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: From Where I Stand: Tebogo Mashego
SOUTH AFRICA: Functional Cure of HIV-Positive Infant
SOUTH AFRICA: Gauteng Undertakes Community Campaign to Educate About Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Illness As 203 000 Babies Are Born in the Province
SOUTH AFRICA: GBV During Lockdown - 'South African Men Have Declared War On Women' Says Ramaphosa
SOUTH AFRICA: GBV Is Not Just A Women's Issue
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender and Sexual Equality Remain Out of Reach
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Equality Bill Is Unconstitutional and Will Hurt the Poor
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Equality is the Next Great Fight in a Post-Apartheid South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Equality Linked with Higher Condom Use in HIV Positive Young Women in South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Equality Urges Men to Talk and Stop Male Suicide
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Gap: Chasing Equal Pay
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Inequality And Climate Change - A Double Injustice
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Inequality And Climate Change - A Double Injustice
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Pay Gap Persists
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Summit Reviews Progress, Challenges
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Summit Reviews Progress, Challenges
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Violence 'Remains Key Challenge'
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender Violence More Important Than a Penis
SOUTH AFRICA: Gender-Based Violence: Government Might Finally Have a Plan, But Is It a Good One?
SOUTH AFRICA: Girls and Women - Drivers of Development
Go to top