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Latest items for CWC-DATA-3

Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"A dark, shameful blot on the pages of American history, the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts, in the 1690s represent an era we’re all glad is far behind us. But in some areas of Africa, the same sorts of accusations that plagued the colonists of Salem still hang heavy over the heads of women every day. This is especially true in Ghana’s Northern Region, where it is not uncommon for powerful Voodoo priests to lead crusades against alleged witches whom they believe are using secret spells, rituals, and curses to unfairly help themselves and harm others. In fact, women in Ghana are accused of using the dark arts so often,...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"North Korean refugees and asylum seekers, particularly young women living on the margins of society, were vulnerable to trafficking and forced marriages as a result of their unrecognized status. Authorities continued to forcibly repatriate North Korean refugees and asylum seekers, including trafficking victims, generally treating them as illegal economic migrants. The government detained and deported them to North Korea..." (58).
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"Limited humanitarian access because of the deteriorating security situation caused delays in identifying, assessing, and providing timely assistance to IDPs, who continued to lack access to basic protection, including personal and physical security and shelter. Many IDPs, especially in households with a female head, faced difficulty obtaining basic services because they did not have identity documents. Many IDPs in urban areas reportedly faced discrimination, lacked adequate sanitation and other basic services, and lived in constant risk of eviction from illegally occupied displacement sites, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. Women in IDP camps reported high levels of domestic violence. Limited opportunities to earn a livelihood following the initial displacement...more
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Sexual and gender-based violence of refugees continued. UNHCR worked with local authorities and residents in the three refugee camps to strengthen coordination and address violence, including sexual violence, against vulnerable persons. UNHCR reported the most frequent gender-based violence crimes were rape and physical assault, followed by psychological and emotional abuse" (p 15).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Displaced children represented a serious and growing problem--particularly because outward migration of workers continued, and greater numbers of children were left behind. The government offered limited, inadequate services to street children at a single rehabilitation center in Phnom Penh. A local NGO estimated there were 1,200 to 1,500 displaced street children in Phnom Penh with no relationship to their families" (24).
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Media, NGOs, and UNHCR staff reported multiple cases of attacks against refugees, particularly women and children. According to UNHCR, refugees sometimes reported harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination. Refugee women and girls, particularly sub-Saharan Africans, faced the greatest risk of societal, sexual, and gender-based violence(34).
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 29, 2021, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
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 23, 2021, 12:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In the past year and a half, the women have managed to suspend more than 400 passports and revoke 67 others, Kabiraj says. In all, more than 5,000 women have filed abandonment complaints with India’s Ministry of External Affairs" (Para 9). "Only a few thousand people live in Toosa, but her relationships span the globe. She’s helping nearly 400 women who’ve been abandoned by their men, she says, getting several of their runaway husbands deported from their adopted countries and jailed. Every few minutes her phone rings" (Para 35).
July 22, 2021, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"After repeated attacks in recent months, communities from this cluster of villages fled to areas within the Nigerian military’s established perimeters. Many people settled less than a kilometre from an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp outside Maiduguri. Some tried to move into the camp, but were told it was full. Officials from the nearby IDP camp visited and took people’s names, reportedly around two months ago, but no-one had returned since, according to everyone displaced to that location whom Amnesty International interviewed. Many women remain frustrated that no-one from the government or the humanitarian community has spoken with them to understand the targeting of women during attacks, and what support...more
July 9, 2021, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"The country hosted a very large refugee population. Prolonged insecurity and conflict in the region forced the country to play a leading role in coping with refugee flows, especially from Somalia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia" (p 23). "The majority of refugees and asylum seekers were from Somalia (287,400), with others coming from South Sudan (110,400), the DRC (34,800), Ethiopia (27,800), Sudan (9,900), and other countries (500)" (p 25).
