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Latest items for VOTE-PRACTICE-1

Feb. 4, 2021, 2:06 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee recommends that the State party...Create an enabling environment for women to participate in all democratic processes, including elections, and in particular strengthen the participation of women in gram sabhas, mahila sabhas and other formal and informal governance forums at the local level" (9).
Dec. 23, 2020, 9:15 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"I did not participate in the last election because my husband did not allow me to vote. He understands now that women have the right to vote and select their president, the same as men, so he allowed me to get a voting card" (para 3).
Dec. 23, 2020, 3 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Even though fair elections are held at regular intervals for State Assemblies and Parliament, they do not reflect the true consent of the people because a large number of women are missing from the electorate" (para 1). "In India, even though fair elections are held at regular intervals for State Assemblies and the National Parliament, they do not reflect the true consent of the people because a large number of women voters are “missing” from the electorate. We estimate that more than 65 million women (approximately 20 per cent of the female electorate) are missing and, therefore, these elections reveal the preferences (or the will) of a population that is...more
Dec. 23, 2020, 2:47 p.m.
Countries: Libya
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Libyan women face rising religious extremism and non-inclusive electoral laws which inhibit independent voices in the political sphere" (1).
Sept. 2, 2020, 6:55 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3, VOTE-PRACTICE-1, IIP-PRACTICE-2

"An April report by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems on violence against women in elections noted growing use of social media to discredit and humiliate women candidates; social barriers to women voters, particularly in rural areas; and high rates of sexual harassment and violence against women in Afghan public life" (para 14).
June 22, 2020, 7:56 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

" Without a formal census or voter list, proxy or multiple registration of (real or imaginary) female voters was a major problem, especially in the more conservative South, where election staff reportedly allowed men to register on behalf of hundreds of women . . . The concession that women would not have to show their picture on their voter registration cards, while an enabling lifeline for some, was likely a significant factor in this process. As a consequence—also a feature of the 2009-10 polls—figures on women’s voter turnout should be treated with some caution as they likely represent a degree of overstatement" (pg 12). "Another problem in this respect was...more
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"In the election of June 24, one of the most critical elections in the country, 12,000 women staying in the women’s shelters were prevented from voting" (para 33).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"While no laws prevent women from voting, cultural and traditional barriers in tribal and rural areas impeded some women from voting" (34). "Authorities widely used quotas to assure a minimum female presence in elected bodies" (34).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"Although the law provides citizens the ability to choose their government in free and fair periodic elections conducted by secret ballot and based on universal and equal suffrage, lack of government control over parts of the country, defects in the electoral process, prolonged extension of parliament’s mandate, and corruption in public office restricted this ability" (24).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The outbreak of conflict interrupted a government-initiated new voter registration program" (25)
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Malecontrolled cultural influences, however, limited women’s political participation, especially in rural areas" (17).
Oct. 1, 2019, 2:44 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Women and/or members of minorities… did participate. Participation by these groups did not change significantly compared with the national election in 2010 or the midterm elections in 2013. Political life is male dominated" (22).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"The political process excludes many indigenous persons. Reasons included their isolation in remote areas, lack of registration, cultural barriers, and stigmatization by the majority Bantu population (see section 6). For example, a local government official reported that during the October 2015 referendum, the voting booth in Sibiti, a rural city with many indigenous persons, was open for only 30 minutes, from 7:30-8:00 a.m. Because indigenous communities in outer villages must travel several hours to reach Sibiti, no one reportedly voted" (21). This data does not specifically reference women, but we can infer that obstacles to voting are compounded for people at the intersection of female and indigneous (SLE - CODER...more
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"In 2015 the country held municipal elections on a nonparty basis for two-thirds of the 3,159 seats in the 284 municipal councils around the country. Information on whether the elections met international standards was not available, but independent polling station observers identified no significant irregularities with the elections. For the first time, women were allowed to vote and run as candidates" (1). "Women were allowed to vote and run as candidates for the first time. The voting age was also lowered universally to 18 years. The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs actively encouraged women’s participation in the municipal elections" (35).
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit participation of women and members of minorities in the political process, and they did participate. A law on political parties mandates that women make up at least 30 percent of the founding membership of a new political party" (Pg 22).
June 25, 2019, 7:13 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"Women have the right to vote, but husbands or other patriarchal figures were known to influence their decisions" (Pg 14).
June 19, 2019, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"NGOs accused local leaders in Dir in KP Province of not allowing women to vote in a by-election for a new member of the National Assembly following the disqualification of the original member due to a fake educational degree. The by-election was declared null and void, and women voted in the subsequent repolling" (Pg 36). "While no laws prevent women from voting, cultural and traditional barriers in tribal and rural areas impeded some women from voting" (Pg 37).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3, LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws prevent women or minority members from voting, running for office, or serving as electoral monitors, but cultural and traditional practices inhibited women’s ability to do so" (Pg 27-28).
June 10, 2019, 5:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Seventy-two percent of women and 83% of men are literate" (31).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"Girls did not have the same educational opportunities as boys and the literacy rate for women was approximately 18 percent, compared with 50 percent for men" (p. 15).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, LR-DATA-1

"The estimated 55-percent female literacy rate, compared with 85.1 percent for men, accentuated this discrimination" (38).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Restrictions on media, including censoring campaign materials and preventing prominent opposition figures from speaking publicly, limited the freedom and fairness of the elections" (1).
April 5, 2019, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit participation of women… in the political process, and they did participate; however, traditional male dominance limited the role of women in government" (7).
April 4, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"No laws limit participation of women in the political process, and they did participate" (12).
March 29, 2019, 5:33 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3, VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Cultural and traditional gender bias and lower levels of literacy, education, and economic empowerment prevented women from participating in the political process to the same extent as men" (para 72).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Some Muslim groups complained that registration procedures unfairly discriminated against them in proving citizenship or completing registration, including by discriminating against traditionally Muslim-sounding names; many women who wear the hijab were required by elections registrars to remove their head covering for registration photos, whereas women in traditional Liberian headdresses were not required to do so" (19). "Moreover, several Muslim groups noted other forms of discrimination when trying to register to vote, including a group of women in hijab who were told they had to remove their head coverings completely for their registration photo, when non-Muslim women wearing traditional head coverings were not told to remove them" (28).
March 22, 2019, 9:38 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"No laws limit participation of women in the political process, and they did participate" (20).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-3, LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-PRACTICE-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"Women and minorities generally participated in the political system without formal restriction, although significant cultural and social barriers largely excluded women from decision-making positions" (para 175).
March 18, 2019, 2:22 p.m.
Countries: South Korea
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Observers considered the presidential election in May and legislative elections in 2016 free and fair" (1).
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: VOTE-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional attitudes regarding male dominance and customary familial roles hampered women’s participation in political life" (6).