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Sept. 22, 2021, 6:04 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DV-DATA-1

"In 2018, the government statistics agency recorded a total of 8,300 women killed. That works out at 22 a day. Contrast that with the UK rate of one woman murdered every three days. Like in Britain, NGOs say the majority of those happened in the home. The official number for domestic violence murders for 2018 was just 253" (para 19-20). Only the statistic about one woman murdered every three days applies to the UK. All other statistics apply to Russia (JLR-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"As part of the UN Women UK’s Safe Spaces Now project, the organisation collected stories from 400 women and sent an open letter to leaders, calling for better designed public spaces, improved reporting systems and education. 'We’ve seen really strong results elsewhere in the world. Our problem now is that sometimes in the UK, we think we are a leading light in terms of progress, and we forget to work on the gender-based violence that still happens every day at home, especially to women and marginalised groups,' said Barnett" (para 7-8).
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"According to the survey, published in a report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for UN Women, 71% of women of any age said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces" (para 3). "We are looking at a situation where younger women are constantly modifying their behaviour in an attempt to avoid being objectified or attacked, and older women are reporting serious concerns about personal safety if they ever leave the house in the dark – even during the daytime in winter. The survey of more than 1,000 women, carried out by YouGov and seen exclusively by the Guardian, exposes a damning lack of faith in the UK authorities’...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Bates pointed to TUC/Everyday Sexism research that found 52% of women had experienced sexual harassment at work, and of the one in five who had reported it, three-quarters said nothing had changed, while 16% said they were treated worse as a result" (para 11).
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The survey of more than 1,000 women, carried out by YouGov and seen exclusively by the Guardian, exposes a damning lack of faith in the UK authorities’ desire and ability to deal with sexual harassment – 96% of respondents did not report incidents, with 45% saying it would not change anything. Among those who said the event was not serious enough to report were women who had been groped, followed and coerced into sexual activity, said UN Women UK. As part of the UN Women UK’s Safe Spaces Now project, the organisation collected stories from 400 women and sent an open letter to leaders, calling for better designed public spaces,...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

"We are looking at a situation where younger women are constantly modifying their behaviour in an attempt to avoid being objectified or attacked, and older women are reporting serious concerns about personal safety if they ever leave the house in the dark – even during the daytime in winter" (para 5). Although it is not required that a woman be accompanied by a man in public, women tend to feel unsafe being alone in public when it is dark. (JLR-CODER COMMENT)
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“We are looking at a situation where younger women are constantly modifying their behaviour in an attempt to avoid being objectified or attacked, and older women are reporting serious concerns about personal safety if they ever leave the house in the dark – even during the daytime in winter” (para 5).
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, said women were recognising the abuse they faced as sexual harassment, but it was unsurprising they had no faith in an 'utterly broken' system. 'If you talk about wolf-whistling or street harassment in the UK, you are liable to find yourself on the front page of a tabloid being called a "feminazi" and accused of overreacting, so of course young women don’t think that they’ll be taken seriously if they come forward,' she said" (para 9-10).
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"More than four-fifths of young women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment, according to a survey for UN Women UK, which warns that most women have lost faith that the abuse will be dealt with. Among women aged 18-24, 86% said they had been sexually harassed in public spaces, while just 3% did not recall ever having experienced sexually harassing behaviour. The remaining 11% chose not to answer the question. According to the survey, published in a report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for UN Women, 71% of women of any age said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces" (para 1-3). "Laura Bates, founder...more
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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Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC said: 'I share the deep public concern over the growing gap between the number of rapes being reported, and the number of criminals being convicted of this sickening offence. Our prosecutors are highly trained, dedicated and committed to taking even the most challenging cases to court whenever the legal test is met.' Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, the National Police Chiefs' Council spokesman on rape, said: 'Policing has been under huge strain in recent years with rising crime and more complex investigations mismatched against our resources. The shortage of detectives, the large increase in digital evidence and tackling disclosure challenges have all impacted...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"More than 58,600 cases were recorded by police in the year to March, but just 1,925 ended in a successful prosecution" (para 2). "'If 58,657 allegations were made in the year but only 1,925 successful prosecutions for the offence followed, something must be wrong,' he said. 'Since 2016 there has been a substantial increase in rape allegations, while the number of rape prosecutions has fallen significantly – which indicates there is a serious problem'" (para 8-9).
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-LAW-3

