The Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Database Project

Extension of the African Human Rights Case Law Analyzer

The SGBV database aims to provide a free-to-access online analytical resource of legal materials specifically dealing with SGBV and contribute to existing efforts in curbing SGBV by promoting the accessibility, usage and effectiveness of legal materials and structures for accessing remedies where they exist.

Pilot Program

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 (#)
  • 21
    Kenya
  • 21
    Sudan
  • 16
    Mali
  • 16
    Uganda
  • 9
    Gambia
  • 8
    Burkina Faso
  • 7
    Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

Most common type of cases

  • 151
    Defilement (Rape of children)
  • 84
    Rape
  • 29
    Evidence
  • 28
    Sexual offences
  • 27
    Divorce
  • 25
    Compensation
  • 24
    Family
  • 23
    Child abuse
  • 23
    Sexual harassment
  • 19
    Child/Teenage pregnancy
  • 18
    Alimony / Maintenance
  • 18
    Unwanted pregnancy following rape
  • 17
    Child custody
  • 17
    Child support
  • 17
    Domestic violence
  • 16
    Abduction
  • 16
    Murder
  • 14
    Property, right to
  • 13
    Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  • 13
    Gang rape
  • 12
    Child offenders
  • 11
    Attempted rape
  • 11
    Consent
  • 11
    Incest
  • 11
    Physical assault
  • 10
    Spouses
  • 9
    Children in conflict with the law
  • 9
    Indecent/immoral acts
  • 9
    Medical evidence
  • 8
    Fornication / Adultery
  • 7
    Sexual assault
  • 6
    Child marriage / forced marriage
  • 6
    Women – equal treatment and opportunities
  • 5
    Child care
  • 5
    HIV/AIDS
  • 5
    Succession
  • 5
    Victims
  • 4
    Abortion
  • 4
    Courts
  • 4
    Police
  • 4
    Sentences
  • 4
    Sodomy
  • 4
    Trials
  • 3
    Customary practices
  • 3
    Discrimination
  • 3
    Marriage – equal rights
  • 3
    Miscarriage
  • 3
    Parents
  • 3
    Sexually transmitted diseases
  • 3
    Torture
  • 3
    Trafficking of children
  • 2
    Abortion following unwanted pregnancy
  • 2
    Child prostitution
  • 2
    Children of tender age (i.e. under age of 10 years)
  • 2
    Corporal punishment
  • 2
    Custody
  • 2
    Defamation
  • 2
    Detention
  • 2
    Legal protection
  • 2
    Marriage based on free consent of the parties
  • 2
    Parental responsibility
  • 2
    Prisons
  • 2
    Right to dignity
  • 2
    Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • 2
    Trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • 1
    Arrest
  • 1
    Children's Court
  • 1
    Complaints
  • 1
    Death penalty
  • 1
    Deprivation of marital rights (Sexual intercourse)
  • 1
    Discipline within public institutions
  • 1
    Education
  • 1
    Female genital mutilation
  • 1
    Forced nudity
  • 1
    Health
  • 1
    Investigation
  • 1
    Life, right to
  • 1
    Patriarchal norms and practices
  • 1
    Persons with disability
  • 1
    Prostitution
  • 1
    Public disturbance
  • 1
    Public institutions
  • 1
    Right to privacy
  • 1
    Robbery

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.

Recently Added Documents

The State v. Ndagijimana Emmanuel, 2011
Cases
The State v. KAREMERA Valens, 2015
Cases
The State v. UWIMANA David, 2015
Cases

Project Funders

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.

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