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Latest items for LRW-PRACTICE-2

Sept. 25, 2021, 9:48 p.m.
Countries: Czech Republic
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"NGOs reported the [government's budget] cuts would lead to their closure or very limited services affecting ...other services they provide such as counseling and legal support to sexually abused women or victims of domestic violence" (15). "NGOs noted women in immigrant communities underreported instances of violence due to fear their immigration status would be negatively affected" (15).
Sept. 22, 2021, 6:25 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The uncanny essence of Pakistani society is that women are under the consistent menace of sexual assault, yet there is a persistent disgrace affiliated with initiating conversations penetrating towards its prevention. The traces of this stigma can be associated with misinterpreting religious texts and deep-rooted exploitative cultural norms. However, there is a critical need for destigmatizing sexual assault conversations; as prevention-orientated strategies can be discussed and implemented by adolescent females. With ignorance on such topics, they are subject to predators cashing on their vulnerability and absence of awareness" (para 2). "...According to Sahil’s 2019 annual report, approximately 10 children are sexually assaulted in Pakistan on a daily basis. In addition,...more
Sept. 22, 2021, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is particularly concerned about:...Social stigmatization and judicial bias against women who are victims of gender-based violence, including sexual violence, as reflected in inappropriate questioning and comments made at trial about victims’ sexual behaviour and appearance; (d) The absence of guidance for the judiciary and law enforcement officers on how to apply the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women, and its limited enforcement, especially in rural and remote areas; (e) Underreporting of gender-based violence owing to the subordinate role of women in Afghan society, victims’ fear of stigmatization and retaliation by their families and communities; (f) The failure by the police to register complaints; (g) The failure...more
Sept. 21, 2021, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The survey of more than 1,000 women, carried out by YouGov and seen exclusively by the Guardian, exposes a damning lack of faith in the UK authorities’ desire and ability to deal with sexual harassment – 96% of respondents did not report incidents, with 45% saying it would not change anything. Among those who said the event was not serious enough to report were women who had been groped, followed and coerced into sexual activity, said UN Women UK. As part of the UN Women UK’s Safe Spaces Now project, the organisation collected stories from 400 women and sent an open letter to leaders, calling for better designed public spaces,...more
Sept. 17, 2021, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Guatemala
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The few facilities for women where they can receive psychological and legal assistance after suffering sexual abuse or find temporary shelter are neglected by the government. 'The staff there often have to wait months to be paid,' said Quintela. 'As a consequence, many of them resign. The victims are the ones to suffer.' Women in Guatemala who have suffered abuse do not receive the necessary support. Quintela criticizes the fact that to this day, Guatemala does not consider violence against women to be a social problem. One glaring example: Victims of sexual violence are now able to report their abuse to a hotline, available in four languages. However, in Guatemala...more
Sept. 14, 2021, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: El Salvador

"In El Salvador, having a child at age fourteen isn’t simply a cause for shame in the eyes of a religious community. It also increases the odds of a life lived in crushing poverty, of marginal education and employment, of vulnerability to the violence and chaos that scores the lives of the poorest Salvadorans. Some girls, faced with that prospect, opt to kill themselves. Government statistics reveal that three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under nineteen. Many of these girls have suffered rape and sexual abuse, and are silenced by the shame of these humiliations, in addition to the...more
Sept. 13, 2021, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Activists expressed concern that rape was underreported, especially within the ethnic minority community" (124). Underreporting could indicate barriers/taboos against reporting (SFR - CODER COMMENT). "The government [in Macau] made referrals for victims [of rape and domestic violence] to receive medical treatment, and social workers counseled victims and informed them of social welfare services. The government funded nongovernmental organizations to provide victim support services, including medical services, family counseling, and housing, until their complaints were resolved" (140).
Aug. 31, 2021, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In December 2018 the government began operating a crisis management center for victims of sexual assault, at the Tirana University Hospital Center. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare reported that as of September the center had treated 23 victims" (p 18).
Aug. 27, 2021, 2:01 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"She said: 'Every agency of the criminal justice system has been slashed in a decade of austerity cuts: police, CPS, courts, probation. It's a damning indictment of Government that violence against women and children is almost irrelevant.' A survey of CPS lawyers carried out for the report pointed the finger at police forces providing insufficient evidence. Asked whether police gave 'sufficient evidence... to enable you to provide charging advice for rape cases at the first request', just under 22 per cent said 'never' and 59 per cent said 'rarely'. Asked if the police were responsible for delays, 19 per cent of CPS lawyers said 'all the time' and 56 per...more
Aug. 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The law stipulates a woman wishing to report a rape must do so at a police station where she must receive a release form before seeking medical help. This process contributed to medical complications, incomplete forensic evidence, and failure to report rapes. Victims often feared that cases reported to police would be made public" (p 21).
Aug. 20, 2021, 1:37 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia

