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May 28, 2021, 11:34 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Just in the town of Kilis, with its population of 230,000, at least 5,000 religious ceremonies have been performed outside the courts between 2011 and 2014, wedding already married Turkish and Syrian men to Syrian women, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" (para 4).
May 28, 2021, 9:22 p.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"More than 70% of Thai men have multiple secret sexual relationships with women while almost half of them commit violence against their spouses, a survey has found. The survey conducted by the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) was carried out among 1,617 men aged between 20-35 in Bangkok and selected provinces. According to the findings, almost 72% of respondents admitted to having many secret sexual partners" (para 1-3). This data doesn't specifically reference polygamy, it gives a rough idea of how prevalent it might be (CM - CODER COMMENT).
May 22, 2021, 9:53 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"The sociological study results conducted in 2014 in the North Caucasus republics, led by gender researcher, sociologist Irina Kosterina, showed that in the Republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia, every 20th marriage is polygamous, in Kabardino-Balkaria — every twelfth, in the Republic of Chechnya — every sixth" (534).
May 22, 2021, 9:52 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"The results of our survey has revealed that the majority (52.4 per cent) attitude to polygamy is negative, one third (30.3%) — neutral, 17.3% are positive. This suggests that despite the religious injunction, Muslim women are not ready to share their husbands with other wives. Islamic feminists openly declare their negative attitude to polygamy and the oppression of their rights in this family form [2]. Islamic feminism is a characteristic of urban Muslim women, rather than rural ones. When correlating respondents by place of residence, it was found that rural women are more tolerant of polygamy than urban Muslim women (19.3% vs. 16.7%). Accordingly, the negative attitude to polygamy among...more
May 18, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Equality activist Neneh Bojang says it is problematic that there are no recorded statistics of polygamous marriages in Norway, as this is a growing problem" (para 1).
May 13, 2021, 8:11 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Across the country nearly a third of married women are thought to be in polygamous marriages, according to a NORAD survey" (para 22).
May 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"A report by the Supreme Judge Department, an independent government body connected directly to the prime minister’s office, stated that 30,538 polygamy contracts were registered among the 402,088 marriage contracts in Jordan over the past five years" (para 5). In other words, 7.6% of marriages were polygamous in the past 5 years (CM - CODER COMMENT).
May 3, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Kuwait had one of the highest rates of polygamy in the Gulf between 2010 and 2015, at over eight percent of marriages, according to a study by the Doha International Family Institute" (para 14).
April 30, 2021, 4:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"In the meantime, acting president of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, Mekaeel Maknoon, explained that there are at least three Islamic males living on the island with more than one wife. Those persons, he said, were married overseas and came to the island as wedded couples" (para 10).
April 29, 2021, 3:51 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"It stays confusing exactly exactly how extensive polygamy is among Kazakhs, as formal statistics showing the trend. In one single unofficial poll carried out by Kazakh news, a lot more than 40 % of male participants had been in support of polygamy. Among feminine participants, some 20 % are not contrary to the concept" (para 7).
April 29, 2021, 12:54 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Lawmaker Irina Unzhakova, a member of the national state committee on women’s rights, family and demographic policy, said there were no government statistics on polygamy" (para 17).
April 26, 2021, 7:13 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-DATA-1

