Prevalence Data on Different Forms of Violence against Women:

Lifetime Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence :53 % (1)

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months : 40 % (2)

Lifetime Non-Partner Sexual Violence : Official National Statistics Not Available

Child Marriage :29.6 % (3)

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting :86.1 % (4)

Reports submitted by UN Human Rights Bodies:

Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

Gender Equality Indexes:

Gender Inequality Index Rank :155 (5)

Global Gender Gap Index Rank :121 (6)

Sierra Leone Search Data

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The 2019 Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey

Sierra Leone | 2019

Type of Measure : Research and statistical data > Violence against women module in survey

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Presidential Declaration on Rape and Sexual Violence

Sierra Leone | 2019

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Regulations

Form of Violence : Sexual violence


Hands Off Our Girls Project

Sierra Leone | 2018

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns

Form of Violence : Sexual violence, Child, early and forced marriage


Trafficking in Persons Database

Sierra Leone | 2014

Type of Measure : Research and statistical data > Other research and statistical data

Form of Violence : Trafficking


Demographic and Health Survey 2013

Sierra Leone | 2013

Type of Measure : Research and statistical data > Violence against women module in survey

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Section 20 of the Constitution

Sierra Leone | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Sexual Offenses Act

Sierra Leone | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Sexual violence


Section 19 of the Constitution

Sierra Leone | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


National Gender Strategic Plan

Sierra Leone | 2010 | 2013

Type of Measure : Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


National Action Plan for the Full Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008)

Sierra Leone | 2010 | 2014

Type of Measure : Policies > Inclusion of violence against women in other national plan/strategy

Form of Violence : Sexual violence, Violence against women and girls


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(1) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 years experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Source: Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) and ICF. 2020. Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey 2019. Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Rockville, Maryland, USA: Stats SL and ICF.


(2) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 15-49 years experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence in the last 12 months. Source: Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) and ICF. 2020. Sierra Leone Demographic and Health Survey 2019. Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Rockville, Maryland, USA: Stats SL and ICF.


(3) Percentage of women aged 20 to 24 years who were first married or in union before age 18. Source: UNICEF global databases, 2021, based on DHS, MICS and other nationally representative surveys.


(4) Percentage of girls and women aged 15 to 49 years who have undergone FGM/C. Source: UNICEF global databases, 2021, based on DHS, MICS and other nationally representative surveys.


(5) The Gender Inequality Index is a composite measure reflecting inequality between women and men in three different dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent birth rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats held by women and share of population with at least some secondary education), and labour market participation (labour force participation rate). Source: United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report 2020.


(6) The Global Gender Gap Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health criteria. Source: World Economic Forum, the Global Gender Gap Report 2021.