More SA women are happy

2012-08-08 15:37

There are more happy women in South Africa than there were before the 2009 elections, a survey has revealed.

The survey, conducted by research company Ipsos between April and May, found that 30% of women were happy with their lives.

This is four percentage points higher than the proportion of women (26%) who said they were happy in 2009.

More women (54%) were upbeat about their future and that of their children.

The survey was released this afternoon on the eve of national Women’s Day.

Ipsos public affairs director Mari Harris said there was still room to improve women’s satisfaction levels.

“South Africans – and especially South African women – view the future with a measure of apprehension and these scores are fairly low.

“The slow economic growth, lingering unemployment and uncertainty with regard to the ruling party and the leadership of the ANC all contribute,” said Harris.

The survey also found that fewer women believed there had been an improvement in women’s rights: over 65% of women said there had been an improvement in 2009 while 58% of women agreed in the most recent survey.

Thirty percent of men who participated in the survey said in tough economic times “men should have more rights to jobs than women”.

Harris said she found it even more surprising that 21% of women shared this sentiment.

Two-thirds of women disagreed with the statement that a boy has a greater right to education than a girl has regardless of the constitutional guarantees of equality, compared with 63% of men.

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