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Latest items for MISA-PRACTICE-1

Oct. 15, 2021, 9:09 a.m.
Countries: Qatar

"Women interviewed for the report described how their guardians denied them permission to drive, travel, study, work or marry someone of their own choosing. Some spoke of how this had affected their mental health, contributing to self-harm, depression, stress and suicidal thoughts" (para 5).
July 23, 2021, 7:05 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"They are urging President Suluhu to ensure provision of psycho-social support for teenage mothers and pregnant girls" (Para 15).
July 9, 2021, noon
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The gym has survived, tucked away in a windowless basement inside a locked compound, shielded from prying eyes. It is the latest addition to the Khadija Kubra Women’s Association, run by Ms. Durani with her father’s help since 2004. It includes a radio station, English and literacy classes for women, an Islamic school and a seamstress center that sells clothing made by women[...]She added: “The club is as much for women’s mental health as their physical health. Almost every woman who comes here is depressed"(para 6,9).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"...the Commission on Women’s Health (established in 2006), ...submitted...the so-called 'Action Plan for the Health of Women and Children', whose guidelines is now being implemented [include] Women with addictions caused by physical and mental diseases. It concerns old women who suffer an addiction and have to rely on other people to carry on; and women, whose will depends on substances, such as smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction...and...Women and post-partum depression. They are those being victims of a pathology, which represents another risk profiles recently identified which may also trigger serious health consequences on the child (In this regard, it is worth-recalling some projects developed at the regional level, such as the...more
April 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Kenya

"'The bill promotes the right to privacy and the right to consent. When you look at patients who have mental health disorders, a lot of times, decisions are made for them. We are not just going to make decisions for people about their bodies just because they have mental health conditions'" (para 13).
Feb. 9, 2021, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"Psychologists in hospitals across Sicily say they are witnessing a growing mental health crisis in these women among Nigerians who have been persuaded to leave their traffickers by the authorities or NGOs. At the Vittorio Emanuele hospital in Catania, 20 Nigerian women are being treated by the psychiatric department – double the number last year. 'These women, who are brought to us by our emergency staff, have been abused, they have been raped, imprisoned and blackmailed. Some of them are as young as 12,' says Dr Aldo Virgilio. He says that 80% of those coming to the outpatient clinic are asylum seekers. 'Already this year we have seen 80 cases...more
Feb. 7, 2021, 10 a.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

In an ethnographic study conducted in Dhaka, Bangladesh, according to medical workers interviewed "there is no protocol on how to educate women on postpartum depression, identify if a woman is depressed, counsel her if she is known to be depressed, or refer her to appropriate mental health care." (pg 17). Additionally, "almost half of the medical personnel interviewed said that they did not take postpartum depression seriously and did not consider it to be a health concern that they should address." (pg 16).
Feb. 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar

