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April 30, 2024, 5:55 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"South Africa has notoriously high levels of violence against women. The country has among the highest rape incidences in the world. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, police figures showed that 10,818 rape cases were reported" (para 4) If rape is being reported at such an incredibly high rate in just one quarter, it must mean that laws against rape are not being properly enforced (MCP - CODER COMMENT). "She argued that interventions focusing on ontological violence – men’s sense of entitlement to women’s bodies and hypermasculinity – were key. Ontological violence is difficult to address, however, because its origins are diffuse" (para 6).
April 9, 2024, 10:09 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The recommendations presented to the justice minister come after a series of rape acquittals that sparked outcry, and will form the basis for draft amendments that could be enacted by parliament later this year" (para 3). "Japanese protestors take to streets of Tokyo amid a series of acquittals in rape cases" (para 6). "Protesters gather at the rally called 'Flower Demo' to criticise acquittals in court cases of alleged rape in Japan" (para 8). "This has meant even teen rape survivors face the same high bars to prosecuting perpetrators that adults do" (para 10). "In practice, regional ordinances banning 'lewd' acts with minors are sometimes seen as effectively raising the...more
April 9, 2024, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Cuba
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"January has once again raised the dust and sadness of the pending debts on gender-based violence in Cuba. The discussion, at least on social networks, has brought back the issue of a comprehensive law against gender-based violence, shelters, the level of severity in sentences, impunity, the invisibility of disappeared women, the lack of accompaniment of the institutions involved and the scant coverage in the press" (para 1).
Feb. 20, 2024, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Girls are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence, including rape, in school by teachers" (10). "Women working in artisanal mining are forced into prostitution and are subjected to sexual and gender-based violence" (15). "The environmental and sanitary impacts of the industrial exploitation of copper and cobalt from the Frontier Mine, near Sakania, lead to the drying up of the river, affecting access for women and girls to safe water and to education, exposing them to rape and sexual violence and depriving them of their incomes earned from their agricultural activities" (16).
Feb. 20, 2024, 9:55 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Whilst women hotel workers across the world face a disproportionate risk of gender-based violence compared to other industries, rights groups say that those working in Qatar could find it particularly difficult to report the abuse they may face. A report published this year by Equidem, a labor rights organization, said gender-based violence and harassment are 'a fact of life for women' at some Fifa World Cup hotel partners. Equidem’s researchers contacted more than 800 migrant workers across the region, male and female, but only 10% agreed to have their experiences recorded" (para 20). "The country’s penal code also criminalises sex outside marriage. Police often do not believe women who report...more
Feb. 16, 2024, 4:44 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"This small measure would leave the existing ban for most women, as only a tiny percentage of rape survivors seek out medical attention" (para 8). "More complicated is the issue of femicide, which preliminary data shows continues at a slightly reduced rate under Castro’s government compared with last year. Two bills aimed at combatting violence against women have so far stalled in Congress" (para 11).
Feb. 11, 2024, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: South Sudan

""Yasmin Sooka said the incidents of gang rapes have been happening from 2013" (para 1). "A UN panel of experts on human rights in South Sudan has called on the government to investigate and prosecute top officials for their alleged role in sexual violence. It said the government should immediately remove from office and investigate state governors and county commissioners linked to systematic rape" (para 2-3). "'Nowhere in the world do you find so many women who experience conflict by being repeatedly gang raped... while the men responsible are promoted and rewarded,' said Yasmin Sooka, the chairperson of the panel" (para 5). "'This year we have seen the most dehumanising...more
Feb. 5, 2024, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The United States welcomes the first verdict issued by the Special Criminal Court (SCC) on October 31 against Issa Sallet Adoum, Yaouba Ousmane, and Mahamat Tahir, all members of the rebel group known as 3R. In the judgment, the accused were convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes for severe violence committed in a massacre of at least 46 civilians in May 2019. The verdict, which is subject to appeal, comes on the heels of other successes for the SCC and Central African authorities, including the arrest of two former Central African Armed Forces members and one ex-Séléka militia general on charges of crimes against humanity. The achievements of...more
Feb. 4, 2024, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"But it has also revised the scope of potential minimum and maximum prison sentences, allowing some convicted sex offenders to appeal against their sentences and have them reduced. By the end of December, 129 convicted offenders had benefited from the sentencing changes" (para 13).
Jan. 31, 2024, 12:37 p.m.
Countries: Poland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A disabled 14-year-old who was raped by her own uncle has been refused an abortion in Poland, sparking outrage in the conservative country" (para 1).
Jan. 29, 2024, 5:50 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina

