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Nov. 18, 2022, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

According to the "Women, Business, and the Law" database (2022), the law does not prohibit discrimination in access to credit based on gender. The WBL database cites the following as the source: no source provided. According to the "Women, Business, and the Law" database (2022), the law allows a woman to sign a contract in the same way as a man. The WBL database cites the following as the source: Domestic Relations Law of 1973, Sec. 3.4. According to the "Women, Business, and the Law" database (2022), a woman can register a business in the same way as a man. The WBL database cites the following as the source: Domestic...more
Nov. 18, 2022, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the "Women, Business, and the Law" database (2022), female and male surviving spouses have equal rights to inherit assets. The WBL database cites the following as the source: Law of Wills and Intestate Succession, Sec. 3.2(e) .
Nov. 18, 2022, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ATDW-LAW-1

According to the "Women, Business, and the Law" database (2022), the law does not provide for the valuation of nonmonetary contributions. The WBL database cites the following as the source: no source provided.
Nov. 18, 2022, 5:17 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

According to the "Women, Business, and the Law" database (2022), sons and daughters have equal rights to inherit assets from their parents. The WBL database cites the following as the source: Law of Wills and Intestate Succession, Secs. 3.2(a), 3.2(b), 3.4 and 3.5.
Sept. 1, 2022, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"What we found from our work (in three counties of Liberia) is that dowry places the wife among her husband’s possessions, creating a power hierarchy between them, such that the husband 'co-owns' his wife with his family. If a husband dies, often the widow together with her children and their property are more likely to be inherited by a brother in-law. When this happens, it undermines a woman’s ability to use, access, or inherit land, such that a prevailing perception in Liberia is “property cannot own property'" (para 6-7). "While women are often considered strangers in their husband’s communities and among the possessions to be inherited or evicted from the...more
Sept. 1, 2022, 4:09 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"If a husband dies, often the widow together with her children and their property are more likely to be inherited by a brother in-law. When this happens, it undermines a woman’s ability to use, access, or inherit land, such that a prevailing perception in Liberia is “property cannot own property'" (para 7). " Upon the death of her husband, in the majority of the communities in these counties, the woman is forced to decide between being “inherited” by her partner’s male relative together with her deceased husband’s land and property or be evicted from it, sometimes along with her children" (para 8). "In Liberia, a woman maintains her access to...more
Sept. 1, 2022, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

"Because de facto unions exist in a legal vacuum—given widespread confusion about legal framework for presumptive marriages — women and children in such arrangements have only tenuous rights to land, typically obtained through the husband’s male lineage and family" (para 4).
Sept. 1, 2022, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"According to participants in the five communities visited, land inheritance by widows is often contingent on their willingness to marry a surviving male relative of their deceased husband. There are also continuing cases of forced widow inheritance, in which a widow is required to marry a male relative of her deceased spouse, even though this practice is illegal" (para 5).
Sept. 1, 2022, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAD-PRACTICE-1

"Daughters—as compared with sons—in the areas visited seem to rarely receive their inheritance. When daughters inherit land, their rights are often restricted to housing and use rights to farm short-term crops" (para 5).
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"A UN report released today documents the negative impact on human rights of some traditional and cultural practices in Liberia, including female genital mutilation, forced initiation into secret societies, accusations of witchcraft, trials by ordeal and ritualistic killing" (para 1). "Some 58 per cent of Liberian women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice widely used by a secret society called Sande, says the report. Women and girls from poor households are twice likely to experience FGM than those from wealthy ones.The report stresses the negative consequences of FGM, which is generally performed without anesthesia, on the health and physical integrity of these women and girls. 'In...more
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1, AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The report stresses the negative consequences of FGM, which is generally performed without anesthesia, on the health and physical integrity of these women and girls. 'In addition to the extreme pain… the lack of medically sterilized equipment and facilities increases the likelihood of infection and lasting physical damage, and may even lead to death,' says the report. Girls’ education is also disrupted as they are often removed from formal schooling to attend 'bush school' and undergo FGM"(para 5).
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"Some 58 per cent of Liberian women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice widely used by a secret society called Sande, says the report. Women and girls from poor households are twice likely to experience FGM than those from wealthy ones" (para 4). This shows that the practice of FGM falls in category (1) Frequent or common (ST-CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The report also documents cases of abductions, forced initiations, torture and rape by members of another secret society called Poro. Non-members considered to have transgressed the society’s rules, for instance by 'trespassing' on sacred Poro ground or remaining outdoors during Poro activities, have also at times been forcefully initiated, tortured and, in two documented cases, gang-raped" (para 6,7).
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MURDER-LAW-1

