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Women in Seychelles

A woman in the Seychelles and her fishtrap, during the early part of the 1970s.

Women in Seychelles enjoy the same legal, political, economic, and social rights as men.[1]


  • Family life 1
    • Violence against women 1.1
  • Wider society 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Family life

Seychellois society is essentially matriarchal.[1][2] Mothers tend to be dominant in the household, controlling most current expenditures and looking after the interests of the children.[1] Unwed mothers are the societal norm, and the law requires fathers to support their children.[2] Men are important for their earning ability, but their domestic role is relatively peripheral.[1] Older women can usually count on financial support from family members living at home or contributions from the earnings of grown children.[1]

Violence against women

Domestic violence against women was a continuing problem.[2] Police rarely intervened in domestic disputes unless it involved a weapon or major assault.[2] The authorities often dismissed the few cases that reached a prosecutor, or the court gave the perpetrator a light sentence.[2] There was growing societal concern about domestic violence and increased recognition of the need to address it.[2]

External links

  1. ^ a b c d e f Tartter, Jean R. "Status of Women". Indian Ocean country studies: Seychelles (Helen Chapin Metz, editor). Library of Congress Federal Research Division (August 1994). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Seychelles (2007) Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (March 11, 2008). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.


The law prohibits sexual harassment but is rarely enforced.[2] Inheritance laws do not discriminate against women.[2]

Prostitution is illegal but remains prevalent.[2] Police generally do not apprehend prostitutes unless their actions involved other crimes.[2]

There is no officially sanctioned gender discrimination in employment and women are well represented in business.[2] As of 1994, women formed nearly half of the enrollment at the prestigious Seychelles Polytechnic, the highest level of education on the islands.[1] As of 2007, there were 10 women in the 34-seat National Assembly, seven elected by direct election and three by proportional representation.[2] Following the July 2007 cabinet reshuffle, there were two women in the cabinet.[2]

Wider society


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