South Africa


The Republic of South Africa has an estimated population of 50.5 million (UN, 2010). The capitals are Pretoria (executive capital), Cape Town (legislative capital), and Bloemfontein (Judicial capital). Johannesburg, however, is the largest city. South Africa has an area of 1.22 million sq km (470,693 sq miles). There are 11 official languages in South Africa, including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhona, and Zulu.

South Africa has suffered from decades of apartheid. South Africa was governed by a white minority government from 1948 to 1994 against the majority of black community. According to apartheid government, the white and black communities should separated into exclusive areas based on race. The election of 1994, which brought the African National Congress to power, signified the end of apartheid rule.

In South Africa, women are well represented in the government. Women make up 30 percent of the parliamentarians, which makes South Africa one of the top countries in terms of gender equality in the government. Violence against women, such as rape and domestic violence, is highly widespread in South Africa. It is estimated that one in three South African are victims of rape, one in six South African women is a victim of domestic violence, and four women are said to be killed everyday by their intimate partners.

  • South Africa has ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (The Maputo Protocol) on the 17th of December 2004.
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was ratified by South Africa on the 15th of December 1995.
  • South Africa has not yet adopted a National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325).
  • There are no former or current UN peacekeeping mandates in South Africa.

Source: BBC, AlertNet, CIA, UN, SIGI,

SOUTH AFRICA: 'Black Mambas' on South African Rhino Patrol
SOUTH AFRICA: 'Celebrating the Power of Women' - Women's Day Address by Dr Mamphela Ramphele
SOUTH AFRICA: 'Forced' Sterilisation Of HIV Women Violates Rights
SOUTH AFRICA: 'Rape Not Treated Seriously'
SOUTH AFRICA: 'SA Women Carry too Heavy a Load'
SOUTH AFRICA: 'South Africa Must Build the Nation Mandela Fought For'
SOUTH AFRICA: 'They Have Nothing to Show'
SOUTH AFRICA: 'Zero Tolerance for Violence Against Women'
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Corrective rape’ the Hot Topic for Women’s Month
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Hate Crime’ Call for Corrective Rape Receives Boost in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘It Is The Right Time’ to Deal with Gender-Based Violence
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘One Killing is Too Many’: African Women’s Rights Group Protests Pistorius Trial
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Panty Saga’ at Gender Equality Commission
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Step Up Fight To Halt Violence Against Women’
SOUTH AFRICA: ‘Women Hardest Hit by TB’
SOUTH AFRICA: 1 in every 6 women assaulted by their partner in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA: 11 Reasons for a National Campaign against Gender-Based Violence
SOUTH AFRICA: 11 Reasons for a National Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence
SOUTH AFRICA: 20 Years of 16 Days of Activism, How Far Are We?
SOUTH AFRICA: 40 Years On, We've Forgotten The Role Of Women In The Soweto Uprising
Go to top