"[W]ar crimes, including sexual crimes [are slowly persecuted]" (4).
Jan. 28, 2024, 7:26 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"PORT-AU-PRINCE/GENEVA (14 October 2022) - Children as young as 10 and elderly women have been subjected to sexual violence – including collective rapes for hours in front of their parents or children by more than half a dozen armed elements – amid an explosion of gang violence in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, a UN human rights report published today finds" (para 1). '"Gangs use sexual violence to instill fear, and alarmingly the number of cases increases by the day as the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Haiti deepens,' Nada Al-Nashif, the Acting Human Rights Chief said" (para 3). "The report painstakingly documents sexual crimes perpetrated against women, girls and boys...more
Jan. 22, 2024, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"'I was sentenced and put in prison for choices I made — I was not sent to prison to be raped and abused,' said Briane Moore, who was repeatedly assaulted by an official at a women’s prison in West Virginia who threatened to block a transfer to a facility closer to her family if she resisted (para 5). "A committee analysis of court filings and prison records over the past decade found that male and female inmates had made 5,415 allegations of sexual abuse against prison employees, of which 586 were later substantiated by investigators" (para 8). "'Our findings are deeply disturbing and demonstrate, in my view, that the B.O.P....more
Jan. 4, 2024, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The full, unqualified repeal of marital immunity for rape will equally protect all women from sexual abuse, regardless of their relationship to the perpetrator" (35).
Nov. 22, 2023, 5:13 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"It would be a setback if the jilbab rule is to be amended. Our girls will go back to being naked. It will increase rape cases" (59). It is implied that removing the jilbab will result in an increase in rape occurrences of girls (MV-coder comment).
Nov. 3, 2023, 5 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"As Haiti’s toxic slate of gangs continue to plunder the crisis-stricken Caribbean nation, kidnapping, displacing and extorting civilians with nothing left to give, they are increasingly weaponizing women’s bodies in their war for control" (para 5). "'They’re running out of tools to control people,' said Renata Segura, deputy director for Latin America and the Caribbean for International Crisis Group. 'They extort, but there’s only so much money that can be extorted from people that are really poor. This is the one thing they have they can inflict on the population'" (para 11). "That fear has rippled across Port-au-Prince. Parents hesitate to send their children to school, worried they could be...more
Nov. 3, 2023, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

