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Banjul, 23 July 2021: IHRDA and Burkinabe partner Groupe de Recherche-Action sur la Sécurité Humaine (GRASH) have today, 23 July 2021 in Ouagadougou, launched the Burkina Faso profile on IHRDA’s online database of legal resources related to Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in African countries.

The online database available at in English, French and Arabic, contains laws and superior court judgments related to SGBV from various African countries, and was originally launched in 2015 with resources from three countries. Currently, the database covers fourteen countries, including Burkina Faso which was added this year. The objective of the database is to facilitate access to legal resources necessary to support efforts of domestic, regional and international actors and stakeholders in the fight against SGBV.

According to IHRDA’s Communications and Publications Manager, Djeugoue Brice Martial, “The launching of the database in Burkina Faso is intended to raise awareness about the database, with emphasis on the Burkina Faso profile, and to boost its visibility and usage among major actors and stakeholders in Burkina Faso”.

The Burkina Faso launching ceremony was attended by representatives of relevant State institutions, such as ministries and courts, lawyers, women’s rights defenders, and journalists.

The inclusion of the Burkina Faso profile to IHRDA’s SGBV database falls within the framework of a project funded by Foundation for a just Society, USA, to contribute to the fight against gender-based violence in a couple of Francophone West African countries.