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Latest items for ISSA-DATA-1

June 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"Jennifer Zenovich, a lecturer at San Francisco State University ​who wrote an auto-ethnography on 'the property of gender' in Montenegro in 2016, tells RFE/RL that she '[doubts] that there is an epidemic of abortion of female fetuses' there. She cites the country's low birth rate, the cost of such a procedure, possibly including travel to avoid the ban, cultural stigmas, birth-control practices, and women's employment numbers" (Para 50-51).
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).
Feb. 10, 2021, 10:34 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"The economists found that while officials report roughly 740 deaths on average every year due to typhoon exposure in the Philippines, post-typhoon mortality among baby girls is approximately 15 times higher than that, likely due to the indirect poverty-worsening effects of the storm. Because the Philippines is so hard hit by typhoons every year, the authors estimate that these delayed infant deaths account for approximately 13 percent of the country’s overall infant mortality rate. The risk of a baby girl dying after a typhoon doubles if she has older sisters in the home, and the risk doubles again if the she has older brothers – suggesting that the competition for...more
Nov. 6, 2020, 11:29 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

“According to the latest statistics, around 100,000 babies are abandoned in China every year - an equivalent to more than 270 a day” (para 18).
July 24, 2020, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

Incidence of sex-selective abortion is supposedly low in Bangladesh because of the large volume of legal pregnancy terminations within ten weeks of gestation (without knowing the fetal sex) under the MR policy and the unavailability of DNA testing for sex detection in the early gestational period.
Dec. 14, 2019, 2:59 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"Walking through the backstreets of the city of Khekra the sheer scale of the industry is shocking. Dilapidated clinics line the streets offering illegal sex-selection and abortion procedures for as little as 1,500 rupees (₤17). Interspersed between the surgeries are pop-up pharmacies that sell instant abortion tablets, such as the 'unwanted pill', for just 100 rupees (₤1.15)" (para 43-45). This suggests that sex-selective abortion is (1) frequent or common (RAO-CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 8, 2019, 5:09 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"The marginalised status of women, coupled with increasing access to sex-selection technology and lack or weak enforcement of the law is further skewing SRBs in Nepal" (9).
July 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"According to a 2015 UN report, approximately 16 percent of women in detention in 2013 were imprisoned for infanticide. Moreover, infanticide represented 64 percent of the grounds for imprisonment of girls ages 13 to 18, according to the UN report" (page 18-19).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-LAW-1, ISSA-DATA-1

"Although it is illegal, medical professionals noted that selective sex selection took place, resulting in a boy-to-girl birth ratio of 110:100. The government did not actively address the problem" (Pg 27).
June 5, 2019, 11:40 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-DATA-1

"Sex selection was cited as a reason for 8 percent of abortions, while socioeconomic reasons or other reasons were each cited for 6 percent" (99).
March 1, 2019, 9:06 a.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-DATA-1

"Notably, sex selection was the most important reason in only 3% of pregnancy terminations" (99).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"Authorities prosecuted at least two infanticide cases during the year" (page 24).
Nov. 17, 2018, 1:06 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"According to estimates of the Welfare Ministry and organizations fighting against the sex trade, there are about 14,000 people in the sex trade, most of them women — about 3,000 of them are minors" (para 12).
Sept. 13, 2018, 7:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"Hundreds of dead newborn girls have been found dumped in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year amid a cultural preference for boys, it has emerged. A total of 345 babies have been found dead in refuse heaps in Karachi, Pakistan's most populous city, since the beginning of 2017 with 99 per cent of them found to be girls, according to local reports" (para. 1 - 2). "According to The News International, activists from the Chhipa Welfare Foundation said it had come across 93 such cases in Karachi with 70 in 2017 and 23 this year" (para. 5). "He (Anwar Kazmi, from Karachi's Edhi Center charity) said: 'We have...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-PRACTICE-2, ISSA-LAW-1, ISSA-DATA-1

"The Committee is concerned that women in detention live in deplorable conditions and are subjected to violence, including rape, by guards and/or male detainees, and that such cases are not adequately investigated and prosecuted. The Committee also is concerned that most women in detention have been convicted of infanticide. The Committee urges the State party to ensure that living conditions in detention centres are compliant with the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules); that women are under the supervision of female guards and that gender-sensitive complaint mechanisms are available to them; and that all cases of violence against...more
Oct. 11, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

