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Nov. 10, 2022, 12:01 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"[T]he Committee is concerned about the low percentage in social spending compared with other countries in the region. It also notes with concern that women migrant workers employed in the informal economy who are in an irregular situations are unable to access the banking system, and that banks give priority to married women when authorizing loans. The Committee further notes with concern that official microcredit programmes fail to cover women with disabilities" (11).
Nov. 9, 2022, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1

"In relation to the division of marital assets or cohabitation assets, the Dominican Republic is a 'community property' jurisdiction (that is, each spouse or concubine (long-term unmarried partner) is entitled to an equal percentage or 50% of the community accumulated by the spouses during the marriage)...The current position of the Dominican Republic Supreme Court is that marriage community begins on the day the marriage commences (sections 1399 and 1401, Civil Code). Therefore, community property should be divided equally between the former spouses and any operation made in excess of the rights of the other party will be reduced to equal rights" (13).
Nov. 9, 2022, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Daughters and female surviving spouses have the same rights as male ones to inherit land and nonland assets" (4).
Nov. 9, 2022, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law provides for the same rights to women, regardless of marital status, over the ownership, use, decision-making power, and use as collateral over land and non-land assets (Constitution, Art 51,). The default marital property regime is partial community property and both spouses administer jointly held property under the law (Civil Code, Arts 1400-1421). In 1998, the Dominican Republic adopted mandatory joint titling for both married couples and those in consensual unions" (8). "Married and unmarried women have the same rights as men to open a bank account at a formal institution. They similarly have equal rights as men to obtain credit" (8).
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
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Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"According to a 2019 UNICEF-supported government survey, 12 percent of girls were married by age 15 and 36 percent by age 18... More than one-half of women in the country’s poorest quintile were married by age 17" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit the participation of women or members of minorities in the political process" (15).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Despite government efforts, violence against women, including rape, was pervasive" (18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"According to a 2019 UNICEF-supported government survey, 12 percent of girls were married by age 15 and 36 percent by age 18... Girls often married much older men. Child marriage occurred more frequently among girls who were uneducated, poor, and living in rural areas. More than one-half of women in the country’s poorest quintile were married by age 17" (19). "NGOs noted that due to the law that allows marriage with parental consent for girls as young as 15, some men arrange to marry girls to avoid prosecution for statutory rape [age of censent is 18]" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women" (17). "The law defines statutory rape as sexual relations with anyone younger than age 18" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: MABFC-DATA-1

"In addition, 22 percent of girls ages 15 to 19 had been pregnant, an issue directly related to early marriage" (19). Although not necessarily age when the first child is born, ages of first pregnancies are closely related (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"The constitution stipulates free, compulsory, and universal public education through age 18" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit the participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate" (15).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Attorney General’s Office oversees the specialized Violence Prevention and Attention Unit, which had 19 offices in the country’s 32 provinces. The Attorney General’s Office instructed its officers not to settle cases of violence against women and to continue judicial processes even when victims withdrew charges. District attorneys provided assistance and protection to victims of violence by referring them to appropriate institutions for legal, medical, and psychological counseling" (17). "The ministry operated shelters and provided counseling services, although NGOs argued these efforts were inadequate" (17-18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment in the workplace is a misdemeanor, and conviction carries a sentence of one year in prison and a fine equal to the sum of three to six months of salary" (18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"In March, Amnesty International released a report detailing incidents of police raping and abusing sex workers. Nearly one-half of the victims were transgender women. They testified that police raped them at gunpoint and threatened to arrest or kill them if they did not comply with the police’s sexual demands. The report suggested that colonels and other senior police officers participated in these acts" (2-3).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The government conducted programs to combat the sexual exploitation of minors" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution creates a right of equality and nondiscrimination, regardless of sex" (25).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"Child marriage occurred more frequently among girls who were uneducated, poor, and living in rural areas" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"The law provides for sentences of two to five years’ incarceration and a fine of three to five times the monthly minimum wage for persons convicted of abuse of a minor" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1

"In November the Latin American Public Opinion Project published findings that 66 percent of Dominicans believed a woman’s children suffer when she works outside of the home" (18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape, domestic violence" (17). "The law contains provisions concerning child abuse, including physical and emotional mistreatment, sexual exploitation, and child labor" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Union leaders reported the law [on sexual harassment in the workplace] was not enforced and that sexual harassment remained a problem" (18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage with parental consent is 16 for boys and 15 for girls" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: MURDER-DATA-1

"In September attorney Anibel Gonzalez was shot and killed by her former husband Yasmil Fernandez, who then committed suicide... [f]ollowing a similar incident in November that also resulted in the murder of a victim by her recently paroled former husband" (18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The porous border with Haiti allowed some Haitian children to be trafficked into the country, where they were forced into commercial sexual exploitation or forced to work in agriculture, often alongside their parents, domestic work, street vending, or begging" (25).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Ministry of Women actively promoted equality and the prevention of violence against women through implementing education and awareness programs, as well as training other ministries and offices. The ministry operated shelters and provided counseling services, although NGOs argued these efforts were inadequate" (17-18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization" (18).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The sentences for rape range from 10 to 15 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 to 200,000 pesos ($2,000 to $4,000)" (17). "Penalties for conviction of statutory rape are 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 to 200,000 pesos ($2,000 to $4,000)" (19).
Jan. 14, 2022, 6:24 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape" (17).