- Zambians see gender-based violence (GBV) as the most important women’s-rights issue that the government and society must address. Unequal access to education follows in second place.
- Almost half (48%) of citizens say violence against women and girls is a common occurrence in their community.
- Almost three-fourths (72%) of Zambians say a man is “never justified” in using physical force to discipline his wife.
- A large majority (73%) of citizens believe that the police are likely to take cases of GBV seriously.
- But more than half (54%) of citizens consider it “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.
- Views are divided on whether domestic violence should be referred to the police or handled within the family: 43% say domestic violence should be treated as a criminal matter, but a slim majority (51%) consider it a private matter .
Zambians see gender-based violence (GBV) as the most important women’s rights issue that their government and society must address, a recent Afrobarometer study shows.
Most Zambians say it is never justified for a man to use physical force to discipline his wife and express confidence that the police take GBV cases seriously.
But a slim majority also consider domestic violence a private matter to be handled within the family and think it’s likely that a woman who reports GBV to the authorities will be criticised, harassed, or shamed by others in the community.