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Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
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Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-2

"As with the rape of women, the courts may hand down maximum prison sentences of up to 10 years against those convicted of sexual abuse of men, but a minimum sentence of 12 months is only applicable in cases of rape against women"(11).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1

"While FGM/C was not a practice in the country, approximately 14,700 women and girls, primarily from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt, were affected by, or at risk of, FGM/C. The first-ever criminal sentence under the anti-FGM/C law was handed down in 2018.Federal Court rejected an appeal by a Neuchatel-based Somali woman whom the cantonal court of Neuchatel sentenced to an eight-month suspended prison sentence in July 2018 for ordering the full or partial removal of her six- and sevenyear-old daughters’ genitalia while in Somalia and Ethiopia between 2013 and 2015"(12).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law penalizes domestic violence and stalking. A court may order an abusive spouse to leave the family home temporarily"(11,12).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"A study published by the Federal Statistics Office in January found that women in the private sector earned almost 20 percent less than their male counterparts in 2016, the most recent year for which data was available. According to the study, almost 43 percent of the wage difference could not be attributed to factors such as age or seniority"(13)."Based on research by the Federal Statistics Office, there was an 18 percent gender wage gap across both the public and private sectors in 2016, the last year for which data was available. In 2016 the median monthly income for women in the public sector was 7,468 Swiss francs/U.S. dollars, while men...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-3

"On June 19[2019], parliament passed legislation calling for women to occupy at least 30 percent of corporate board positions and 20 percent of corporate management positions in enterprises with a minimum of 250 employees. The nonbinding policy requires businesses that fail to reach the targets to submit a written justification to the government"(22).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"In December 2018 parliament passed a law giving companies with more than 100 employees until 2021 to submit an independent report examining potential wage gaps between men and women. The law requires companies to repeat the assessment every four years until no evidence of an unjustified wage difference is found"(23).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution and the law provide for the same legal status and rights for women as for men under family, religious, personal status, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws"(13).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In May a study by the research institute Swiss Society of Practical Social Research gfs.Bern commissioned by Amnesty International Switzerland found that 12 percent of women had been forced into nonconsensual sexual intercourse, while 59 percent experienced sexual harassment in the form of unwanted physical contact"(12)."In May a study published by the gfs.Bern research institute and commissioned by Amnesty International Switzerland found that 56 percent of women experienced sexual harassment on the street and 46 percent on public transport. Some 60 percent of respondents between the ages of 16 and 39 years reported they also faced sexual harassment on social media"(13).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In October[2019] a report commissioned by parliament and written by the Swiss Competence Center for Human Rights stated that sexual assaults against female asylum seekers perpetrated by other refugees, asylum center staff, and external visitors were common"(7).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"Specialized government agencies, numerous NGOs, including 19 women’s shelters, and nearly a dozen private or government-sponsored hotlines provided help, counseling, and legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence.Most cantonal police forces included specially trained domestic violence units"(12).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"Domestic violence against migrant women was four times higher than against nonmigrant women"(11)."According to a report by Swiss Radio and Television, the Zurich cantonal police on average responded to domestic violence 12 times a day, while on average every two weeks a woman or girl was killed by domestic violence"(12).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Gender Gap Report noted that women faced unequal career opportunities, with only 34 percent of women occupying leadership positions in the labor market"(13)."According to TravailSuisse, one of the country’s largest trade unions representing more than 150,000 workers, women were severely underrepresented in top-level management positions, particularly in private industry"(22).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"On November 25, the NGO Feminist Peace Organization launched a 16-day campaign supported by several cantonal governments on violence against older women. More than 100 organizations participated, and they sponsored more than 100 public awareness events across the country"(12).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization"(13).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"Nearly 1,900 women, or 40 percent of all candidates, ran for election to the National Council, 565 more than in the last federal elections in 2015"(10)."Women in political leadership roles, however, increased during the year. Following the federal parliamentary elections in October and runoff elections in November, women made up 43 percent of representatives in parliament’s lower house and 26 percent in parliament’s upper house"(13).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women and members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate"(10).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Rape of women, including spousal rape, and domestic violence, are statutory offenses for which penalties range from one to 10 years in prison"(11)."The law prohibits sexual harassment of men and women and facilitates legal remedies for those claiming discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Special legal protection against the dismissal of a claimant expires after six months. Employers failing to take reasonable measures to prevent sexual harassment are liable for damages up to the equivalent of six months’ salary"(13).
Oct. 4, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"FGM/C is illegal and punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment"(12).
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

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July 19, 2021, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-2

"Women serving in Switzerland's military will no longer have to wear men's underwear under a pilot project starting next month.Currently, all service members in the Swiss army are provided with the same standard issue military clothing, which means men's underwear for everyone, regardless of their gender.But under the new project beginning in April, female soldiers will be allowed to wear women's underwear instead(para 1-3).
July 19, 2021, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-1

"Just one percent of the military in Switzerland is made up of women, according to The Local. By comparison, Sweden's military is 18 percent women, France's is 15 percent, and 12 percent in Germany and Norway"(para 8).
July 19, 2021, 11:58 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-1

"Women have been permitted to join the Swiss army since 2004, performing exactly the same duties as men but under conditions involving uncomfortable underwear, as well as accommodation deemed unsuitable for women, according to a federal report looking at women in Switzerland's military"(para 14).
June 29, 2021, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"The Swiss government today urged voters to reject a nationwide burqa ban when the issue is put to a referendum in March, saying it would damage tourism and be 'unhelpful for certain groups of women'" (para 1).
June 29, 2021, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: RCDW-LAW-1

"The March 7 vote could lead to a ban on full face coverings such as the burqas and niqabs worn by some Muslim women" (para 2). "Two Swiss cantons, St Gallen and Ticino, have already banned full face coverings in regional votes " (para 3). "Switzerland's proposal also forbids forcing somebody to wear a facial covering based on their gender" (para 8).
June 16, 2021, 2:34 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"Switzerland adopted its most recent National Action Plan (NAP) in 2018 for the period 2018-2022...The NAP identifies five overarching goals: effective involvement of women in conflict prevention; women’s participation in and influence on conflict resolution and peace processes; protection against sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, refugee and migration contexts; women’s participation in peace missions and security policy; and multi- and bilateral commitment by Switzerland to women, peace and security...The NAP does not have an allocated budget, but holds each organizational unit responsible for allocating a budget to their respective activities" (para 1). "Switzerland’s fourth NAP is preceded by three other NAPs, adopted in 2007, 2010, and 2013 and implemented...more
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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June 11, 2021, 10:42 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ATC-DATA-3

"Reservation concerning article 15, paragraph 2, and article 16, paragraph 1 (h): Said provisions shall be applied subject to several interim provisions of the matrimonial regime (Civil Code, articles 9 (e) and 10, final section)" (para 69).
May 31, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: CL-PRACTICE-1

"The Swiss Trade Union Federation, which helped to organize the protests, said the coronavirus pandemic had shone a light on the lack of progress in improving equality, working conditions and recognition of unpaid domestic work. '(The pandemic) has in fact drawn attention to the kind of work that is very often carried out by women',' the federation wrote on its website" (para 4-5). "'This has finally been recognized as 'being systemically important,' but apart from rounds of applause on balconies nothing has been done'" (para 6).
May 31, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"Swiss government statistics show that women in full-time employment earn on average 11.5% less than men" (para 9).