- 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 influential government positions and unequal rights of property ownership and inheritance (Figure 1).
- More than half (52%) of citizens say GBV is “somewhat common” (35%) or “very common” (17%) in homes or in the community (Figure 2).
- More women (56%) than men (47%) hold this view. It is less widely shared by older respondents (40%), citizens with post-secondary education (45%), and those experiencing no or low lived poverty (43%) (Figure 3).
- More than six in 10 respondents (61%) say domestic violence is a criminal matter whose resolution requires the involvement of law enforcement agencies, compared to 37% who see it as a private matter that needs to be handled within the family (Figure 4).
- Nearly eight in 10 Zimbabweans (78%) say it is “never justified” for a man to use physical force to discipline his wife (Figure 5).
Gender-based violence is the most important women’s-rights issue that Zimbabweans want the government and society to address, many citing it as a common problem in homes and communities, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.
Most citizens say it is never justified for men to use physical force to discipline their wives, a view that is shared across all key demographic groups and provinces.
In addition, most say gender-based violence is a criminal matter that requires the involvement of law enforcement authorities, rather than a personal affair that should be handled within the family.