“Ana hasn't been able to sleep properly since she heard about the ministry's abolition. She credits it with saving her life. From a safe house, she recounts - in a voice so quiet it is almost inaudible - how she was failed by everyone in her life she trusted to protect her. Six years ago, she was raped by her college professor. When she called her father to tell him, he hung up the phone. She had brought the family shame, he told her” (para 21). “Then last month, Yuna, the bank clerk, got a call from the government. Their investigation concluded the bank had broken the law, by committing...more
Oct. 5, 2023, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Women who manage to get informal work, at neighbourhood restaurants for example, are often abused. We have heard of cases where women have been groped and raped. Bosses know the women would struggle to find work elsewhere. The victims do not report their employers because they need the work" (para 18, 19). Since the power dynamics between employer and employee are this abusive, and victims are severely disincentivized from reporting their abuse, we can assume that the proper enforcement of sexual assault is not carried out (MCP - CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 26, 2023, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Aboriginal women face racism and sexism at every turn. The implicit messages they receive from the systems that are supposed to keep us all safe and supported, from the media and from the broader community, is that they are not worthy of safety and equality" (para 8).
Sept. 25, 2023, 8:02 a.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The law prohibits [torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment]. There were allegations, nonetheless, that prison officials mistreated inmates as well as claims that police raped displaced migrants from Venezuela" (2). "The law criminalizes rape of men or women, including spousal rape and domestic violence... There were reports of successful prosecution of cases of rape" (8). "[R]eports of sexual harassment were common" (9).
Sept. 22, 2023, 8:51 a.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Limited investigative resources, poor forensic capabilities, and an ineffective judicial system prevented prosecution of most cases" (18). "Sexual harassment was common and not illegal. It may be prosecuted, however, under assault and battery and defamation statutes" (19). "Limited investigative resources and an inadequate judicial system prevented prosecution of most cases. There were reports of prosecutions during the year" (21).
Sept. 18, 2023, 12:36 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"Local media reports say that in half a dozen districts around Bhilwara, if a family cannot repay a loan, the aggrieved creditor has complained to the 'caste panchayats' or caste councils. By way of 'settlement', the councils have ordered the family to hand over their daughter – sometimes more than one depending on the size of the loan – so that the creditor can sell her to a trafficker to recoup his money. In its notice, the commission said that if the family refuses to sell their daughter, 'their mothers are subjected to rape on the diktats of caste panchayats for the settlement of disputes' "(para.4-6).
Sept. 18, 2023, 12:32 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The women are members of Shosho Jikinge, Swahili for 'Grandmother protect yourself', a group of 20 aged between 55 and 90 who all live in Korogocho and are learning how to defend themselves from sexual assault and other crimes, such as mugging and robbery." (para.4). " 'We started this group in 2007 when we realised that elderly women had become easy targets of rape and abuse,' says Nyariara, a founding member. She was trained for six months by volunteer martial arts enthusiasts and has been leading classes since 2014" (para.6). "Gladys Wanjiku, 80, another Korogocho resident and member of the class, says criminals take advantage of the fact that most...more
Aug. 24, 2023, 1:08 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"[A]ll reports of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence, are [not] duly investigated and victims [do not] have access to protection services[. T]he mandate of gender-based violence prosecutors [need to be strengthened] to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted and adequately punished and that victims have access to appropriate redress, including compensation" (6).
Aug. 15, 2023, 5:22 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"The maximum penalty for an initial rape conviction is seven years. The maximum sentence for subsequent rape convictions is life imprisonment; however, the usual maximum was 14 years in prison" (12). "Consensual same-sex sexual activity between adults is legal" (15).
Aug. 8, 2023, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Senegal

"Despite the efforts made by the State in this area, difficulties in access to the law and justice remain an undeniable reality because a large part of the female population cannot afford the cost of services provided by court officials (deposits, bailiffs’ fees, lawyers’ fees)." (5). "Article 34-2 of Organic Act No. 2017-09 of 17 January 2017 on the Supreme Court states: 'The petitioner of a cassation appeal shall be required to submit a deposit to cover the payment of fixed stamp and registration duties. Failure to do so shall result in the petitioner being barred and, consequently, forfeiting the appeal. Except in cases provided for in other laws, legal...more
July 30, 2023, 5:37 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A study last year found that one in five young Spanish men did not believe that gender violence existed, instead seeing it as an "ideological invention".(Parag. 21)
July 25, 2023, 10:44 a.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"[It is recommended that Cambodia take] specific steps to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary and ensure that cases of gender-based discrimination and violence against women, including domestic violence and rape, are thoroughly investigated, perpetrators are prosecuted and adequately punished and victims are provided with remedies" (4). Perpetrators of gender-based discrimination are not always thoroughly investigated and persecuted (MV- coder comment). "[There are] Social norms that justify gender-based violence against women and girls and blame the victim rather than the perpetrator, and the high prevalence of such violence, in particular domestic violence, as well as rape, including gang rape or bauk, which is viewed as a means of...more
July 12, 2023, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"A study last year found that one in five young Spanish men did not believe that gender violence existed, instead seeing it as an "ideological invention".(Parag. 21)
July 10, 2023, 9:26 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1

"In a country where nearly 99% of women consider sexual abuse of girls to be a serious problem, the adoption of the Act has had significant implications for the protection and response to girls and women’s risks to abuse." (13)."Nonetheless, prosecution of sexual offenses continues to be challenged by the fact that there is limited evidence mainly owing to inadequate investigation procedures by the Police on the islands, as well as limited capacity of the health care professionals to screen cases and properly capture evidence. At present, PGO has established branches of the office in 9 of the 19 Atolls, and while this is important progress in a short period...more