The Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Database Project
Extension of the African Human Rights Case Law Analyzer
These six countries are selected as pilot target countries because they either have an on-going conflict, or recently emerged from conflict which creates a situation where crime and violence thrive and go undetected - especially SGBV.
|COUNTRY (#)||LEGISLATION (#)||CASES (#)|
- 7Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
Most common type of cases
- 120Defilement (Rape of children)
- 24Sexual offences
- 22Child abuse
- 20Sexual harassment
- 18Alimony / Maintenance
- 17Child custody
- 17Child support
- 15Domestic violence
- 15Unwanted pregnancy following rape
- 14Property, right to
- 12Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
- 11Gang rape
- 9Medical evidence
- 9Physical assault
- 8Attempted rape
- 7Fornication / Adultery
- 6Sexual assault
- 6Women – equal treatment and opportunities
- 5Child care
- 5Indecent acts
- 4Children in conflict with the law
- 3Child offenders
- 3Customary practices
- 3Early marriage
- 3Marriage – equal rights
- 2Abortion following unwanted pregnancy
- 2Children of tender age (i.e. under age of 10 years)
- 2Corporal punishment
- 2Legal protection
- 2Marriage based on free consent of the parties
- 2Parental responsibility
- 2Sexual orientation and gender identity
- 2Trafficking of children
- 1Child prostitution
- 1Children's Court
- 1Death penalty
- 1Deprivation of marital rights (Sexual intercourse)
- 1Discipline within public institutions
- 1Female genital mutilation
- 1Forced nudity
- 1Life, right to
- 1Patriarchal norms and practices
- 1Persons with disability
- 1Public disturbance
- 1Public institutions
- 1Right to dignity
- 1Right to privacy
- 1Sexually transmitted diseases
- 1Trafficking for sexual exploitation
Functions of the SGBV Database
The online database will serve to publicize and increase the accessibility and usage of available legal frameworks by victims of SGBV to secure remedies.
It identifies and puts together in various African Union languages relevant international instruments and domestic legislations and case law on SGBV.
It highlights primary case law so the uninitiated user easily finds relevant information.
Searches have been filtered to various facets such as country, type of decision and a wide range of keywords to simply the search.
It allows researchers/users to simultaneously read a decision and the text of national and international instruments cited in it by providing clickable links in the texts.
The initial phase of this project was funded by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur Foundation) from 2013 to 2016.
Thanks to the success of the initial phase, IHRDA later obtained funding from National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and United States Institute of Peace (USIP), which enabled us to include a few other countries.
IHRDA continues sourcing for funding to include more countries and information to the database, as the intention is to cover all countries in Africa.