"'The authorities often hesitate to investigate or prosecute cases involving trial by ordeal, due to the perceived cultural dimensions of the practices (female genital mutilation, forced initiation into secret societies, accusations of witchcraft, trials by ordeal and ritualistic killing). As a result, criminal offenses committed during trial by ordeal go unpunished. This has generated a widespread culture of impunity among traditional actors,' the report says" (para 9).
March 19, 2022, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"The study also notes that 'accusations of witchcraft are common in Liberia, and often have devastating consequences for the accused, who may be subjected to trial by ordeal, ‘cleansing’ or ‘exorcism’ rituals, expulsion, ostracization, and even death.' In many cases documented in the report, trial by ordeal amounted to torture, both physical and psychological, and in some cases even led to death. 'The authorities often hesitate to investigate or prosecute cases involving trial by ordeal, due to the perceived cultural dimensions of the practice. As a result, criminal offenses committed during trial by ordeal go unpunished. This has generated a widespread culture of impunity among traditional actors,' the report says"...more
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, D R Congo, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

2.0
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

1.0
June 30, 2021, 1:16 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In Africa, the impact has been particularly acute. In the first half of 2020, a rise in reported cases prompted Liberia’s President Weah to declare rape and all forms of gender-based violence a national emergency" (para 2).
June 21, 2021, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"Liberia adopted its most recent National Action Plan (NAP) in 2019 for the period 2019-2023...The NAP is constructed on five main pillars, reflective of the key pillars of UNSCR 1325: prevention, protection, participation, relief and recovery, and coordination and accountability. Each of these pillars have dedicated outcomes, outputs, indicators and activities, which support the following goals: women and girls’ safety, physical and mental health and security are assured and are fully protected under legislation and policies that promote their empowerment and full participation at all levels, in building sustainable and inclusive peace and security in Liberia. The NAP includes a detailed monitoring and implementation plan as well as an allocated...more
June 15, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei, Burundi, Comoros, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: PW-SCALE-1

3.0
May 24, 2021, 2:10 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"In 2020, 61% of births in Liberia were attended by skilled health personnele" (p 45`).
May 24, 2021, 2:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: ISTD-DATA-3

"In 2018, there were .39 new HIV infections per 1,000 uninfected population in Liberia" (p 45).
May 24, 2021, 2:07 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"From 2010-2018 the density of nursing and midwifery personnel in Liberia was 5.3 per 10,000 population" (p 60).
May 24, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"From 2010-2018 the density of nursing and midwifery personnel in Liberia was 5.3 per 10,000 population" (p 60).
May 24, 2021, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: MISA-DATA-1

In 2016, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reporducticve age (15-49 years) in Liberia was 34.7% (p 68).
April 20, 2021, 1 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The Decent Work Act prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace, but it remained a significant problem at work and in schools" (Page 25). This prohibits sexual harassment only in the workplace, thus leaving it legal in public places (BRC - CODER COMMENT).
April 19, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burma/Myanmar, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Lesotho, Liberia, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Yemen
Variables: MULTIVAR-SCALE-2

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April 19, 2021, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, D R Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
Variables: AOM-SCALE-3

2.0
April 19, 2021, 3:54 p.m.
Countries: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, D R Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam
Variables: AOM-SCALE-2

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April 16, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: CUST-LAW-4

Liberia does not have restrictions on adoption of children of a certain sex based on the sex and marital status of the adoptive parent.