Zimbabweans want gender-based violence addressed: survey

The pan-African research network Afrobarometer says gender-based violence is the single most important women’s rights issue that Zimbabweans want the government and society to address because it is a common problem in homes and communities.

According to the survey, most Zimbabweans are against the idea of ​​dealing with issues related to gender-based violence at the personal or family level.

“Most citizens say it is never justified for men to use physical force to discipline their wives, a view shared by all major demographic groups and provinces. Additionally, most argue that gender-based violence is a criminal matter that requires the involvement of law enforcement authorities, rather than a personal matter that must be handled within the family.

“Gender-based violence (GBV) tops the list as the most important women’s rights issue that Zimbabweans want their government and society to address, followed by too few women in jobs. influential government positions and unequal property and inheritance rights.

“More than half (52%) of citizens say that GBV is “fairly common” (35%) or “very common” (17%) in homes or in the community. More women (56%) than men (47%) are of this opinion. It is less widely shared by older respondents (40%), citizens with post-secondary education (45%), and those with little or no lived poverty (43%),” Afrobarometer said.

According to the survey, respondents from all demographic groups say the use of physical force against women is never justified.

“Nearly eight in 10 Zimbabweans (78%) say it is ‘never justified’ for a man to use physical force to discipline his wife. Women are more likely than men to say this behavior is not is never justified (83% versus 73%), as are city dwellers versus rural residents (91% versus 71%).

“Opposition to the use of physical force increases with respondents’ level of education, ranging from 64% among those with primary education or less to 89% among those with post-secondary degrees. Younger citizens (79% to 80% of people aged 18 to 55) are more likely to consider it never justified than their older counterparts (70% of people over 55). Majorities in all provinces say it is never justified for men to physically discipline their wives, ranging from 66% in Mashonaland East to 97% in Harare,” the report read.

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