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Sad normalcy: violence, sexual harassment and lack of gender equality

International survey reveals alarming conditions

For many young women worldwide, violence and sexual harassment are a sad part of their everyday lives. Last year, 15.6 per cent of women aged 18 to 34 were sexually harassed; 20.3 per cent became victims of physical violence or mental abuse. There is also still a long way to go before gender equality is achieved. Only 27 per cent of the world’s population believe that men and women are treated equally. In Germany, the number is even as low as 23 per cent – just the same as in Lebanon. In contrast, 48 per cent of people around the world believe that men are favoured. This is the result of the latest WIN World Survey (WWS), which explored the attitudes toward gender equality, violence and sexual harassment in 40 countries around the globe.

The ranking reveals alarming attitudes and behaviours in many countries. However, depending on the region of origin, the responses to gender equality, physical violence, mental abuse and sexual harassment vary considerably. A total of 30,890 people from 40 countries were interviewed for this study. As the exclusive German member, Produkt + Markt conducted the fieldwork of this study in Germany.

Please see the official press release (English) for detailed figures and interesting additional results.

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