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Majority of Pakistanis (66%) think access to education has been the source of greatest improvement in the lives of women in the past 100 years. GILANI POLL/GALLUP PAKISTAN

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, majority of Pakistanis (66%) think access to education has been the source of greatest improvement in the lives of women in the past 100 years.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked. Keeping in mind the past 100 years, which of the following has improved the lives of women the most? Responding to this, 66% said education, 23% said employment, 23% said family planning, 19% said ability to vote in elections, 15% said employment such as part-time jobs/facility to work from home, 12% said mobile phone use and 8% said internet/social media access. However, 1% did not give a response.

There was not much difference in the opinion of men and women, with 68% of men choosing education and 62% of women choosing education. The second most popular reason for the improvement of the lives of women identified by women was employment (26%) and by men it was identified as family planning (22%).

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