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Sept. 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"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" (para 1-2). "As time went on, the priest claimed the gods had revealed to...more
Sept. 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"There was a widespread shortage of judges, primarily in insecure areas, leading to the adjudication of many cases through informal, traditional mediation. A shortage of women judges, particularly outside of Kabul, limited access to justice for women. Many women are unable to use the formal justice system because cultural norms preclude their engagement with male officials. During the year only 257 of 2,029, or 13 percent, of judges were women, a slight increase from 2018. The formal justice system is stronger in urban centers, closer to the central government, and weaker in rural areas. In rural areas lacking physical space for judges or prosecutors to operate and adequate security protection,...more
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. 4, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The controversial family law, which is based on Sharia law – which was introduced into the country in 1983 by former president Gaafar Nimeiry – has not been amended, even after changes were made to other laws deemed to be derogatory and humiliating for women and girls" (Para 23).
July 30, 2021, 2:25 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Many women upon finding their matrimonial homes inhabitable run away to urban areas with their children to eke out a living, this sinks them into deeper poverty because upon deprivation of land, some women get chased away with nothing. A woman who was used to the tranquillity of village life is upon widowhood and the subsequent eviction forced into the hustle and bustle of city life trying to juggle motherhood and fatherhood to her children in the slums of Nairobi, Kampala and Dar es Salaam. The loss of land is also often orchestrated by male relatives under the guise of “a widowed woman must be inherited”, the question that needs...more
July 26, 2021, 6:44 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Islamist parties in the Iraqi parliament are pushing an amendment to the personal status law that would allow men to marry girls as young as 9. Human rights activists decried the proposal, which would transfer civil matters to the jurisdiction of clerics" (para 1). "The proposed amendment basically shakes the foundations of the old law. The bill indicates that when issuing decisions on personal status issues, the court should follow the rulings of religious scholars for Sunni or Shiite sects, depending on the husband's faith. The Scholars' Congregation at the Shiite Endowment Diwan undertakes answering the court's questions per the common Shiite jurisprudence. In its absence, the Supreme Religious Authority...more
July 22, 2021, 5:07 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"For example, no woman has ever has served as Chief Justice, President of the Supreme Court, or President of the Court of Appeal. What’s more, there is not a single woman in the Kadhis’ Courts – religious courts adjudicated by Kadhi magistrates that apply a hybrid legal approach with Sharia Law. This trend is particularly disconcerting considering the Kadhis’ Courts deal with issues that disproportionately affect women such as divorce, inheritance and family matters" (Para 7).
July 9, 2021, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Sudan’s transitional government announced on Friday that it had overturned a moral policing law that criminalized revealing clothing worn by women and drinking alcohol. It also moved to dissolve the former governing party of Omar al-Bashir — fulfilling two major demands by pro-democracy protesters[...]Those convicted of violating the act faced prison sentences, fines, lashing and confiscation of property. For decades, human rights activists had denounced the law and argued that its vague language gave the police and judges leeway to prosecute women, who later played a crucial role in the mass protests that culminated in Mr. al-Bashir’s ouster"(para 1,5).
July 8, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"A man who attacked a woman in Iran in an alleged row over her veil was humiliated when she fought back in front of passers-by. [...]She[Iranian activist Masih Alinejad] added: 'I've talked to this 42-year-old woman. She said she went to the police station to file a complaint. 'Yet, the authorities refused to arrest the man because 1) she only faced internal injuries 2) the man said he was voluntarily enforcing morality codes'"(para 1,7,8).
June 30, 2021, 3:57 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

In the video, an SDF fighter explains the 'Hasba centre' is what ISIS call its 'religious police' headquarters. Men would observe the attire and behaviour of the local people and bring them to the torture centre if they were spotted breaking the strict Sharia Law rules.
June 7, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"'The police and the judiciary system in Sudan is based on compensations and solving problems, the prosecutors get incentives and they get upgraded for solving the problems, not for judging them'" (para 13).
Feb. 17, 2021, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"A series of events in the past few weeks have again highlighted the injustices being committed against women in the name of Islam in Pakistan. Recently, the three accused of raping an 18-year old woman at Jinnah’s Mausoleum were set free by a court in Karachi. The court refused to entertain the DNA evidence, which reportedly proved the guilt of the accused, and gave the accused the benefit of the doubt because the victim could not produce four eyewitnesses to the rape. Weeks later, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) decreed that the DNA evidence in the absence of four righteous men as witnesses to rape is not sufficient for...more
Feb. 6, 2021, 12:53 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

“A German state has banned the use of burqas in school, saying that the full-face Islamic covering does not belong in a free society. Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany announced the ban on Tuesday. The state has already banned the use of such coverings for teachers. State Premier Winfried Kretschmann said that it was rare for school girls to wear burqas but that a ban was required for the exceptional cases. The new rule will apply to girls attending primary and secondary schools in the state” (para. 1-4). “Kretschmann added that such coverings, which are usually worn by conservative Muslim women and girls, do not belong in a free society, although...more
Jan. 2, 2021, 7:07 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

