Wages, working conditions, rights, opportunities, division of labor… Are men and women (finally) treated equally, privately and publicly? Not really, according to the French and the French. A new study, presented on the occasion of International Women’s Day, reveals that gender equality is far from being achieved in the public sphere, and even more so in work and politics.
Where do we stand with gender equality? Re-established in “good reason [du] new quinquenium » by Emmanuel Macron – if re-elected – gender equality will be at the heart of the concerns of the French, and even more so of French women. And the latter suggest that there is still a lot to do in this area, believing that equality is still not a reality in their daily lives. This is the conclusion of a new survey conducted by BVA for Réseau WIN* on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day.
Seven out of ten French believe that gender equality is relatively respected in the private sphere, but efforts still need to be made in the public sphere. Only four in ten French (41%) believe they are influenced at work, and just 37% in politics. Unsurprisingly, many women declare that equality remains a fiction to this day, although the majority of men agree with them on this point.
Fewer career opportunities?
Is it easier – or not – to climb the ladder in a company, or gain access to coveted positions, if you’re a woman? Almost two-thirds of the respondents think not, on the contrary, because women still have fewer career and job opportunities than their male colleagues. A finding widely shared by women. Three quarters of the respondents feel cheated in this area compared to men.
Something that is not experienced in the same way in the rest of the world. The survey, conducted in 39 countries, shows that more than half of respondents (51%) believe that women have the same opportunities as men.
In the same vein, six in ten respondents worldwide believe that gender equality has been achieved in the professional sphere and 50% in politics. But the study highlights differences according to the regions of the world. Gender equality is still a fiction in Africa and the Middle East, more so than in Asia and Europe.
† This BVA – WIN Network survey was conducted among 33,326 people in 39 countries around the world, between October 15 and December 18, 2021. Each sample is representative of the population of each country in terms of socio-demographic variables.
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