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Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
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Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"The law obliges employers to prevent sexual harassment and prohibits employers from dismissing an employee for making a complaint of sexual harassment. Authorities effectively enforced the law when companies reported sexual harassment. The penalties can include an order requiring equal treatment in the future, as well as compensation for the victim up to a maximum of two years’ pay or 40,000 euros ($44,000) but also in the supply of, and access to, goods and services" (10). "The law bans discrimination in a wide range of employment and employment- related areas. It defines discrimination as treating one person in a less favorable way than another person based on color and race,...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"The law provides that women and men have the same legal status and rights. The government enforced the law effectively, although inequalities in pay and promotions persisted in both the public and private sectors..." (10).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: VOTE-LAW-1

"The constitution provides citizens the ability to choose their government in free and fair periodic elections held by secret ballot and based on universal and equal suffrage" (8).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, DV-LAW-1, DV-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law. Most persons convicted received prison sentences of five to 12 years. The law also criminalizes domestic violence. It authorizes prosecution of a violent family member and provides victims with 'safety orders,' which prohibit the offender from engaging in violent actions or threats, and 'barring orders' (restraining orders), which prohibit an offender from entering the family home for up to three years. Anyone found guilty of violating a barring or an interim protection order may receive a fine of up to 4,000 euros ($4,400), a prison sentence of 12 months, or both. In January the government began enforcing...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

"The law bans discrimination in a wide range of employment and employment- related areas. It defines discrimination as treating one person in a less favorable way than another person based on color and race, creed, origin, language, sex, civil or family status, sexual orientation, age, disability, medical condition, or membership in the Traveller community (also see section 6). The law specifically requires equal pay for equal work or work of equal value. The law provides the same legal protections to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex community; divorcees; single parents working in state-owned or state- funded schools; and hospitals operating under religious patronage. The government effectively enforced...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, including for citizens who marry abroad. The Domestic Violence Act of 2018 repealed provisions that enabled persons younger than 18 to marry, and criminalized forced marriage" (11).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"A person born after 2004 on the island of Ireland (including Northern Ireland) is automatically a citizen if one parent was an Irish citizen, a British citizen, a resident of either Ireland or Northern Ireland entitled to reside in either without time limit, or a legal resident of Ireland or Northern Ireland for three of the four years preceding the child’s birth (excluding time spent as a student or an asylum seeker). Authorities register births immediately" (11).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1, TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law. Conviction of trafficking of children and taking a child from home for sexual exploitation carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. A person convicted of meeting a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation faces a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offenses) Act sets a maximum fine of 5,000 euros ($5,500) and includes new offenses relating to child sexual grooming and child pornography. The minimum age for consensual sex is 17" (11).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3, DMW-PRACTICE-1, CONST-LAW-1

"The law provides that women and men have the same legal status and rights. The government enforced the law effectively, although inequalities in pay and promotions persisted in both the public and private sectors. In 2017 the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women noted a persistence of 'discriminatory stereotypes concerning the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society.' It also observed a low level of participation of Traveller (a minority traditionally itinerant ethnic group), Roma, and migrant women in political and public life" (10).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization" (10).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. The law reduces government funding to parties unless 30 percent of their candidates at general elections were women" (8).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits the sexual exploitation of children and child pornography, and authorities enforced the law. Conviction of trafficking of children and taking a child from home for sexual exploitation carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. A person convicted of meeting a child for the purpose of sexual exploitation faces a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offenses) Act sets a maximum fine of 5,000 euros ($5,500) and includes new offenses relating to child sexual grooming and child pornography. The minimum age for consensual sex is 17. The law provides for a fine of up to 31,000 euros ($34,100), a prison sentence of up to...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law. Most persons convicted received prison sentences of five to 12 years. The law also criminalizes domestic violence. It authorizes prosecution of a violent family member and provides victims with 'safety orders,' which prohibit the offender from engaging in violent actions or threats, and 'barring orders' (restraining orders), which prohibit an offender from entering the family home for up to three years. Anyone found guilty of violating a barring or an interim protection order may receive a fine of up to 4,000 euros ($4,400), a prison sentence of 12 months, or both. In January the government began enforcing...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate.The law reduces government funding to parties unless 30 percent of their candidates at general elections were women" (8).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law. Most persons convicted received prison sentences of five to 12 years. The law also criminalizes domestic violence. It authorizes prosecution of a violent family member and provides victims with 'safety orders,' which prohibit the offender from engaging in violent actions or threats, and “barring orders” (restraining orders), which prohibit an offender from entering the family home for up to three years. Anyone found guilty of violating a barring or an interim protection order may receive a fine of up to 4,000 euros ($4,400), a prison sentence of 12 months, or both. In January the government began enforcing...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes rape, including spousal rape, and the government enforced the law. Most persons convicted received prison sentences of five to 12 years. The law also criminalizes domestic violence. It authorizes prosecution of a violent family member and provides victims with 'safety orders,' which prohibit the offender from engaging in violent actions or threats, and 'barring orders' (restraining orders), which prohibit an offender from entering the family home for up to three years. Anyone found guilty of violating a barring or an interim protection order may receive a fine of up to 4,000 euros ($4,400), a prison sentence of 12 months, or both. In January the government began enforcing...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"As of August 30, prisons overall had fewer inmates than the official capacity of the system, although five facilities exceeded capacity. Both prisons for females exceeded capacity" (2).
Sept. 8, 2021, 6:39 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-LAW-1