“The Committee, bearing in mind the large number of Rohingya women and girls who are victims of conflict-related violence and that in most cases such violence leads to disabilities, both visible, such as physical or sensory disabilities, and invisible conditions, such as psychosocial disabilities, as a result of mental illness, including post-traumatic disorder, is concerned about the lack of information on the measures taken by the State party to identify cases of acquired disability among Rohingya women and girls and to ensure their rehabilitation” (pp. 12).
Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee urges the State party...To establish, without delay, one-stop crisis centres providing women and girls who are victims of violence and rape with free and immediate access to medical attention, psychological counselling, legal aid, shelters and other support services" (3-4).
Jan. 31, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Australia's funding of long-term disability support was reformed in July 2013 with the launch of the NDIS. The roll out of the NDIS has exposed gaps in the provision of disability support services and health care systems. Not all people with disability can access the NDIS, and support services report that people are experiencing stress, delay and disadvantage due to rollout issues. Women with psychosocial disability have difficulty accessing the NDIS. The NDIS is designed to cover approximately 64,000 people with psychosocial disability. It is not designed to cover the estimated 690,000 Australians who live with severe mental health problems. Mental health support services are reducing their services due to...more
Jan. 30, 2021, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"She felt 'tired for about a week, lost my memories and felt depressed' after being administered a cocktail of drugs while imprisoned in 2017, she said. After several months, she was released, having been diagnosed as mentally ill, and now lives in the United States. Doctors there later told her she had been sterilized" (para 7-8).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Mobility restrictions isolate women socially, and make them lonely without support and guidance; ‘We have nobody to share our feelings and experiences with’. Lack of autonomy causes hopelessness. Absence of knowledge about puberty makes girls ashamed of physical and sexual changes; ‘Menarche’ is an abrupt and upsetting incident for us’. Lack of knowledge and skills to protect themselves from sexual harassment makes them fragile and weak. Early marriage and consequent loss of freedom worries them. Sexual harassment and being blamed for that causes continuous fear. Over work, lack of appreciation and exposure to all kinds of abuses leads to frustration that ends up in anxiety and stress and in extreme...more
Sept. 29, 2020, 4:13 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"On September 1, Saluhddin Ayubi in Rahim Yar Khan district, Punjab was arrested for robbing a cash machine and soon died in custody. His family claimed Ayubi, who had a mental health condition, had been tortured to death by the police. A forensic report subsequently corroborated the torture claims" (para 27). "In June 2019, Pakistan's Supreme Court halted the execution of Ghulam Abbas, a prisoner with a psychosocial disability who had spent more than 13 years on death row" (para 31).
Sept. 27, 2020, 5:14 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Armenia's legislation allows for adults with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities to be deprived of legal capacity, or the right to make decisions, and does not envisage any supported decision-making mechanisms" (para 12).
Sept. 23, 2020, 9:40 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In March, a Serang court sentenced Aisyah Tusalamah, who has a psychosocial disability, to five months' imprisonment for posting an allegedly blasphemous video. Police detained Suzethe Margareta, who has paranoid schizophrenia, for bringing her dog to a mosque in Bogor in June" (para 5). "Despite a 1977 government ban on the practice, people with psychosocial disabilities continue to be shackled by family members, traditional healers, and staff in state institutions, in some cases for years. Due to prevalent stigma and inadequate support services, including mental health care, more than 57,000 Indonesians with psychosocial disabilities (mental health conditions) have been chained or locked in a confined space at least once in...more
Sept. 20, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Access to mental health services is limited, and many people with psychosocial disabilities and their families often consider traditional healers to be their only option" (para 21).
Aug. 26, 2020, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

“[Mayor] Mr. Bloomberg is taking on the popular, unattainable notions of beauty promoted by professional image-makers with a campaign that tells girls that they are beautiful the way they are. Mainly through bus and subway ads, the campaign aims to reach girls from about 7 to 12 years old, who are at risk of negative body images that can lead to eating disorders, drinking, acting out sexually, suicide and bullying” (para 2-3) The city of NYC is initiating a campaign to decrease potential mental health issues within women caused by skewed perceptions of beauty in the media (MLB-CODER COMMENT).
May 29, 2020, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Afghan women are always asked [by society] to suppress all of these feelings and emotions, even their thoughts. They are not allowed to express themselves. One thing that I noticed among all of the women who I photographed is that they constantly complain about racing hearts, anger, fear, headaches — these things that I associate with PTSD and mental illnesses like depression. But they are not aware of it" (para 11).
July 9, 2019, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Serbia

"Mental Disability Rights Initiative of Serbia research from late 2016 showed that women with disabilities in residential institutions were exposed to various forms of violence, including physical, psychological, sexual, and genderbased violence. Results also showed that, due to their very specific position and isolation from the outside world, a majority of women accepted violence as an inevitable part of their daily lives in institutions" (page 26).
June 26, 2019, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Somalia
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"In a March report, Amnesty International stated that persons with disabilities faced daily human rights abuses, such as unlawful killings, violence including rape and other forms of sexual violence, forced evictions, and lack of access to health care or an adequate standard of living. The report described domestic violence and forced marriage as prevalent practices affecting persons with disabilities. It added that women and girls with disabilities faced an increased risk of rape and other forms of sexual violence, often with impunity, due to perceptions their disabilities were a burden to the family or that such persons were of less value and could therefore be abused" (Pg 38).more
June 17, 2019, 3:53 p.m.
Countries: Iceland