"Rape and domestic violence were likely underreported due to fear of reprisal, social discrimination, and the distrust of the judiciary. Women comprised a very small proportion of judicial officials... which likely contributed to underreporting of rape and domestic abuse" (21).
Aug. 11, 2021, 11:23 a.m.
Countries: Finland
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The government funds shelters specifically for victims of domestic violence. In 2018, the most recent year for which data was available, 179 beds were available in shelters throughout the country, a 25-percent increase over the year before. Demand for shelter space, as indicated by the number of days residents spent in each shelter, also grew by 25 percent during the same period"(10).
Aug. 6, 2021, 1:10 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Media and NGOs reported sexual harassment by police was also a problem, and the potential for further harassment further discouraged women from filing complaints"(44).
Aug. 6, 2021, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Chile

"The Ministry of Women and Gender Equality ran a victims’ assistance and protection program that operated psychological, legal, and social assistance centers and shelters throughout the country and maintained an emergency hotline" (9).
Aug. 3, 2021, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Yet – surprise, surprise – there is a bleak fallout to this culture. A 2018 documentary, Sexe sans Consentement (Sex Without Consent), features women speaking to the camera about an attack by a male friend. The film ventures into an area that is rarely explored in France: the 'grey zone' where sex is forced, without 'physical violence, threat or surprise' (three of the four conditions for rape in French law, the fourth being 'coercion'). All of the women describe an inability to say no or to fight, how they internalised the sense that they were in some way responsible for what was happening to them" (para 10). Women feeling that...more
July 27, 2021, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"On September 14, the national gendarmerie officially launched its new morals and minors protection unit with responsibility for protecting children, including rape victims, in rural areas, which are not covered by the national police’s morals and minors brigade. The Ministry of Justice, collaborating with UNICEF and telecommunications companies, implemented a website called “Arozaza” (protect the child) that is intended to combat online sexual exploitation of minors and warn potential abusers. The website includes a form to report child endangerment or online pornography" (p 20-21). "Employers often abused and raped young rural girls working as housekeepers in the capital. If they left their work, employers typically did not pay them, so...more
July 21, 2021, 10:18 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The law was also used to pressure some victims of sexual crimes to drop charges, according to Wang Yueh-hao, head of rights group the Garden of Hope Foundation" (Para 7).
July 21, 2021, 1:54 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"As part of its response to the landmark Respect@Work report, the federal government has committed to providing more funding in May’s budget to community legal centres, Indigenous legal services and Legal Aid commissions to increase access to specialised legal advice for people who are sexually harassed at work. It has also agreed to consider extra funding for the 1800RESPECT hotline. A spokesman for Attorney-General Michaelia Cash said funding proposals would be considered as part of the budget process"(para 14).
July 20, 2021, 6:33 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The demonstrators also called for support, services and aid for victims of sexual violence" (Para 4).
July 17, 2021, 10:03 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Acupinpin said she had been reluctant to come forward as a child because she feared people would blame her for the abuse. 'I was scared that they might say, he's my stepfather, I gave him my consent,' she said. After Acupinpin's teacher notified the police about her injuries, she was removed from her parents' care and placed in a care center for abuse survivors -- but she didn't initially tell anyone about the sexual abuse. 'I kept it to myself because I was so scared, because his threats still lingered in my mind,' she said. It was only after she spoke with other children at the orphanage who had also...more
