- Malawians see gender-based violence (GBV) as the most important women’s-rights issue that the government and society must address (Figure 1).
- But almost two-thirds (65%) of citizens say violence against women and girls is not a common occurrence in their community (Figure 2).
- Malawians overwhelmingly (94%) say a man is “never justified” in using physical force to discipline his wife (Figure 3).
- More than four in 10 citizens (44%) say it is “somewhat” or “very” likely that a woman who reports being a victim of GBV will be criticised, harassed, or shamed by others in the community. About the same proportion (43%) consider it “very unlikely” (Figure 4).
- Most respondents (90%) believe that the police are likely to take cases of GBV seriously (Figure 5).
- More than six in 10 citizens (62%) say domestic violence should be treated as a criminal matter rather than as a private matter to be resolved within the family (Figure 6).
Malawians see gender-based violence (GBV) as the most important women’s-rights issue that the government and society must address, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.
Citizens overwhelmingly reject the idea that a man is justified in using physical force against his wife and express confidence that the police take GBV cases seriously.
A majority consider GBV a criminal matter requiring the involvement of law enforcement rather than a private matter to be handled within the family.
But almost half also think it’s likely that a woman who reports such violence to the authorities will be criticised, harassed, or shamed by others in the community.