Prevalence Data on Different Forms of Violence against Women:

Lifetime Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence :21.3 % (1)

Physical and/or Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in the last 12 months : 8.7 % (2)

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

Child Marriage :3.6 % (3)

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 :93 (4)

Global Gender Gap Index Rank :18 (5)

South Africa Search Data

1 - 10 of 21 Results

Presidential Summit on Gender-based Violence and Femicide

South Africa | 2018

Type of Measure : Institutional mechanisms

Form of Violence : Femicide/Feminicide, Violence against women and girls


Study on Violence Against Pregnant Women by Intimate Partners

South Africa | 2018

Type of Measure : Research and statistical data > Dedicated violence against women survey

Form of Violence : Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence


Programme: I See the Light

South Africa | 2015

Type of Measure : Justice > Protocols and guidelines

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


#CountMeIn Campaign

South Africa | 2014

Type of Measure : Prevention > Awareness-raising /Campaigns, Prevention > Community mobilization, Work with public private sectors > Faith based organizations, Prevention > Working with men and boys

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act 2013

South Africa | 2013

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Trafficking


Section 13 of the Constitution

South Africa | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Section 28 of the Constitution

South Africa | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Section 12 of the Constitution

South Africa | 2012

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Constitutional provision

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Root Causes of Violence against Women and Children

South Africa | 2012

Type of Measure : Institutional mechanisms

Form of Violence : Violence against women and girls


Protection from Harassment Act

| 2011

Type of Measure : Violence against women > Legislation

Form of Violence : Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual violence, Stalking


1 - 10 of 21 Results

(1) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 18+ experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Source: National Department of Health - NDoH, Statistics South Africa - Stats SA, South African Medical Research Council - SAMRC, and ICF. 2019. South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Pretoria, South Africa, and Rockville, Maryland, USA: NDoH, Stats SA, SAMRC, and ICF.


(2) Proportion of ever-partnered women aged 18+ experiencing intimate partner physical and/or sexual violence in the last 12 months. Source: National Department of Health - NDoH, Statistics South Africa - Stats SA, South African Medical Research Council - SAMRC, and ICF. 2019. South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016. Pretoria, South Africa, and Rockville, Maryland, USA: NDoH, Stats SA, SAMRC, 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) 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.


(5) 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.