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Over the past 16 years, 17% fall in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe women who are financially independent would have a comfortable old age (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan)

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Islamabad, January 9, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2001, respondents were asked “Do you agree or disagree that if a woman does a job or a business and is financially independent then she can have a comfortable old age?” In response, 80% agreed, while 20% disagreed.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, 63% agreed, while 29% disagreed.

Implications of this finding: Over the past 16 years, public views regarding financially independent women have been gradually changing, while majority continues to view women employment favorably the percentage of respondent who do not have been steadily increasing. This could be attributed to increasing market competitiveness and rising unemployment.

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.

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