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Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Sri Lanka
Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Violence against and abuse of children were common" (p 17). "During the first quarter of the year, 2,633 children (34.83 percent of whom were girls) received services through the Protection Service within the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and the Protection of Children. Among these the government reported 131 cases of mistreatment and 74 cases of sexual abuse" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IRP-LAW-1

"Although the law criminalizes the procurement of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, child prostitution was a problem" (p 18).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"Rape is punishable by 10 to 30 years in prison, depending on the circumstances and age of the victim" (p 15).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IAD-PRACTICE-1

"In the absence of a formal will stating otherwise, a daughter’s share of a deceased parent’s property is half the size of a son’s share" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"Sexual harassment is a crime punishable by prison sentences of three to six months and fines of 10,000 to 100,000 CFA francs ($18 to $180). If the violator is in a position of authority over the victim, the prison sentence is three months to one year and the fine is increased to 20,000 to 200,000 CFA francs ($36 to $360). Nevertheless, sexual harassment was common. Courts enforced applicable laws in the small percentage of cases reported" (p 16).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The law mandates that women fill at least 30 percent of senior government positions and at least 15 percent of elected seats" (p 13).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"There were reports of forced marriages to Boko Haram militants" (p 8). "The practice continued of taking a “fifth wife,” or “wahaya,” in which girls and women were sold into slavery to perform labor and sexual services" (p 15).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1, LRCM-LAW-2

"The law does not explicitly recognize spousal rape, and authorities seldom prosecuted it. Victims often sought to deal with the rape within the family or were pressured to do so, and many victims did not report spousal rape due to fear of retribution, including loss of economic support" (p 15).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 16).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law allows a girl deemed to be “sufficiently mature” to marry at age 15" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C, which is punishable by six months to three years in prison. If an FGM/C victim dies, the practitioner may be sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison" (p 15).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Some families entered into marriage agreements under which they sent rural girls who were 12 or even younger to their husband’s families to be under the “supervision” of their mothers-in-law" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The law provides that “exploitation shall include, at minimum, slavery or practices similar to slavery” and adds that the recruitment, transport, transfer, harboring, or receiving of a minor under the age of 18 for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered trafficking in persons. The penalty for violators is five to 10 years in prison and a fine of 500,000 to five million CFA francs ($919 to $9,190). If the victim is under the age of 18, the penalty is 10 to 30 years’ imprisonment. If the victim dies, the penalty is life imprisonment" (p 18).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Although the law provides for education for all children from age four to 18, compulsory education for children of specific ages was not enforced" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"In contrast with the formal court system, women do not have equal legal status with men in customary courts and traditional mediation, nor do they enjoy the same access to legal redress" (p 6).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"Many parents kept young girls at home to work, and girls rarely attended school for more than a few years" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

"[According to customary law] In the absence of a formal will stating otherwise, a daughter’s share of a deceased parent’s property is half the size of a son’s share" (p 17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"There were eight female ministers in the 43-member cabinet (19 percent). Women held 28 of 171 National Assembly seats (16 percent)" (p 13).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape was a widespread problem and stigmatization continued" (p 15).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The minimum age of consensual sex is 13 for both boys and girls"(p 18).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"A woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($18) to 30 years’ imprisonment. The government tried with limited success to enforce these laws, and courts prosecuted cases of domestic violence when they received complaints. Charges stemming from family disputes often were dropped in favor of traditional dispute-resolution mechanisms. While women have the right to seek redress for violence in the customary or formal courts, few did so due to ignorance of redress offered by the legal system and fear of spousal or familial repudiation, further violence, or stigmatization" (p 15).more
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not explicitly prohibit domestic violence, but violence against women was reportedly widespread. Husbands commonly beat their wives" (p 15). "A woman may sue her husband or lodge criminal charges for battery, penalties for which range from two months in prison and a fine of 10,000 CFA francs ($18) to30 years’ imprisonment" (p 15).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

"Although the constitution provides for equal legal status and rights regardless of sex, women do not have the same rights as men under family law, which customary courts usually adjudicate. In customary law, legal rights as head of household typically apply only to men. Customary law does not consider a divorced or widowed woman, even with children, to be a head of household" (p 16-17).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Girls, in particular, reportedly were trafficked for forced prostitution. Families of victims were often complicit in child prostitution" (p 18).
Aug. 6, 2021, 4:21 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-PRACTICE-2, ISSA-LAW-1

"Infanticide occurred, and a sizeable proportion of the female prison population was incarcerated for this crime, which was often committed to hide pregnancies out of wedlock" (p 18).
July 29, 2021, 3:27 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon, Chad, Niger
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"I am worried over rape and sexual exploitation of women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram who are in need of water and food. There are several reports of sexual abuses, including rape and exploitation, of women and girls living in many internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa states, Chad, Niger Republic and Cameroun. The victims had been displaced from several towns and villages. In 2021, the Nigerian refugee crisis will be going into its seventh year. Since violent attacks of the insurgent group, Boko Haram started to spill over Nigeria’s north-eastern frontier in 2014, Cameroun, Chad and Niger have been drawn into what...more
July 12, 2021, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"Most countries in West Africa, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo, have adopted laws prohibiting FGM" (para 16).
June 16, 2021, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"Niger adopted its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2016 for the period 2016-2018...The NAP focuses on four priority axes, including: prevention of conflict and gender-based violence; protection, assistance and rehabilitation of victims; participation and representation; coordination, monitoring and evaluation of activities. However, the NAP, while referencing the impact of armed conflict on women, does not offer any specific actions for disarmament and arms control, including monitoring mechanisms for assessing the impact of arms proliferation on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). While the NAP offers financing specifics as well as a detailed monitoring and evaluation framework, it does not have a timeline" (para 1). "Specifically, the report indicates that Niger...more
June 15, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda
Variables: PW-SCALE-1

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