SHOCKING: 65% of Rwandan Women Okay With Wife-Beating

Jeannette Bayisenge, Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, revealed that the country’s fight against gender-based violence is far from over.

Bayisenge attributed her sentiments about wife-beating to the Demographic and Health Survey of 2020 while responding to questions about family conflicts and societal problems before parliament on Tuesday.

According to the survey, 65% of surveyed women believe that wife-beating is justified in certain circumstances.

About 18% of women believe a wife should be beaten if she does not cook well, and 31% believe a wife should be beaten if she has an argument with her husband.

Meanwhile, 2% of men surveyed agreed that a wife should be beaten if she does not cook well, and 6% agreed that a wife should be beaten if she argues with her husband.

Another 61% of women agreed that beating a wife who cheated on her husband was justified, while 36% of men agreed.

The minister expressed concern that the rate is alarming and that the country has a long way to go to bring the numbers down.

“You know how long we have been teaching about gender equality, this is where we are today,” Bayisenge said as quoted by The New Times.

“If we still have 65 per cent of women who said they can be beaten under the said circumstances; these women are the ones who have a bigger part in educating their children.”

She further added that the country needs to employ more strategies to overturn the appalling mindset of citizens.

“I want to show you that the battle we are fighting is not as easy as we might think. Mindset does not change overnight, which hinders our many strategies,” she said.

Nonetheless, Rwanda ranks first in Africa and sixth globally in terms of gender equality, according to the Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).