Understanding Gender Policy and Gender- Based Violence in South Africa: A Literature Review

Violence against women is widespread, globally studies suggest that overall Africa has some of the highest rates of physical and sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) and non-partner sexual violence in the world, with 45.6% of women experiencing one or more episodes of any of this violence in their lifetime; compared to a global average of 35%.

Similarly, gender and sexual based violence in South Africa is a widespread and common problem which is increasingly normalised and underreported.

In order to understand the drivers of gender inequality and the policy landscape, Soul City commissioned a literature review of gender and gender-based violence (GBV) policy in the country. The focus of the review is on the health rights of adolescents and young people in relation to gender and gender-based violence.

The review also identifies policy gaps and makes recommendations for policy including best practice from local, regional and international experience.

Read the full literature review here.

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