Country Benin
Year 2006
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Sexual harassment

Brief Description

Act No. 2006-19 of 5 September 2006 on the suppression of sexual harassment and protection of victims in the Republic of Benin specifies:
“Sexual harassment exists ... where anyone repeatedly gives orders or conveys a message, or makes threats, imposes constraints, exerts pressure or uses any other means in order to obtain sexual favours for themselves or a third party from a person in a vulnerable or subordinate position, and against the will of the harassed person.”


Provision is made for criminal penalties against the perpetrators and accomplices of sexual harassment (art. 21), and persons who fail to notify the authorities of incidents of sexual harassment known to them (art. 23).

Source of Information

CEDAW/C/BEN/4 para. 40