and not focus on victim behaviours. 'We need to shift the culture so men are responsible to each other and themselves and understand exactly that they are more responsible for this violence than anybody else and they need to take responsibility for that,' she said" (Para 16-17).
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Of the 128 women and girls killed by a man in 2020, the type of relationship they shared was known for 88 victims of which 36, or 41 per cent, involved a current or former intimate partner relationship" (Para 7). "But there have been increases in crisis calls to shelters, as well as more serious and frequent instances of violence during the pandemic, said Anuradha Dugal, vice-president of community initiatives at the Canadian Women's Foundation in Montreal" (Para 10).
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"The report also points to a resistance to recognize misogyny — or contempt and prejudice for girls and women — because it is not an individual characteristic. 'It is also a characteristic of patriarchal social structures and systems such as the police, courts, corrections, our governments our education systems, healthcare and our media,' the report says. 'It is part of the fabric of everyday life of women and girls'" (Para 13-14).
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"In 2020 alone, 160 females were violently killed in Canada, according to a report published by the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) at the University of Guelph.On average, that's one woman or girl killed every 2.5 days" (Para 2-3). "That's an increase during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 2019 when 146 women and girls were killed, the 88-page report named Call It Femicide shows" (Para 4). "The CFOJA said in 90 per cent of the 128 cases where an accused perpetrator was identified, the accused was male" (Para 5). "The study also found at least one in five women whose killers were identified as male were Indigenous...more
July 29, 2021, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-DATA-2

"In 2018 there were 164 instances of femicide, which is the killing of women and girls because they are female" (Para 4). "The study also found 41 per cent of violent deaths of the cases where relationship status were known involved a current or former intimate partner" (Para 6). "Of the 128 women and girls killed by a man in 2020, the type of relationship they shared was known for 88 victims of which 36, or 41 per cent, involved a current or former intimate partner relationship" (Para 7). "However, Dugal added, 'the reality of femicide, the murdering of women because they are women, does not shift year after year...more
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C of women and girls and prosecutes the offense, including parents of minors, as aggravated assault with a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment"(9).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Penalties for sexual assault carry sentences of up to 10 years in prison, up to 14 years for sexual assault with a restricted or prohibited firearm, and between four years and life for aggravated sexual assault with a firearm or committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with, a criminal organization"(8).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, as sexual assault, and the government enforced the law effectively[...]Most victims of sexual assault were women"(7,8)."The law offers protections from sexual harassment at the workplace but does not articulate a specific offense of “sexual harassment” outside of work; instead it criminalizes harassment (defined as stalking), punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, and sexual assault, with penalties ranging from 10 years for nonaggravated sexual assault to life imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault"(9).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The government continued a national strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence, budgeting C$101 million ($77.8 million) over five years to create a center of excellence within Status of Women Canada for research, data collection, and programming"(9).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"The government’s statistical agency reported that hourly wages for women were, on average, lower than for men but that the wage gap had narrowed to 87 cents for women for every dollar earned by men, except at the top of corporate structures. Of approximately 1,200 named corporate officers of public companies, women earned 68 cents for every dollar earned by men"(10)."The government’s statistical agency reported that hourly wages for women were, on average, lower than for men but that the wage gap had narrowed to 87 cents for women for every dollar earned by men, except at the top of corporate structures. Of approximately 1,200 named corporate officers of public...more
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"Approximately 1,180 indigenous women were killed or disappeared from 1980 to 2012, according to a 2014 RCMP report. Indigenous advocates and the report stated the number was probably far higher, since many deaths had gone unreported. Indigenous women and girls make up an estimated 4 percent of the country’s women, but represented 16 percent of the women killed, according to government statistics"(8).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Persons convicted of assault receive up to five years in prison. Assaults involving weapons, threats, or injuries carry terms of up to 10 years. Aggravated assault or endangerment of life carry prison sentences of up to 14 years. The government enforced the law effectively"(8).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The government’s Family Violence Initiative involved 15 federal departments, agencies, and crown corporations, including Status of Women Canada, Health Canada, and Justice Canada. These entities worked with civil society organizations to eliminate violence against women and advance women’s human rights"(9).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law provides protections against domestic violence for both men and women, although most victims were women. Although the criminal code does not define specific domestic violence offenses, assault, aggravated assault, intimidation, mischief, or sexual assault charges apply to acts of domestic violence"(8).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law establishes 16 years as the legal minimum age of marriage"(11).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"Significant human rights issues included reports of indigenous women sterilized without their proper and informed consent. In addition, indigenous women suffered high rates of deadly violence, which government authorities during the year stated amounted to 'genocide'"(1)."In December 2018 the Ministries of Indigenous Services and Health sent a letter to provincial and territorial ministers as well as to members of the medical community expressing concern over reports from indigenous women that they were involuntarily sterilized after giving birth. More than 100 women reported they had been sterilized without their proper and informed consent. At least 60 women joined a class action litigation against the province of Saskatchewan for their coerced sterilization...more
