Q44 - Thinking about the role of women in public life, do you think that women should…The numbers in parentheses indicate 'yes' responses. I was unfamiliar with the term Moukhtar. My understanding (though a formal definition eludes me) is that it a cultural title, somewhat akin that of a village elder. The position is traditionally held by males, so it is unsurprising to me to see such a low percentage of respondent supporting women in that role.
- Vote (99.3%)
- Be able to stand for Moukhtar (37.9%)
- Be able to stand for public office such as member of a local council (77.2%)
- Be able to stand for public office such as member of the national assembly (80.1%)
- Be able to be Governor (50.7%)
- Be able to be President (45.9%)
- Be able to instruct men in their work (77.9%)
- Be a (medical) doctor (98.5%)
- Drive a car (84.1%)
Overall, I would say the results are mixed, but not surprising, except for one particular question. Almost unanimously (99.3%), respondents thought that women should have the right to vote. This result is so high that it makes me want to question the methodology of the poll. I doubt the number would be that high even in the U.S. or any western European countries.
A disappointing (in my opinion) percentage of people are in favor of women holding public office, especially a national post such as president. Still, for a heavily Islamic country, the results could have been far worse.
Finally, note that far more people are in favor of women voting (99.3%) or being doctors (98.5%) than driving cars (84.1%). Bad jokes aside, I really don't understand that result. Some people would be comfortable going under the knife of a female surgeon, but wouldn't trust driving home on the same roads with them? That makes little sense.