"Itach Ma’aki’s Beersheba branch focuses on assisting Bedouin women who are victims of domestic violence. According to Abu Shareb, 99% of women who arrive at the organization’s shelter are in a polygamous relationship" (para 7).
April 26, 2021, 7:11 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"According to a 2013 Knesset report on polygamy in the Bedouin sector, Aisha is one of approximately 30 percent of Negev Bedouins involved in a polygamous relationship, when a man has more than one wife" (para 4).
April 26, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"In September 2012, for instance, Die Welt reported that at least 30% of the Arab-born men living in the Neukölln district of Berlin are married to two women: one according to civil law, and another according to Sharia law" (para 13).
April 26, 2021, 11:49 a.m.
Countries: Italy
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Along these lines, the NGO ACMID Donna established a toll free number for abused Muslim women and received 3,600 calls from November 2007 through May 2008. Approximately 56 percent of those cases involved violence or other mistreatment by husbands or relatives, including unwillingly being in a polygamous marriage, a situation affecting an estimated 14,000 women" (30).
March 23, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Countries: Croatia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to PEW research, less than 1% of marriages in Croatia are polygamous (CM - CODER COMMENT).
March 20, 2021, 12:02 a.m.
Countries: Dominican Republic
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to PEW Research, less than 1% of marriages in the Dominican Republic is polygamous (CM - CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2021, 8:55 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to Pew Research, less than 1% of marriages in Costa Rica are polygamous (CM - CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2021, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to PEW research, less than 1% of the Chinese population is in polygamous marriages (CM - CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2021, 2:32 p.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Data and statistics on polygamy were not available, although they existed. It seemed that the practice of polygamy was decreasing, mainly due to societal pressure" (para 51).
March 3, 2021, 11:31 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: PW-DATA-1

In Azerbaijan, 4% of Muslims believe that polygamy is morally acceptable, while 74% of Muslims believe that it is morally wrong. About 95% of the population of Azerbaijan is Muslim (https://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/azerbaijan-population) (CM-CODER COMMENT).
March 3, 2021, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Whilst there are no official figures for those in polygamous relationships in Australia (see Natalie O’Brien, 'Probing polygamy' The Australian, June 26, 2008, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/probing-polygamy/story-e6frg8go-1111116736076) according to the SBS Insight programme 'Although it’s outlawed, polygamy is still practiced informally in Australia. Having more than one spouse is a long-standing and legitimate cultural norm in some Indigenous Australian, African and religious communities in Australia' (SBS, 'Polygamy' Insight http://www.sbs.com.au/insight/episode/overview/479/polygamy). According to the guests interviewed on that programme polygamy is common in at least one Lebanese Muslim community in Sydney and polygamy is a very normal part of life in the Sierra Leonean community in Australia" (footnote 27).
March 2, 2021, 10:41 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to data from PEW, 4% of people in Bosnia-Herzegovina believe that polygamy is morally acceptable, while 85% of people believe that it is morally wrong. (CM - CODER COMMENT)
March 2, 2021, 10:01 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"'We are married before Allah…' the woman from Sarajevo says, adding that she is aware of at least twenty other women, who have become the second wives to Arab men and one has even become the third wife... The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina says they don’t have any data on this subject" (para 11, 13).
March 1, 2021, 11:25 p.m.
Countries: Bolivia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-DATA-1

"Tsimane marriages are largely monogamous; <5% of marriages are polygynous. Polygynous marriages mostly involve sisters, but their dynamics and implications are relatively unexplored. While polygyny generates higher fertility for husbands, it is associated with lower fertility for second wives" (para 37). The Tsimane are an indigenous people of Boliva that account for less than 1% of Bolivia's population (CM - CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 25, 2021, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: PW-DATA-1

According to the table, less than 1% of individuals live in polygamous households (123). (CM - CODER COMMENT)
Feb. 18, 2021, 11:07 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

"Polygamy — specifically, polygyny (one husband, multiple wives) — makes up between three to five percent of Muslim marriages in Malaysia today, according to varying estimates. Recent official figures reveal that between 2010 to 2016, around 8,808 polygamy applications were approved by Syariah Courts throughout the country. This number, however, significantly excludes the undeclared polygynous marriages contracted abroad, which, according to my own research in the northeastern state of Kelantan bordering Thailand, is seeing a gradual incline" (para 8).
Feb. 18, 2021, 9:41 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: PW-PRACTICE-3, PW-DATA-1

"Although only a small percentage of marriages are polygamous, the practice is alive and well: each year in Malaysia, more than 1,000 men go to the Sharia Law Courts to apply for a polygamous marriage" (para 11).
Feb. 18, 2021, 8:39 p.m.
Countries: Macedonia
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Approximately <0.5% of individuals in Macedonia live in polygamous household (128). (CM - CODER COMMENT).
Feb. 18, 2021, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: PW-DATA-1

Approximately <0.5% of individuals in Luxembourg live in polygamous households. (CM - CODER COMMENT)