opinionBy Mercilene Machisa and Loga Virahsawmy
About a quarter (24%) of women in Mauritius have experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime including partner and non-partner violence. An almost similar proportion of men (23%) admit to perpetrating violence against women in their lifetime. One in twenty-five women (4%) experienced gender-based violence and a similar proportion of men (4%) perpetrated gender violence in the 12 months before the survey.
Most of the violence occurs within intimate relationships. Almost a quarter of ever-partnered women (23%) have experienced while 22% of men perpetrated Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in their lifetime.