Building capacity to investigate and prosecute crimes of sexual and gender-based violence

The Gambia’s democratic transition in 20162017 ended two decades of dictatorship that was marked by widespread human rights abuses and violations. Evidence has emerged through various sources, including in victims’ testimony at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). As transitional justice mechanisms like the TRRC winds down, and in the context of the country’s democratic transition, attention and efforts are now refocused on “ordinary” justice mechanisms.  In that context, the Ministry of Justice established the Sexual and Gender-Based Unit (SGBV) to document and prosecute cases of sexual offence cases involving assault, rape, and other form of sexual abuse and exploitation, particularly against women and children.