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

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Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"Civil society organizations, such as Legal Aid and Timap for Justice, provided free legal services for victims of gender-based and domestic violence. Inefficiencies and corruption in the judicial system, however, resulted in many cases settled out of court or without going to trial. Most perpetrators, including teachers, family friends, relatives, traditional leaders, and neighbors, were known to their victims" (p 18). "Substantial enforcement problems remained, and conviction numbers remained low. In many cases of sexual assault on children, parents accepted payment instead of taking the perpetrator to court due to difficulties dealing with the justice system, fear of public shame, and economic hardship" (p 21).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape for which conviction is punishable by between five and 15 years’ imprisonment" (p 17). "The minimum age of consensual sex is 18" (p 21).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"UNICEF data from 2014, the most recent available, reported that nine of 10 women and girls had undergone the procedure" (p 18). "The FSU reported that of six recorded cases of FGM/C during initiation of girls under 18 years of age between January and August, four were investigated, but no charges were filed" (p 18).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"The FSU reported that of six recorded cases of FGM/C during initiation of girls under 18 years of age between January and August, four were investigated, but no charges were filed" (p 18). "A renewed call to end the practice began following international attention to the death of 19-year-old Fatmata Turay after she underwent FGM/C" (p 18).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4, ERBG-DATA-1

"Discrimination occurred in access to credit, equal pay for similar work, and the ownership and management of a business" (p 20).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IRP-DATA-1

"Children under the age of 18 engaged in prostitution" (p 21).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 19).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Government officials often were cooperative and responsive to the views of local and international NGOs and generally acknowledged the problems presented. They often scheduled forums in conjunction with NGOs to discuss such topics as women’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities" (p 17). "Domestic NGOs such as 50/50, the Forum for African Women Educationalists, the Women’s Forum, and the All Political Parties Women’s Association raised awareness of gender inequality and other women’s issues and encouraged women to become involved in running for mayoral positions and local councils" (p 20).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Despite the establishment of the Family Support Unit (FSU) of the SLP and the existence of applicable legislation, reports of rapes and sexual penetration, especially involving child victims, steadily increased" (p 17). "Defense for Children International reported that between January and June 2016, sexual penetration and molestation accounted for more than 60 percent of abuse cases reported at police stations. Girls were the main victims of sexual exploitation. A majority of victims were between ages 11 and 14, and an estimated 20 percent were between ages six and 10" (p 18).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"Education is tuition free and universal at the primary level for all children. At the secondary level, however, education is tuition free only for girls, based on a government policy to encourage female education" (p 20).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GP-DATA-1

"As of August women led four of the 23 ministries" (p 15).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"Although, the law criminalizes sexual exploitation of children, the sale of children, and child trafficking, including child pornography, enforcement remained a problem. The FSU reported 698 cases of sexual exploitation of children between January and August, with only 142 cases taken to court" (p 21). "Penalties for both sex and labor trafficking include fines and imprisonment, but enforcement was insufficient to deter violations" (p 26).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRCM-LAW-2

"The law specifically prohibits spousal rape" (p 17).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs has a mandate to protect the rights of women, but most international and domestic NGOs asserted the ministry did not have the resources, infrastructure, and support of other ministries to handle its assigned projects effectively. The ministry routinely relied on the assistance of international organizations and NGOs to help combat women’s rights violations" (p 20).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-LAW-2

"Conviction of domestic violence is punishable by a fine not exceeding five million leones ($685) and two years’ imprisonment" (p 18).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"PW reported, however, that with the exception of the FCCSL, conditions in detention centers in the rest of the country, including lighting and ventilation for male prisoners, were generally better than for female prisoners" (p 3). "Several prisons held infants, most of whom were born in prison and initially kept there with their mothers. Once these children were weaned, authorities released them to family members or to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs, which placed them in foster care" (p 4).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Women also experienced discrimination in access to employment, and it was common for an employer to dismiss a woman if she became pregnant during her first year on the job. The law does not prohibit dismissal of pregnant workers based on pregnancy" (p 20).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Laws on gender equality were inconsistently enforced, and many traditional courts continued to ignore the rights of women regarding family law and inheritance" (p 10). "The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs reported that women faced widespread societal discrimination, particularly in matters of marriage, divorce, property, and inheritance, which are guided by customary law in all areas except the capital. Formal laws apply in customary as well as formal courts, but customary judges had limited or no legal training and often were unaware of formal laws or chose to ignore them. Women’s rights and status under customary law varied significantly depending upon the ethnic group to which they...more
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"Penalties for both sex and labor trafficking include fines and imprisonment, but enforcement was insufficient to deter violations" (p 26).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law provides for the same legal status and rights for men and women under family, labor, property, and inheritance laws, but it does not provide the same legal status for women and men in relation to religion and personal status" (p 19).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRCM-PRACTICE-1

"The law specifically prohibits spousal rape. Indictments were rare, especially in rural areas" (p 17).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Rape was common and viewed more as a societal norm than a criminal problem" (p 17).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law does not prohibit FGM/C for women and girls" (p 18). "In July the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender, and Children’s Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding with the Soweis and other traditional leaders who practice FGM/C, whereby the traditional leaders committed not to initiate minors under 18 years of age" (p 18).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-1, ATDW-LAW-5

"Either spouse may acquire property in their own right and women may obtain divorce without being forced to relinquish dowries" (p 19).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Violent acts against women, especially wife beating and spousal rape, were common and often surrounded by a culture of silence" (p 18). "A pattern of violence against and abuse of children existed, and according to the FSU, it increased between January and August compared with previous years. The FSU reported the following forms of child abuse to be on the increase: sexual violence, abandonment, and trafficking" (p 21).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"Women did not have equal access to education, economic opportunities, health facilities, or social freedoms" (p 20).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: CLCC-LAW-1

"The law provides for both Sierra Leonean fathers and mothers to confer nationality to children born abroad" (p 19).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"Government officials often were cooperative and responsive to the views of local and international NGOs and generally acknowledged the problems presented. They often scheduled forums in conjunction with NGOs to discuss such topics as women’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities" (p 17).
Aug. 17, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes sexual harassment, but the law was not always effectively enforced. It is unlawful to make unwanted sexual advances, repeatedly follow or pursue others against their will, initiate repeated and unwanted communications with others, or engage in any other “menacing” behavior. Conviction of sexual harassment is punishable by a fine not exceeding 14.3 million leones ($1,960) or imprisonment not exceeding three years. No reliable data was available on the prevalence of sexual harassment" (p 19).