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Widespread awareness and support from French people for women’s rights in poor countries

Published 2 September 2019 in Surveys

70% of French people agree with the proposal for France to create a new fund aimed at supporting women’s rights organisations in developing countries. Only 7% are opposed to this idea, and only 5% do not have a view.
Even if this question is about something which would help people "elsewhere" rather than those "at home", these results demonstrate the extent to which French people are in sound agreement on women’s rights.

A question of gender, a gendered answer: women are more supportive than men on women’s rights

Age was not an influential factor in responses to this question, but gender was: unsurprisingly, more women (74%) than men (65%) supported the idea of creating a fund for women’s rights in developing countries. In parallel, men were twice as likely (10%) as women (5%) to disagree with the idea, and also proportionally twice as likely (22%) as women (16%) to give a "neither agree nor disagree" answer.

There is, then a "gender solidarity" in French women’s answers to this question, which seems to take on a universal perspective, beyond borders.

Women’s rights in poor countries: no top priority for right- and far-right voters

Support for a new fund to support women’s rights organisations in developing countries is much more prominent for left-wing voters (82% on average) than right-wing voters (60% on average).

Center-voters (78%) align more closely with left-voters (82%) rather than right-wing voters (60%), even though we should remember that regardless of political preference, the majority of French people appear in favor of the creation of a fund for this purpose. The only major breakaway is for those far-right voters, 48% of whom disapprove, which is in part likely to be caused by the idea of helping women in developing countries (rather than women at home in France).

Further reading

Baromètre de la solidarité internationale n°5 - Les français·e·s, le G7 et les inégalités dans le monde