Scorecard on GBV Laws and Policies

This scorecard provides an assessment of whether national policies and laws in the African region attempt to engage men and boys in the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence (GBV). This report analyses policies and laws from eleven African countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.2 It identifies various strengths and gaps within the region’s GBV policies and laws with regards to their inclusion of language relating to the proactive and progressive engagement of men and boys. Furthermore, it offers recommendations for how such policies can increase the commitment and capacity of men and boys to play a proactive role in preventing and eliminating GBV. While this scorecard reviews the content of GBV related laws and policies, it does not evaluate the extent to which laws and policies are being implemented.

Institutional Sponsors: Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Africa, UNFPA, UN Women, and UN Trust Fund

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