"The Committee regrets the lack of information on alcohol addiction and of any study on mental health issues and the scope and causes of suicide among women in the State party." (para 37).
June 4, 2019, 4:55 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Counselling and information services exist in all provinces, some of which specialise in eating disorders. Furthermore, day clinics, out-patient clinics, in-patient services as well as shared living concepts exist throughout the country. Burgenland, Lower Austria, Salzburg and Vienna have specialist counselling and therapy services for eating disorders in addition to the services mentioned. The eating disorder helpline offered by the Vienna health promotion service provides telephone and email counselling. Furthermore, information leaflets for doctors were produced. Information and training events were organised specifically for doctors, kindergarten and school teachers" (14).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Generally, mental health services are available countrywide but the service is less than optimal due to lack of qualified full-time professionals. Services are provided on an outreach basis during limited time periods to hinterland communities and isolated areas" (31).
May 1, 2019, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The proportion of respondents age 15-59 who reported having felt depressed a lot of the time in the 2 weeks preceding the survey is 11% among women and 16% among men; those reporting having felt depressed all the time represent 2% of women but less than 1% of men. On the other hand, 31% of women and 43% of men said they never experienced depression in the 2 weeks preceding the survey (Tables 12.10.1 and 12.10.2, Figure 12.4). When asked if they had been told that they had depression by a health professional, 2% of women and 4% of men age 15-59 answered affirmatively" (213).
April 19, 2019, 9:51 a.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"By implementing the Mental Health Project in BiH, services have been improved and capacities of mental health service providers were strengthened" (35).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Female victims subjected to sexual violence lacked access to immediate health care. Consequences included severe physical injuries, psychosocial trauma, unwanted pregnancies, social stigmatization, and infection with sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS" (para 192).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"Media reports indicated persons with disabilities experienced societal abuse. During an interview with the Lesotho News Agency on March 23, the officer in charge of the Mabote CGPU, Inspector Mamakafane Matlali, said the police were alarmed by a high rate of sexual abuse of people with disabilities, particularly children and women. The interview followed reports of two cases wherein neighbors sexually abused women with disabilities. In the first, Inspector Matlali indicated that two boys raped a 25-year-old woman from Sekameneng with a disability. In the second, Matlali said a neighbor raped a 17-year old girl from Koalabata with a disability. There was only one report of a person with a...more
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom

"The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health... identified that one in five mothers suffers from depression, anxiety or in some cases psychosis during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth. A phased, five-year transformation programme, led by NHS England and backed by £365 million in funding, is underway"(27). "The Welsh Government has made £1.5m of recurrent funding available to develop community-based specialist perinatal services within every health board in Wales" (28).
Feb. 4, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"There were credible reports of forced medication, forced abortion, work exploitation, and physical and sexual abuse in psychiatric hospitals under the Ministry of Health. Legal proceedings continued in the case of a doctor at the institution in Balti arrested in 2013 for the serial sexual assault and abuse of patients. An investigation showed that the doctor performed 18 forced abortions on the victims of his sexual assaults, all patients with mental disabilities. Authorities found dead one of the 17 victims identified during the investigations in January 2014, while a second died under unknown circumstances in April 2014. The doctor remained under house arrest" (Pg 6). "Women in psychiatric institutions and...more
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MISA-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the steps taken by the State party to adopt mental health legislation to regulate the procedures of entry, exit, treatment and confinement of patients in mental health centres. It is, however, concerned about: Reported cases of arbitrary admission and detention of women in mental health facilities" (pg. 11).