Really? Egypt’s Not so Hot on Gender Equality??

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center and written up in The New York Times emphasises the virulent sexism in Egyptian society (something women walking in the streets of Cairo have to experience and battle every single day). Here are the highlights of findings from Egypt:

  • Overall, in every country except Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia and Nigeria, more than 75 percent backed gender equality;
  • A solid 60 percent of men said boys were more entitled to that education;
  • Half or more of those asked in Egypt say a university education is more important for a boy;
  • There is a “strong belief” in Egypt that men have more right to a job than women (particularly when jobs are scarce);
  • Only in Pakistan, Egypt and Jordan did fewer than 80 percent of the respondents say that women should be able to work outside the home. But even in those three countries, a majority said they supported women’s right to work.

(The poll on gender equality was conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with the International Herald Tribune in 22 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Britain, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and the United States.)


About Dr Rebecca Wright

I am a criminal barrister and the Director of The Schools Consent Project, North West. I previously worked as a human rights lawyer in the Middle East and Afghanistan for 6 years and as a US corporate lawyer for a year. I have a PhD in literature (which looked at the autobiographies written by suffragettes). I taught literature in San Diego after I finished the PhD and before I went to law school in the US. I also drove buses part time for 10 years.
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