Country Gambia
Year 2010
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description

The Women’s Act provides an innovative and comprehensive provision for the protection of women from violence. Section 6(1) of the Act provides for a protection that was not addressed in the 1997 Constitution or any other law in The Gambia. It reads:
(1) Every woman shall be protected against any form of physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm, suffering, or violence whether occurring in public or private life;
(2) Any form of violence against women is hereby prohibited; and
(3) All Government Departments, agencies, organs, public or private institutions shall take appropriate measures to promote and protect women’s rights and their legal status from any form of abuse by any person, enterprise, organization or institution.

Source of Information

The Government of Gambia, National Review on Beijing +20 2014, Section 5.4.4 pg 33