UNDP Report : TACKLING SOCIAL NORMS, A game changer for gender inequalities

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The report, from the United Nations, was released ahead of International Women’s Day. Even amid the push for global gender equality, sexist attitudes continue to undermine progress. What’s more, almost all of us are guilty of them.

The report found that close to 90% of people — both men and women — display prejudiced sentiments toward women. The findings, based on a gender social norms index, surveyed respondents from 75 countries representing 80% of the global population to determine their stance on seven key measures of gender equality.

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Those measures included whether or not men make better political leaders; whether women and men have the same rights to university and jobs; whether men make better business executives; and whether physical violence by a partner is ever acceptable.

According to the report:

  • As many as 91% of men and 86% of women showed at least one clear bias against women, based on the seven key metrics.


  • Half of the people surveyed said they thought men made better political leaders than women, while 40% felt men would be better business executives. Almost 30% said they thought it was acceptable for a man to beat his partner.

  • Unsurprisingly, the study found women were more inclined toward gender equality than men: 52% of men displayed two to four gender biases. However, the pervasiveness of sexual biases was apparent among both men and women.


  • More concerning still was that the problem appears to be worsening. The proportion of men with some bias against women grew from 89.4% between 2004 to 2009 to 89.9% between 2010 and 2014. That figure also rose among women over the same period — from 83.4% to 84.6%.


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