Source:Afrobaromete Afrobarometer's survey of more than 50,000 people in 34 countries shows broad support for women's equality among both men and women, and widespread acceptance of women’s leadership capabilities. But significant minorities disagree, and support for women as leaders is much weaker in North Africa.
The survey also reveals that women remain at a marked disadvantage compared to men in their daily lives. The education gap remains wide, and people also report that women face discrimination in the work place, in the courts, and among traditional leaders in their communities. Perhaps more telling, women exercise their political rights - participating in campaigns, talking to political leaders and even voting - less frequently than do men.
But there are signs of progress as well. Majorities in most countries say their governments are handling women's empowerment well, and support for women’s equality has increased in the past decade. Over all, the findings suggest that while support for women’s equality is widespread and growing, many women's lives are still characterized by disadvantage and discrimination. While governments get good marks for their performance in empowering women, the battle for equal rights andopportunities for women is far from won.
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