Global Gender Gap index rank: 22
In 2002, the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) conducted a socio-demographic survey in urban areas, rural areas as well as IDP camps in Burundi. In total 9,398 women aged over 14 years were asked a set of detailed questions on victimization of sexual and other GBV. The quantitative results of the survey showed that at least 40% of the women interviewed had experienced some form of GBV.
Seruka Centre, an NGO that helps victims that have been affected by GBV, has since 2007 received 19,208 victims of gender-based violence with most of them being teenagers under 18. Schola Rubarika, a doctor at the Centre, puts the average at 120 cases per month, 60 to 70% being teenagers 46% of which are children under 13 and 20% being children under 5.
The Burundian government is currently implementing a National Gender Policy effective from 2012 until 2025. One of the priorities of this policy is to eliminate GBV. A study done by USAID in 2017 indicated that there are some gaps in the implementation of this policy. There is very little budget available within the Ministry of Human Rights, Social Affairs and Gender to fund this policy and it is insufficient to cover all the needs that have to be addressed. A coordination mechanism to oversee the implementation of the policy has also not yet been set up.
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