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Latest items for IIP-PRACTICE-2

June 7, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Among the dozens of women on social media talking about violence at the hands of male relatives were those telling stories of being beaten for visiting friends, for wearing clothes deemed unsuitable and for taking part in the 2019 protests that toppled the former president Omar al-Bashir" (para 6).
May 31, 2021, 5:31 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Videos on social media showed protests in various cities around the country, with protestors speaking out about the gender pay gap, street harassment and violence against women" (para 2). The existence of protests against street harassment suggests that women may face harassment when intermingling in public spaces (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
April 30, 2021, 12:41 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Since Thiat and Codou launched #Nopiwouma on Twitter in November 2017 and created a Google form for women to file anonymous reports, they've received more than 100 unverified accounts of harassment and abuse, many from women who had never before spoken about their experiences -- privately or publicly. Thiat and Codou say they've been sent even more via direct messages on social media platforms, texts, emails, and are often approached in person. Many who have gotten in touch are strangers, others are close friends. "For 90% of people that write in, it's the first time they've talked about it. Many may have told their parents when they were young, but...more
April 30, 2021, 12:30 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Ange Ashimwe, a gender activist believes that sexual harassment is systemic and the only way to change it is to change the system. Sexual harassment is not something that just happens because of circumstances or desires. It is invited by an imbalance in power, and how society previews that power, she says. Men hold far more positions of power in all quarters – even in female-dominated spheres; men are more likely to be the director or the administrators, she adds. “Society hasn’t regarded sexual harassment as a serious problem yet and most of the time, they blame the victim for being assaulted or even make it a joke.” Ashimwe believes...more
April 27, 2021, 2:50 p.m.
Countries: Romania
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"One Friday, Andreea Călugăru went running in a park in Bucharest. After three kilometres, she needed to take a break. As she slowed down, a cyclist approached and put his hand on her backside. Andreea saw the look in his eyes: “What are you going to do about it?”" (Para 1) "Andreea also received messages from female athletes who prefer to train in groups. If they are alone, they choose the treadmill at the gym. Other women shared stories about men who had chased them for days in a row, forcing them to change their routes and training hours, or to always carry pepper spray" (Para 5). "We were by...more
April 27, 2021, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, it is not difficult to find women who complain about being harrassed on the streets. It is a semi-public crime for which you need to file a complaint and most people aren’t aware that the formulation of proposals with sexual content is a crime. They tell us: “Come for a ride with us”. Or insult us, saying you’re hot. Things like that and this is really uncomfortable,” said one young woman. “You’re hot! You can’t imagine what I could do to you. Unfortunately, all women have already heard that,” said another. “A man much older than me told me: Come here! You’re hot! Join...more
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women participate less than men in strikes (only 4.4 per cent versus 6.7 per cent) and even less in rallies (4.6 per cent versus 9.3 per cent). ...women remain a minority as for funding or volunteering in political Parties" (51).
April 24, 2021, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"I have a lot of women friends who are often harassed in the streets (men doing strange sounds or whistles), so it can be difficult if you are a single women walking around. Not all the people are like that but it's very usual" (para 22). Taken from a forum about traveling to Chad, this source states that street harassment is common for women (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
April 24, 2021, 6:55 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"[T]he crime rate is low and women can feel relatively safe on the streets and going out at night alone. Taxis are abundant, clean, and cheap when you don’t want to walk around solo. Though cat-calling from men is common (as in most countries), it's generally more relaxed and less aggressive. Of course, like everywhere you should always be cautious about your surroundings when traveling alone" (para 5).
April 23, 2021, 1:14 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"I have always felt safe in Santa Maria on Sal, it’s very much a local community, I have walked the streets of the town and beach at night alone, and alone with my young children many times, and never felt intimidated or worried. As with anywhere though, always avoid quiet areas, unlit paths, and anything that makes you feel uneasy. The main type of crime found here would be a bag, camera or purse taken if left unattended, but it is easily avoided" (para 25). Taken from a personal account, this woman felt the streets were generally safe when women took some precautions (CAT - CODER COMMENT).more
April 23, 2021, 10 a.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Burundi is definitely not safe for solo female travelers. They are advised, if it is absolutely necessary that they leave their accommodation at night, to go out accompanied by someone. Be sure to avoid remote streets, both during day and night, and do not flash your belongings or handle money in public" (para 17).
April 23, 2021, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"85% of women… have experienced harassment in public spaces" (Page 3). "The results of our study are terrifying, as they clearly demonstrate that harassment in public spaces is a common place phenomenon in Poland. At the same time this phenomenon is largely overlooked by the Polish legislation and virtually non-existent in public debate. One of the reasons why harassment in public spaces is not dealt with at the legislative level may be that these behaviors fall under the category of “good vs. bad manners” and are perceived as a cultural issue" (Page 4).
April 23, 2021, 9:57 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Burkina Faso isn't safe for female solo travelers. It is highly advised that women stay out of the streets at night, though this advice applies to anyone, really. If you are a woman and you do plan on visiting Burkina Faso alone, use your common sense and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid wearing purses and do not walk alone or ride in taxis at night" (para 13).
April 23, 2021, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"According to the Women’s Rights Center, sexual harassment continued to be a serious and underreported problem" (Page 6).
April 23, 2021, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"The threats for women travelers in Botswana are no greater than in Europe, and travelling around Botswana shouldn't be too difficult or unpleasant for women. However, unaccompanied women should be cautious in clubs or bars and avoid walking alone in city parks or empty streets at night" (para 12).
April 23, 2021, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Botswana
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women travelers are pretty safe in Botswana with most locals tending to be polite and respectful. The only time a woman traveler might be hassled is if they are in a bar alone and might receive some unwanted attention from a guy (local or non-local) who has had one too many drinks. Use your common sense as you would where ever you travel. Avoid walking alone at night or in poorly lit streets. It's also a good idea to dress modestly particularly in rural locations. In the more touristy spots, it's more acceptable to wear shorter sleeves and shorts" (para 13-15). Taken from a travel website, Botswana is considered to...more
April 23, 2021, 9:33 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"I arrived in Mostar Bosnia late at night and did not feel safe at the bus station – not for my personal safety but I was worried about being pickpocketed as there were lots of people asking for money. Otherwise during the day there I felt like I was being stared at and watched but nobody ever approached me or said anything that made me feel unsafe" (para 69). Based on a solo female travelers' accounts, women generally are stared at in the streets but there is no indication that street harassment is frequent (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
April 23, 2021, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"As a solo woman in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I didn’t have any unpleasant experiences that were related to my gender" (para 43). At most, female travelers have received staring but there is no indication of inappropriate approaches on the street (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
April 23, 2021, 8:02 a.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Bhutan is probably one of the safest places to travel for women travelers. Take the usual precautions you would as if you were heading out at night back in your home country" (para 11). All sources indicate that there is little to no street harassment of women including travelers in Bhutan (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
April 23, 2021, 7:40 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"While Belize is generally a safe country, though, Belize doesn’t always feel safe to women. The street harassment here can be vile and incessant, particularly on the islands. If you’re used to hearing street harassment on a regular basis, you’ll be accustomed to this; if you’re new to it, it may be jarring or even frightening. I found that on the islands of Belize, many of the local men will hit on women nonstop — especially if she’s on her own. This usually starts out lighthearted but promptly escalates into increasingly sexual comments" (para 23-24).
April 23, 2021, 7:39 a.m.
Countries: Belize
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"[T]he street harassment is significant, especially on the islands and beaches. It’s hard to go anywhere alone on Caye Caulker without the men yelling stuff at you. It happens day and night, whether they’re on their own or with others, and it can make you feel threatened" (para 13).
April 23, 2021, 7:30 a.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Women should travel in groups and avoid walking home alone at night. According to several 2017 visitor reports on TripAdvisor, female travelers should look out for harassment while walking on the streets, on the beaches, and particularly on St. Lawrence Gap (The Gap). Harassment includes local men making sexual remarks and sometimes stalking female tourists. In 2017, British media also reported that a British tourist was raped at Holetown Beach and that another female British national was the victim of an attempted raped while jogging close to her holiday apartment in Holetown" (para 8-9).
April 23, 2021, 7:21 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"A woman traveling alone in such countries as Jamaica faces certain dangers, and safety is often an issue. Women traveling alone in The Bahamas rarely encounter aggressive, potentially dangerous behavior from males and are usually treated with respect. However, some Bahamian men may assume that a woman traveling alone is doing so in order to find a male partner. To avoid such unwanted attention, dress a bit conservatively and don't go wandering the streets of Nassau unescorted at night. It's always advisable to wear a cover-up to your swimsuit when leaving the beach and heading into town" (para 1). While there is no specific mention of street harassment, it suggests...more
April 22, 2021, 6:21 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"In Georgia, a 2014 poll conducted in several subway stations by the Women’s Information Centre, a local rights group, reported that 45% of women surveyed had experienced different kinds of sexual harassment in the subway; 73% reported being stared at, 31% being catcalled, 38% being touched, 14% pushed or grinded against, and 6% touched with genitals" (para 30).
April 22, 2021, 6:21 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

