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Age of consent laws for heterosexual sex Worldwide


The ages of consent for sexual activity vary by jurisdiction across Africa. The specific activity engaged in or the gender of its participants can also be affected by the law. Below is a discussion of the various laws dealing with this subject. The highlighted age refers to an age at or above which an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another who is also at or above that age. Other variables, for example homosexual and/or sodomy provision(s) that are illegal or close in age exceptions may exist and are noted when relevant. Most countries in Africa have no age of consent.

Algeria

The age of consent in Algeriamarker is 16 for vaginal intercourse. "Heterosexual Sodomy" (anal and/or oral sex with an opposite-sex partner) is illegal {Article 388 of the Penal Code}. As well as all same-sex sexual conduct {Article 338} and "outrages to public decency" {Article 333}. The punishment for both the first two activities with those under 18 years of age is more severe for the older participant.

Angola

The age of consent in Angola is 12.

Benin

The age of consent is 15 for women and 18 for men.

Burundi

Under the new Penal Code of 2009 (in French), the age of consent in Burundimarker for heterosexuals (both men and women) is 18 years [286610]. However, for the first time in history under Article 567, homosexual acts (both men and women) carry a fine of up to 100,000 Burundian francs and even up to 3 years imprisonment [286611].

Cameroon

The age of consent is 16.

Cape Verde

The age of consent in Cape Verdemarker is 16 years, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender. .

Comoros

The age of consent in the Comoros is 13.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Law 09/001 of 10 January 2009 set the age of consent at 18.

Djibouti

The age of consent is 18.

Egypt

The age of consent in Egyptmarker is 18 years, for heterosexual males and females, sex work is illegal and the sex work law has been used against male and female homosexuals .

Gambia

The age of consent is 18.

Ghana

The age of consent is 16.

Kenya

The age of consent in Kenyamarker is 16 years, for heterosexual males, females and female homosexuals. Male homosexuals get 25 years in prison. .

Libya

The age of consent is 16 for women and 18 for men.

Madagascar

Age of consent is 14 years, according to article 331 in the Criminal Law. In certain cases, including relatives and homosexuals, it is 21 years. Droit francophone: Code Pénal du 17 juin 1972 mis à jour au 30 juin 1998

Mozambique

The age of consent is 16.

Mauritania

The age of consent is 15.

Mauritius

The age of consent is 16 unless the man is over 18 and in that case the age consent for the women is 18.

Niger

Article 284 of the Niger legal code sets the age of consent at 13 years.

Senegal

The age of consent for marriage in Senegal is 13.

Sierra Leone

The age of consent is 14.

South Africa

Since 1 January 2008, the age of consent in South Africa is 16 years, regardless of sexual orientation and gender.

Rwanda

The age of consent in Rwandamarker is 18 years, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender.

Uganda

The age of consent in Uganda is 18 years, for vaginal intercourse. "Heterosexual sodomy" (anal and/or oral sex with an opposite-sex partner) is illegal and can lead to prison as for all same-sex sexual conduct (males and female), face life imprisonment .

Zambia

The age of consent is 16.

Zimbabwe

The age of consent in Zimbabwemarker is 16 years for heterosexual males, females and lesbian females. Having sex with a minor gives rise to charges of statutory rape. Case law gives guidance to the years of imprisonment, with age difference between participants playing a role in sentencing (usually between 12 to 16). . All male same-sex hand-holding and/or male same-sex sexual conduct can lead to one year's imprisonment

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