Sixty percent of Ghanaian women, who were often victims of wife battery, according to a Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) say wife beating is justifiable.
The MICS results on domestic violence showed that 60 per cent of women approved of wife battery by their husbands.?The acceptance rate of wife battery was found to be 70 percent in the rural areas and 51 per cent in the urban areas.
Conversely, the results showed that only 36 per cent of men agreed that wife beating was justifiable for any given reason.
As far as Female Genital Mutilation or cutting is concerned, the report showed that 94 per cent of women between the ages of 15-49 years want the practise stopped.?However two per cent of the same age categories approved of the practise.
The report also showed that four per cent of the female Respondents went through the mutilation or cutting.?It was found to be prevalent in the Upper West and East regions with 41 and 28 per cent rates respectively.
On Sexual Behavior Related to HIV Transmission, the survey established that about 10 per cent of young women age 15-25 years had sex before age 15 as compared to five per cent of young men of the same age group who had sex before age 15.
The MICS was conducted in 2011 on a wide range of issues including sexual behavior and socio-cultural, health and other concerns.
Financial and Technical support was provided from UNICEF, USAID, UNFPA, the Japanese Government, the Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program, President?s Malaria Initiative and the Navrongo Health Research Centre.