“In Monday’s legal ruling, Judge Peter Murphy took steps to accommodate the defendant in the case, a 22-year-old London woman who cannot be named for legal reasons. She will be offered a screen to shield her from public view while giving evidence. But the judge said that her face had to be visible to him, the jury and lawyers. If she fails to comply with the order during the trial, she could be jailed for contempt of court. Talat Ahmed, chairwoman of the Muslim Council of Britain’s Social and Family Affairs Committee said in a statement that “recent events will once again generate controversy when in fact what we really...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 4:53 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"A landmark consensus agreed by Islamic scholars (Ulema) regarding the waiting period for ‘half-widows’ to remarry in four years will have an unprecedented impact on the lives of Kashmir’s forgotten survivors" (para 1). "While widows are entitled to some compensation under civil law, half-widows are uncertain about their future and are entitled to compensation only on production of death certificates. Under Islamic jurisprudence, a widow with children gets one eighth of her husband’s property. A widow without children gets one fourth. A half-widow gets nothing. A half-widow, till her husband is declared dead, is also forbidden under customary laws from remarrying. State law dictated that a woman has to wait...more
Dec. 31, 2020, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The jail put Casias in chains a year and a half before the passage of the First Step Act in December 2018, a federal law that prohibits some of the most punitive measures against prisoners, including shackling of pregnant women. But the recently enacted federal legislation fails to protect women in state prisons and county jails – a population that accounts for 85% of incarcerated women in America, according to a 2018 report by the Prison Policy Initiative. This means thousands of pregnant inmates remain at the mercy of guards who can choose exactly how to control their every movement – as well as the movement of their unborn children"...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:22 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Meir Kin, the new husband, has been divorced for more than seven years, under California’s civil law. But he has refused to give his previous wife the document known as a “get,” as required by Orthodox Jewish law to end a marriage. In the eyes of religious authorities, the woman he married in 2000 is what is called an agunah — Hebrew for chained wife. Without the get, the woman, Lonna Kin, is forbidden under Jewish law to remarry" (para 3).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:51 p.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Local courts shall have jurisdiction to deal with cases involving the following acts of domestic violence and, within the limits of their ordinary jurisdiction under Part IV of the Customary Law and Local Courts Act [Chapter 7:05], to issue protection orders in respect thereof— (a) emotional, verbal and psychological abuse referred to in section 3(1)(c) and defined in section 3(2)(c)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv); or (b) economic abuse referred to in section 3(1)(d) and defined in section 3(2)(d)(i) and (ii)" (15).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Colombia, Peru, Venezuela
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Colombia, Peru and Venezuela recognize the authorities of indigenous peoples and state that they may exercise functions according to their own law, provided that they are not contrary to the Constitution, national law, fundamental human rights, and/or public order" (12).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:35 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: United States, Uruguay
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:34 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:24 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Equal Opportunities Commission Act (2007) provides a legal basis to challenge laws, policies, customs and traditions that discriminate against women, as well as the National Equal Opportunities Policy; "
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:20 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1, CONST-LAW-1

The article 33 (6) of the Constitution “prohibits laws, customs or traditions which are against the dignity, welfare or interest of women”
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:16 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that such customs and practices perpetuate discrimination against women and girls and are reflected in the disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, including in education, public life, decision-making, marriage and family relations, and the persistence of violence against women and harmful practices, including polygamy, early marriages and the bride price. It is further concerned that, to date, the State party has not taken effective and comprehensive action to modify or eliminate stereotypes and negative traditional values and practices" (para 19).
Dec. 21, 2020, 8:04 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1, DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned at the resurgence of adverse cultural norms, practices and traditions in the State party. It is concerned that such attitudes and practices perpetuate discrimination against women and girls as reflected in their disadvantageous and unequal status in many areas, including in employment, decision-making, marriage and family relations, and the persistence of violence against women" (para 24).
Dec. 21, 2020, 7:41 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

No mention of customary law against women (CODER COMMENT)
Dec. 20, 2020, 6:53 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"Bahraini law is complex; a mixture of royal decrees, Civil and Criminal Codes, as well as Sharia law (a religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the hadith)" (3). "Perhaps, the most important laws relating to gender equality in Bahrain, are those referred to as Personal Status Laws. There is no unified personal status law in Bahrain that covers matters such as divorce and child custody so that Sharia judges have discretion in such matters. This means that Personal Status Laws are upheld by Sharia courts, and encompass a wide range of gender-based issues that can...more
Dec. 3, 2020, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

“[T]he Constitution recognizes customary law as part of the State party’s law, and hence customary law and the formal justice system exist side by side” (3).