Men in the Middle East slow to embrace gender equality: U.N. study

Most young men in the Middle East and North Africa still hold traditional attitudes similar to their fathers toward women’s role in society, according to a survey published on Tuesday which said the region was bucking a global trend.

The study of nearly 10,000 men and women across Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories also revealed significant levels of domestic violence and sexual harassment.

Two-thirds to three-quarters of the men surveyed believe a woman’s primary role should be caring for the household, according to the study by the U.N. Women agency and Promundo, a global organization that promotes gender equality.

Some important quote worth mentioning…

Most young men in the Middle East and North Africa still hold traditional attitudes similar to their fathers toward women’s role in society

In Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco, there was little difference between younger and older men on gender attitudes

In other words, in Morocco, Palestine, and Egypt, younger men’s views on gender equality do not differ substantially from those of older men.

At least half the women surveyed also saw [caring for the household] as their most important duty.

…the study showed nearly as many women [as the >3/4 of men] shared this view [that men should have preferential access to jobs].

“It is not just men who uphold the patriarchy, women buy into a lot of these attitudes as well,” said Shereen El Feki, senior fellow at Promundo, adding that greater equality would require changing women’s mindsets as well as men’s

Full link: http://imagesmena.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/04/IMAGESMENA-2017-FULL-Final.pdf

via Men in the Middle East slow to embrace gender equality: study | Reuters

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