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. The report reads in part:
Acceptance of violence against women is particularly widespread in Central and West Africa and among respondents with no formal education.
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Tolerance for violence against women is far higher in some countries, reaching seven in 10 citizens in Gabon (70%) and Liberia (69%).
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.