Highest levels of violence in Africa - Study

Research by WHO and MRC has found nearly 50 percent of women in Africa have experienced some form of violence.

Research by WHO and MRC has found nearly 50 percent of women in Africa have experienced some form of violence. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A new study has revealed African countries have some of the highest levels of sexual violence against women in the world.

Research by the World Health Organisation and the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) has found nearly 50 percent of women in Africa have experienced some form of violence.

The MRC's Naeemah Abrahams says the study has broken new ground.

"There were always numbers being cited like one in three or one in six and now with confidence we can say we have evidence to back up these figures."