Poll: Women's discrimination high in North Africa

AP News
Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:09 AM

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A new poll of 50,000 people across 34 African countries finds attitudes toward women's equality are dimmest in the predominantly Muslim north.

The poll by Afrobarometer, conducted between 2011 and 2013, found women in general are at a disadvantage compared to men, but support for women's equality is growing more widespread.

But while 68 percent of respondents across Africa felt women could be leaders, that number dropped to 50 percent in North Africa.

In eastern and southern Africa, nearly three-quarters of those polled felt men and women should have equal opportunities, but in North Africa only 50 percent thought so.

The education gap between men and women was also the largest in North Africa, according to the report released Thursday.