Between 1981 and 2017, a 48% rise in the proportion of Pakistanis who think it is appropriate for women to work where both men and women work together. (GALLUP & GILANI PAKISTAN POLL)

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Between 1981 and 2017, a 48% rise in the proportion of Pakistanis who think it is appropriate for women to work where both men and women work together. (GALLUP & GILANI PAKISTAN POLL)

Islamabad, October 1, 2019

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1981, respondents were asked “How appropriate is it for a woman to work where both men and women work together?” In response, 3% said it is good, 8% said it is appropriate, and 78% said it is inappropriate.

Comparative Picture:This question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, 13% said it is good, 56% said it is appropriate, and 30% it is inappropriate.

Trend Analysis across the years: Overall there has been a 48 percentage point decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think it is inappropriate for women to work where both men and women work together, this category has been constantly decreasing over the years, with the lowest percentage recorded in 2010, when only 20% respondents reported women and men working together as inappropriate, and rose again in 2017 to reach 30%.

Implications of this finding:Only 3 in 10 Pakistanis now find it inappropriate for women to work where men and women work together compared to 8 in 10 Pakistanis in 1981. General acceptance towards gender-neutral workplaces and working women is rising- a promising indicator for future economic growth.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

 

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