The All Russian Public Opinion Research Centre released results of a survey showing that 55% of Russians don’t believe it’s possible to achieve equal rights for men and women. Only 38% of respondents in Russia, or one in three, believe it is possible to achieve gender equality.
No equal rights for men and women in Russia?
The results of the recent WCIOM survey among respondents in Russia can be only called shocking, with over half of the respondents expressing the view of impossibility to achieve equality of rights between the genders.
Even more shocking is that the share of people who do not believe that equal rights for men and women are even possible is higher among females: Among men, 45% of people think that it is possible to achieve equality, while among females only 33% of respondents think so.
These findings sharply contradict the idea of equal rights of males and females achieved on all levels, which is a popular concept voiced by people opposing movements such as feminism.
Feminism in Russia: The majority of people don’t support it
The same survey asked about the attitudes of males and females towards feminism in Russia.
Only 7% of respondents said they definitely support feminism. Further 24% of respondents picked the option of “I rather support it”, bringing the total share of supporters to less than 1/3 of the pool. The share of non-supporters about the same among males and females (55% of men, 56% of women).
- The share of non-supporters is the highest among the groups 45-59 (60%) and 35-44 (59%); the lowest among the group aged 18-24 (45%).
- The share of supporters is the highest among the group aged 18-24 (44%) and the lowest among respondents aged 35-44 (27%).
55% of all survey participants (exactly the same share of respondents as the percentage of people who do not believe that gender equality could be ever achieved) stated they do not support feminism. 22% “certainly do not support” it, while 33% “rather don’t support”. A whopping 14% decided to take an easy way out and simply said that it was difficult to answer.
Unhappiness with attitudes of men towards women is often quoted by Russian ladies who decided to seek a partner abroad as the reason for such choice. The survey by WCIOM confirms that gender equality in Russia is indeed an acute social problem and not a fiction.
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