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Due to the remote location of the Kasai region, humanitarian access was difficult, and IDPs lived in poor conditions without adequate shelter or protection. Women and girls were particularly vulnerable to sexual violence. More than 30,000 citizens from Kasai fled as refugees to Angola beginning in April" (p 30). "Combatants and other civilians abused IDPs. Abuses included killings, sexual exploitation of women and children (including rape), abduction, forced conscription, looting, illegal taxation, and general harassment" (p 31).
June 25, 2021, 11:51 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"While individuals fleeing South Sudan have prima facie refugee status (status without determination of individual refugee status), the Refugee Eligibility Committee determines whether individuals fleeing from the DRC, Somalia, and Burundi are eligible for refugee status. The committee was functional, but administrative issues and the continued influx of asylum seekers from the DRC and Burundi created a case backlog" (p 19).
June 9, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"In the reporting period, women accounted for ca. 40 per cent of those applying for refugee status. Most of them came from Russia, Georgia and Ukraine. Between June 2002 and May 2006, 1,168 decisions were issued to grant refugee status in the Republic of Poland, of which 534 were granted to women (45.7 per cent); between June 2006 and May 2010, 651 decisions were issued, of which 303 to women (46.5 per cent)" (39).
May 24, 2021, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Only those refugees able to afford health insurance were able to access adequate health care. Refugees reported that their government-issued identification numbers were not recognized, and thus they could not access other services, such as opening a bank account or entering service contracts for basic utilities, but instead had to rely on friends or family for such services" (p 13).
Feb. 27, 2021, 10:55 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"According to the UN since the beginning of warfare as of 11 September in the Eastern part of Ukraine...the number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine amounted up to 262,977 persons; 366,866 persons left Ukraine" (8).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

Her mother - a Syrian war widow - sat alongside. She told us she accepted 10,000 Jordanian dinars ($14,117/£8,248) for her daughter because she had seven more children she could not provide for. 'I would never have considered this back in Syria but we came here with nothing, not even a mattress to sleep on. I thought the money would secure the future of my children. He took advantage of our situation' (para 30-31).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Her mother - a Syrian war widow - sat alongside. She told us she accepted 10,000 Jordanian dinars ($14,117/£8,248) for her daughter because she had seven more children she could not provide for. 'I would never have considered this back in Syria but we came here with nothing, not even a mattress to sleep on. I thought the money would secure the future of my children. He took advantage of our situation'" (para 30-31).
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

“… the Committee requested the State party to submit by July 2018 written information on the steps taken to implement the Committee’s recommendations to ensure birth registration of Rohingya and those belonging to other ethnic minority groups and remove all obstacles faced by Rohingya women and girls with regard to citizenship and to urgently establish an independent body to investigate allegations of violence, including sexual and other forms of gender-based violence, against women and girls belonging to ethnic minority groups and prosecute alleged perpetrators and, if convicted, punish them with appropriate sanctions…” (pp. 1). “The Committee regrets the systematic and widespread acts of violence specifically targeting Rohingya women and girls...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:34 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"According to the latest figures from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Nigeria currently hosts more than 50,000 refugees from Cameroon, with 70 percent of these in Cross River State. Roughly half the refugees live in one of four refugee settlements, while the rest live in host communities" (para 12). "Angela and her daughter arrived in Ogoja in February 2018, joining thousands of other refugees taking shelter in the Adagom and Okende host communities where women and girls have reported being sexually harassed by members of the host communities as well as by other refugees. 'These days, you cannot step out of the house without meeting a man who is demanding...more
