A survey by Afrobarometer revealed that 25 per cent of African women consider being beaten up by their husbands a normal and acceptable form of punishment.

In some countries, 70 per cent of women tolerate violence.

“Acceptance of violence against women is particularly widespread in Central and West Africa and among respondents with no formal education.

Tolerance for violence against women is far higher in some countries, reaching seven in 10 citizens in Gabon (70%) and Liberia (69%).” The report reads

The survey also found out that men with no formal education (41%) are significantly more likely to endorse wife-beating than those with primary, secondary, or post-secondary education.

However, 71 per cent of Africans say it is never justified for a man to beat his wife.

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