Flash Eurobarometer Women in developing countries

Flash Eurobarometer Women in developing countries

The survey commissioned by EuropeAid on International Women Day looks into the perceptions of Europeans concerning the role of gender in the developing world.

It shows that 78% of Europeans think that having more women in positions of political power in developing countries would ‘make things better’, over three quarters of respondents said that getting more women into leading roles in developing countries would improve respect for human rights, with 72% saying it would also improve living conditions and 65% believing it would prevent conflict and war. Over nine in 10 Europeans thought that gender equality improves the way societies in general function and that all aid programmes should take specific account of women’s rights.

In terms of how problems in developing countries affect men and women, most respondents thought that women were affected more than men by physical violence (83%), as well as problems in accessing education (63%), basic human rights not being respected and lack of an income/job (both 61%).


The survey was carried out in 27 Member States of the European Union between 7 and 9 February 2013 and 25,559 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed.


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Eurobarometer on Women in Developing Countries



EU’s work with women in developing countries:



Website of the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs



Website of EuropeAid Development and Cooperation DG