"FGM/C is against the law. At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, in November a jury found a married couple guilty of one count of carrying out an act of FGM on their one-year-old daughter at an address in Dublin" (10).
Aug. 6, 2021, 9:56 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2, NGOFW-DATA-1

The Irish charity, Women’s Aid, has reported that the incidence of image-based sexual harassment has increased during lockdown, noting that one in five women between the ages of 18 to 25 is subjected to intimate partner abuse of some kind.
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 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: DSFMF-LAW-1

"Currently in England and Wales, unless someone can prove there was adultery, unreasonable behaviour or desertion, the only way to obtain a divorce without their spouse's agreement is to live apart for five years. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said this forces spouses wanting a divorce to submit evidence of a partner's wrongdoing or years of separation. They have to do this even when the decision to split is mutual"(para 12-13).
July 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"Ireland has voted to ease restrictions on divorce after the result of a landslide referendum. Married couples will now be able to legally divorce after living apart for two years. An 82 per cent Yes vote across Ireland was confirmed in the early hours of Sunday morning at Dublin Castle after 1.7million people cast their vote. Couples currently have to prove to a court that they have been separated for four of the previous five years before they can secure a divorce. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan is now set to bring forward a Bill to reduce the minimum living apart period to two out of three years.But he said 'core...more
July 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1

"While accounting for under 2 per cent of the approximately 120,000 divorces triggered each year, the ability of a husband or wife to contest proceedings is being scrapped.The MoJ said the practice is known to be misused by abusers to continue coercive and controlling behaviour. Ministers also said it takes both spouses to save a marriage, so allowing one to contest a divorce is of no use"(para 16-18).
July 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ATDW-DATA-1

"While accounting for under 2 per cent of the approximately 120,000 divorces triggered each year, the ability of a husband or wife to contest proceedings is being scrapped"(para 16).
July 7, 2021, 9:52 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MARR-LAW-2, ABO-LAW-1

"The liberal change follows the recent trend in Ireland after historic votes to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015 and overturning the abortion ban last year[2018]"(para 9).
June 29, 2021, 9:03 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"The liberal change follows the recent trend in Ireland after historic votes to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015" (para 9).
June 29, 2021, 9:03 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The liberal change follows the recent trend in Ireland after... overturning the abortion ban last year [2018]" (para 9).
June 29, 2021, 9:03 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: ATDW-LAW-5

"Married couples will now be able to legally divorce after living apart for two years" (para 2). "Couples currently have to prove to a court that they have been separated for four of the previous five years before they can secure a divorce" (para 4). "Couples can currently secure a judicial separation in a shorter time frame, but they must then proceed to a second legal stage to obtain a formal court-approved divorce" (para 28). "A second element of the referendum focused on foreign divorces. The Yes vote is set to make it easier for those divorces to be recognised in Ireland" (para 30-31).
June 15, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uruguay
Variables: PW-SCALE-1

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