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

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July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"According to the Penal Code Act, 2007, any person who attempts to perform a sexual act with another person who is below the age of 18 years is liable to imprisonment not exceeding 18 years" (para 26). Since sexual intercourse is generally expected in marriage, this law indicates that the minimum age of marriage should be 18 years (SFR - CODER COMMENT).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"In December 2020, Asiimwe was married off by her parents in Kyarurangira Sub-county, Rakai District, at the age of 13... The traditional marriage was planned without her consent" (para 1-2). "'It is part of our culture and when you refuse to go with the man, you are isolated and called all sorts of names,' a tearful Asiimwe said in an interview last week" (para 3). "Forced marriages in Kyotera and Rakai districts are a phenomenon, particularly among cattle rearing communities who regard it as a treasured cultural practice. According to Ms Cynthia Rukundo, the advocacy and communications officer at Brick by Brick, a child rights’ organisation, they have managed to...more
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-DATA-2

"In Uganda, 10 per cent of girls are married before 15 years and 40 per cent are married by the age of 18" (para 19).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Mr Godfrey Abaho, a resident of Rwabaganda Village in Ddyango Town Council, Rakai District, said their culture of early marriages as ethnic muhima should be respected. 'It’s not a forced marriage as people allege; it is instead a traditional norm which we treasure. We, therefore, have no way we can allow our norm to fade away,' he said" (para 14-15).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-2

"According to Ms Cynthia Rukundo, the advocacy and communications officer at Brick by Brick, a child rights’ organisation, they have managed to rescue 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 17 from forced marriages in a space of five months" (para 6).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"Asiimwe’s partner was asked to pay bride price in form of 50 cows to her parents" (para 2).
July 1, 2021, 12:36 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Article 31(section 3) of the Constitution stipulates that marriage shall be entered into with the free consent of the man and woman intending to marry while Article 33(section 6) of the same law indicates that laws, customs or traditions which are against the dignity of women are prohibited" (para 23).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: PRN-LAW-1

"The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation, the sale and procurement of sexual services, and practices related to child pornography. The government did not enforce the law effectively, however, and the problem was pervasive" (p 32).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"International NGO FHI 360 reported in April that cultural factors fueled GBV. Its study found that 54 percent of women said it was acceptable for a husband to beat his wife if she cheated on him, and 21 percent said it was acceptable for a husband to beat his wife if she denied him sex" ( p 28).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The 2016 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) reported women were more than twice as likely as men to experience sexual violence. Local media reported numerous incidents of rape, often committed by persons in positions of authority, including police officers, employers, local government leaders, religious leaders, teachers, and soldiers. In many rape cases, the perpetrator also killed the victim" (p 28).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, but authorities generally did not enforce this law in rural areas. Some parents commonly arranged marriages for their underage daughters. UNICEF’s 2016 State of the World’s Children report estimated that 10 percent of girls married before age 15 and 40 percent before age 18. The Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development reported that from January through June, it annulled 35 child marriages and stopped five from taking place" (p 32).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"The Uganda Child Helpline received two reports of infanticide from January through June" (p 32).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2, SEGI-PRACTICE-3

"On April 7, plain-clothed UPF officers arrested Makerere University professor Stella Nyanzi on charges of cyber harassment related to a series of Facebook (FB) posts in which she criticized the government’s failure to fulfill the president’s 2016 campaign pledge to provide sanitary pads for school girls and called the president “a pair of buttocks” (see section 1.e.). According to local media, the UPF interrogated Nyanzi about her posts for six hours on March 7 and told her she had offended the president. On March 18, airport immigration officers prevented UGANDA 14 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 United States Department of State • Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights...more
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Sexual harassment was a widespread problem in homes, schools, universities, and workplaces. FIDA reported that most women declined to report sexual harassment due to fear of social stigmatization, and that those who did report it tended only to do so in conjunction with other violations" (p 29). "Local media and civil society also reported that the UPF often refused to investigate accusations of sexual harassment in the workplace or educational institutions. Most of these cases involved supervisors or teachers exploiting their authority; other cases were between peers" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"According to the NGO Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA), incidents of rape and statutory rape were not commonly reported, in part due to societal factors. Parents, husbands, local leaders, religious leaders, police, prosecutors, and sometimes courts pressured victims to settle cases out of court, supposedly to “spare” the victim and her family from the social stigmatization. Of the cases brought to trial, few were completed" (p 28).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: GEW-PRACTICE-1, GEW-PRACTICE-2

"On May 15, HRW reported that since 2015 UPDF soldiers (deployed as part of an African Union effort to eliminate the Lord’s Resistance Army, a nonstate armed group) had sexually abused and exploited at least 13 women and girls in the Central African Republic. HRW reported that a UPDF soldier raped a 15-year-old girl in Obo village, while other soldiers offered food and money to girls and women in exchange for sex. According to HRW, in 2016 the UPDF investigated certain rape allegations against its soldiers and 'found no evidence of wrongdoing.' According to HRW, three of the victims said that UPDF soldiers threatened reprisals if they told Ugandan and...more
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DSFMF-PRACTICE-3, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Traditional divorce law in many areas required women to meet stricter evidentiary standards than men to prove adultery" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: FSCB-PRACTICE-1, FSCB-LAW-1

"There were no reports of coerced abortion, involuntary sterilization, or other coercive population control methods" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"According to UNICEF statistics from February 2016, 1 percent of women under age 50 had undergone FGM/C" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-1

"In many rape cases, the perpetrator also killed the victim" (p 28).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: IIP-LAW-2

"The law criminalizes sexual harassment and provides for penalties of up to 14 years’ imprisonment, but authorities did not effectively enforce the law" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"The UPF recorded 163 deaths of women due to domestic violence in 2016, almost a 50 percent increase from 2010" (p 28).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: MURDER-PRACTICE-2

"Media and local NGOs reported several cases of ritual child killings, violence against widows, and acid attacks" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: WR-PRACTICE-1

"In some ethnic groups, men could “inherit” the widows of their deceased brothers" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"No laws limit the participation of women and/or members of minorities in the political process" (p 21).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The law prohibits FGM/C and establishes a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment for convicted perpetrators, or life imprisonment if the victim dies" (p 29). "On May 15, the UPF told local media that it conducted a radio campaign to raise communities’ awareness of the dangers of FGM/C. Local NGOs Development Network of Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA) and Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda (LAW) reported that the Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development worked with civil society organizations to train UPF and judiciary personnel on FGM/C practices and how to handle such cases" (p 29). "According to Deniva, the government also built an unspecified number of girlsonly...more
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"According to the NGO Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA), incidents of rape and statutory rape were not commonly reported, in part due to societal factors" (p 28). "On May 30, local media reported the UPF had insufficient resources to monitor adequately the remote areas of the northeast where FGM/C was prevalent, which allowed many practitioners to continue working with impunity. DENIVA and LAW reported the absence of courts in Amudat and Kween Districts and a shortage of clinics that could provide medical evidence made it difficult to prosecute perpetrators" (p 29).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law does not address spousal rape" (p 28). "Rape remained a common problem throughout the country, and the government did not effectively enforce the law" (p 28).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3

"Cultural factors limited women’s political participation. Local NGOs reported that in rural communities, husbands restricted their wives from contesting for public office" (p 21).