- A recent study has revealed alarming results
- Many South Africans believe that women should obey their partners
- A disturbingly high number of South Africans also believe that a man has the right to hit a woman
A study shows that 60% of South Africans believe that women need to obey their male partners. This is particularly relevant due to the outpouring of societal anger against gender-based violence.
The research also investigated the attitudes of people towards the gender-based violence against women. It was found that one in 10 people believe a man may hit their partner.
The study was completed by Ipsos, which commented that the poll shows that there is a deep-seated issue with how men see women.
From the data, it seems that more women than men believe that a woman should be submissive. Younger people are slightly less likely to agree, with 51% of the 15 to 17-year-old population agreeing with this, compared to higher proportions of older people.
The levels of people who believe that a man can discipline a woman through violence are alarmingly high. Too many South Africans find it acceptable, which may explain the prevalence of domestic abuse in the country.
The poll was conducted between 22 March and 17 April, with 3 600 interviews.
Meanwhile, The Total Shutdown: Intersectional Women's Movement Against Gender-Based Violence staged a protest in Cape Town. The silent protest marched to the World Economic Forum where the globe's leaders were gathered for the African leg of the conference. Briefly.co.za reported that the continued violence against women and children alike sparked nationwide outrage.
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