Country Democratic Republic of the Congo
Year 2011
Type of Measure Violence against women > Constitutional provision
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


Article 16 of the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted in 2006, and amended to 2011, includes the following provisions on violence against women: The human person is sacred. The State has the obligation to respect it and to protect it.  All persons have the right to life, to physical integrity as well as to the free development of their personality, under respect for the law, of public order, of the rights of others and of public morality. No one may be held in slavery or in an analagous condition.  No one may be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.  No one may be subjected to forced or compulsory labor.

Source of Information

Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2006 (amended in 2011), UN Women Constitutional Database.

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