According to Table 1, China's sex ratio was 102.61 male births per 100 female births. In 1990, the sex ratio was 111.14 male births per 100 female births. In 2000, the sex ratio was 116.86 male births per 100 female births. In 2010 the sex ratio was 117.94 male births per 100 female births. In 2015 the sex ratio was 113.51 male births per 100 female births (para 1). "According to the WHO, if a country's population sex ratio does not equalize or rather exceeds the 105 threshold, it usually means societies with a dominating preference for male children are intervening in nature and reducing the number of born girl...more
Sept. 29, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ISSA-PRACTICE-1, ISSA-DATA-1

"Therefore, giving birth to a baby boy is highly expected in rural families, pressuring women, and meaning daughters are often neglected. Challenging these beliefs is tremendously difficult due to vested interests and long-practised customs – but local grassroots women’s organizations are taking on this challenge"(para 4)
March 14, 2017, 11:44 a.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"The majority-Christian Caucasus country of some three million has the third highest rate of abortions of female foetuses in the world, a figure that rose sharply after the breakup of the Soviet Union" (para 5). "Sex-discriminatory abortions become more prevalent with second and subsequent children, and account for around 1,400 unborn girls each year" (para 8).
Aug. 23, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

According to Fokupers NGO criteria type cases chart reporting types of violence, in 2009 there were 3 cases of Abandonment (63). According to Pradet's safe place program statistics in 2008, there were 24 cases of Abandonment (65).
May 29, 2016, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"A 2011 study in the British medical journal The Lancet found that up to 12 million girls had been aborted in the last three decades in India" (Para 8)
May 28, 2016, 6:59 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"The analysis of the statistical data shows that the coefficient of boy/girl ratio in case of the first child has comprised 1.04-1.07, which corresponds to the biologically estimated average statistical indicators (1.02-1.06), starting from the second child the trend in the increase of the indicator is observed (1.08 – 1.13), however, the indicator is obviously high in case of the 3rd and 4th children where it has comprised 1.6 and 1.7" (38). "The sex ratio equalises in 30-34 age group /Table 4/" (38).
Feb. 29, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

""3 - rare or never" Anna Saienko" (14)
Jan. 5, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"In one case, action could not be initiated under the Act as notification of the Act had negligently not been published in the gazette. This was a case in which the remains of two hundred and fifty 'female foetuses' had been recovered from a septic tank in a nursing home in Patiala" (56).
Jan. 3, 2016, 7:09 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"Traditional social norms, including strong son-preference in Vietnam, as well as access to sex selective tecnologies to help with prenatal sex identification and selection, have resulted in Vietnam having one of the fastest rising global disparities in sex ratio at birth," (11).
Dec. 28, 2015, 2:29 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"The practice, [of sex-selective abortion] though illegal in India, is still quite widespread. It would seem that a deep-seated societal preference for male children seems to be the driving factor behind the problem"(para 9). Given this statement, sex-selective abortion occurs freqently in India(ENB-Coder Comment)
Dec. 28, 2015, 2:28 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"Rates of sex-selective abortion in Nepal are incredibly high, even though the practice is technically prohibited and hardly ever mentioned in Western media.One heart-stopping statistic tells the story: for second births among the richest urban women, just 325 girls were born for every 1000 boys...According to Frost’s research, in the late 2000s (2007-2010) the sex-ratio for second-order births was drastically skewed, with just 742 girls being born per 1000 boys. Prior to legalisation of abortion (1998-2000), that ratio was 1021 to 1000. The ratio of female birth decreased most dramatically among educated and richer women, especially in urban areas"(para 1-2, 4). It can be inferred from this ratio that self-selective...more
Aug. 28, 2015, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"According to the Population Research Institute, that calls itself a non-profit research group, and that collects data on sex selective abortion, over 1.2 million female foetuses were aborted in Pakistan in the years between 2000 and 2014. The yearly average of sex selective abortions is 116,384...The numbers are calculated using census numbers and life expectancy and then projecting the natural ratio and noting the disparity between what should be and what is" (para 3)
Aug. 10, 2015, 9:18 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1, ABO-DATA-1

"Ultimately, the One-Child Policy has resulted in over 400 million abortions and nearly 40 million sex-selection abortions" (para 11)
June 25, 2015, 3:49 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

"A long time ago they used to kill girls; I am not aware of any recent cases of sex-selective abortions".
May 18, 2015, 4:17 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: ISSA-DATA-1

“‘The Government’s commitment to gender empowerment is evident – from Prime Minister Modi’s speeches confirming zero tolerance for violence against women to the very substantial funds that are being allocated for schemes. When it comes to gender biased sex selection, however, entire social structures including those linked to work, marriage and community need to change and the root causes of son preference, acknowledged and fought,’ concludes Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in India" (para 9). The Indian social structure has led to sex-selective practices of abortion and infanticide to be rated a (1) frequent or common (WRG - Coder Comment)