WORKING TOGETHER FOR A SAFER AFRICA

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS

A detailed assessment of the respective needs of the various regions in Africa is required to clearly map the ideal model that would support the achievement of each nation’s strategic goals and objectives in the development of a National DNA Database, in conjunction with appropriate DNA policies and capacity.

“The price of being a woman here is that you are always on your guard.” - Soraya Baghat, founder of Tahrir Bodyguard¹

EGYPT

NORTH AFRICA

0 DNA LAWS

2 DNA DATABASES

2 DNA LABS

WEST AFRICA

0 DNA LAWS

1 DNA DATABASE

2 DNA LABS

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SOUTHERN AFRICA

3 DNA LAWS

3 DNA DATABASES

4 DNA LABS

>300 000  DNA BACKLOG

EAST AFRICA

NO OFFICIAL DNA LAWS

NO OFFICIAL DNA DATABASES

<10 DNA LABS

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE REGIONS

"Who am I to trust, if not my parent? Where am I safe, if I’m not safe at home?"   - Aisha*, a 12-year-old survivor of rape by both her neighbor and father ¹     *Name has been changed to protect identity of the survivor

KENIA

Rape is more than just a crime or cultural issue—it is a method of war.

DRC

“Do you ever feel like you are suffocating under layers and layers of debris and your body feels numbed by the minute … with sharp daggers constantly poking at your soul? That’s how I have felt every day for the last 12 years of my life.” Farida* - Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse¹ *name changed to protect anonymity

UGANDA

Following discussions with African criminal justice professionals about issues of sexual violence in 2019, RAINN set out to conduct a study about the existence and quality of crisis response to sexual assault in six African nations. The aim of this research was to identify: (1) the availability of comprehensive post-rape care for survivors, and (2) the capacity to hold offenders accountable through DNA evidence

Evaluating the CURRENT STATE of crisis response to sexual assault

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COLLABORATION / STUDY