VAWG in Burundi: Evidence Review

Women in Burundi face extremely high rates of violence, including physical and sexual violence (by any perpetrator) and intimate partner violence. The prevalence of lifetime and past 12 month sexual and/ or physical IPV is higher in Burundi than global and regional estimates.

This review found very limited evidence from documents written in English around the prevalence, drivers or impact of VAWG in Burundi. Evidence from UN Women, Burundi’s DHS survey, academic articles and anecdotal reports suggests that Burundian women are at risk of multiple forms of violence including non-partner violence, intimate partner violence, economic violence, and violence associated with land rights. Women with disabilities, adolescent girls, LBTQ+ women, refugees, pregnant women and widows are at particular risk of violence. This violence is driven by social norms, gender roles, insecurity within internally displaced people camps, alcohol consumption by perpetrators and isolation (especially for women with disabilities).

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