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Nearly 2 in 3 young Arab women believe they get equal rights: Poll

When Covid-19 struck, young Arab women have seen an increase in family responsibilities.

Debunking the stereotypical notions about the region on gender equality, nearly two in three young Arab women believe they have the same rights as men, this year’s Arab Youth Survey has shown.

“During the survey which saw a 50:50 ratio of men and women, we asked young Arab women about their rights and opportunities and the data revealed that a strong majority – 64 per cent – of young Arab women said they have the same rights as men and another 11 per cent felt they have even more rights than men in their country,” said Margaret Flanagan, executive vice-president for strategy and client experience at ASDA’A BCW.

“We did not see any big regional splits in this throughout the Arab world, it remained fairly constant acorss the GCC, North Africa and the Levante region,” Flanagan said during a virtual discussion of the survey on Tuesday.

The same sentiment echoed when young Arab women were asked about education and employment opportunities, with a majority of them saying “they have the same rights as men in accessing quality education and finding a career”.

Both women (76 per cent) and men (70 per cent) also agree that a woman can benefit her family more by working, instead of staying at home.

Virus effect

When Covid-19 struck, young Arab women have seen an increase in family responsibilities, Flanagan pointed out.

Fifty-four per cent of both male and female respondents said women are more likely to look for a job in the time of Covid-19. A larger percentage, 67 per cent, said they are also more likely to have greater family responsibilities.

saman@khaleejtimes.com 

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