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Ghanaians say no to physical force against women – Afrobarometer

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A majority of Ghanaians say it is never justified for a man to physically discipline his wife, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

While most citizens say that violence against women and girls is uncommon in their communities, many also say women are likely to be criticised or harassed if they report gender-based violence to the authorities.

Overall, Ghanaians consider domestic violence to be a criminal matter requiring the involvement of law enforcement, rather than a private matter to be resolved within the family. Most believe that the police are likely to take cases of GBV seriously.

Key findings

▪ More than three-fourths (78%) of Ghanaians say violence against women is “not very common” or “not at all common” in their community. One in five citizens (21%) disagree

▪ Most Ghanaians (85%) say it is “never” justified for a man to physically discipline his
wife. About one in seven think it is “sometimes” (11%) or “always” (3%) justified

▪ More than four in 10 respondents consider it “somewhat likely” (24%) or “very likely”
(18%) that a woman will be criticised or harassed if she reports gender-based

violence to the authorities. Only one-third (35%) say this is “very unlikely”

▪ But almost nine out of 10 respondents (86%) believe that the police are likely to take
cases of GBV seriously

▪ Almost two-thirds (64%) of Ghanaians say domestic violence should be treated as a criminal matter rather than as a private matter to be resolved within the family

Afrobarometer surveys

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan survey research network that provides reliable
data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.

Eight survey rounds in up to 39 countries have been completed since 1999. Round 9 surveys
(2021/2022) are currently underway. Afrobarometer’s national partners conduct face-to-
face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.

The Afrobarometer team in Ghana, led by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development,
interviewed a nationally representative sample of 2,400 adult Ghanaians in April 2022. A sample of this size yields country-level results with a margin of error of +/-2 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. Previous surveys were conducted in Ghana in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2017, and 2019.

Respondents were asked: In this area, how common do you think it is for men to use violence against women and girls in the home or the community?

Respondents were asked: For each of the following actions, please tell me whether you think it can always be justified, sometimes be justified, or never be justified: For a man to use physical discipline on his wife if she has done something he doesn’t like or thinks is wrong?

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