Country Suriname
Year 2006
Type of Measure Research and statistical data > Violence against women module in survey
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


The Suriname 2006 MICS is a nationally representative survey of households, women aged 15-49 and children, based on the results obtained from 5746 responding households out of a total of 6536 sampled households. The main objectives of the survey are: (a) to provide up-to date information for assessing the mid-decade situation of women and children in Suriname, (b) to provide high quality data needed for monitoring progress towards goals established by the Millennium Summit of 2000, the World Summit for Children in 2002, and other internationally agreed upon goals, as a basis for further action and (c) to contribute to the improvement of data and monitoring systems in Suriname and to strengthen technical expertise in design, implementation and analyses of such systems.

Fieldwork for the MICS took place between April and October 2006. The results were presented in October 2008. Fieldwork in the interior was disrupted by heavy rains followed by severe flooding in May 2006, displacing over 20,000 people in the interior Suriname. When interpreting the data of this MICS, one should keep in mind possible unforeseen effects of the flooding and its aftermath on survey results for the rural interior areas.

Under authorization of the Ministry of Social Affairs & Housing and UNICEF Suriname the General Bureau for Statistics conducted the MICS.

Outcome regarding domestic violence: In Suriname, 13.2 % of the women aged 15-49 years believe a husband is justified in beating his wife / partner for any of the reasons mentioned in the MICS Study. Neglect of children was the most common reason why women believed a husband is justified in beating his wife / partner (10.6 %). Differentials by mother tongue group were distinct: the percentage of women aged 15-49 years who believed a husband is justified in beating his wife / partners were 24.4 percent (Marroon languages), 19.4 percent (Indigenous languages) and 18.6 percent (Sarnami Hindi).

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Suriname to the questionnaire on violence against women, February 2009