“Women have voting rights, they can get educated and work in offices. What more do women want? We don’t need feminism anymore!”
This is an incredibly common response to feminism. People who think that feminism now stands for feminazism, a movement that seeks to make women more powerful than men.
Although a study or report is not needed to prove the fact that feminism is needed, they can for sure help. They can prove to be useful in arguments with people who think that women should be satisfied with just voting rights and education.
The UN’s “Gender Social Norms” index shows the attitude towards women in over 75 countries.
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WHAT DOES THE REPORT SAY ABOUT WOMEN?
The report found that gender equality doesn’t exist in any country in the world. Globally, nearly 33% of the subjects believed that men hitting their partners was acceptable. Additionally, 50% of the male respondents believed females had less right to a job than them.
More than half of the respondents also felt that men make better political leaders.
On a more tangible level, the number of female heads of government has decreased in the last 5 years. In 2014, 15 women occupied such positions in 193 countries, while only 10 did in 2019.
WHAT WAS THE COUNTRY WISE RESPONSE?
Zimbabwe – 0.27% people reported no bias at all, 99.7% were biased against women
Andorra – 72% people reported no bias at all, highest out of all countries
China – 55% respondents believed that men would become better political leaders
USA – 39% people believed that men are better suited to be leaders
New Zealand – 27% respondents favoured men as political leaders (NS currently has a female leader)
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UK – 25% people believe that men have more right to a job
India – 69% respondents felt that women did not deserve jobs as much as men
Zimbabwe also reported 96% people were opposed to women’s physical integrity, while the percentage was 91% in the Philippines. This means that more than 90% people in both these countries support violence against females. They also have views that are opposed to reproductive and sexual rights for them.
Even the countries that weren’t part of the survey, or issues that weren’t addressed by the study are real. They have tangible effects on the everyday life of women all over the world. There’s no end to the list of crimes that are committed against women every single day.
Until we address the root problem, until we deal with this bias, no amount of laws can protect them.