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Too costly to ignore - Violence against women in South Africa

Too costly to ignore - Violence against women in ...

It is well documented that South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world. But until now what has been less well documented is the economic cost to society of these horrific and unacceptable levels of violence.

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We see the human cost of gender-based violence every day, but having a calculation of the national economic cost will serve as an important tool in our policy and advocacy efforts to end the suffering and injustice of this violence on a national level.

We now know that, using a conservative estimate, gender-based violence costs South Africa between R28.4 billion and R42.4 billion per year – or between 0.9% and 1.3% of GDP annually.

This report thus represents an important contribution to the fight against gender-based violence in South Africa.

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Providing basic economic and social security to citizens has long been acknowledged as a fundamental responsibility of government.

 
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