Feb. 4, 2021, 6:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"A friend of Eren’s married a Syrian woman last year who he said was pious and subservient. Wanting the same, Eren pursued an arranged marriage with Nur, promising her escape from the Kilis Camp on Turkey’s southern border. After he raped her repeatedly on their honeymoon, Nur fled, taking shelter at her brother’s house. But Nur says the stigma of divorce for Syrian women is unbearable, and so she prepares to reconcile with Eren" (para 3).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"It is particularly concerned about the...Significant number of displaced women and girls, in particular in the north-east, including as a result of sporadic communal violence, their precarious living conditions and exposure to serious human rights violations and the lack of gender-sensitive interventions at all stages of the displacement cycle" (4-5).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Australia maintains its harmful policies of mandatory immigration detention and offshore processing. There is no time limit on onshore or offshore detention and there is no independent review of detention. Mental health problems are serious and persistent for women and girls in offshore processing centres and onshore facilities. There have been numerous reported incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault and self-harm in the offshore processing center on Nauru. A 2017 Parliamentary inquiry found there is an 'indisputable' connection between unsafe living conditions in the offshore processing centres and widespread mental health problems and self-harm. UNHCR has called for the removal of asylum seekers from offshore detention centres to locations where...more
Jan. 18, 2021, 2:43 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Their accounts tell of girls and young women separated from their families, divvied up or traded among the Islamic State’s men, ordered to convert to Islam, subjected to forced marriages and repeatedly raped… Five girls and women who recently escaped agreed to be interviewed at the end of October. Four of them were in Khanke, a predominantly Yazidi town in the far north of Iraq, and a fifth in the nearby city of Dohuk. Tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees have sought refuge in this region, in vast tent camps and in relatives’ homes, after fleeing their villages around the Sinjar mountains" (para 5, 7).
Jan. 1, 2021, 2:12 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities...As predominantly Buddhist Myanmar started moving from dictatorship to democracy four years ago, newfound freedoms of expression lifted the lid on deep-seeded hatred for minority Muslims — including Rohingya Muslims now arriving on Southeast Asian shores in crowded, rickety boats. Many are fleeing persecution and violence that has left up to 280 people dead and forced another 140,000 from their homes in western Rakhine state....more
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:24 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Khaleghzadeh has a 25-year-old undocumented pregnant daughter, also married to an undocumented Afghan refugee, who does not have a work permit in Iran. "If she can get my Iranian nationality, then she can pass it to her baby, too," she said. "At least they can get the cash subsidies from the government for the times her husband does not work," she added" (para 16). "Over a million Afghan refugees are officially registered in Iran. The number of undocumented Afghans is about 2.5 million, the government spokesperson said. Many of such marriages are a result of the poverty of families of these women in border provinces. Around 80% of women married...more
Aug. 16, 2020, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"About 1,100 Muslim refugees and asylum seekers, includingmembers of the persecuted Ahmadiyya religious community from Pakistan, were subjected to harassment and threats, forcing them to take shelter in crowded and unsanitary temporary refuges" (para 13).
Aug. 13, 2020, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, IRP-PRACTICE-1

"In March, tropical cyclone Idai hit near the coastal city of Beira, bringing heavy rains that left entire villages in Manica, Sofala, and Zambezia provinces submerged as floodwaters rose. Tens of thousands of people were displaced and, according to the United Nations, over 1.85 million people, most of them women and children, needed urgent assistance. Victims, residents, and aid workers told Human Rights Watch that local community leaders coerced women into engaging in sex in exchange for aid" (para. 10).
Aug. 10, 2020, 4:06 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Among the millions of Venezuelans who have chosen to flee are thousands of pregnant women. In Colombia, over 26,000 Venezuelan women have given birth since August 2015. That surge is straining Colombia's already fragile health care system and testing the nation's mostly welcoming approach toward Venezuelan migrants" (para 25).
Aug. 10, 2020, 4:03 p.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"It's an ordeal with increasingly international ramifications, as a growing number of pregnant women flee to countries like Colombia seeking care they cannot get in Venezuela" (para 6). "Among the millions of Venezuelans who have chosen to flee are thousands of pregnant women. In Colombia, over 26,000 Venezuelan women have given birth since August 2015. That surge is straining Colombia's already fragile health care system and testing the nation's mostly welcoming approach toward Venezuelan migrants" (para 25).