KARACHI: The United Nations has released a study at a very opportune time, when men and women all over the world are gearing up for International Women’s Day, observed on the 8th of March every year.
The Gender Social Norms Index, which measures how social beliefs affect gender equality, was released by the United Nations Development Programme on Thursday and it finds that 90 percent of the world’s population, men AND women, holds some form of bias against women. The index was based on data from 75 countries that comprise 80 percent of the world’s population.
The study made some astounding observations. For example, 28 percent of men and women believe that men are justified to beat their wives.
According to France 24, the prejudiced views include: that men are better politicians and business leaders than women; that going to university is more important for men than women; and that men should get preferential treatment in competitive job markets. Btw, the percentage of those holding at least one sexist bias was largest in Pakistan – where 99.81 percent of people held similar prejudices – followed by Qatar and Nigeria, both at 99.73 percent.
Also, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap Report, most of living in 2020 won’t live to see gender equality achieved worldwide. Apparently, that milestone is almost 100 years away.