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Over 80pc Pakistanis think women ‘not safe’ here: survey

October 18, 2021
Over 80pc Pakistanis think women ‘not safe’ here: survey

ISLAMABAD: More than 80 per cent of Pakistan's population thinks that the country is ‘not safe’ for women gender, according to PULSE perception Quarterly Performance Evaluation Survey (QPES).

The highest percentage of uncertainty regarding women safety came from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, followed by Punjab in Pakistan.

Also, only 29pc of women think that they are safe outside the premises of their homes. Interestingly, 22pc of male in society consider females less safe compared to 29pc of female respondents, who felt the same for themselves.

Also, 45pc of males believe their family female members are “Somewhat Safe” and 30pc believe their family’s female members are ‘Unsafe’ outside their homes.

The survey was conducted through CATI (Computer assisted telephonic interviews) a state-of-the-art technology where all calls are recorded.

QPES is Pulse consultant’s indigenous tracking tool – where since November 2018, the public perceptions and opinions about government’s performance and current political situation are collected on a quarterly basis through unbiased, well structured, non-leading questions and instrument.

Below shared findings are based on 1,809 respondents’ opinions, which were interviewed on October 4, 2021.

According to the study, only 20pc of Pakistanis feel that women are ‘Safe’ in Pakistan. Whereas, 43pc believe that women are ‘Somewhat Safe’ – which means their opinion is in between – neither they believe that Pakistani women are ‘Unsafe’ nor they believe that Pakistani women are ‘Safe’.

Thirty-five per cent of Pakistanis believe that Pakistani women are entirely not safe in Pakistan. Highest perception of “Unsafety” was reported from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which was 46pc, and Punjab was the second, reporting 35pc perception of ‘Unsafety’. Also, 19pc respondents in KPK, 21pc in Punjab, 24pc in Sindh and 7pc in Balochistan believed women are “very safe” in the country.

The highest feeling (45%) of “Unsafety” was reported by “Lowest Socio-Economic Class” – threat (Somewhat safe) is mainly reported by respondents belonging to ‘Middle Class’ (57pc and 55pc, respectively).

In addition, the study evaluated that only 29% of the Pakistani females feel that they are ‘Safe’ when they go outside their homes.

However, 35pc of females believe that they are “Somewhat Safe” and similar population (35pc) believes that they are absolutely “Unsafe” when they move in society.

The highest perception of “Unsafety” again reported from KPK (46pc), followed by Punjab (36pc).

Almost half (51pc) of the female respondents from ‘Upper Class’ and one third (38pc) from ‘Lowest Class’ have a concern about safety when commuting outside the home.

Interestingly, males consider females less safe (22pc) in Pakistan compared to female respondents (29pc).

The majority 45pc of males believe that their family female members are “Somewhat Safe” and 30pc believe that their family females’ members are ‘Unsafe’ outside the home.

Highest perception of “Unsafety” was reported from KPK (45pc), followed by Punjab (30pc).

Interestingly, contrary to females belonging to ‘Upper Class’ (Where 51pc believe that they are unsafe), almost one-third of males belong to the same class have the opinion that their female family members are safe (36pc) and only one fourth (25pc) have the opinion that female family members are ‘Unsafe’.

At 95pc confidence level, on bipolar answers – for the sample of 1,809 respondents – study’s error of margin is just ± 2.20%.

In the study, very delicate stratified sampling process was adopted, where along with rural areas- more than 60 cities were covered from all provinces and cultural diversity of Pakistan. Results of the study were reweighted on the actual population of provincial urban and rural basis.