In the world, Gender Based Violence is experienced by both men and women, but majority of the victims are women and girls.
In Rwanda the minister of gender and family promotion , Jeannette Bayisenge ,has revealed that the fight against gender-violence in the country is far from been tamed.
She revealed this while responding to questions about family conflicts and problems affecting society before parliament on Tuesday.
The minister attributed her sentiments to the Demographic and health survey of 2020 on women’s and men’s attitude towards wife beating.
The survey done showed that, 65% of women said wife beating is acceptable under certain circumstances . About 18% said, a wife should be beaten when she has not cooked well and 31% of women revealed that a wife can be beaten if she has an argument with her husband.
Meanwhile, 2% of men agreed a wife should be beaten when she has not cooked well, another 6% said a wife should be beaten if she argues with her husband.
Additionally, 61% of women said , it was justifiable to beat a wife if she cheated on her husband while 36% of men agreed.
Jeannette , raised concerns that the rate is alarming and poses a clear indication the nation has a great deal of work to do.
Changes To Be Done
“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% of women who said they can be beaten under said circumstances , these women are the one ones who have a bigger part in educating their children.” she said.
She further said that the country needs to employee strategies to overturn the mindsets of citizens.
“I want to show you that the battle we are fighting is not easy as we might think. Mindset does not change over night , which hinders our many strategies,” she concluded.
Many countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, women face violence such as physical violence, sexual violence , how can gender based violence end, women have to be educated on their rights and also challenge the structural inequality.