"Thirty-three-year-old psychotherapist from Tbilisi, Lika Barabadze recalls her experiences of sexual harassment as a young woman. She says it happens everywhere — in the streets, in public transport, and at work. She remembers when she was nearly 15, hanging out with her friends in the street, when a man approached them and announced: ‘girls, it’s time for you to try some sausage!’" (para 22-23).
April 22, 2021, 6:18 p.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

In the table titled 'The 50 Worst (& Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel 2019', Chile is given a score of 81 for street safety, with 100 being the worst and 0 being the best, based on a combination of indexes (pg 1).
April 22, 2021, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

In the table titled 'The 50 Worst (& Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel 2019', Greece is given a score of 71 for street safety, with 100 being the worst and 0 being the best, based on a combination of indexes (pg 1).
April 22, 2021, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

In the table titled 'The 50 Worst (& Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel 2019', Germany is given a score of 41 for street safety, with 100 being the worst and 0 being the best, based on a combination of indexes (pg 1).
April 22, 2021, 6:11 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

In the table titled 'The 50 Worst (& Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel 2019', Croatia is given a score of 43 for street safety, with 100 being the worst and 0 being the best, based on a combination of indexes (pg 1).
April 22, 2021, 6:09 p.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2

In the table titled 'The 50 Worst (& Safest) Countries For Solo Female Travel 2019', Italy is given a score of 59 for street safety, with 100 being the worst and 0 being the best, based on a combination of indexes (pg 1).