"The 195-page report also slammed the CPS for launching unnecessary 'digital strip searches' of victims' online and phone records, and making intrusive bids for their medical records. In 39 per cent of relevant cases, requests for personal information were not 'proportionate' to the investigation. But the report cleared the CPS of campaigners' charges that it was a 'risk-averse' agency that only pursued cases with strong evidence. Two per cent of cases saw the test for stopping the probe incorrectly applied, down from 10 per cent of cases three years ago" (para 18-20).
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-2

"Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, the National Police Chiefs' Council spokesman on rape, said: 'Policing has been under huge strain in recent years with rising crime and more complex investigations mismatched against our resources. 'The shortage of detectives, the large increase in digital evidence and tackling disclosure challenges have all impacted on the number of cases referred to the CPS and the time taken to investigate and prepare these. 'The recruitment of 20,000 officers over the next three years will help us to ease the pressure on investigators and improve outcomes for victims. 'We are already working to address many of the issues raised in this report, drawing on the...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"She said: 'Every agency of the criminal justice system has been slashed in a decade of austerity cuts: police, CPS, courts, probation. It's a damning indictment of Government that violence against women and children is almost irrelevant.' A survey of CPS lawyers carried out for the report pointed the finger at police forces providing insufficient evidence. Asked whether police gave 'sufficient evidence... to enable you to provide charging advice for rape cases at the first request', just under 22 per cent said 'never' and 59 per cent said 'rarely'. Asked if the police were responsible for delays, 19 per cent of CPS lawyers said 'all the time' and 56 per...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Only 3 per cent of reported rapes led to a conviction last year, figures reveal. More than 58,600 cases were recorded by police in the year to March, but just 1,925 ended in a successful prosecution. It came as lawyers blamed the police for failing to provide timely evidence in rape cases. The official data for England and Wales showed convictions have gone from bad to worse. In the previous year 4.8 per cent of rape cases led to a guilty verdict or a guilty plea, and it was 7.2 per cent the year before that. The alarming figures come in a major report by the watchdog HM Crown Prosecution...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"Lisa Longstaff, of campaign group Women Against Rape, said Government cuts were behind the low conviction rates" (para 13).
Aug. 27, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SAB-LAW-2

"Female MPs will be allowed to bring their newborn children in to the House of Commons and breastfeed them on the famous green benches, new Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said today. He said that he would overturn a 20-year ban on women feeding their children during lengthy debates either in the chamber or committee rooms, to help new mothers" (para 1-2). Previously, it was illegal to breastfeed in the House of Commons, however that ban is no longer in place (JLR-CODER COMMENT). "Baroness Boothroyd ruled that breastfeeding was not allowed in the Commons chamber in 2000 when she was speaker. But Sir Lindsay said he would not block breastfeeding when asked...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SAB-LAW-1

"Female MPs will be allowed to bring their newborn children in to the House of Commons and breastfeed them on the famous green benches, new Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said today. He said that he would overturn a 20-year ban on women feeding their children during lengthy debates either in the chamber or committee rooms, to help new mothers" (para 1-2). "Baroness Boothroyd ruled that breastfeeding was not allowed in the Commons chamber in 2000 when she was speaker. But Sir Lindsay said he would not block breastfeeding when asked if he would allow it in the chamber or committee rooms. 'I'm of the view there isn't a policy, my view...more
Aug. 27, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"An independent review in 2016 recommended that breastfeeding should be permitted in the chamber, with MPs with children having to sit for hours listening for a debate. Equal rights campaigners have called for breastfeeding in the Commons to tackle any taboo and to allow women MPs more flexibility with their work" (para 12-13).
Aug. 27, 2021, 1:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: SAB-PRACTICE-1

