Facts and fact checks about women’s rights from around the world

ABC Fact Check

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here’s a look at what fact-checkers around the world have published over the past year on the topic of women’s rights.

Aos Fatos in Brazil looked at President Dilma Rousseff’s promises on the «Casa da Mulher» program, essentially safe homes for women seeking refuge from violence, advice on reproductive health and other counseling. Three years after announcing the construction of 26 such homes, the government has disbursed 91 percent of the funding — but only opened two units.

Full Fact looked last summer at Prime Minister David Cameron’s claim that women in the U.K. earn 80p  for every £1 earned by a man — but that the pay gap has narrowed and is almost zero for full-time workers under 40. The claims are overall mostly true,even as Cameron mixed several different indicators.

Africa Check took issue with a Sky News report that according to the UN «a woman or girl is raped every 26 seconds in South Africa.» The Johannesburg-based fact-checkers noted that «South Africa has a worrying rape problem. But it also has a rape statistics problem.» The figures are not sourced from the UN and the report has since been taken down. They concluded: «Due to a lack of research the number of rapes committed each year in South Africa can’t be accurately estimated. The void mustn’t be filled with recycled and unsubstantiated claims.»

Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια εδώ http://www.poynter.org/2016/facts-and-fact-checks-about-womens-rights-from-around-the-world/400526/

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