Many around the world say women’s equality is very important - Many around the world say women’s equality is very important BY JANELL FETTEROLF The

Many around the world say women’s equality is very important

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Many around the world say women’s equality is very important BY JANELL FETTEROLF The principle of gender equality is one that has taken root in many nations around the world. In a 2015 survey of 38 nations , majorities in all but one country (Burkina Faso) said it is somewhat or very important that women have the same rights as men in their society. And a median of 65% worldwide said these equal rights are very important. This sentiment was strongest in North America, Europe and Latin America. In 2015,
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roughly nine-in-ten or more in the U.S. (91%) and Canada (94%) said gender equality was very important. A median of 86% in Europe and 80% in Latin America held the same view. Within the Asia-Pacific region, Australia stood out in the survey, with roughly nine-in-ten saying women’s rights are very important. The next highest percentage in the region was in India, where 71% agreed. Only about half of those in Africa (a median of 50%) and the Middle East (a median of 48%) said equal rights for women are particularly important. People in Burkina Faso
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