UNDP Releases First Public Pulse on Gender

02 Jul 2014

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UNDP released the first Public Pulse on Gender, a document which provides an overview of Kosovans’ perceptions concerning women’s leadership skills and women’s participation in both social and political activities.
The report provides a concise overview of people’s perception on gender issues from political, economic, educational, social, and security perspectives. Public Pulse on Gender is part of the joint “Enhancing Women’s Participation in Peace-building and Post-conflict Planning” project conducted in collaboration with the EU and UN Women. The results that were presented, derived from an opinion poll sample that surveyed 1290 citizens of Kosovo. The sample included 598 men, and 691 women.

The following are some of the key findings and recommendations.


KEY FINDINGS
The general opinion of respondents indicated that men (46%) are better political leaders than women (14%) while approximately 34% of respondents stated that men and women are equally good political leaders.
Approximately 45% of all respondents associated parliamentary professions with men compared to 3% association with women.  
67.36% of all respondents associated the position of Mayor with men, whereas only 2.87% associated it with women.
Approximately one in three respondents would vote for equally educated women (32%), men (32%) or did not have preference (33%).  
When respondents were asked what they thought the traits of a good leader were, 33.1% believed that being a man was essential.
The only area women are perceived as being more skilled political leaders by both men and women respondents is concerning education and health care related issues.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Review the representation of gender roles in children’s books and primary, middle and high school curricula.  
Include chapters on gender equality/gender stereotypes in the curricula of Civic Education at all levels of schooling.
Equal representation of men and women in gender-equality related roundtables and discussions, which are currently overwhelmingly attended by women only.
Launch a “Careers Have No Gender” campaign depicting real life men and women doing “non-traditional” jobs, such as: women construction workers, men cleaners, men nurses, women armed force officers, etc.