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There has been a decline in the proportion of women believing a woman’s place is not just at home.
A new survey showed 62 percent of women agreed they did not belong at home.
In 2009, it was 70 percent.
Only 18 percent said they believed women should not work and 22 percent of men agreed.
Almost 20 percent of women were undecided.
The survey was by independent research firm Ipsos, with 3 565 South Africans older than 15 questioned.
“Three in every 10 SA women (30 percent) indicated satisfaction with their own lives,” Ipsos said. “This has improved compared with 26 percent in 2009.”
More women were optimistic about their children’s future. At least 54 percent said their children and those of relatives or friends had a bright future.
At least 65 percent disagreed that boys had a stronger right to education than girls.
Less than a third of women thought their families’ lives would be better by next year.
“South Africans, especially women, view the future with some apprehension and these scores are fairly low. Slow economic growth, lingering unemployment and uncertainty about the ANC and its leadership all contribute,” Ipsos said.
The survey revealed that 30 percent of men believed that since jobs were scarce, they have more right to jobs than women. At least 21 percent of woman concurred.
Only 31 percent of women in SA had full-time or part-time work, while at least 46 percent of men were employed.
“Unemployment is a major issue but it seems to affect women even harder than men,” Ipsos said.
Research for the survey was conducted between April and May this year. – Sapa