July 16, 2021, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"According to Talabani[the deputy prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government], the unmarked graves may also have served to protect the perpetrators because the victims were buried before a police investigation can take place and no one except the killer or killers know where the bodies lie.However, he insists there is “robust legislation” in place to protect women. “We have a brave and active directorate to combat violence against women and families. A hotline for victims of gender-based violence to contact to anonymously report crimes, which are swiftly acted upon, and even a newly established anti-trafficking department to stop the spread of human and child trafficking"(para 61,62).
July 16, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In previous years rape survivors who could not meet high evidentiary standards could face charges of adultery" (p 24).
July 13, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"He[Muhammad Ahsan Younas] has also set up a helpline that is operated only by female police officers. Women in Rawalpindi and surrounding areas can call the toll-free 111-276-797 number to report domestic abuse or harassment without having to go to the police station. After the complaint is lodged through the helpline, a female police officer makes an appointment with the complainant"(para 8)."Baig[Amna Baig, a 29-year-old female police official] notes that while the helpline is encouraging more women to lodge a complaint, formal police reports are still rare, as women often succumb to family and social pressures to forgive the culprits, especially when they are family members"(para 12).
July 12, 2021, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Peru
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"'We were not prepared for the eventuality of a pandemic,” Teresa Hernández Cajo, director of programmes against gender-based violence at Peru’s women’s ministry, told TNH. “When there’s a situation such as a pandemic or earthquake, women lose their protection. Systems for reporting and protection are unravelled.'Due to social distancing measures, some 400 government-run shelters for abused women around the country had to close. They only re-opened late last month[January 2021] after a government decree declared they were an essential service. Meanwhile, Peru’s healthcare system has been overwhelmed and unable to provide regular physical and mental health services for victims of gender-based violence"(para 20-22).
July 9, 2021, 1:38 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Although police no longer required physicians to examine victims, physicians still had to complete official forms reporting rape. Rural areas generally had no police physician, and in Nairobi there were only two. NGOs reported police physicians often but inconsistently accepted the examination report of clinical physicians who initially treated rape victims" (p 34).
July 8, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"The psychological impact of sexual crime is profound. Victims who, like jurors, are influenced by the insidious myths and prejudice surrounding such offences, are often burdened with guilt and shame which makes them reluctant to report. And, even when they do report, rape's legacy of fear and trauma may affect a complainant's ability to give a coherent account of their ordeal"(para 15).
July 1, 2021, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Canada

"'We know that at the root of domestic violence is that sense of ... ownership or power over someone,' said Hutton, whose organization runs two shelters for women fleeing violence" (para 18).
June 30, 2021, 4:16 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Pasinli also pointed said that under the proposed law, babies who are not born in a hospital could be registered by a declaration from parents at the registry office. Pasinli said that this practice would make it more difficult to protect children. 'Often,' she said, 'we learn of child abuse cases or underage marriage when the child gets pregnant and is taken to hospital to give birth. The doctors in the hospital report the situation when they see an underaged mother and we step in and bring the abuser before the court.' She added that because the proposal would allow newborns to be registered with a simple declaration, families could...more
June 29, 2021, 11:26 a.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"Most survivors of rape did not pursue formal legal action due to insufficient resources, lack of confidence in the justice system, fear of subjecting themselves to humiliation and/or reprisal, or family pressure" (p 40).
June 29, 2021, 9:16 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-2

"In 2018, following years of advocacy by women’s rights activists, a new shelter for women and girls opened on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan’s capital" (para 26).