“The National Police services registered 7586 cases of violence against women between January and September 2017,” Fafa told the press on the sidelines of a seminar on violence against women in Africa.
“These statistics do not reflect reality. Many women victims of violence neither file complaints nor seek justice because of socio-cultural factors,” said Fafa.
“In the majority of cases, aggressors are family members and relatives,” stressed the same official.
As regards the seminar held by the CNDH under the theme “Ending violence against women in Africa,” as part of the celebration the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Fafa said that the event aimed at raising awareness of this scourge.
In 2015, Algeria introduced coercive provisions into the Penal Code and ratified the Maputo Protocol in September 2016, recalled Fafa.
Institutional and non-institutional players in women’s rights, including President of the Pan African Women (PAW0) take part in the seminar, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the creation of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR).
Speaking to the seminar, the UN Coordinator Eric Overvest hailed the efforts made in countering violence against women by Algeria, which criminalizes this widespread scourge worldwide.
Minister of National Solidarity, the Family and Women’s Affairs Ghania Eddalia announced the drafting of a strategy, in partnership with all relevant stakeholders, which aims at “raising the awareness of women victims of violence of the importance of denouncing their aggressors.”
The figures provided by the various services on violence against women "do not reflect the reality."
Lawyer and human rights activist Nadia Aït Zaï suggested the creation of a mechanism that protects women who file complaints with judicial bodies.