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"On June 3, the government-commissioned National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report. The volume concluded that the government’s treatment of indigenous people amounted to genocide, remained ongoing, and required immediate action. The report came after a nearly three-year inquiry into killed and missing indigenous women and girls, during which more than 1,500 families of victims and survivors testified at hearings across the country"(8).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit the participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. The government of New Brunswick provided financial incentives to political parties to field female candidates in provincial elections"(6).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Police received training in treating victims of domestic violence, and agencies provided hotlines to report abuse. In May the public safety minister condemned the conduct of an RCMP officer who, in a recently released video from 2012, asked a young woman who reported she had been sexually assaulted whether she was 'turned on' during the alleged attack"(8-9).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Indigenous women living on reservations (where land is held communally) have matrimonial property rights. First Nations may choose to follow federal law or enact their own rules related to matrimonial real property rights and interests that respect their customs"(10).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Federal securities regulations require publicly listed companies to report annually on their gender diversity policies for boards. A Toronto-Dominion Bank study in March found women accounted for 24 percent of directors on corporate boards of the 243 members of the S&P/TSX Composite Index as of 2018, up from 13 percent in 2014. Separately, seven provinces and two territories require private-sector companies to report annually on their efforts to increase the number of women appointed to executive corporate boards"(10).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"The law prohibits discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex persons in housing, employment, nationality laws, and access to government services, including health care, and the government enforced the law"(16).
July 26, 2021, 12:32 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"FGM/C occurred on occasion, predominantly in diaspora communities. While internal government reports asserted that FGM/C practitioners and victims often travelled to the country from which they immigrated for the illegal procedure, officials also sought to prevent the entry of FGM/C practitioners into Canada"(9).
July 22, 2021, 5:39 p.m.
Countries: Canada, France, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"The Prohibition of Consumption of Prostitution Services Act will be enforced in Israel on 10 July 2020. The law imposes fines for consuming prostitution and attempting to pay for it. The aim is to reduce prostitution by prohibiting the purchase of sex as part of an integrated process that includes public education, and the expansion of services for the population in prostitution – including trauma-informed care and practical help to rebuild their lives, while recognizing the harmful nature of prostitution and the damage it causes. According to the law, a first-time offender will get an administrative fine of NIS 2,000. A repeated violation of the law will result in a...more
July 20, 2021, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-2

"A sexual assault survivor in Waterloo Region was recently charged and fined for violating the publication ban on her own name. The rapist found guilty of sexually assaulting the woman became aware that she had shared transcripts of the trial with friends and family without redacting her own name beforehand.The rapist contacted police who then charged the woman. In court she pleaded guilty to breaching the publication ban on her own name and was fined $2,000 plus an additional $600 victim surcharge by Ontario Court Justice Thomas McKay[...]Fining sexual assault survivors for breaching publication bans in their own sexual assault trials is yet another layer that effectively takes away the...more
July 20, 2021, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There are 460,000 sexual assaults in Canada every year. Yet, only 33 out of every 1,000 are reported to police. Only 29 are actually recorded as a crime. Of the 12 cases that result in charges being laid, six are prosecuted and a mere three are convicted. That means for every 1,000 rapes, 997 rapists are never held accountable for their actions. Another way to look at it is that the criminal justice system has a 0.003 per cent success rate"(para 8).
July 15, 2021, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"A Vancouver lawyer has alleged that social workers in British Columbia have been forcing Indigenous children as young as 9 to have IUDs inserted by doctors. Breen Ouellette, who is Métis and once served as counsel for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, said on Twitter last week he learned of incidents within the past decade in which Indigenous children in foster care were forced to get IUDs instead of access to safer care. 'In what reality does a social worker believe the appropriate response to a nine year old in foster care who is at risk of statutory rape is not to protect them,...more
July 15, 2021, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"In a joint statement, the B.C. Ministry of Health and Ministry of Children and Family Development said neither were aware of this practice happening in B.C., but they encouraged anyone with information about these allegations to make a report through the province’s new anti-racism reporting portal. The province’s Representative for Children and Youth, Jennifer Charlesworth, said in a statement sent to VICE World News reports of such incidents have not reached her office. 'I am shocked by this allegation and deeply concerned about the traumatic impact such an experience would have on a child or youth,' she said, adding her office will be following up and seeking further information" (para...more