WIN International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling has published the Annual WIN World Survey – WWS 2022 – exploring the views and beliefs of 28702 respondents in 39 countries across the globe. On International Women’s Day, WIN releases the latest results of the survey about gender equality, violence and sexual harassment, to understand what are, if any, the improvements around the world in terms of equal opportunities and rights.

Men are more favored in the workplace according to global perception

Only 39% of people globally believe that women have the same opportunities as men career-wise. This number has improved from 2021 when an even lower 37% of respondents globally answered positively.

In some countries, the way to equality feels longer than in others. In Chile, 62% of respondents perceive that women have fewer job opportunities than men, and generally in the Americas, 46% of people are feeling the same.

Leading the discontent is Europe, where over 52% of respondents think that women’s opportunities are limited. Italy (67%), Croatia (64%) and France (58%) feel the most disparity.

In Hong Kong, the situation is looking rosier, with over 61% thinking that women and men have the same job and career opportunities. But the country where equality seems to be winning is the Philippines, with only 12% of respondents feeling a disparity.

Mixed feelings around gender pay gap

When talking about salaries the perception shifts slightly, with almost half of the global population (44%) thinking that pay is equal between men and women. Probably not surprisingly, men and women don’t see eye to eye on the matter: 51% of men don’t think there’s a pay gap, versus 38% of women.

Again, Chile scores highly, with 50% of people declaring that women are taking home less than men. While in Europe only 25% of respondents seem to have the same perception – in contrast with the outcome from the previous question about career opportunities.

Only 1.9% of Finnish respondents believe that women’s salaries are lower, but overall the MENA region feels the most positive with 57% of people thinking that remuneration is the same for men and women.

Violence doesn’t seem to stop

At a global level, results about women experiencing physical or psychological violence are unfortunately slightly on the rise compared to the previous year, going from 16% in 2021 to 17%. Younger people especially (18 to 24) seem to be suffering more than other age groups with over 21% of people responding positively.

When analyzing data by region, some improvements can be found in MENA, APAC, and Europe, where the net index of women experiencing violence in the past year decreased by -5, -2 and -2 respectively. However, in Africa violence is on the rise going from 20% in 2021 to a worrying 27%.

Looking at each country, it’s worth noticing Vietnam with only 2% of people reporting to have suffered from violence. Positive numbers also come from South Korea and the Philippines with 3% and 5% declaring to have suffered from violence.

Vilma Scarpino, President of WIN International Association, said:

“Numbers worldwide are still too high when it comes to gender inequality and acts of violence. At WIN our mission is to shed light on pressuring issues such as these in the hope that one day we’ll see radical improvements in the findings of our global survey. While the situation is far from perfect, it’s also important to appreciate the small but important progress that some countries or regions made. No step is too short or change too small when facing issues so big.”

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