Seychelles: Ad657 – in Seychelles, Gender-Based Violence Tops the List of Women’s-Rights Issues to Be Addressed

Most citizens see domestic violence as a criminal matter rather than a private matter to be resolved within the family.

Key findings

  • Gender-based violence (GBV) tops the list of the most important women’s-rights issues that Seychellois think their government and society must address.
  • A majority (60%) of citizens say violence against women and girls is “not very common” or “not at all common” in their community, but 28% disagree with that assessment.
  • More than nine in 10 Seychellois (91%) say it is “never” justified for a man to physically discipline his wife.
  • One-quarter (25%) of respondents consider it likely that a woman will be criticised or harassed if she reports GBV to the authorities, while 63% say this is unlikely. o Most citizens (72%) say the police are likely to take cases of GBV seriously.
  • Seychellois overwhelmingly (82%) say domestic violence should be treated as a criminal matter rather than as a private matter to be resolved within the family.

According to the 2016 Seychelles Gender-Based Violence National Baseline Study, about four in 10 Seychellois women have experienced physical violence by intimate partners, and more than one in four have suffered sexual violence (Gender Secretariat, 2016; Seychelles Nation, 2016). The study found that women are also disproportionately affected by psychological and economic forms of gender-based violence (GBV). A study by the Commonwealth Secretariat (2019) estimated that violence against women and girls costs Seychelles 1.2% of its gross domestic product.