UN Research: 9 in 10 are Biased Against Women

March 10, 202012:47 pm1034 views
UN Research: 9 in 10 are Biased Against Women
UN Research: 9 in 10 are Biased Against Women

REUTERS – Nine in 10 people are prejudiced against women, such as thinking university education is more important for men or that men deserve jobs more if work is scarce, the United Nations said on Thursday (Mar 5).

More than a quarter of men and women also think it is justified for a husband to beat his wife, found the Gender Social Norms Index by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), designed to measure how social beliefs obstruct gender equality.

“Today the fight about gender equality is a story of bias and prejudices,” Pedro Conceicao, head of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, said in a statement ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday.

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Using data from more than 80 percent of the global population, the index found some progress, including an increase in girls enrolled in primary school and a drop in maternal deaths, but also deeply ingrained prejudices.

It said 91 percent of men and 86 percent of women held at least one clear bias, such as thinking men make better political leaders or better business executives.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said tackling such biases was the next goal for equality advocates.

“The work that has been so effective in ensuring an end to gaps in health or education must now evolve to address something far more challenging: a deeply ingrained bias – among both men and women – against genuine equality,” he said in a statement.

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