3 in 10 Men Think Its Better to be a Woman in Pakistan: Survey

The general public has varied notions about what society values the most when it comes to being either a man or a woman.

While many argue that society values morality, physical attractiveness, and professional success more than attributes like empathy and honesty in a man or a woman, a unique survey of 1,000 Pakistanis has determined that “you add more value to society if you’re a woman”.


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In the survey conducted by the global market research organization, Ipsos, 29 percent of the respondents comprising 35 percent women and 26 percent men believe that it is better to be a woman, while 21 percent think it is better to be a man.

Moreover, another unusual statistic reveals that 35 percent of the respondents think that it is better to be a woman in society while 13 percent said that it is better to be a man.

What is interesting is that 49 percent of Pakistanis feel that there is no difference between being either a woman or a man.

However, 26 percent of the male respondents believe that it is good to be a woman in society, and another 26 percent think that it is better to be a man.

At the provincial level, 33 percent of the respondents in Punjab think that it is good to be a woman, whereas 21 percent are convinced that it is better to be a man. In Sindh, 25 percent of the respondents said that it is good to be a woman, and 20 percent said that it is better to be a man. A total of 23 percent of the respondents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are of the view that being a woman is the better option, and 26 percent opine that it is better to be a man. In Balochistan, 23 percent of the respondents feel that being a man is better, while 17 percent think that it is better to be a woman.


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While the survey comes across as a bit impervious, considering the limited number of respondents, it does provide interesting feedback from the rural and urban perspective that begs for more extensive statistics.

For instance, 31 percent of the urban population believes that being a woman is better than being a man, while only 18 percent of the rural population believes the same.

Amongst the so-called ‘socially or economically strong segment’, 41 percent opine that it is better to be a woman, while 21 percent believe that it is better to be a man. Similarly, 29 percent of the ‘weaker segment’ views being a man as better than being a woman, while 24 percent think that it is better to be a woman.



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