In its weekly edition published on March 7th, the magazine MOUSTIQUE made an article on Belgians and Sexism. In this context, MOUSTIQUE has charged LISTEN, an independent market research agency specialized in marketing studies and studies related to human capital, with an investigation. The survey reveals that for 38% of the French-speaking Belgians, sexism is a problem in Belgium.
One in three French speaking women has already been the victim of a sexist act! Despite the time passing, more than half of French-speaking Belgians think that problems related to sexism do not change over time. Only one in four people perceives an improvement.
Sexism is present in many aspects of everyday life. One in two French-speaking Belgians thinks that society is dominated by men. The work environment is particularly affected by this problem. For 75% of those surveyed, sexism is mainly expressed at work. And this is more the case at work than in public places (50%). The most striking number is that one in two thinks that it is still problematic to announce a pregnancy at work.
The trend is not that strong within households. Indeed, 30% of women believe that the sharing of household chores is unbalanced while for 70% of men, it is balanced. Public spaces, social media and the media are also places where sexism is felt.
Recently, a lot of women have denounced that they are still victims of sexism. As a reaction, several movements have emerged. 60% of the French-speaking Belgians found it necessary for women to speak out and 1 in 5 think it is even not enough, as well according to men and women. On the other side, only 39% of the French-speaking Belgians approve the feminist actions and speeches.
Can we still compliment a woman on the street? One people out of two thinks so. According to 27% of the French-speaking Belgians, a woman in sexy clothes encourages men to have a sexist behaviour, but 39% say the opposite.
Pink for girls, blue for boys! Stereotypes are still strongly present, and they are reinforced by several elements such as the media, the work environment, advertising, family education or the political world.
Regarding education, ¾ of the French-speaking Belgians thinks that we should educate children without gender differences. On the other hand, 12% thinks that we should reintroduce non-mixity (at work, at school, in sports, in public transports). The idea also appeals more to people living in Brussels.
How can we solve the problem of sexism? According to more than one French-speaking Belgian out of two, it is the law, then the parents and finally schools who must take action in the fight against sexism!
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