January 18, 2011

Pakistanis Favor Workplace Segregation

85%

The great majority of Pakistanis (85%) favor a law that would require men and women to be segregated in the workplace — far more than in any other Muslim country polled in 2010.

Among Muslim publics surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project in 2010, Pakistani Muslims are the most supportive of segregating men and women in the workplace. Fully 85% favor making gender segregation the law in their country. A narrower majority (54%) of Muslims in Egypt also support making gender segregation the law in their country. Opinions are more divided in Jordan and Nigeria. Half of Jordanian Muslims favor gender segregation and 44% oppose it. Among Nigerian Muslims, nearly the same percentage favor making segregation of men and women in the workplace the law in their country (49%) as oppose it (48%). In Lebanon, Turkey and Indonesia, majorities of Muslims reject legalized gender segregation in the workplace. More than eight-in-ten in Lebanon (89%) and Turkey (84%) express this opinion, as do 59% of Muslims in Indonesia. Read More