"But Sir Lindsay said he would not block breastfeeding when asked if he would allow it in the chamber or committee rooms. 'I'm of the view there isn't a policy, my view is that it is up to a mother,' he said. 'I think it would be wrong for me as a male to dictate on that policy. If it happens, it happens. I wouldn't be upset by it, let's put it that way.' Several MPs in recent years have brought their young children into the Commons, including Labour's Ellie Reeves and Tory Kemi Badenoch. They both carried their children as they were sworn in for the new Parliament in...more
July 30, 2021, 1:52 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"ALQST, a London-based Saudi rights group, said the women were charged under the kingdom's cybercrime law" (para 13).
July 16, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

"For a woman taking two 12 month career breaks in her early 30s, with no increase to pension saving or salary during this time, she can end up having 10% less in her pension pot at retirement compared to a woman with no breaks.A 35-year-old would need to increase contributions by an additional 1% of pensionable pay to make up this shortfall. A woman waiting until she’s 55 will need to increase contributions by around 6% of pensionable pay[...]In addition to this, women also contribute to pensions less than men on the whole. From their mid-50s, women typically increase their contribution rate higher than men, generally at around an additional...more
July 16, 2021, 3:50 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MULV-LAW-1

"For a woman taking two 12 month career breaks in her early 30s, with no increase to pension saving or salary during this time, she can end up having 10% less in her pension pot at retirement compared to a woman with no breaks"(para 2). We can conclude that if a woman took those two 12 month breaks to have children then the state does not provide retirement benefits for women who have children(NK-CODER COMMENT).
July 8, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Police officers investigating sexual offences are often required to conduct numerous such investigations, many requiring similar digital-material reviews, simultaneously. The impossibility of managing such a workload has led to complainants and suspects waiting longer before any decision is made about charging.Changes made to the law in 2017 to protect suspects from spending many months on bail, have in fact led to the police simply releasing suspects under investigation, without bail conditions but in a state of permanent limbo for months or even years. It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that the number of cases referred by the police to the CPS decreased by 22.6 percent between 2017 and 2019"(para 33-34).more
July 8, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The CPS[Crown Prosecution Service] takes a merits-based approach to this test in sexual offence cases. This approach requires prosecutors not only to anticipate defence points but to assess them as well. They must recognise factors which may objectively undermine the prosecution case, while appreciating that not every defence point will be good, let alone fatal to the prosecution and ensuring that cases do not fail the test merely because they are difficult"(para 18).
July 8, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"It is against this background[the #MeToo movement]that figures reported in September 2019 showed that convictions in rape cases in the UK fell by 26 percent in the year between 2017-18 and 2018-19. In 2017-18, there were 54,045 rapes reported and 2,635 convictions - a conviction rate of 4.9 percent. The following year, there were 58,657 rapes reported and 1,925 convictions - a conviction rate of just 3.3 percent.According to the Criminal Justice Statistics published by the UK government, the total number of crimes reported in the year ending March 2019 was 5.95 million. Of these, 550,052 ended in a conviction - a rate of 9.2 percent - or nearly three...more
July 8, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The psychological impact of sexual crime is profound. Victims who, like jurors, are influenced by the insidious myths and prejudice surrounding such offences, are often burdened with guilt and shame which makes them reluctant to report. And, even when they do report, rape's legacy of fear and trauma may affect a complainant's ability to give a coherent account of their ordeal"(para 15).
July 8, 2021, 3:57 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Over the past decade, my group Detained in Dubai has unfortunately been involved in a number of similar cases, causing us to lobby judicial improvements in crime report handling. Alicia Gali, an Australian national who has spoken publicly and extensively about her own ordeal, spent eight months in jail after being drugged and violently raped. With broken bones and evidence of serious assault, her abuse was continued by the authorities through the UAE’s legal processes" (para 4)
July 7, 2021, 3:59 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: GIC-LAW-1

"New mothers returning to work after maternity leave could receive greater protection against being made redundant.Theresa May said last night she wanted to see current rules that safeguard women's jobs during their baby's first year extended for six months after they go back. The change is designed to end the perceived default situation that when a business has to make staff cutbacks, the new mother is usually one of the first to be offered redundancy."(para 1-3)."At present, employers who want to make a new mother redundant have to prove the reason is unconnected with her pregnancy or maternity leave"(para 9)."Business minister Kelly Tolhurst said: 'Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is illegal....more