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Over the past 8 years, 7% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who report that women in their family are denied their share in inheritance (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan)


Islamabad, January 21, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009, respondents were asked “Are the women in your family or in your acquaintance given their due share in property according to Islam?” In response, majority 56% said yes while 44% said no.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, 63% said yes and 37% said no.

Trend Analysis: The lowest percentage was recorded in 2009 and 2012, when only 56% said that females in their families and acquaintance are given their legal share in property according to Islam.

Implications of this finding: A large percentage of females (almost 2 in 5) are still denied their legal rights to inheritance, which continues to dictate and reinforce their weaker social status in the society.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.