Angola: In Angola, Gender-Based Violence Is Seen As the Top Challenge to Women’s Rights

A majority of citizens say violence against women and girls is common in their community.

Key findings

  • GBV tops the list of women’s-rights issues that Angolans say the government and society must address.
  • A majority (62%) of Angolans say violence against women and girls is “very common” (27%) or “somewhat common” (35%) in their community.
  • More than two-thirds (69%) of citizens say it is “never” justified for a man to use physical force to discipline his wife. Three in 10 consider it “sometimes” (20%) or “always” (9%) justified.
  • About half (49%) of Angolans consider it “somewhat likely” or “very likely” that a woman who reports GBV will be criticised, harassed, or shamed by members of the community.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of Angolans say domestic violence should be treated as a criminal matter, rather than a private matter to be resolved within the family.

Cecília Kitombe Cecília Kitombe is director of communication and social advocacy for ADRA – Acção para o Desenvolvimento Rural e Ambiente

Carlos Pacatolo Carlos Pacatolo is the national investigator for Angola.

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