Pregnant and Punished in the UAE

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Christine Garabedian, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Our World series in 2015 - English narration

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The United Arab Emirates sells itself as a land of sunshine and opportunity. But for many vulnerable women, the reality can be very different. In the UAE, sex outside marriage can land you in prison - and it's often women migrant workers who are being punished. Some are jailed for consensual relationships, others are victims of rape but feel unable to report it for fear of prosecution. In this film, three women tell the moving stories of how they fell foul of the law, and reveal that it's often pregnant women and mothers who are most vulnerable. For the UAE authorities, it's an issue which poses a big dilemma: how do they balance Sharia-based laws with the rights of its women workers?

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 20 (~1674Kbps)
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.94:1
  • Video Resolution: 1280x660
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 48KHz (~124Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 23 mins
  • Number of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 300 MB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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