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Women's rights

South Africa is lauded as having one of the best constitutions in the world and it has received world acclaim on its record on women’s participation in leadership. 


South Africa will provide useful insights into the extent to which increased participation in leadership by women translates into greater respect for women’s rights. This experience will be linked into our monitoring of implementation of the SADC gender protocol.

ActionAid International South Africa on Violence against Women: Violence against women is a serious human rights issue with significant social – and economic implications for fighting poverty.  It continues to be one of the most prominent features of post-apartheid South Africa and is currently deeply rooted in South African society.  It encompassed a wide range of abuses, ranging from physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family in general community.

Estimates of the extent of violence vary and statistics for women abuse are notoriously difficult to establish largely because of under-reporting.