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Are economic and health problems in developing countries unavoidable for women?

Published 7 August 2019 in Surveys

For 60% of French respondents, it seemed obvious that women and girls in developing countries are more likely to face economic and health problems than men and boys. Only 8% of French people disagreed.

These figures demonstrate the view held by French people that women and girls in developing countries are disadvantaged, or at greater risk, compared to the men and boys in the same countries. This views appears be held so strongly that it represents a perception of gender inequality as a status quo, taken for granted.

Women are slightly more likely than men to agree, as are those aged under 25 (60%) or over 50 (69%), whereas the age groups in between were more reluctant to agree, or happier to fall back on "I don’t know" or "neither agree nor disagree" answers.

Right-wing voters were unsurprisingly less in agreement with this statement than center- and left-wing voters.

This data comes from our survey conducted by the YouGov Institute and piloted by the research team at University College London and the University of Birmingham as part of the project Aid Attitudes Tracker which measures the evolution of opinions and behaviors on issues of international solidarity in four countries.