The Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) project is an extension of the Case Law Analyser and focuses on the prevalence of SGBV in African countries.

The 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.

What is Gender-Based Violence

In this project, we adopt the UNHCR definition of Gender-Based Violence which refers to harmful acts directed at an individual based on their gender. It is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. Gender-based violence can include sexual, physical, mental and economic harm inflicted in public or in private. It also includes threats of violence, coercion and manipulation. This can take many forms such as intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour crimes’.

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 English and French 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.

Pioneer Project Funder

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. The Foundation makes grants and loans through four programs - one of these is the International Program which focuses on human rights and international justice, peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, girls' secondary education in developing countries, migration, and population and reproductive health.